Print Page   |   Sign In   |   Join Now
Community Search
Demand Response Training Series
Share |

Demand Response Training Series

The PLMA Demand Response Training Series consists of four courses presented by industry experts and hosted at member offices.

If you are interested in hosting the training series or any individual course, contact Tiger Adolf (

Who comes to PLMA training? CLICK HERE to see.

Upcoming Courses:

Evolution of Demand Response: Fundamentals and Path Forward

Evolution of Demand Response: Fundamentals and Path Forward

This course explains how today’s demand response initiatives are evolving to interact with an emerging future with distributed energy resources for peak load management and much more. The course content expands on a white paper at

Learning objectives will include:

  • Articulate a common, descriptive language for describing the evolution of demand response as seen through the eyes of industry leaders
  • Explain the current state of the fundamental market principles and technology enabling demand response initiatives today
  • Compare and contrast how demand response programs perform relative to energy efficiency, thermal/battery storage, and renewable energy initiatives
  • Showcase leading-edge demand response program case studies from traditional private, public and cooperatively-owned utilities as well as emerging retailer and customer-driven initiatives that demonstrate paths forward
  • Introduce examples of portfolio design strategies and implementation tactics to address the challenges of a fading boundary between bulk power exchange and retail electricity usage
  • Focus on regional challenges by applying lessons learned from more mature demand response initiatives in the Northeast, California, Hawaii, and elsewhere
  • Detail free and low-cost resources to learn more about topics and initiatives discussed

If you are interested in hosting this course, contact Tiger Adolf (


Introduction to Demand Response

 If you are interested in hosting this course, contact Tiger Adolf (

This interactive course provides a comprehensive overview of demand response topics and current issues from the perspectives of multiple stakeholders: utilities, retail energy providers, customers, Independent System Operators, and other demand response technology and services providers. All students will receive a Reference Manual. Approximately 8 contact hours.

Topics include:
•  Basics of demand response
•  Types of demand response
•  History of the growth of demand response, including important related regulatory and technological developments
•  Broad overview of demand response markets (traditionally regulated and restructured electricity markets)
•  Current volume and market penetration of demand response

If you are interested in hosting this course, contact Tiger Adolf (

CLICK HERE to download a sample agenda

Demand Response Markets

 If you are interested in hosting this course, contact Tiger Adolf (

The DR Markets course explores how to leverage wholesale energy market models to design demand response programs for traditionally regulated, restructured, and emerging electricity markets; a detailed review of the similarities and differences among markets in which demand resources can participate; and, the current and future roles for electricity consumers, aggregators, energy retailers, utilities, and market operators. Approximately 18 contact hours

Topics include:
• General structure of traditionally regulated and restructured markets and role of market participants
• Types of markets in which demand response could participate—energy, capacity, ancillary services, emergency, economic, etc.
• Review, history, markets and products of of PJM , NYISO, ISO New England, ERCOT, CAISO, MISO, SPP, IESO, and AEMO

 If you are interested in hosting this course, contact Tiger Adolf (

CLICK HERE to download a sample agenda

DR Program Design and Implementation

 If you are interested in hosting this course, contact Tiger Adolf (

This  course covers the key elements of demand response (DR) activities.  Topics related to program implementation will include the tactics and methodologies used to improve program success, including a discussion of: organizational and resourcing strategies; contracting; business processes; technology integration; and measurement & verification. Interactive exercises will enable participants to gain hands-on experience with various aspects of DR program development and implementation. Approximately 16 contact hours.

Topics include:
• DR drivers and program types
• Market potential
• Program design and portfolio development
• Cost-effectiveness assessment
• Program implementation strategies and tactics

If you are interested in hosting this course, contact Tiger Adolf (

CLICK HERE to download a sample agenda

Who Should Attend
The primary audience for the courses includes utility and regulatory staff as well as other energy industry trade allies and organizations seeking to improve their knowledge of how demand response methods are used in the electricity industry to meet peak electricity demand, mitigate the impact of high electricity prices, and manage variable generation. The training is open to all industry stakeholders with significantly discounted rates to PLMA member organization staff.  CLICK HERE to see who has attended one or more PLMA training courses.

All Attendees Receive

  • Mentored learning experience in a course developed and taught by industry professionals
  • Resource Manual
  • Slide Deck
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Optional Certificate of Completion
  • Permanent access to the training Alumni Group for their course, for updates and ongoing communication with the cohort, mentors, and instructors

Host Opportunities

If you are interested in hosting this or any DR Training course or would like to be added to the waiting list.  Download a sample Host Memorandum of Understanding here.  For more information, please contact Tiger Adolf:

PLMA (Peak Load Management Alliance) is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 as the national voice of demand response practitioners. PLMA has grown to over 100 electric utility and allied organization members. Learn more at


more Calendar

DR Dialogue: PJM's Demand Response Strategy

DR Dialogue: Brett Feldman, Navigant

PLMA Member Meet-up at ESource Forum


Membership Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal