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Presentation Archive for 17th Spring Conference

Presentations are available below for the 17th Spring Conference, as they appeared on the agenda.  Click on the presenter name or session name in bold red or green.  Please note some sessions were round table discussions without slides, and a few presenters did not have slides for their sessions.

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Archived Presentations (click on Speaker or Session name to download)

17th PLMA Spring Conference

April 19-20, 2016
San Francisco, California

Gain real-world insight from practitioners and energy utilities active in the demand response marketplace. Over 230 demand response industry professionals attended the spring conference including national and international energy utilities and government agencies as well as industry allies, including consultants, manufacturers, and service providers.  Look Who Came to San Francisco!

Monday, April 18, 2016 - Grid-Interactive Behind-the-Meter Storage Interest Group Workshop

When the IoT Meets Behind-The-Meter Storage (BTMS)!
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 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 will garner the support of the electric utility industry, the environmental community, the renewable energy industry and the public policy community. Utility personnel, demand response practitioners and their respective organizations will benefit greatly from the compelling dialogue!
Learn More about the Grid-Interactive Water Heating Interest Group

8:30 - 8:45 am

Introductions and Group Overview

8:45 - 10:00 am

The Hidden Battery: When the IoT Meets ‘The Forgotten Appliance’!

Moderator: Steve Koep, Vaughn Thermal Corp.
This panel will discuss the recent Community Storage Initiative launched by NRECA, NRDC & PLMA based on Brattle Group Report – The Hidden Battery: Opportunities in Electric Water Heating - commissioned by these lead organizations. The nation's 50 million residential electric water heaters collectively represent a significant – and vastly underutilized – energy storage resource capable of leveraging substantial environmental and cost benefits. (Download the report)

Panelists: Roger Lueken, The Brattle Group; Keith Dennis, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association; Robin Roy, Natural Resources Defense Council; Angela Chuang, EPRI

10:00 - 11:15 am

Behind-the-Meter Storage Technology Panel

Moderator: Steve Koep, Vaughn Thermal Corporation
This panel will provide information on the latest on technology available for grid-interactive behind-the-meter storage and discuss program applications, case studies, and where the state of the industry is going.

Panelists: Paul Steffes, Steffes Corp.; Mike Hopkins, Ice Energy; Matthew Blackler, ZEF Energy / Power Over Time; Millisa Marona, Sonnen Batterie; Matt Owens, Stem, Inc.

11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Utility View of Grid-Interactive Behind-The-Meter Storage

Moderator: Joseph Childs, Eaton
Panel participants will discuss grid-interactive behind-the-meter storage and what it means to them. What are they looking for? What are they afraid of? What integration and communication challenges need to be resolved?

Panelists: Elody Samuelson, Consumers Energy; Jim Lazar, RAP – The Regulatory Assistance Project; Gary Connett, Great River EnergyElise Hunter, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

The PLMA Grid-Interactive Behind-The-Meter Storage (BTMS) Interest Group provides a focused platform for information sharing and market development efforts in support of wide scale implementation of grid-interactive behind-the-meter storage technologies. 'Grid-Interactive' is the consensus term describing real-time, two-way communication between the BTMS technology and the electric utility, balancing authority, independent system operator or aggregation entity. When equipped with grid-interactive control functionality, a BTMS technology (GIWH, Thermal Storage (heating & cooling), EV or Battery System) stores 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 BTMS technology and the home or business.

The PLMA BTMS Interest Group is dedicated to bringing the economic, environmental and societal benefits of grid-interactive BTMS technologies to end-use electric customers across the country as an active participant in The Community Storage Initiative!

Monday, April 18, 2016 - Thermostat Interest Group Meeting

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 about the Thermostat Interest Group

12:30 - 1:00 pm

Introductions and Group Overview

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Thermostat Case Studies

Day in the life of a large smart thermostat program.
Sarah Chatterjee, NV Energy

Sarah will cover operational aspects of program implementation that drive their success.

Smart Thermostat Evaluation Techniques
Silas Bernardoni, Franklin Energy

Silas Bernadoni is a professional implementer. He’s designed, implemented, launched, and managed smart thermostat pilots that operated in multiple utility territories. Come learn from his experiences, and leave understanding what you’ll need to successfully evaluate your own thermostat program.

Small businesses need smart thermostats too!
Nenita Plorin, SDG&E with Josh Schellenberg and Dan Thompson, Nexant

SDG&E has the largest deployment of smart thermostats into small business customers in the country, and Nenita will tell you what impacts they’ve measured, the lessons they’ve learned, and why this segment is just as important as your residential customers.

2:30 - 2:50 pm

Refreshment Break

2:50 - 3:20 pm

Free Ridership

As smart thermostat programs become more popular, free ridership becomes more critical to evaluating these programs. The utility industry doesn’t have much experience with a technology like this – strong potential DSM/DR benefits in a market that grew rapidly without much help from utilities. This introduces a bevy questions for anyone looking to the utility channel for smart thermostats, especially when those DSM benefits are difficult to prove and cost-effectiveness margins are growing tighter by year. We’ll discuss this topic in-depth by having an expert provide the groundwork for where to start when it comes to this growing concern.

3:20 - 4:15 pm

Play the Feud: Thermostats vs Switches

A fun format for a real discussion on the benefits and drawbacks of different technologies. In the spirit of the Feud, we've come up with real survey questions to ask the teams, and we're looking for experts (that’s you!) to answer them for us. We would appreciate if you could take a few minutes to complete the survey. The results will help make this more fun and more genuine.

Team Thermostat: Ray Martinez, Tucson Electric Power; Meridith Nierenberg, Orange & Rockland; Peter Black, ecobeec

Team Swtich: Wendy Brummer, Pacific Gas & Electric Company; Derek Kircher, DTE Energ; Dave Hyland, Schneider Electric

4:15 - 4:30 pm


Tuesday, April 19, 2016
7:30 - 8:30 am

Breakfast Buffet in Sponsor Lounge

Morning Emcee: Brad Davids, Nest Labs, Conference Co-Chair

8:30 - 8:50 am

Opening Remarks

Rich Philip, Duke Energy and PLMA Chair

8:50 - 9:00 am

Welcoming Remarks

Wendy Brummer, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, and Craig Sherman, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

9:00 - 9:30 am

Keynote: The Changing Dynamic of a California Utility and the Future of DSM
Aaron Johnson, Vice President, Customer Energy Solutions, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Insights into what PG&E has learned in implementation of demand side programs, how this fits in with the changing landscape of renewable mandates, market integration and making its offers relevant to customers.

9:30 - 10:30 am

How Targeted Demand Management Can Support Distribution System Reliability and Reduce New Infrastructure Investments

Co-moderators: Clayton Engel, Consumers Energy Company and Evan Pittman, Comverge

Electric utilities have traditionally deployed demand response programs as cost-effective alternatives to peaking power plants for system-wide reliability. Today, many utilities are beginning to look also at geographically targeted demand response deployments as cost-effective alternatives to transmission and distribution infrastructure upgrades for local reliability. Using targeted demand management to reschedule investments in T&D capacity also has the potential to free up constrained capital to fund other more valuable projects as well as improve customer satisfaction.

Can We Trust DR as a
Non-Wires Alternative Solution?

Rob Greig, Con Edison

In the context of New York's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), hear how Con Edison is beginning to think about how we move away from only traditional utility solutions for infrastructure upgrades to a diversified approach that incorporates both traditional solutions and customer sided non-wires alternatives. For Con Edison and NYC, DR is the one of the most mature and robust distributed energy resources (DERs) but can we rely on it to the point where it is part of the diversified non-wires solution? This presentation will explore Con Edison's distribution level DR programs, DR performance at different levels of aggregation, how DR resources are both reliable and volatile, what level of DR penetration and diversification is required to offer predictable performance, and how Con Edison's DR programs will evolve in the future.
Understanding How a Targeted Demand Management Program Can Reduce Investments in New Infrastructure
Joe Hally, Central Hudson Gas & Electric

Learn how this utility's innovative new targeted demand management program was designed in conjunction with the REV mandate. Discover the drivers for the program and how demand management provides the utility a lower cost alternative to traditional infrastructure investments. Joe will also discuss how Central Hudson is integrating demand management into electric transmission and distribution planning and operations functions to offset anticipated peak load growth in three distinct zones without requiring any additional infrastructure.
Playing All Your Cards... Using TDSM to Support Distribution System Reliability
Rick Aslin, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Using Targeted DSM to reschedule investments in T&D capacity has the potential to free up constrained capital to fund other more valuable projects in the Company. Shareholders like to see that the Company is deploying capital in an efficient manner. There are strong expectations from our regulators, lawmakers and customers that we integrate DSM to the fullest extent possible into our energy procurement and asset planning activities. Customer satisfaction increases significantly when customers engage with in demand side programs so it's also a value add to our customer programs.
10:30 - 11:00 am

Refreshment Break in Sponsor Lounge

11:00- 12 noon

Integrating Demand Response with Renewables

Co-moderators: Rich Barone, Hawaiian Electric Company and Stuart Schare, Navigant

As renewables usher in a new era of demand response, this panel will explore how the rooftop PV market and other renewables are using bold new DR programs to help manage the grid.

In the style of DR Dialogue, Stuart will guide a conversation with Rich, Greg, and John following short presentations.

Rich Barone, Hawaiian Electric’s Manager of DR Programs will start the conversation with a short discussion of how the utility is addressing its booming rooftop PV market and using bold new DR programs to help manage the grid on the way to a future of 100% renewable energy. Hawaiian Electric issued a request for proposals to DR aggregators not just for capacity but for the provision of "grid services," including ancillary services, from demand-side resources.

Managing and Integrating Demand Response in a Clean Energy Grid: The Hawaii Case Study
Greg Wikler, Navigant

In 2015, Hawaii enacted a law that mandates 100% of the state's electricity comes from renewable sources by 2045. With this amount of renewable energy on Hawaii's electric grid, there are concerns about the operational challenges. In response, Hawaiian Electric, its regulators and stakeholders are exploring ways to effectively utilize DR to improve operational flexibility of the grid. This presentation describes the methods and findings from a recent evaluation of the potential for fast-responding DR to provide operational flexibility to the grid. The study assessed a range of grid-services that can be provided by specially designed DR programs for each of the five islands.
Demand Response and Distributed Solar: Lessons from the Community Solar Value Project
John Powers, Extensible Energy

Overview on incorporating DR measures into a strategy for integrating distributed energy resources (DER) is an important new area of research and experimentation. The Community Solar Value Project (CSVP) is a DOE SunShot-sponsored project that is helping utilities design better community solar programs. That effort includes incorporating DR options into the program design for community solar so customers can select DR measures at the same time they are making another important energy decision. In this presentation, we will share a scoring method developed by the CSVP team for matching specific DR options with specific solar integration issues. Developed in conjunction with a group of eight public and private utilities, this method is assisting program managers in rapidly screening candidate approaches for offsetting net system load variability.
12 noon 1:00 pm

Lunch Buffet in Sponsor Lounge

Afternoon Emcee: Paul Miles, PECO

1:00 - 1:30 pm

Award-Winning Initiatives

Co-moderators: Brian Solsbee, Tennessee Valley Authority and Ray Pustinger, AESC

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 2015 and provide the opportunity to hear from the award winners themselves. Nominations closed March 4.

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1:30 - 3:00 pm

DR Portfolio Makeover: Leveraging Data Analytics and New Technology to Maximize Program Assets

Co-moderators: Justin Louis, Landis+Gyr and Joseph Childs, Eaton

Using New Analytics to Improve Old Load Control
Mark Martinez, Southern California Edison with Josh Schellenberg, Nexant

Learn how SCE has integrated its Summer Discount Program (SDP) with the California ISO, leveraging its local dispatch capabilities to complement other distributed energy resources and relieve local congestion in the energy markets. Interval data analytics of the load impacts significantly improves the cost-effectiveness of this large legacy resource by: adjusting the eligibility criteria; identifying improvements in customer load impact performance; and improving settlement processes for the wholesale market.
Next Gen DR: 1½ way, 2-way, BDR and Excess Supply Side... Oh My!
Wendy Brummer and Jonathan Burrows, Pacific Gas & Electric

Discover how you can improve visibility of your one-way load control system, develop the market for two-way switches, explore behavioral demand response and ask customers to consume energy in a pilot. Gadgets or no gadgets, a DR portfolio can include many different approaches and can offer customers a wide range of choice.
Upgrading a Thermostat DLC Program to Enhance Utility and Customer Value
Tyson Brown, Kansas City Power & Light with Jeff Hamel, Nest Labs

In 2015, KCP&L began to replace more than 30,000 legacy communicating thermostats — the turnkey program will utilize innovative implementation strategies to maximize customer satisfaction and cost-effectiveness. Learn how KCP&L's large residential DR program is overcoming the challenges to reliability and cost effectiveness due to its dependence on outdated, one-way communication technology.
3:00 - 3:30 pm

Refreshment Break in Sponsor Lounge

3:30 - 4:30 pm

Challenging How We Think About Customer Engagement

Co-moderators: Julia Dalla Rosa, ecobee and Ward Eames, NTC Corporate

Success and Lessons Learned from National Grid's "Listen, Test, Learn" Approach to Smart Energy Solutions Pilot
Carlos Nouel, National Grid

Smart Energy Solutions is a smart grid pilot in Worcester, Mass. that enables customers to control their electricity bills on their own terms. National Grid is taking its "listen, test, learn" approach to help 15,000 pilot customers successfully choose the right time-based rates and select the right technology from four energy kits to meet their energy management goals. Besides an extensive direct mail, email, and phone campaign, National Grid has established a presence in the community by holding informational events and workshops, training student ambassadors, and building a store-front Sustainability Hub to provide in-person answers and advice in addition to opportunities to test drive energy kits.

Games and Gamification: Can These Lead to Long-Term Energy Savings?
Courtney Henderson, ILLUME Advising 

During this presentation, conference attendees will learn about the different types of programs that have used games or gamification elements. We will highlight specific case studies to demonstrate key implementation and evaluation challenges as well as call out any identified best practices. Attendees will also learn about different behavioral strategies that these programs often employ, and how to integrate those into their Demand Response programs.

Resource Raiders: a Trickle Up™ program targeting utility customers with school age children
Ward Eames, Austin England, and Nate Metcalf, NTC Corporate

We all know that to change customer behavior, new thinking is needed. NTC Corporate will present excerpts from Resource Raiders a Trickle Up™ program targeting utility customers with school age children. Attendees with experience this 20 minute improvisational comedy show that is accompanied by print and digital DR and EE activities focused on measurable behavior change by parents. Trickle Up™ won the AESP 2016 Award for Customer Engagement.
4:30 - 5:00 pm

Sponsor Showcase Lightning Round

Co-moderators: Sandy Humenik, WeatherBug and Tamara Patterson, EcoFactor

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 at the Networking Reception.

Sponsors: Jason Cigarran, Comverge; Tyler Rogers, EnergyHub; David Podorson, E Source; Justin Louis, Landis+Gyr; Denis Payre, Nature & People First; Eddie Eames, NTC Corporate; Marissa Hummon, Tendril; Joey Barr, WeatherBug Home

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Networking Reception in Sponsor Lounge

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
7:30 - 8:30 am

Breakfast Buffet in Sponsor Lounge

8:30 am - 12 noon

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Track A

Emcee: Dave Hyland, Schneider Electric

8:30 -10:00 am

Innovative Residential Program Strategies

Co-moderators: Heather Manypenny, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative and Lee Hamilton, Xcel Energy

Learn how 3 utilities from across the country are using different strategies to increase participation in their DR programs. You will also hear from trade allies who are supporting these efforts.

Going Big in the Windy City: How ComEd is Integrating Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Initiatives
Brian Kirchman, ComEd

Learn how a utility is working with trade allies to combine energy efficiency and demand response advantages with unique sets of technical components across residential, small business and commercial hospitality customer sectors. The presentation will focus on a major initiative to deploy one million smart thermostats by 2020 with rebates of up to $125 and an aggressive marketing campaign. Discover how ComEd is now scaling the use of thermostats as a cost-effective platform for customer-focused demand response.
BYOT at Great River Energy: Leveraging Smart Devices as Demand Response Assets
Gary Connett, Great River Energy with Seth Frader-Thompson, EnergyHub

Learn how a Minnesota-based generation and transmission cooperative and its distribution members are deploying a Bring Your Own Thermostat (BYOT) demand response program. Discover how BYOT demand response works, why the utility chose this strategy for its member coops, and program results to date.
SCE Scales Up their BYO Program Through Innovative Marketing
Dave Kaintz, Southern California Edison with Jeff Gleeson, Nest Labs

Hear how Southern California Edison has ramped up participation in its Peak Time Rebate program by working together with its trade allies to develop an integrated marketing plan and, after deploying a the strategy across channels, saw a dramatic increase in program enrollment to close out 2015.
10:00 - 10:30 am

Refreshment Break in Sponsor Lounge

10:30 -12 noon

What's Next in DR: Innovative Research

Co-moderators: Jane Peters, Research into Action and Brett Feldman, Navigant

Integrated Demand Side Management: Research Results
Lindsay Foley, National Grid, with Brett Feldman, Navigant

Gain insight from research that focuses on IDSM programs specifically pertaining to the combination of EE and DR, omitting DG, storage, and other DSM options while noting the growth in importance of those other resources. A utility case study will be included in the presentation. Traditionally, EE and DR have been siloed within utilities, with misaligned goals and barriers to transferring funds between programs. According to the ACEEE, only 3% of the recorded 2,016 U.S. and Canadian EE, DR, and load management programs served both EE and DR purposes. Yet, the integration of DSM programs has become increasingly popular, especially in places such as California, where the combination of these programs has been used as a fundamental part of the state's energy planning and strategy.
Update on the California Demand Response Potential Study
Jennie Potter, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Hear how the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is evaluating how to enhance DR's role in meeting California's resource planning needs and operational requirements. Learn about the evaluation of the technical potential to provide DR, and the DR products' economic potential that will be used to establish DR goals in California. The research results provide a set of DR potential scenarios that may be used to help determine how to measure and to set annual goals to increase DR participation, and to help evaluate the implications of bifurcation on DR potential.
Demand Response in Western Regional Planning
Andy Satchwell, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Learn results of assessed forecasts of DR capacity programs and resources for the Western Electricity Coordinating Council transmission planning studies over the past five years. Drawing on the analyses, you will hear a current forecast of DR capacity program resources by load zone and compare prior year forecasts to identify trends in DR program design and policies.
The Empowered Consumer
Nathan Shannon, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative

What cool things has the smart grid enabled? The Empowered Consumer study examines how investments in grid modernization and smart grid technologies are empowering consumers to break the mold of passive consumption and become dynamic users, and looking ahead, this research also sheds light on consumer interest in "the next big things" in smart grid technologies. Hear research findings and details on areas where utilities and their partners have successfully engaged consumers as well as what's at hand in terms of new consumer technology.
Demand Response, Grid Modernization and The State of the States
Cameron Brooks, E9 Insight

Learn findings from a comprehensive survey of regulatory activities at the state public utility commissions. This study, performed under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy, examined over 2,500 active proceedings and stakeholder initiatives and offers an important perspective on the "state of the states" with regard to demand response, grid modernization and advanced technology. The findings offer an important perspective on how the character and orientation of policy making varies with the size and market structure in each state. This overlay of policy analysis offers unique insights on the outlook for investment in new technologies and efforts at market transformation, especially with regard to consumer technology and distributed energy resources.

Track B

Emcee: Brian Doyle, Xcel Energy

8:30 - 9:15 am

Agricultural DR: Managing Water Demand in the West

Moderator: Ruth Kiselewich, ICF International

This panel looks at how some utilities are engaging agricultural irrigation customers and addressing challenges to adopting demand response by growers. The lessons learned relating to the process of understanding the customer, and identifying solutions, can be applied to demand response implementation in all sectors.

Shaving Peaks without Betting the Farm: A PacifiCorp Agricultural DR Case Study, Shawn Grant, Rocky Mountain Power

Learn how a utility and trade ally are working together to provide approximately
200 MW of capacity to the grid by working with farmers and leveraging remote shutoffs for agricultural irrigation pumps. In the Midwest and Western US, agricultural sector irrigation pumps can consume up to 30 percent of a utility's load. When demand response can be leveraged to manage this load and shave peaks at the height on summer, both utilities and their customers win.
Agricultural DR: Lessons and Practices from the Green Field
Kitty Wang, Energy Solutions

Gain insight from a recent LBNL study on Opportunities for Automated Demand Response in California Agricultural Irrigation that identifies structural, organizational, and programmatic challenges to adopting ADR in this sector. The research draws from lessons learned and success factors from PG&E's ADR technology enabling incentive program and SCE’s Agricultural Pumping-Interruptible Program.

Variable Irrigation Rate Control: Using Center Pivot as an Economic Resource
Sarah Chaterjee, NV Energy with Michael Koszalka, ICF International

Sarah and Mike will discuss NV Energy's innovative pilot variable rate irrigation controls program that allows center pivot irrigation sprinklers to be remotely managed based on soil needs using 2- to 6-degree strategies. Remote controls eliminate the on-off operation of the pivot and allows the utility to control the pivot as a DR resource--expanding from ISQ to economic resource and reserve.

9:15 -10:00 am

Towards Seamless Integration - Connecting the dots from Utilities to DR Consumers

Co-moderators: Justin Chamberlain, CPS Energy and Ganesh Ayer, Honeywell

Protocols and Programs are the foundation of any open system. Multiple layers within a protocol’s framework makes it complicated for various devices to communicate in a cost-effective and seamless fashion. This “voice of experience” panel will explore the challenges encountered in implementing Demand Response projects using openADR at various commercial and industrial facilities. Lessons learned, best practices and path forward to bring curtalable kW into DR programs will also be discussed.

Build It and They Will Come? Dynamic Decision Making When Integrating Open Protocols
Rich Barone, Hawaiian Electric Company with Yvette Maskrey, Honeywell

As standards evolve and change, there is an evolution of technology. Standards such as OpenADR 2.0b and intelligent communication enable a utility to leverage their system(s) architecture to further enable demand response programs using distributed energy resources. Yet, even with open standards, integration is a process requiring much work. One utility’s system architecture for DR and DER, along with best practices and lessons learned will be shared during the session to help utilities better prepare for challenges that may arise with integration of open protocols across multiple manufacturers.

Lessons Learned from the Trenches: Enhancements to California Utility AutoDR Programs
Fred Yoo, Pacific Gas and Electric Company with Christine Riker, Energy Solutions and Mark Kerbel, Encycle

California utilities have a number of AutoDR programs, spanning large industrial sites down to small commercial and residential consumers. This will be a candid discussion of the challenges encountered in program design, managing communications between parties, designing processes to minimize costs and complexities across all parties, as well as enhancements recommended/implemented. With multiple entities involved, as well as changes to the programs and technologies offered, it is a challenging landscape for DR program managers and their customers, requiring attention to providing the appropriate resources and services to bring more DR kW online as efficiently as possible.

10:00 - 10:30 am

Refreshment Break in Sponsor Lounge

10:30 am - 12 noon

Integrating Storage with Demand Response Initiatives

Moderator, Steve Koep, Vaughn Thermal Corp.

Using Energy Storage for Demand Response
JC Martin, San Diego Gas & Electric with Michael Colby, E Source

Hear an overview of what others are doing and where the market is headed for battery storage with a focus on the demand response/load management opportunities, along with case study examples from San Diego Gas & Electric's employee EV charging pilot and its planned EV Grid Integration Pilot Program. Discover how the increasing focus on battery storage is driven by many factors including the falling cost of batteries, the increase in distributed energy resources and the implications to the grid, the ability to provide backup power, electric vehicle (EV) adoption, and potentially rate arbitrage.
Shiftable Energy Storage Potential of Residential Buildings Leveraging Smart Grid Enabled Smart Thermostats
David Urquhart, NB Power with Trevor Nightingale, National Research Council of Canada

Learn results of two pilot projects to assess the viability of using the thermal mass of these existing residential homes for energy storage by dispatching controllable thermostats using DR signals. New Brunswick, Canada is a winter peaking province where a significant contribution to the daily winter peak is due to residential homes that are dominantly heated with electric baseboards with individual, line voltage, room control. New Brunswick Power is investigating ways to reduce and shift the demand of these homes during the winter super peaks.
Value in the Balance: Solar, Batteries, and DR Options
Jill Cliburn, Cliburn & Associates

NM's Prosperity project, including 500-kW of PV, plus 1-MW advanced lead-acid and 500-kW "Ultra" battery systems, has been in field operations since 2011. Control algorithms allow the batteries to be used as a sink or source based on different types of signals, and the data collected provides rich information on the value of alternative renewables integration strategies. Moreover, it provides new insights on incorporating load management, e.g., how treating DR as a "sink and source," could achieve greater net value than a solar plus batteries-only approach. The presentation also discusses concerns around DR measure choices, the scale and location for DR measures, communications technology challenges, cross-departmental program-design issues, and relevant support on this topic from a new DOE SunShot-funded effort, the Community Solar Value Project.
12 noon - 1:00 pm

Lunch Buffet in Sponsor Lounge

Afternoon Emcee: Robin Maslowski, Navigant, Conference Co-Chair

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Zen and the Art of Load Curve Management in the World of Distributed Energy Resources

Moderator: John Powers, Extensible Energy

Hear how several utilities and curtailment service providers are managing the proliferation of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) with a focus on the integration of DR. When it comes to DR, the utilization of DERs is helping to expand the role of traditional DR (peak shaving) to one that provides flexible services (such as renewable integration). These flexible services range from an ability to absorb over-generation to helping mitigate steep ramping needs. This expanding DR role is an exciting one as it reinforces DR’s ability to play a more integral part in supporting grid needs as the energy sector moves to cleaner sources of generation.

Panelists: Crooke Reilly, Pacific Gas & Electric Company; Michael Brown, Berkshire Hathaway Energy; Josh Rasin, Sacramento Municipal Utility District; Robert Hanvey, NRG Curtailment Services

2:00 - 2:15 pm

Welcome to 17th PLMA Fall Conference

2:15 - 2:30 pm

Closing Remarks

Elody Samuelson, Consumers Energy and PLMA Vice Chair

2:30 pm


2:30 - 3:00 pm

Ice Cream Social in Sponsor Lounge with ULME
Sponsored by Nest Labs Inc.


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