Throughout Vermont, customers are benefitting from an array of renewable, efficiency and energy storage projects that are being championed by an unlikely hero: the utility that supplies power to Vermont homes and businesses. Green Mountain Power is reinventing electricity generation and distribution in Vermont, turning homes, neighborhoods and towns into virtual power plants, able to reduce the amount of energy they draw from the central electric system. The initiatives are driven largely by financial advantages. As a practical matter, the less electricity the utility pulls from the regional transmission system, especially at times of peak demand, the less it has to pay in fees, producing savings it can pass on to customers. One way it does this is by remotely controlling the batteries installed through its programs, drawing upon the stored energy as needed.