Demand Response Training Series

Demand Response Training Series

PLMA's Demand Response Training Series Course Catalog includes in-person presentations of:

  • Introduction to Demand Response (one-day course)
  • Evolution of Demand Response to Distributed Energy Resource (one-day course)
  • Demand Response Markets (two-day course)
  • Program Design and Implementation (two-day course)


Demand Response Training Series

Evolution of Demand Response: Fundamentals and Path Forward

This one-day course explains how today’s demand response initiatives are evolving to interact with an emerging future with distributed energy resources for peak load management and much more. The course content expands on a white paper at Learning objectives include:

  • Articulate a common, descriptive language for describing the evolution of demand response as seen through the eyes of industry leaders
  • Explain the current state of the fundamental market principles and technology enabling demand response initiatives today
  • Compare and contrast how demand response programs perform relative to energy efficiency, thermal/battery storage, and renewable energy initiatives
  • Introduce examples of portfolio design strategies and implementation tactics to address the challenges of a fading boundary between bulk power exchange and retail electricity usage
  • Detail free and low-cost resources to learn more about topics and initiatives discussed

Upcoming Presentations:

  • April 16, 2018 in Coronado, CA adjacent to 37th PLMA Conference 
  • July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC adjacent to SEPA Grid Evolution Summit

Past Presentations:

  • Sept. 26, 2017 in Portland, OR adjacent to SmartGridNW 
  • Oct. 25, 2017 in San Francisco, CA Adjacent to the CEDMC Fall Conference
  • Nov. 13, 2017 in Cambridge, MA Adjacent to the 36th PLMA Conference

Demand Response Markets

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The DR Markets course explores how to leverage wholesale energy market models to design demand response programs for traditionally regulated, restructured, and emerging electricity markets; a detailed review of the similarities and differences among markets in which demand resources can participate; and, the current and future roles for electricity consumers, aggregators, energy retailers, utilities, and market operators. Approximately 18 contact hours. Topics include:

  • General structure of traditionally regulated markets and role of market participants
  • General structure of restructured electricity markets and role of market participants
  • Types of markets in which demand response could participate—energy, capacity, ancillary services, emergency, economic, etc.
  • Review, history, markets and products of PJM, NYISO, ISO New England, ERCOT, CAISO, MISO, SPP, IESO, and AEMO
  • Review of other important emerging markets and international markets
  • Review of important controversial market design and regulatory issues
  • Opportunities for retail energy marketers, utilities, technology and service vendors
  • Explore the emerging role of energy storage and other emerging demand-side resource trends
  • Future outlook and emerging trends

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DR Program Design and Implementation

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This course covers the key elements of demand response (DR) activities. This includes topics related to program development such as: the market and regulatory environments; business drivers; market potential; program design; and economic analysis. Topics related to program implementation will include the tactics and methodologies used to improve program success, including a discussion of: organizational and resourcing strategies; contracting; business processes; technology integration; and measurement & verification. Interactive exercises will enable participants to gain hands-on experience with various aspects of DR program development and implementation. Topics include:

  • DR drivers and program types
  • Market potential
  • Program design and portfolio development
  • Cost-effectiveness assessment
  • Program implementation strategies and tactics

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Introduction to Demand Response

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This one-day course provides a comprehensive overview of demand response topics and current issues from the perspectives of multiple stakeholders: utilities, retail energy providers, customers, Independent System Operators, and other demand response technology and services providers. All students will receive a Reference Manual. Topics include:

  • Basics of demand response
  • Types of demand response
  • History of the growth of demand response, including important related regulatory and technological developments
  • Broad overview of demand response markets (traditionally regulated and restructured electricity markets)
  • Current volume and market penetration of demand response

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Who Should Attend

The primary audience for the courses includes utility and regulatory staff as well as other energy industry trade allies and organizations seeking to improve their knowledge of how demand response methods are used in the electricity industry to meet peak electricity demand, mitigate the impact of high electricity prices, and manage variable generation. The training is open to all industry stakeholders with significantly discounted rates to PLMA member organization staff. CLICK HERE to see who has attended one or more PLMA training courses.

All Attendees Receive

  • Mentored learning experience in a course developed and taught by industry professionals
  • Resource Manual with Glossary of Terms and Presentation Slide Deck in digital format
  • Optional Certificate of Completion
  • Permanent access to the training Alumni Group for their course, for updates and ongoing communication with the cohort, mentors, and instructors
  • Download the free Demand Response Glossary of Terms and Definitions to get started today

Host Opportunities

If you are interested in hosting this or any DR Training course or would like to be added to the waiting list. Download a sample Host Memorandum of Understanding here. For more information, please contact Tiger Adolf: [email protected]