2015 PLMA Member Resources Directory

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.

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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