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16th PLMA Spring Conference

Gain real-world insight from market practitioners, technology firms, and energy utilities/marketers active in the demand response marketplace. About 150 industry professionals are expected to attend, including: energy utility/marketer professionals, regulatory, and business professionals responsible for demand response as well as Industry advisors, including consultants as well as product and service providers.

4/28/2015 to 4/29/2015
When: April 28-29, 2015
8:00 AM
Where: Hilton Tucson El Conquistador
10000 N Oracle Rd
Tucson, Arizona  85704
United States
Contact: Ed Thomas
(707) 652-5333


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16th PLMA Spring Conference

April 28-29, 2015
Tucson, Arizona

Gain real-world insight from market practitioners, technology firms, and energy utilities/marketers active in the demand response marketplace. About 150 industry professionals are expected to attend, including: energy utility/marketer/regulatory staff, responsible for demand response as well as Industry advisors, including consultants as well as product and service providers.

To see the over 160 people who attended last time, CLICK HERE.  To become a Sponsor and immediately receive the Tucson registrant list, CLICK HERE

Monday, April 27, 2015 — Optional Concurrent Pre-Conference Events

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Intro to Demand Response Training Course

Ross Malme, Skipping Stone
Instructor Ross Malme, Skipping Stone

This one-day, 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.

Full agenda and more at www.peakload.org/event/DRintroAZ



9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Grid-Interactive Water Heating Interest Group Meeting: 
The Future of GIWH – Is there life after the DOE rule?

The PLMA Grid-Interactive Water Heating Interest Group provides a focused platform for information sharing and market development efforts in support of wide scale implementation of grid-interactive electric water heating technologies. Grid-Interactive Water Heating (GIWH) is the consensus term describing high-speed,two-way communication between the electric water heating appliance and the electric utility, balancing authority, independent system operator or aggregation entity. When equipped with a grid-interactive control device, a large-capacity electric thermal storage (ETS) water heater becomes a ‘thermal battery' for storing electric energy, having the ability to follow locational marginal pricing, providing fast regulation service and better integrating renewable energy, thereby effectively reducing the carbon footprint of the appliance. Learn more at www.peakload.org/group/GIWH

The April 27 meeting of the PLMA Grid-Interactive Water Heating Interest Group will follow the format of the April 9 PLMA DR Dialogue, which was entitled The Future of GIWH – Is there life after the DOE rule? This will be an interactive meeting with a couple of short presentations on the status of legislative and regulatory efforts to ensure continued access to large-capacity electric resistance water heaters for residential GIWH applications. This will be followed by a roundtable discussion on the latest in grid interactive water heater technology and application. Please join us for a timely update on the latest activities related to overturning or developing a work-around for the DOE’s ban on large-capacity (55-119 gal.), residential electric resistance water heaters. ‘Come on in, the water’s fine!’

Gary Connett, Great River Energy
Co-Chair Gary Connett, Great River Energy
Steve Koep, Vaughn Thermal Corp
Co-Chair Steve Koep, Vaughn Thermal Corp.

12:30 - 1:00 pm   Interest Group Lunch
 
1:00 - 5:00 pm

Thermostat Interest Group Meeting:  Can Manufacturers and Utilities Implement Together?

The PLMA Thermostat Interest Group seeks to examine the costs and benefits of all types of utility-sponsored programs that leverage thermostat technology to deliver the demand response, energy efficiency, or other system benefits. A group goal is to identify the resources and partners that help articulate a comprehensive value assessment of the Demand Response and Energy Efficiency benefits associated with Smart Thermostats. The group does not focus on a specific technology or solution. Learn more at www.peakload.org/group/Thermostat.

The April 27 meeting of the PLMA Thermostat Interest Group Meeting will follow the format of the November 3, 2014 PLMA Thermostat Interest Group meeting held in Phildelphia.  This format is intended to be more conversation and dynamic in nature to meet the needs of all attendees. The primary focus of this meeting will be program implementation. This will be an interactive meeting with two short presentations on the bring your own thermostat (BYOT) model implementations. Similarly, there will be two short presentations focused around utility provided devices. These presentations will be used to stimulate a roundtable style discussion comparing the challenges and benefits of the different type of programs that are being managed for thermostats. Please join us for a spirited discussion around the latest activities related to smart thermostats.

Brian Doyle, Xcel Energy
Co-Chair Brian Doyle,
Xcel Energy
Lee Hamilton, Xcel Energy
Co-Chair Lee Hamilton, Xcel Energy


4:30 - 5:30 pm

PLMA Women in DR Interest Group Meeting

Women play an important role in demand response leadership and delivery. This interest group helps to promote that role by encouraging greater visibility, support, and recognition of women in the industry. Learn more at www.peakload.org/group/WomeninDR.

Group members will meet at the poolside bar for a hosted reception. No RSVPs is necessary.

Elody Samuelson, Consumers Energy
Co-Chair Elody Samuelson, Consumers Energy


6:00 - 8:00 pm

PLMA Board of Directors Dinner Meeting
Attendance is limited to board members and member organization representatives listed at www.peakload.org/?page=Leadership or designate. Guests from member companies will be accommodated on a space-available basis. Sorry, non-members may not attend. Agenda is at PLMA_Board_Mtg_Agenda_031615.pdf


8:00 - 10:00 pm

Welcome Reception Poolside
The welcome reception is PLMA's opportunity to welcome everyone attending the PLMA Conference or ALCA Spring Meeting. Take advantage of this informal networking time to meet new people, greet old friends, and get the conversation started.   This will be located directly by the pool on the soft grass, so kick off your shoes, have a seat by the fire pit, and get acquainted with PLMA members and non-members alike.

Ward Eames

Conference Co-Chairs:
Elody Samuelson, Consumers Energy, and Ward Eames, NTC

 Tuesday, April 28, 2015
7:30 - 8:30 am Brian Doyle, Xcel Energy

Breakfast Buffet in Sponsor Lounge

Morning Emcee: Brian Doyle, Xcel Energy

8:30 - 8:40 am

Rich PhilipOpening Remarks: Rich Philip, Duke Energy and PLMA Vice Chair

8:40 - 9:00 am Denise Richerson Smith, Tucson Electric Power Welcoming Remarks: Denise Richerson Smith, Tucson Electric Power
9:00 - 9:30 am David G. Hutchens, President and CEO, Tucson Electric Power and UNS Energy Corporation

Keynote Address

David G. Hutchens, President and CEO, Tucson Electric Power and UNS Energy Corporation

Mr. Hutchens served as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy and worked as an engineer before joining TEP in July 1995. He advanced to various management positions and became a Vice President in January 2007 before being named President in December 2011 and Chief Operating Officer in August 2013. He assumed his current role as the company's top executive in May 2014. Mr. Hutchens graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering and an MBA with an emphasis in finance.

9:30 - 10:30 am
Rich Philip, Duke Energy
Co-Moderator Rich Philip, Duke Energy

Co-Moderator Elody Samuelson, Consumers Energy

Investor-Owned Utility Issues Roundtable

Co-moderators: Rich Philip, Duke Energy with Elody Samuelson, Consumers Energy
Insight on: Renewables Integration; Impacts of EPA ruling 111(d); Impacts of vacation of FERC 745; Impediments to new product offerings; and How to transition to new technologies when you have a large installed base of switches.

Paul Miles, PECO
Paul Miles, PECO,
an Exelon Company


Sebastien Csapo, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Katie Panek,
Westar Energy
10:30 - 11:00 am

Refreshment Break

11:00 am - 12 noon
Heather Manypenny, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative
Co-Moderator Heather Manypenny, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative
Joseph E. Childs, Cooper Power Systems by Eaton's Cooper Power Systems
Co-Moderator Joseph Childs, Eaton's Cooper Power Systems

Consumer-Owned Utility Issues Roundtable

Co-moderators: Heather Manypenny, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative with Joseph Childs, Eaton

Perspectives on DR from Consumer Owned power utilities. The session will focus on current efforts and what these utilities see as their future direction and vision. The panelists will provide their perspective on the key issues affecting Consumer Owned Utilities and what solutions are required.

T.J. Kirk
T.J. Kirk, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Phil Asbury, Sulpher Springs Valley Electric Cooperative
Phil Asbury, Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative
Justin Chamberlain

 Justin Chamberlain, CPS Energy

12 noon - 1:00 pm

Lunch Buffet in Sponsor Lounge Sponsored by Intelligent Energy Solutions LLC (IES)

1:00 Michael Brown, NV Energy

Afternoon Emcee: Michael Brown, NV Energy

1:00 - 2:00 pm
Brian Solsbee, Tennessee Valley Authority
Co-Moderator Brian Solsbee, Tennessee Valley Authority
Ray Pustinger, Alternative Energy Systems Consulting
Co-Moderator Ray Pustinger, AESC

The 12th PLMA Awards Program

Co-moderators: Brian Solsbee, Tennessee Valley Authority and Ray Pustinger, Alternative Energy Systems Consulting

Each year the PLMA recognizes industry leaders who create innovative ideas, methods, programs and technologies that meet peak load needs, respond to variable generation, manage end use loads and mitigate price risks. This session will feature the award winning initiatives from calendar year 2014 and provide the opportunity to hear from the award winners themselves.  

2:00 - 3:00 pm
Leslie Waters, Tucson Electric Power
Co-Moderator Leslie Waters, Tucson Electric Power
Robert King, Good Company Associates, Inc.
Co-Moderator Bob King, Good Company Associates

Regional Perspectives on EPA 111(d)

Co-moderators: Leslie Waters, Tucson Electric Power with Bob King, Good Company Associates
As its proposal stands now, compliance with the EPA Clean Power Plan would force most states to develop integrated resource plans and require a new level of flexibility in the operation of electric power grids like we have never seen. This flexibility will allow for the drastic reduction of CO2 levels as required by EPA under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. Moreover, many states will have to increase their commitment to energy efficiency and renewable efforts to help meet the ruling's requirements, and potentially develop new or additional ancillary services, and even energy storage. What will be the role of Demand Response? Can it lower CO2 emissions?

Erik Bakken, Tucson Electric Power
Erik Bakken, Tucson Electric Power
Kenneth Colburn
Kenneth Colburn, The Regulatory Assistance Project
Brett Feldman, Navigant Research
Brett Feldman, Navigant Research
Mona Tierney-Lloyd, EnerNOC
Mona Tierney-Lloyd, EnerNOC
3:00 - 3:30 pm

Refreshment Break Sponsored by Opower

3:30 - 4:30 pm
Stuart Schare, Navigant Consulting
Snake Stuart Schare, Navigant
Jason Cigarran, Comverge
Snake Jason Cigarran, Comverge
Ward Eames
Snake Ward Eames, NTC Corporate

PLMA Snake Pit: What's Better: Direct Control Technology vs. Dynamic Rates vs. Behavior

Snakes: Stuart Schare, Navigant, Jason Cigarran, Comverge and Ward Eames, NTC Corporate
Three contestants each representing unique points of view about the best DR investment will compete in the PLMA Snake Pit in the style of TV's Shark Tank. In the end, the audience will choose who survived the Snakes and will emerge from the Pit and crowned PLMA Snake Pit winner and receive fabulous prizes. Investments in Dynamic Pricing, Direct Control Technology and Behavioral DR will be discussed, questioned and debated. Snake Pit contestants are:

Steve Hambric, Comverge
Steve Hambric, VP, Strategic Sales and Operations – at Comverge (Direct Control)
Nick Payton, Opower
Nick Payton, Associate Director, Product Marketing & Strategy – Opower (Behavioral)
Dan Violette, Navigant Research
Dan Violette, Managing Director, Energy Practice – Navigant (Dynamic Pricing)
4:30 - 5:15 pm
Jenny Roehm, Schneider Electric
Co-Moderator Jenny Roehm, Schneider Electric
Joe 'O'Malley, Mad Dash, Inc.
Co-Moderator Joe O'Malley, MadDash

Sponsor Showcase Lightning Round

Co-Moderators: Jenny Roehm, Schneider Electric and Joe O'Malley, Mad Dash

Lightning-fast round of introductions to companies that offer leading-edge technology and service innovations. Emphasis will be on field applications and utility case studies. Listen closely to capture the quiz question answers to enter to win a valuable prize.

Joseph Childs, Eaton's Cooper Power Systems
Joseph Childs, Eaton's Cooper Power Systems
Jason Cigarran, Comverge
Jason Cigarran, Comverge
Brad Davids, Nest Labs
Brad Davids, Nest Labs
Ward Eames, NTC
Ward Eames, NTC Corporate
Carl Huppert, Nexant
Carl Huppert, Nexant
Justin Louis, Landi+Gyr
Justin Louis, Landis+Gyr
Charlie Gloeckner, Ecofactor
Charlie Gloeckner, Ecofactor
Ed Smith, IES
Ed Smith, IES
Dave Hyland, Schneider Electric
Dave Hyland, Schneider Electric
David Olberholzer, Weatherbug
David Olberholzer, Weatherbug
5:15 - 7:00 pm

Networking Reception in Sponsor Lounge Sponsored by Comverge


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

7:30 - 8:30 am

Breakfast Buffet in Sponsor Lounge

8:30 am - 12 noon

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Track A — Customer Engagement

Emcee: Ishtiaq Chisti, Southern California Edison
8:30 am - 10:00 am

Residential Customer Engagement

Co-moderators: Elody Samuelson, Consumers Energy with Jenny Roehm, Schneider Electric
Residential Customer Engagement and Demand Response
The landscape of demand response is changing rapidly, providing utilities with new avenues to engage and retain residential customers. Simultaneously, technologies from smart thermostats to advanced usage information blur the lines between demand response and energy efficiency. Join industry thought leaders, emerging technology providers, and evaluators to examine multiple facets of engaging residential customers from research to practical application. The panel members will discuss learnings from current studies and developing trends, including how the internet of things changes the game, and the will wrap up with some practical program application and a robust Q&A

• DR Trends in a Rapidly-Shifting Landscape, K.C. Boyce, Chartwell
• Recency Studies: Evaluating the Effect of Air Conditioner Control Events on Participant Comfort, David Ladd, Cadmus
• How does one target and engage various consumer segments to participate in energy efficiency and demand response programs?, Patty Durand, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
• How the Internet of Things (IoT) will Change the DR and EE Game, Amena Ali, WeatherBug Home

Elody Samuelson, Consumers Energy
Co-Moderator Elody Samuelson, Consumers Energy
Jenny Roehm, Schneider Electric
Co-Moderator Jenny Roehm, Schneider Electric
David Ladd, Cadmus
David Ladd, Cadmus
KC Boyce, Chartwell
KC Boyce, Chartwell
Patty Durand, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
Patty Durand, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
Amena Ali, Weatherbug Home
Amena Ali, Weatherbug Home
10:00 - 10:30 am Refreshment Break
10:30 am - 12 noon

Small-Medium Business Customer Engagement

Moderator: Melanie Wemple, E Source

• Identify the unique needs of small-to-mid size C&I consumers and how they affect Demand Response participation, Bob Donaldson, Duke Energy, with Mark Kerbel, REGEN Energy

• Xcel Energy case study, Jonathan Bach, Xcel Energy

Melanie Wemple, Esource
Moderator Melanie Wemple, E Source
Mark Kerbel, REGEN Energy
Mark Kerbel
REGEN Energy
Bob Donaldson, Duke Energy
Bob Donaldson, Duke Energy


Track B — Market Issues

Emcee: Steve Koep, Vaughn Thermal Corp.
8:30 am - 10:00 am

Markets and Technology Panel

Co-moderators: Dave Hyland, Schneider Electric with Joe O'Malley, Mad Dash

• Valuing Demand Response in Mesh Networks, Lucas Finco, Consolidated Edison Co. of New York
• Taking the Long View on Automated Demand Response and Financing Permanent Capacity Savings, Dennis Quinn, Joule Assets
• How OpenADR enhances small-to-mid C&I consumer participation in utility DR programs, Carl Besaw, Southern California Edison
• Emerging Markets, Andrew Levitt, PJM Interconnection

Dave Hyland, Schneider Electric
Co-Moderator Dave Hyland, Schneider Electric
Joe 'O'Malley, Mad Dash, Inc.
Co-Moderator Joe O'Malley, Mad Dash
Lucas Finco, Consolidated Edison
Lucas Finco, Consolidated Edison
Dennis Quinn, Joule Assets
Dennis Quinn, Joule Assets
Carl Besaw, SCE
Carl Besaw, SCE
Andrew Levitt, PJM
Andrew Levitt, PJM
10:00 - 10:30 am Refreshment Break
10:30 am - 12 noon

Pricing Panel

Moderator: Anna Agarwal, The Brattle Group 

Dynamic pricing has come a long way over the past decade with implementations ranging from pilots to full scale deployments. The persistence of the impacts; customers' interaction with enabling technologies and the variation of impacts for different demographic segments have been widely discussed topics. In this session, we will hear about the latest on: (i) Multiple impact evaluations of one of the longest-running permanent technology-based critical peak pricing programs in the U.S. Gulf Power Company's EnergySelect program has been in place for 15 years and continues to enroll new customers; (ii) how dynamic pricing affects so-called vulnerable populations (low-income, elderly among others) and how responsiveness to dynamic pricing varies by different demographic segments; and (iii) effectiveness of smart thermostats in boosting TOU program impacts in a study undertaken by SRP and EnergyHub.

• Integrating Smart Thermostats with Time-of-Use to Improve Peak Reduction, Hilen Cruz, Salt River Project, with Matt Johnson, EnergyHub
• Tying Differences in Peak Demand Behavior to Differences in Residential Customers: A Review across Multiple Utility Dynamic Pricing Pilots, Liesel Hans, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
• Estimating Demand Impacts of Gulf Power's EnergySelect CPP Program, Steven Braithwait, Christensen Associates


Moderator Anna Agarwal, The Brattle Group



Matt Johnson, EnergyHub
Matt Johnson, EnergyHub
Steven Braithwait, PhD, CA Energy Consulting
Steven Braithwait, PhD, Christensen Associates
Hilen Cruz, Salt River Project
Hilen Cruz, Salt River Project
Liesel Hans, PhD, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Liesel Hans, PhD, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
12 noon - 1:00 pm Wendy Brummer, Advanced Load Control Alliance

Lunch Buffet in Sponsor Lounge

Afternoon Emcee: Wendy Brummer, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

1:00 - 2:00 pm
Paul Miles
Paul Miles, PECO
Ward Eames, NTC
Ward Eames, NTC Corporate

Integrating Demand Response and Peak Load Management with Microgrids and Integrated DSM

Co-Moderators: Paul Miles, PECO with Ward Eames, NTC Corporate

Mark Martinez, SCE

Alienation, Bifurcation, Compensation – Oh My! Where is California Headed?
Mark S. Martinez, Southern California Edison

In 2013, the California PUC issued a new road map for the electric utilities' retail demand response programs, a path that was designed to enhance the role of demand response in meeting California's resource planning needs and operational requirements and integrate into the California wholesale market. This effort will involve “bifurcating” programs into “supply side” and “load modifying”, identifying what type of value and compensation will be assigned to the different programs, what is the role of the electric utilities and what goals shall they have, and how will demand response be coordinated and transitioned into the smart grid future of California? Where do we go from here, and who will lead the charge? This presentation will look at how California regulators and stakeholders continue to struggle with the role of demand response as the lowest cost solution for local grid reliability, customer bill savings, and GHG mitigation.

Philip Barton, Microgrid and Reliability Program Director, Schneider Electric

Microgrid Projects Can Make Great Candidates for Peak Load Management
Philip Barton, Schneider Electric

Many microgrid control systems are supersets of elegant demand side management systems. Since grid tied microgrids usually involve the ability to "island" or separate from the grid, inevitably a microgrid operator or automatic microgrid control system is designed to operate with a scarcity of distributed energy resources (DER).  This requirement is driven by load variability, but also due to generation variability. Most projects require a dynamic load/source control system which is critical to preserve system stability in island mode.  With "campus" microgrid control system assets configured around the DER and downstream of the meter, more complex DR/VPP use cases can be stacked on top of the storm hardening, resiliency or other savings based use cases that drove the microgrid business model.  More use cases increase the ROI and make for better projects.

2:00 pm
Rich Philip, Duke Energy
Rich Philip, Duke Energy
Bob Donaldson, Duke Energy
Bob Donaldson, Duke Energy

Closing Remarks
3,000 Megawatts and Counting

Rich Philip and Bob Donaldson, Duke Energy
Reflections on growing and transforming one of the nation's largest DR portfolios and preview of the PLMA 16th Fall Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, hosted by Duke Energy.

2:30 pm

Adjourn

2:30 - 3:00 pm

Ice Cream Social in Sponsor Lounge

  

Wednesday & Thursday, April 29-30, 2015 — Optional Post-Conference Activities
Advanced Load Control Alliance Spring Meeting
Open to Utility Representatives Only
The Advanced Load Control Alliance's (ALCA) mission is to promote load control as a viable option for utility deployments in demand reduction, economic dispatch, and/or T&D reliability through a forum for utility staff members to share information on program design, marketing, vendor management, benefit-costs and technology deployments.

The ALCA Spring Meeting will immediately follow the PLMA 16th Spring Conference at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort. The event begins at 2:30 pm on April 29 and ends at 5:00 pm on April 30.

Registration: Registration is open to utility representatives with no registration fee. A hosted dinner, lunch, and breakfast will be provided. However you are responsible for your own travel and hotel expense.

Click Here to view the agenda and register.

INFORMAL ACTIVITIES: Looking for more fun things to do?  Check out the participant-organized informal activities on the Conference Resources page:  CLICK HERE

Location

The Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort is located on 500 acres of high Sonoran Desert terrain in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Hotel accommodations must be reserved separately and are not included in your attendee registration. Reservations may be made directly with the hotel by calling the toll free number 1-800-325-7832, in doing so please ask for the Group Rate for PLMA which is $159 per night which includes the $20 resort fee that is normally an extra charge. Guests may also book their reservations directly online by clicking the following link, https://secure.hilton.com/en/hi/res/choose_dates.jhtml?hotel=TUSHTHH&spec_plan=PLMA to ensure the group rate is applied (limited availability).

Airports. Tucson is the closest major airport, about 45 minutes away. Save $5 on an Airport Shuttle when you mention PLMA; details at CLICK HERE. Phoenix, Arizona is the next nearest airport, about 2 hours away but may have more convenient flight schedules. For Phoenix airport shuttle info, visit CLICK HERE.

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