Field report: A virtual power plant for the Smart City Rheintal
The initiators of the Smart City Rheintal project are the state of Vorarlberg and illwerke vkw, the state’s largest energy provider and head of the project consortium. In this region, they can build on numerous energy, mobility, and connected city initiatives bundled into “Smart City Rheintal” since July 2012. The goal is to make the region as energy‑independent as is technologically feasible by 2050 – preferably supplying all of the region’s energy from renewable resources. But what solutions are economically viable, now and in the near future? And what new ideas are the region’s residents willing to accept? Answering these questions is the most difficult – and most exciting – part of the project, which is scheduled to run until July 2015.