Connected Devices Interest Group

Connected Devices Interest Group

Connected Devices Interest Group

The PLMA Connected Devices Interest Group seeks to examine the costs and benefits of all types of utility-sponsored programs that leverage connected devices to deliver demand response, energy efficiency, or other system benefits. One of the group's goals is to identify the resources and partners that help articulate a comprehensive value assessment of the demand response and energy efficiency benefits associated with connected devices. 

The Connected Devices Interest Group's focus is all connected devices, including thermostats. While the group will continue to discuss topics related to connected thermostat technology, it will also explore a wider range of devices that reflect the changing landscape of the energy industry. In addition to developing webinars and pre-conference workshops, the group will also collect and selectively share a range of published resources including utility thermostat program evaluations and reports, as well as those on  other connected devices, plus white papers authored by manufacturers, consultants and other third-parties. 

Group Leadership

Cindy Berry, Austin Energy
Co-Chair
Cindy Berry

Austin Energy

Kari Binley, ecobee
Co-Chair
Kari Binley
ecobee

J.T. Thompson, Enbala
Co-Chair
J.T. Thompson

Enbala

 

Upcoming Activities 

HOT TOPICS Conversation: How Utilities Can Approach Customers with a Full Value Stack
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 12:30 to 1:30 pm ET/ 9:30 to 10:30 am PT
Presented by the Connected Devices Co-Chairs and Guest Speakers Bill LeBlanc and Jason Turner

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(PLMA Members Only Please)

Archived Activities

HOT TOPICS Conversation: Building a DER Portfolio through Business Case Modeling
Presented Thursday, April 15, 2021
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HOT TOPICS Conversation: Dialing Up TOU Rates on the Radio with CEC's Dr. Karen Herter
Presented Thursday, July 30, 2020
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Connected Devices Interest Group Pre-Conference Meeting

Monday, April 20, 2020. Listen to the recording at www.peakload.org/41st-conference-resources to learn more. Free and available to all, but you must be signed in to access.

Connected Devices Interest Group Pre-Conference Meeting
Presented November 4, 2019 at the 40th PLMA Conference in St. Petersburg, FL
See 40th PLMA Resources for presentation links

Connected Devices Interest Group Pre-Conference Meeting
Presented May 13, 2019 at the 39th PLMA Conference in Minneapolis, MN
See 39th PLMA Resources for presentation links

Connected Devices Interest Group Pre-Conference Meeting
Presented November 12, 2018 38th PLMA Conference in Austin, TX
See 38th PLMA Resources for presentation links

Working Together! A Joint Connected Devices/DER Integration Interest Group Discussion
Recording on October 25, 2018

Thermostat Interest Group Pre-Conference Meeting
Presented April 16, 2018 before the 37th PLMA Conference in Coronado, CA
See 37th PLMA Resources for presentation links

Thermostat Interest Group Pre-Conference Meeting
Presented Nov. 13, 2017 before the 36th PLMA Conference in Cambridge, Mass.
See 36th PLMA Resources for presentation links

Women in DM & Thermostat Joint Discussion: Integrated DSM
Listen to the Recording
Presented October 26, 2017 with Jon Hilowitz, Orange & Rockland Utilities, and Tom Hines, Arizona Public Service; Moderated by Olivia Patterson, Opinion Dynamics, and Erika Diamond, EnergyHub. Join this one-hour interest group discussion and learn about new programs utilities are designing that integrate Energy Efficiency and Demand Response. Integrated Demand Side Management (IDSM) has been a buzz word in the industry for the last decade, but now programs and portfolios are executing to the vision.

Thermostat Interest Group Pre-Conference Meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
Presented April 3, 2017 before the 36th PLMA Conference in Cambridge, Mass.
See 35th PLMA Resources for presentation links

Thermostat Interest Group Pre-Conference Workshop
Presented, November 6, 2016 before the 34th PLMA Conference, Delray Beach, Fla.
The Dating Game plus dynamic presentations and discussions on relevant topics.
See 34th PLMA Resources for presentation links

Thermostat Interest Group Pre-Conference Workshop
Presented April 18, 2016, before the 17th PLMA Spring Conference, San Francisco, Cal.
See 17th Spring PLMA Resources for presentation links

Help us Play the Feud: Thermostats vs Switches
One of the workshop sessions is going to be a fun format for a real discussion on the benefits and drawbacks of different technologies. In the spirit of the Family 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. And the best part: this should take less than 5 minutes.

Thermostat Interest Group Discussion
presented October 13, 2015 (web discussion)
Listen to this Thermostat Interest Group Discussion about industry developments related to thermostats and a Charlotte workshop preview.
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Thermostat Interest Group Meeting
Presented Monday, November 2, 2016 before the 16th PLMA Fall Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina
See 16th Fall PLMA Resources for presentation links

You Are Designing Thermostat Programs For The Future Today; We Can Help
During the last thermostat interest group meeting, we heard a variety of perspectives from utilities and vendors about their experiences with diverse program designs. This meeting on November 2, 2015, in Charlotte, NC, was designed to take the conversation one step further and focus on the future of thermostat program design. The thermostat market is catching fire and there is no shortage on ideas and designs to capture customers’ attention, but what is the right approach for you? This will be more workshop than meeting, and intended to help everyone leave with the tools and insight necessary to start designing the programs of the future today.

Thermostat Interest Group Meeting
Presented April 27, 2015 before the 16th PLMA Spring Conference, Tucson, Arizona
See 16th Spring PLMA Resources for presentation links

Thermostat Interest Group Meeting: Can Manufacturers and Utilities Implement Together?
The April 27 meeting of the PLMA Thermostat Interest Group Meeting will follow the format of the November 3, 2014 PLMA Thermostat Interest Group meeting held in Philadelphia. This format is intended to be more conversation and dynamic in nature to meet the needs of all attendees. The primary focus of this meeting will be program implementation. This will be an interactive meeting with two short presentations on the bring your own thermostat (BYOT) model implementations. Similarly, there will be two short presentations focused around utility provided devices. These presentations will be used to stimulate a roundtable style discussion comparing the challenges and benefits of the different type of programs that are being managed for thermostats. Please join us for a spirited discussion around the latest activities related to smart thermostats.

Industry Developments and Tucson Meeting Topics
April 15, 2015, web-based group discussion
Listen to the recording

Thermostat Interest Group Meeting
Presented Nov. 3, 2014 before the 15th PLMA Fall Conference, Philadelphia, Penn.
See 15th Fall PLMA Resources for presentation links


PLMA Interest Group membership is restricted to representatives from PLMA member organizations, but any organization is welcome to join PLMA. To add your name to this list and receive Group Communications, email [email protected].