|BYOT White Paper Call for Abstracts by May 22|
BYOT White Paper Abstracts Due by May 22
PLMA is seeking abstracts by Monday, May 22 from authors who are interested in drafting an article for peer review and possible publication in a PLMA White Paper about the Future of Bring-Your-Own-Thermostat (BYOT) Programs for Demand Response to be published in August 2017.
The White Paper will seek to facilitate thought leadership to the energy industry and continue to position PLMA as a leading community of demand response practitioners dedicated to sharing knowledge and best practices. All submitters and/or authors do not have to be with PLMA member organizations but they must agree to comply with the PLMA Conflict of Interest Policy and PLMA Presenter Policy.
The rise of smart thermostats for demand response. Utilities have been running thermostat-based demand response (DR) programs for many years, typically providing customers with programmable, communicating thermostats (PCTs) that receive radio frequency (paging) signals from the utility to temporarily raise setpoints or cycle air conditioners. In recent years, consumers have independently begun purchasing “smart,” Wi-Fi enable thermostats capable of receiving DR control signals. Although the major drivers for this emerging market may be usability, remote control of thermostat setting, and energy savings, the increasing adoption of smart thermostats is influencing the business model for thermostat-based DR.
On the one hand, customers who have purchased a smart thermostat may be less likely to accept a utility-provided thermostat through a DR program; on the other hand, the proliferation of two-way communicating thermostats could lower barriers to participation and eliminate the need for utilities to acquire and install thermostats. Consequently, this Bring Your Own Thermostat (BYOT) DR program model holds promise to increase participation and reduce utilities' incremental program costs for new participants. However, it is unclear how large a role BYOT might play in the future of utility DR programs, and questions abound:
Call for abstracts. PLMA invites anyone to submit abstracts of no more than 500 words providing their perspectives on the question: What is the role of BYOT in the future of demand response?
Abstracts should, at a minimum, do the following:
The article abstracts will be reviewed by PLMA Thought Leadership Planning and Thermostat Interest Group members who will select 3-5 submitters. Those selected will be asked to expand their abstracts into individual articles of between 1,000 and 2,000 words each. Case studies may be included in an article but must not be the sole subject of the article. Abstracts that are clear commercial advertising for a specific company or product will not be accepted, at the committee's discretion. After PLMA review and authors' editing as mutually agreed between PLMA and the authors, these articles will then be compiled into a PLMA-branded white paper with an introduction and conclusion developed by PLMA. Companies or individuals contributing articles will be credited in the white paper, and articles will appear in their entirety. Following the white paper, PLMA may produce a webcast with the invited public, at which contributors would have an opportunity to present their views and respond to questions.
PLMA looks forward to your submissions and to making this a valuable piece of thought leadership for our members and other interested parties. Forward any questions or comments to Ed Thomas at email@example.com.
All staff from PLMA member organizations are invited to learn more about and join the Thought Leadership Planning Group at www.peakload.org/group/Thought and the PLMA Thermostat Interest Group at www.peakload.org/group/Thermostat.
Article Abstract Submission Form - Deadline is Monday, May 22