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PLMA offers members and allies this directory of resource links to thought leadership by industry experts. It includes:

  • Presentation slides from past PLMA Spring and Fall Conferences and other PLMA-produced events
  • Recordings from past PLMA DR Dialogues and other PLMA-produced webcasts
  • Articles, reports and white papers from PLMA initiatives and collaborations
  • Other materials contributed by PLMA member organizations and allies
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September 2017

Leading Edge DR

Demand Response Advanced Controls Framework and Assessment of Enabling Technology Costs

The Demand Response Advanced Controls Framework and Assessment of Enabling Technology Costs research describes a variety of DR opportunities and the various bulk power system services they can provide. The bulk power system services are mapped to a generalized taxonomy of DR “service types”, which allows us to discuss DR opportunities and bulk power system services in fewer yet broader categories that share similar technological requirements which mainly drive DR enablement costs. The research presents a framework for the costs to automate DR and provides descriptions of the various elements that drive enablement costs. The report introduces the various DR enabling technologies and end-uses, identifies the various services that each can provide to the grid and provides the cost assessment for each enabling technology.

Source: Berkeley Lab
Type: White paper

 

 

Leading Edge DR

PJM Interconnection’s Demand Response Strategy

Learn about a paper PJM published in July 2017 at CLICK HERE that details the independent system operator's Demand Response Strategy plans for:

  • Short-Term Goals: Transition to Capacity Performance and Annual Capability through Aggregation
  • Medium-Term Focus: Ensure DR Capabilities Align with Commitments
  • Long-Term Direction: Explore Opportunities to Move DR in the Energy Market to the Demand Side

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Pete Langbein, PJM Interconnection and Richard Philip, Duke Energy and PLMA Chair
Type: Web recording

 

 

Leading Edge DR

Hot Topics and Emerging Issues

Learn why Brett Feldman was recognized as a thought leader in the 14th PLMA Award Program. This conversation will cover hot topics that are currently being discussed in the industry and are on the horizon. It will also reveal preliminary results from SEPA’s recent utility DR survey on residential and Commercial and industrial DR program participation and trends.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Brett Feldman, Navigant Research and PLMA Planning Group Co-Chair and Paul Miles, PECO and PLMA Awards Co-Chair
Type: Web recording

 

 

August 2017

Leading Edge DR

KCP&L Thermostat Program

Learn how KPC&L is continuing its pioneering nature with a customer centric approach to revamping its 70 MW DLC Thermostat Program. Driven by the mantra of being a “Trusted Energy Partner” to its’ customers, KCP&L has partnered with Nest Labs and CLEAResult, two companies that share KCP&L’s philosophy on customer experience, to transition an initial 35,000 participants from legacy 1-way technology to 2-way verifiable Nest Learning Thermostats within its Missouri territory. The program, which is also open to new customers, kicked off in April 2016 with the objective of leveraging the intuitive design and ease of installation of the Nest Thermostat to offer customers “Do It Yourself”.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Elena Hill, KCPL, Jamie Staples, Nest Labs, Barry Ledford, CLEAResult, and Nicholas Corsetti, National Grid and PLMA Awards Co-Chair
Type: Web recording

 

 

Leading Edge DR

Target Corporation's Demand Side Energy Program

Target Corporation’s Demand Management Program, led by David Johnson, has influenced how it operates its stores, leveraging new and existing technology and control strategies to deliver energy savings through peak demand reduction and participation in Demand Response programs. Target’s Peak Load Management program has grown from a pilot at 43 locations to a program impacting over 700 stores since 2013. In addition, Target has grown its Demand Response program to over 800 locations enrolled throughout the U.S. delivering 800,000 kWh of energy reduction in 2016 and over 70mW of capacity.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring David Johnson, Target and Dain Nestel, CLEAResult
Type: Web recording

 

 

Leading Edge DR

Portland General Electric’s Pricing and Behavioral Demand Response Program

As part of their smart grid strategy, Portland General Electric (PGE) is leveraging the AutoGrid Flex SaaS technology platform to deploy and evaluate the relative effectiveness of 12 pilot programs. These programs are engaging more than 10,000 residential customers with behavioral demand response opportunities and/or dynamic rates. Assisted by CLEAResult, PGE is using the project to determine which programs and pricing structures are most effective at engaging customers and delivering reliable load sheds. During the summer and winter of 2016, PGE deployed 14 DR events that achieved an average of 1.1 MW of load shed per event across all 12 programs.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Josh Keeling, Portland General Electric, Jeffrey Norman, AutoGrid Systems, and Paul Miles, PECO
Type: Web recording

 


 

July 2017

Leading Edge DR

PJM Interconnection's Demand Response Strategy

This paper reviews the independent system operator's plans for:

  • Short-Term Goals: Transition to Capacity Performance and Annual Capability through Aggregation
  • Medium-Term Focus: Ensure DR Capabilities Align with Commitments
  • Long-Term Direction: Explore Opportunities to Move DR in the Energy Market to the Demand Side

Source: PJM Interconnection
Type: White paper

 

 

Leading Edge DR

EPRI 2016 End-Use Energy Efficiency and Demand Response

EPRI summary of deliverables for this program focused on the assessment, testing, demonstration, deployment, and technology transfer of energy efficient and demand-responsive end-use technologies to accelerate their adoption into utility programs, influence the progress of codes and standards, and ultimately lead to market transformation. The program also develops analytical frameworks essential to utility application of energy efficiency and demand response in order to enable the Integrated Power System, with particular focus on end-use load research and data analytics.

Source: EPRI
Type: Report

 

 

Leading Edge DR

Natural Gas Demand Response at SoCalGas®

Many in the energy sector are familiar with electric demand response (DR), but this past winter, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas®) introduced an innovative new type of DR program… with natural gas and ecobee smart thermostats. In this webcast, you’ll learn how SoCalGas engaged with ecobee and EnergyHub and how the utility was able to launch the program within a relatively short timeframe. This discussion will be ideal for utility professionals who are interested in learning more about the new frontier of natural gas DR and the fundamental tenets of DR direct control program design, marketing and execution.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Nancy Carrell Lawrence SoCalGas, Michelle Cook SoCalGas, Tyler Rogers, EnergyHub, Peter Black, ecobee
Type: Web recording and white paper

 

 

Leading Edge DR

Insights from Leading-Edge Demand Response Research

Demand Response practitioners need to stay up to date on trends, markets, consumer positions, and how the industry is shifting. This roundtable discussion explores findings from the research side, including results from:

  • E Source and PLMA 2016 Direct Load Control Benchmarking Study
  • Smart Electric Power Alliance The State of Demand Response—2016
  • Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative Consumer Interest in Demand Response

This conversation is a "replay" of the opening panel presentation from the 35th PLMA Conference in Nashville. span>

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Tim Stout, E Source, Brenda Chew, Smart Electric Power Alliance, Patty Durand, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, Richard Philip, Duke Energy and PLMA Chair
Type: Web recording and white paper


June 2017

Electric Energy T&D

Demand Response (DR) Dialogue: Central Hudson Gas & Electric’s Peak Perks Program

Learn why Central Hudson Gas & Electric’s Peak Perks Program was recognized as a Program Pacesetter in the 14th PLMA Awards. In response to New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative, Central Hudson is coordinating a demand response program into its electric transmission and distribution planning to offset anticipated peak load growth in three distinct zones. The program targets all customer classes with offerings that include residential direct load control equipment using two-way communicating Wi-Fi thermostats and load control switches, a customer engagement portal, as well as customized curtailment agreements for Commercial & Industrial customers.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Mark Sclafani, Central Hudson Gas and Electric and Nicholas Corsetti, National Grid and PLMA Awards Co-Chair
Type: Web recording

 

Electric Energy T&D

Demand Response (DR) Dialogue: City of New York’s DR Program

Learn why City of New York's Municipal Demand Response Program was recognized as a Program Pacesetter in the 14th PLMA Awards. The City’s program encompasses over 340 facilities across 20 city agencies and organizations. For summer 2016 period, the program reduced over 58 MW, which was over 10% of the engaged locations' load, which comprised 40% of the City's municipal peak load. Recent achievements include consistent 100% portfolio performance and over $9.5M in summer 2016 revenue.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Susan Cohen, Sergey Shabalin and Leonid Zolotarev, City of New York’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services and Dain Nestel, CLEAResult and PLMA Awards Co-Chair
Type: Web recording

 

Electric Energy T&D

Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Integration Discussion: Syntax and Topics

Features a brief exploration by Rich Barone of Hawaiian Electric of the syntax currently in use regarding DER. The conversation also includes a brief solar-plus-storage case study recently featured in a Utility Dive article about a Rocky Mountain Institute study titled "Is grid defection still a threat to the utility business model?"

Source: PLMA DER Dialogue featuring Rich Barone, Hawaiian Electric, John Powers, Extensible Energy and DER Integration Group Co-Chair, Kristina (Stina) Brock, Sunverge and Vikram Singh, Alectra Energy Solutions
Type: Web recording

 

Electric Energy T&D

Evolution of Demand Response in the United States Electricity Industry

Describes a harmonized and consistent definition of Demand Response and the stages of its evolution (DR 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0) in an effort to help new and transitioning professionals, regulators, and lawmakers understand the growth and trends of the industry. This topic was presented in a Demand Response Dialogue that included Michael Brown, NV Energy; Scott Coe; Ross Malme, Skipping Stone; and Stuart Schare, Navigant. The discussion continued at the 34th PLMA Conference with a panel presentation Defining the Evolution of Demand Response: From 1.0 to 3.0 and Beyond.

Source: PLMA Contributors: Michael Brown, NV Energy, Scott Coe, GridOptimize, Ross Malme, Skipping Stone, Stuart Schare, Navigant, Greg Wikler, Navigant, Ray Pustinger, AESC, Robin Maslowski, Navigant, and Dennis Quinn, Joule Smart Solutions
Type: White Paper

 

Electric Energy T&D

Demand Response Acronyms & Glossary

Glossary, acronyms and additional resources from PLMA’s Demand Response Training Series.

Source: PLMA
Type: Training Course Resource (Glossary)

 

 

 

 

Electric Energy T&D

Power Trends: New York’s Evolving Electric Grid 2017

Provides detailed information on the status of the power grid in New York today, the changes to our power system that we have seen and expect to see in coming years, and insights into how emerging trends affect how the grid is operated, how resources perform in the NYISO’s wholesale markets, and how we plan for the future of the power grid in New York.

Source: New York Independent System Operator (NYISO)
Type: Report

 

 

 

Electric Energy T&D

Green Ovations – The Killer App for Renewable Generation

At the PMLA Spring Meeting in Nashville in April 2017, several industry experts pointed out the days of DR as a standalone application are over. DR is now viewed as an integral part of “edge of the grid” distributed energy resources (DER) such as rooftop solar panels, behind the meter energy storage, electric vehicle charging stations and microgrids. In fact, DR will now complement and compete against other DERs in various wholesale markets. Read the article to learn more.

Source: EET&D Magazine
Type: Article


May 2017

Indiana Mich Power

AEP Indiana Michigan Power's DR Service Emergency Program

Learn why AEP Indiana Michigan Power’s Demand Response Service Emergency Program was recognized as a Program Pacesetter in the 14th PLMA Awards.  This utility’s innovative approach sets a new bar for commercial and industrial customer peak load management programs in the Midwest. The program offers a peak load reduction program for over 110 commercial and industrial customer site that provide just over 55 MW of peak load curtailment to the utility. Customers participating in the program can earn a curtailment credit or payment.   There are three reasons for the success of this program. 
• First, the customer performance obligations are fair and simple--they follow the requirements developed by PJM. 
• Second, the opportunity for aggregators to work with all customers that sign-up for the rider to create a "virtual power plant" makes the program much more accessible for many participants. 
• Finally, the utility’s ongoing efforts to work with customers and aggregators to make the program work for everyone involved is the key piece in all of this. 

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Scott Shudick, Indiana Michigan Power; Michael Weinstein, American Electric Power; and Dain Nestel, CLEAResult
Type: Web recording


April 2017

New research into the attitudes of utility professionals shows the U.S. power sector is set to continue its transition to a cleaner, more distributed energy system with greater emphasis on efficiency.  That's according to Utility Dive's fourth annual State of the Electric Utility report, a survey of more than 600 electric utility professionals. Three-quarters of respondents, for instance, indicated they expect either significant or moderate growth in demand-side management at their utilities in the coming years. View the Utility Dive report at CLICK HERE and  listen to this conversation for a closer look at the survey's results and implications for demand response practitioners. 

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Gavin Bade, Utility Dive, and Michael Brown, Berkshire Hathaway NV Energy
Type: Web recording

35th PLMA Conference, Nashville, Tennessee

Real-world insight from practitioners and energy utilities active in the demand response marketplace. Over 200 demand response industry professionals attended from energy utilities and government agencies as well as industry allies, including consultants, manufacturers, and service providers. Presentation slides and photo gallery are accessible to conference attendees as well as all other PLMA member organization staff.

Source: PLMA
Type: Conference Proceedings with Photo gallery

 

SEDC Report

Explicit Demand Response In Europe -
Mapping the Markets 2017

This report maps the progress of Member States in enabling “explicit” Demand Response, reviewing the regulatory structures of 18 countries: 16 EU Member States, plus Norway and Switzerland. The research indicates that interest in enabling Demand Response continues to increase with notable progress achieved in several Member States. However, significant barriers remain in the majority of EU countries. These concern the market opening to Demand Response, access for service providers such as independent Demand Response Aggregators, product definitions as well as verification, payments and penalties for Demand Response services.

Source: Smart Energy Demand Coalition 
Type: Report


March 2017

Journey

Journey to Understanding the Customer Experience

Discussion that delves into the process of customer journey mapping to improve participation in automated demand response programs, and how behavioral demand response can be used improve program results and satisfaction. Learn how NV Energy used a two-day customer journey mapping workshop to create a more consistent experience for SMB ADR customers and hear about about how it produced a comprehensive touchpoint plan for this customer group.

Source: PLMA Women in Demand Management & Customer Engagement Joint Group Discussion featuring Michelle Lindsay, Berkshire Hathaway, NV Energy; Lenore Zeuthen, Zeuthen Management Solutions; and Sharyn Barata, Opinion Dynamics; moderated by Meridith Nierenberg, Orange and Rockland and Robin Maslowski, Navigant
Type: Web recording


February 2017


FERC Study

FERC Demand Response and Advanced Metering Assessment Study

This report is the FERC staff’s eleventh annual report on demand response and advanced metering required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. It is based on publicly-available information and discussions with market participants and industry experts. Based on the information reviewed, it appears that:

  • Deployment of advanced meters continues to increase throughout the country, and advanced meters are the predominant metering technology installed and operational throughout the United States;
  • In the organized wholesale markets, the contribution of potential peak reduction to meeting peak demand increased to 6.6 percent in 2015 from 6.2 percent in 2014;
  • The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has developed and approved four new metrics for assessing demand response, and intends to continue its efforts to improve demand response data collection to provide information on how demand response contributes to reliability;
  • The North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) developed and ratified voluntary business standards that facilitate the ability of advanced meters and other utility and third-party grid devices to communicate directly with each other and exchange information; and
  • On January 25, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in FERC v. Electric Power Supply Association, upholding the Commission’s authority under the Federal Power Act to adopt Order No. 7455.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Michael Lee and David Kathan, FERC; and Richard Philip, Duke Energy
Type: Web recording


January 2017


KCPL Study

KCPL Thermostat Program Case Study

The KCP&L Thermostat Program, developed in partnership with CLEAResult, is designed to replace 23,000 legacy thermostats with Nest Learning Thermostats over a three-year program cycle. This partnership enabled KCP&L to offer state-of-the-art Nest Learning Thermostats to their customers at no cost, with an additional $25 annual incentive. Key Takeaways are:

  • Nothing Beats Customer Satisfaction. Customer testimonials on social media are the best way to market a program
  • Never Stop Innovating. By consistently providing their customers with new and innovative offerings, KCP&L remains contemporary
  • The Back-End Matters. The software employed to manage inventory and field staff needs to ensure a seamless, easy and accurate end-to-end customer journey

Source: CLEAResult
Type: Case Study


Calif. Potential

California DR Potential Study

On November 14, 2016, Draft Phase II report of the 2015 Demand Response Potential Study, provided by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was published by the California Public Utilities Commission. The report provides draft findings for two existing DR products (shape and shed) and two products designed to meet future grid needs (shift and shimmy). The report provides levelized cost supply and demand curves for these products for 2020 and 2025. View the report at CLICK HERE.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Mark Martinez, Southern California Edison; Neda Oreizy, Pacific Gas & Electric; and Jennifer Potter, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Type: Web recording


DR Mgmt Systems

Demand Response Management Systems: Current Implementations, Future Trends

Demand Response Management Systems (DRMS) have been in development for several years now, but there are still only a handful of deployments to date. However, there has recently been an uptick in activity from across the spectrum of utility types ranging from municipal utilities to cooperatives to investor-owned utilities. There are a number of drivers such as system reliability, renewable integration, customer engagement, and regulatory mandates that are leading to increased interest in DRMS. However, there is really no standard definition of what a DRMS should offer at this point and different vendors offer varying system capabilities. Navigant recently published the first full-scale research report focused on DRMS in Q3 2016 and will moderate a discussion on utility implementations of DRMS highlighting best practices and lessons learned.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Diana Breziner, PECO; Sarah Chatterjee, NV Energy; and Brett Feldman, Navigant
Type: Web recording


December 2016


FERC Report

FERC Assessment of Demand Response and Advanced Metering

This report is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff’s eleventh annual report on demand response and advanced metering required by section 1252(e)(3) of Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005). It is based on publicly-available information and discussions with market participants and industry experts. Based on the information reviewed, it appears that:

  • Deployment of advanced meters continues to increase throughout the country, and advanced meters are the predominant metering technology installed and operational throughout the United States;
  • In the organized wholesale markets, the contribution of potential peak reduction to meeting peak demand increased to 6.6 percent in 2015 from 6.2 percent in 2014;
  • The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has developed and approved four new metrics for assessing demand response, and intends to continue its efforts to improve demand response data collection to provide information on how demand response contributes to reliability;
  • The North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) developed and ratified voluntary business standards that facilitate the ability of advanced meters and other utility and third-party grid devices to communicate directly with each other and exchange information; and
  • On January 25, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in FERC v. Electric Power Supply Association, upholding the Commission’s authority under the Federal Power Act to adopt Order No. 745.

Source: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission report authored by a FERC Staff Team led by Michael P. Lee
Type: Report


NARUC's Manual

NARUC's Distributed Energy Resources Rate Design and Compensation Manual

On November 10, 2016, NARUC released the final Distributed Energy Resources Rate Design and Compensation manual (details at www.naruc.org/rate-design/) . This manual provides commissions with information related to how DER affects rate design, a background on DER, rate design and compensation options, and an outline of how to consider DER going forward. The manual does not provide commissions with answers to these questions, but provides information to help commissions navigate this new and ever-changing landscape. This Dialogue provides an overview of the manual itself, what it is designed to accomplish, how it can be used, and what’s next.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Chris Villarreal, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, and John Powers, Extensible Energy
Type: Webinar recording


November 2016


34th PLMA Conference, Delray Beach, Florida

Real-world insight from practitioners and energy utilities active in the demand response marketplace. Over 200 demand response industry professionals attended from energy utilities and government agencies as well as industry allies, including consultants, manufacturers, and service providers.

Source: PLMA
Type: Conference Proceedings with Photo gallery


October 2016


Duke Energy Florida's Award-Winning Initiative

Pacific Gas & Electric's Award-Winning Initiative

Learn why Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Smart AC Program was recognized as a Program Pacesetter in the 13th PLMA Awards. This program has over 150,000 customers with one-way paging load control devices that provide peak period load reduction of approximately 80-100 MW. When PG&E’s team set out to explore two-way load control switches and communication systems they discovered that the type of information available and the frequency of the information from these solutions were not adequate to mitigate identified operational risks, and effectively manage their program. PG&E lead a consortium of utility reps and worked with vendors who collaborated to reconfigure their products. The result is an increase in benefits for using Smart Grid-based, two-way load control switches. As other utilities across the country look to upgrade their one-way load control systems to two-way, they will benefit in the groundwork PG&E has done.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Wendy Brummer, Pacific Gas & Electric Company; Carlos Bravo, Silver Spring Networks; and Ray Pustinger, AESC
Type: Webinar recording


September 2016


Duke Energy Florida's Award-Winning Initiative

Austin Energy's Award-Winning Initiative

Discover why Austin Energy was recognized in the 13th PLMA Awards as a technology pioneer for its comprehensive approach to evolving its legacy DR initiatives. Austin Energy was one of the first to successfully harness the BYOT (Bring Your Own Thermostat) concept. It did so by partnering with technology manufacturers, and actively promoting the utilization of open standards and protocols to effectively integrate the BYOT participants into their residential DR program. The utility enhanced its legacy C&I DR programs utilizing a similar strategy that incorporates open protocols and EPRI’s Demand Response Automation System in its C&I AutoDR program. An example of the results are that one building that historically was able to reduce load by about 25 KW per event has increased its load shedding to over 100 KW with Auto DR.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Scott Jarman, Austin Energy; and Paul Miles, PECO, an Exelon Company
Type: Webinar recording


Duke Energy Florida's Award-Winning Initiative

CPS Energy's Award-Winning Initiative

Discover why CPS Energy was recognized as a thought leader in the 13th PLMA Awards for its My Thermostat Rewards Holiday Splash. The project was a Black Friday holiday promotional campaign partnered with retail & thermostat partners and social media, to combine Black Friday Specials and Holidays offers with a healthy Bring-Your-Own-Thermostat rebate. The result was 1,745 new enrollments in which was a 1.5 to 2 times lift at retail, 6 times improvement in year-over-year enrollment, a program growth of 40% during the 6-week push. This well timed and attention-grabbing campaign during the Holiday season has great potential for “leveraging” by other utilities have struggled to raise awareness of Bring-Your-Own-Thermostat program offerings.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Justin Chamberlain, CPS Energy; Jeffrey Hamel, Nest Labs; and Brian Solsbee, Tennessee Valley Authority
Type: Webinar recording


Defining Demand Response's Evolution

Training

Join this discussion among the architects of PLMA's Demand Response Training Series as they articulate a definition for the evolution of demand response as detailed in the draft Paper at http://www.peakload.org/resource/resmgr/training_series/Defining_Demand_Response_Ev.docx.

Their definition will be used across the three demand response training courses produced by PLMA in mid-September in St. Louis. But you are invited to add editorial comments to help define an ideal industry vision for the fully-evolved state of demand response and identify the 10 most significant initiatives in the evolution of demand response.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Michael Brown, NV Energy; Scott Coe; Ross Malme, Skipping Stone; and Stuart Schare with Greg Wikler, Navigant
Type: Webinar recording


August 2016


National Grid's Award-Winning Initiative

National Grid's Award-Winning Initiative

Discover why National Grid was recognized as a technology pioneer in the 13th PLMA Awards. Discover the utility's comprehensive combination of technologies and strategies to achieve demand response through both dynamic prices and direct load control as well as behavioral energy efficiency through web applications and in-home displays. National Grid's Smart Energy Solutions program provides customers smart thermostats, load control devices, web apps, and in-home displays to deliver real-time energy use and compelling messages alongside personal photographs. With CEIVA Energy's software, the utility can segment customers, monitor and control a range of smart energy technologies, enable the smart meter home area network, and access full reporting and analytics. The result is a seamless end-to-end solution for the utility and its customers that integrates a range of technology providers, including Itron, Cisco, GE, Simple Energy, Verizon, and Carrier.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Elisabeth Morgera, National Grid; Wannie Park, CEIVA Energy; Ray Pustinger, AESC
Type: Webinar recording


Duke Energy Florida's Award-Winning Initiative

Duke Energy Florida's Award-Winning Initiative

Learn why the Duke Energy Florida's EnergyWise Home Program was recognized as a Program Pacesetter in the 13th PLMA Awards. With 418,000 participating customers and 550,000 Direct Load Control switches installed, this 653 MW load management program allows customers to reduce their energy use when demand is high by participating with their centrally-ducted heating and cooling systems, electric water heaters and pool pumps, in exchange for monthly bill credits. In 2015, the utility began transitioning from an internally developed application and legacy one-way paging infrastructure, to Comverge's IntelliSOURCE Demand Response Management System and two-way Wi-Fi and cellular DLC switches. The new platform includes variable and geographic load control, real-time asset and inventory management, and paperless, IPad-based work order management system. The utility has developed a way to more effectively and more frequently utilize resources for short-term energy demands, controlling water heaters more than 140 times per year, on average. This is an industry-leading example of continued applied technology innovation.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Thomas Artau, Duke Energy; and Jason Cigarran, Comverge
Type: Webinar recording


AESP, PLMA & SEPA Survey of Utilities and NARUC Members on Demand Response

AESP, PLMA & SEPA Survey of Utilities and NARUC Members on Demand Response

In late 2015 and early 2016, the three leading associations serving the Demand Response industry – AESP, PLMA and SEPA – partnered to conduct a survey of utilities across the nation and NARUC members to take a pulse on the state of DR. Join us to learn about the utilities’ perspective on market impacts; technology anticipated and currently deployed; challenges to integrating energy efficiency and demand response; regulators’ perspectives on Dynamic Pricing; and the role of advocacy for DR. Findings we will share in this presentation include:

  • If utilities anticipate changes to their business model to encourage more DR
  • If utilities expect BYOD to become a major DR program channel
  • If regulators will require DR as an element of compliance plans with the CPP
  • What barrier to dynamic pricing programs regulators view as the greatest risk to rate payers
  • How utilities and regulators view the role of dynamic pricing in the next five years

Source: Joint AESP/PLMA/SEPA Initiative featuring Brett Feldman, Navigant Research; Sharon Mullen Navigant; Elody Samuelson, Consumers Energy
Type: Webinar recording


The Community Storage Initiative 2016 Leadership Forum

The Community Storage Initiative 2016 Leadership Forum:
When the Smart Grid Meets Grid-Interactive Storage! Grid-Responsive Becomes Grid-Interactive & Load Management Becomes ‘Community Storage’!

In recent months, it has become increasingly apparent that overall interest in energy storage is rapidly accelerating. From the introduction of the Tesla ‘Powerwall’ to a recent RMI Report entitled “The Economics of Demand Flexibility”, there is an emerging consensus that the country needs a wide variety of dynamic energy storage resources. At the same time, the Community Solar business model has experienced growing acceptance by the electric utility industry as a valid renewable production strategy. These realizations have led directly to the recent announcement that NRECA, NRDC, EEI, APPA and PLMA have launched a coordinated market development effort entitled ‘The Community Storage Initiative’. Following the recent release of The Brattle Group research, “The Hidden Battery” (sponsored by NRECA, NRDC and PLMA), The Community Storage Initiative is an inclusive national market development collaborative that has garnered the support of the electric utility industry, the environmental community, the renewable energy industry and the public policy community.

Source: Community Storage Initiative
Type: Conference proceedings


June 2016


What is ‘Community Storage’ and Why Should I Care?

Interactive discussion of the definition and market potential of ‘Community Storage’. In recent months, it has become increasingly apparent that overall interest in energy storage is rapidly accelerating. From the introduction of the Tesla ‘Powerwall’ to a recent RMI Report entitled “The Economics of Demand Flexibility”, there is an emerging consensus that the country needs a wide variety of dynamic energy storage resources. At the same time, the Community Solar business model has experienced growing acceptance by the electric utility industry as a valid renewable production strategy. These realizations have led directly to the recent announcement that NRECA, NRDC, EEI, APPA and PLMA have launched a coordinated market development effort entitled ‘The Community Storage Initiative’. Following the recent release of The Brattle Group research, “The Hidden Battery” (sponsored by NRECA, NRDC and PLMA), The Community Storage Initiative has emerged as an inclusive national market development collaborative that has garnered the support of the electric utility industry, the environmental community, the renewable energy industry and the public policy community.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Robin Roy, NRDC; Alex Hofmann, APPA; Keith Dennis, NRECA, and Steve Rosenstock, EEI, Moderated by Steve Koep, Vaughn Thermal and PLMA Behind-the-Meter Storage Interest Group Co-Chair
Type: Webinar recording


May 2016


Understanding the Storage and Demand Response Relationship

Understanding the Storage and Demand Response Relationship

Discussion to delve into the technology and operations opportunities that come from forming a relationship between energy storage and demand response programs. Learn the highlights and lowlights of grid-scale storage projects, community solar initiatives, and the go-to-market strategy that can make them useful in your Demand Response and Demand Management program. The conversation will begin with brief presentations from these industry thought leaders:

Source: PLMA Women in DR Update featuring Elise Hunter, Pacific Gas and Electric Company; Anissa Dehamna, Navigant Research; and Elizabeth Reid, Olivine; and moderated by Gwen Resendes, Bonneville Power Administration and Women in DR Interest Group Co-chair
Type: Webinar recording


April 2016


PLMA Recognizes Leading Energy Utility Demand Response Initiatives

PLMA Recognizes Leading Energy Utility Demand Response Initiatives

PLMA (Peak Load Management Alliance) announced eight winners of its 13th Annual PLMA Awards. The Awards were presented during the 17th PLMA Spring Conference in San Francisco, California. Those recognized as the best demand response programs, initiatives and achievements from calendar year 2015 are...

Source: PLMA Award Program
Type: News Announcement


 
17th PLMA Spring Conference, San Francisco, California

17th PLMA Spring Conference, San Francisco, California

Real-world insight from practitioners and energy utilities active in the demand response marketplace. Over 150 demand response industry professionals are expected to attend from energy utilities and government agencies as well as industry allies, including consultants, manufacturers, and service providers.

Source: PLMA
Type: Conference Proceedings with Photo gallery


December 2015


FERC Staff Issue Assessment of Demand Response and Advanced Metering Report

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) staff has released its 10th annual report on demand response and advanced metering as required by Section 1252(e)(3) of Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005). It is based on publicly-available information and discussions with market participants and industry experts. In it's summary based on the information reviewed, FERC says it appears that:

  • Deployment of advanced meters continues to increase throughout the country. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), an additional 8.7 million advanced meters were installed and operational between 2012 and 2013, resulting in advanced meters representing almost 38 percent of all meters in the United States
  • States and various federal agencies continue to undertake significant activities to promote demand response;
  • Supported by new policy efforts at the retail level, demand response in conjunction with other established and developing resources and technologies is facilitating innovative grid architectures and system operations; and,
  • While demand response barriers continue to be addressed, there is jurisdictional uncertainty associated with the Supreme Court’s review of Electric Power Supply Association v. FERC.

Read and download the full text of the 2015 Report: CLICK HERE

Source: FERC
Type: Industry Report


November 2015


16th PLMA Fall Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina

16th PLMA Fall Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina

Real-world insight from practitioners and energy utilities active in the demand response marketplace. Over 150 demand response industry professionals attended from energy utilities and government agencies as well as industry allies, including consultants, manufacturers, and service providers.

Source: PLMA
Type: Conference Proceedings with Photo gallery


October 2015


The Future of Demand Response: The Practitioner's View

The Future of Demand Response: The Practitioner's View

Until recently, demand response was mostly considered a stopgap measure to be used during a peak load event. Recently, however, utilities are beginning to see demand response as a tool to be used in system planning and operations, especially when it comes to integrating renewable energy. Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) Board Chairman Paul Tyno with Buffalo Energy Advisors, PLMA Board Vice Chairman Rich Philip with Duke Energy, and Extensible Energy President and CEO John Powers participated in a PLMA Demand Response Dialogue in early August. They discussed demand response's move into the mainstream and how utilities are incorporating demand response into their operating and business processes.

Source: Electric Light & Power
Type: Magazine article


July 2015


Demand Response Moves to the Mainstream

Demand Response Moves to the Mainstream

The idea of energy efficiency and demand reduction as a "fifth fuel" after coal, natural gas, nuclear and renewables is nothing new, but, despite that, efficiency and curtailment measures are typically incorporated into an energy plan as an afterthought or as a response to regulatory pressure. One such measure, demand response, or DR, has historically been a second-string player, only deployed when there's an emergency. And despite DR's contributions to maintaining grid stability, averting blackouts and brownouts, and reducing the impact of extreme summer and winter weather events, the industry has been slow to adopt it as a meaningful solution to managing the electric grid. We believe this slow adoption is about to change. Within the next five years, we see the role of DR shifting from that of understudy to key player. 2015 will be a transformative year for DR — one in which DR heads out of the shadows of emergency management and into its own as a legitimate market force.

Source: Energy Biz
Type: Magazine article

April 2015


16th PLMA Spring Conference, Tucson, Arizona

16th PLMA Spring Conference, Tucson, Arizona

Real-world insight from practitioners and energy utilities active in the demand response marketplace. Over 150 demand response industry professionals attended from energy utilities and government agencies as well as industry allies, including consultants, manufacturers, and service providers.

Source: PLMA
Type: Conference Proceedings with Photo gallery


November 2014


15th PLMA Fall Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

15th PLMA Fall Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Real-world insight from practitioners and energy utilities active in the demand response marketplace. Over 150 demand response industry professionals attended from energy utilities and government agencies as well as industry allies, including consultants, manufacturers, and service providers.

Source: PLMA
Type: Conference Proceedings with Photo gallery


April 2014


15th PLMA Spring Conference, Denver, Colorado

Real-world insight from practitioners and energy utilities active in the demand response marketplace. Over 150 demand response industry professionals attended from energy utilities and government agencies as well as industry allies, including consultants, manufacturers, and service providers.

Source: PLMA
Type: Conference Proceedings with Photo gallery


October 2013


14th PLMA Fall Conference, Atlanta, Georgia

Real-world insight from practitioners and energy utilities active in the demand response marketplace. Over 150 demand response industry professionals attended from energy utilities and government agencies as well as industry allies, including consultants, manufacturers, and service providers.

Source: PLMA
Type: Conference Proceedings with Photo gallery


April 2013


14th PLMA Spring Conference, Austin, Texas

Real-world insight from practitioners and energy utilities active in the demand response marketplace. Over 150 demand response industry professionals attended from energy utilities and government agencies as well as industry allies, including consultants, manufacturers, and service providers.

Source: PLMA
Type: Conference Proceedings with Photo gallery


November 2012


13th PLMA Fall Conference, San Francisco, California

Real-world insight from practitioners and energy utilities active in the demand response marketplace. Over 150 demand response industry professionals attended from energy utilities and government agencies as well as industry allies, including consultants, manufacturers, and service providers.

Source: PLMA
Type: Conference Proceedings with Photo gallery

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