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BYOT White Paper Call for Abstracts Closed

PLMA is no longer seeking abstracts 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:

  • Will BYOT fully replace direct install programs, or will it be an add-on feature that adds to participation by engaging a subset of customers who prefer smart thermostats?
  • Do the costs of integrating with multiple vendors outweigh the marketing and installation savings?
  • Will customers respond to this model in sufficient significant numbers to make it cost-effective?

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:

  • Identify company type and the basis for your serving as an informed voice on this topic. (suggested 100 words).  Company type should be one of the following: utility, smart thermostat manufacturer, other technology vendor, aggregator, home energy management services provider (including integrator of BYOT services), consultant, individual (if representing yourself and not an affiliated company), or other (please self-identify). If more than one applies, please indicate which is the primary company type for purposes of this solicitation.
  • Discuss the smart thermostat market and your perspective on how BYOT will affect the field of demand response, including how it may change over time and what other market forces may promote or inhibit BYOT. Articles may touch on topics that the authors deem relevant to the above question, including program design, technology evolution, cost-effectiveness, and customer adoption and satisfaction.
  • Explain why utility DR program managers and others responsible for administering DR offerings and markets will benefit from a more thorough understanding of your perspective on the smart thermostat market and the role of BYOT in the future of DR.

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. 

Anticipated Schedule:

  • May 22, 2017  - Abstract submission deadline
  • June - Winning abstracts selected and authors notified
  • July - First draft of articles due
  • August  - Whitepaper published

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

All staff from PLMA member organizations are invited to learn more about and join the Thought Leadership Planning Group at and the PLMA Thermostat Interest Group at

Article Abstract Submission Form - Deadline was Monday, May 22

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