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This PLMA Demand Response Training Series 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.

When: Sept. 26, 2017
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Pacific)
Where: K&L Gates offices
1 SW Columbia St.
Portland, Oregon  97258
United States
Contact: Tiger Adolf
(707) 563-5604

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Demand Response Training Series

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Evolution of Demand Response: Fundamentals and Path Forward
presented at K&L Gates offices, Portland, Oregon
Sept. 26, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Pacific 

To Register, CLICK HERE

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This half-day 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

Course Outline

10:00 – 10:15am Welcome Remarks and Introductions

10:15 – 12:30pm Demand Response Fundamentals

  • DR Evolution
  • Defining DR
  • How Wholesale Power Markets Work

12:30 – 1:00pm Lunch with roundtable discussion of regional issues/challenges

1:00-3:00pm  Strategies and Tactics 

  • Portfolio Development
  • Program Design
  • Program Implementation
  • Evaluation, Measurement & Verification

3:00-3:45 DR Technology Overview and Leading-Edge Case Studies

  • DR Enabling Technologies
  • Residential Case Studies
  • Commercial Case Studies
  • Industrial Case Studies

3:45 – 4:00pm Closing Remarks and Where to Learn More

4:00pm  Adjourn 

Who Should Attend

The primary audience includes new and transitioning utility and regulatory staff as well as solution providers seeking to improve their knowledge of how transition/reposition/create customer programs to address demand response methods and emerging distributed energy resources to meet peak electricity demand, mitigate the impact of high energy prices, and manage variable generation. This training course is open to all industry stakeholders with significantly discounted rates to member organization staff of PLMA and allies. Who comes to PLMA training? CLICK HERE to see.

Continuing Education

These courses may qualify for AEE continuing education and may be accepted for other certifications as well.  Supporting documentation can be provided upon request for your particular submission.

Course Materials

Registrants will receive a link for downloading an electronic copies of the course presentation materials for reference purposes in advance. All registrants who successfully complete the course may request a PLMA Certificate of Completion.  

Registration is $125/person for those attending the SmartGridNW Summit as well as PLMA and SmartGridNW member organization staff.  All others must pay $175.  To Register, CLICK HERE.  



Dave Hyland
David Hyland
Schneider Electric
Dain Nestel
Dain Nestel
Dennis Quinn
Dennis Quinn
JouleSmart Solutions
Robin Maslowski
Jane Peters
Research into Action
Jenny Roehm
Jenny Roehm
Schneider Electric
Wendy Brummer, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Utility Load Management Exchange Steering Committee Chair Wendy Brummer
Pacific Gas & Electric

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