Demand Response Training Series

Demand Response Training Series

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

Who Comes to Demand Response Training?

Demand Response Training Series

Evolution of Demand Response to Distributed Energy Resources: Fundamentals and Path Forward

(Not currently scheduled)

This 1 day in person or 2-day online 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  $195 for PLMA Members, $395 for Nonmembers.  PLMA Member passes do not apply.


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Introduction to Demand Response Fundamentals

This online, on-demand training course developed by Enerdynamics with PLMA presents a detailed introduction to the fundamentals of Demand Response. It is intended for utility professionals or anyone needing a better understanding of this increasingly important load management resource. Details at It is strongly recommended, but not required, that you complete this course prior to the DR Mark Fundamentals or DR Program Design and Implementation. This online course will take about 3 hours to complete.

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Demand Response Wholesale Markets

(Not currently scheduled)

The Demand Response Wholesale 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; and the role of Distributed Energy Resources and Storage in the market. We recommend but do not require completing Introduction to Demand Response Fundamentals prior to attending this course.

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Demand Response Program Design and Implementation

(Not currently scheduled)

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, including the role of Distributed Energy Resources and Storage in program design. We recommend but do not require completing Introduction to Demand Response Fundamentals prior to attending this course.

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Registration Fees

On-line Training:

  • Member Rate: 20% Member Discount
  • Non-member Rate: $79

1-day Training:

  • Member Rate: $195
  • Non-member Rate: $395

2-day In Person Training:

  • Member Rate: $1249 (A Complimentary Member Pass may be available for some members; inquire at [email protected])
  • Non-member Rate: $1449

2-day Online Training

  • Member Rate: $1199 (A Complimentary Member Pass may be available for some members; inquire at [email protected])
  • Non-member Rate: $1699

Cancellation Policy: PLMA always provides full refunds on cancellations with at least 24 hours’ notice.

Training not in your budget? A limited number of nonmember scholarships are available for utilities and regulators. Inquire at [email protected]

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.

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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 Demand Response 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]

Mentor Opportunities

If you are experienced in the load management industry and would be interested in serving as a mentor for any Demand Response Training course please review the Training Mentor Roles document and send a brief bio and statement of qualifications (1 page) to Tiger Adolf: [email protected].  Mentor roles are limited to qualified staff of member organizations listed on the Member Directory, and must be approved by the Education Planning Group co-chairs.