Demand Response Training Series

Demand Response Training Series

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

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Demand Response Training Series

Demand Response Fundamentals and Evolution

Nov. 12, 2018, Austin, Texas

Adjacent to 38th PLMA Conference

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 www.peakload.org/DefiningEvolutionDR.

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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
  • Download the free Demand Response Glossary of Terms and Definitions to get started today

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

October 10-12, 2018, Phoenix, Arizona

Co-hosted by Arizona Public Service and Salt River Project

The DR Market Fundamentals 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.

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Topics include:

  • General structure of traditionally regulated and restructured energy markets and role of market participants
  • Review, history, markets and products of PJM, NYISO, ISO New England, ERCOT, CAISO, MISO, SPP, IESO, and AEMO
  • Economics, configuration and process modeling; group exercise
  • Types of markets/services in which demand response could participate—energy, capacity, ancillary services, emergency, economic, etc.; group exercise
  • Review of other important emerging markets and international markets
  • Review of important controversial market design and regulatory issues
  • Opportunities and Grid Planning Implications 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
  • Tools, techniques, communication standards; group exercise
  • Course Exam
  • Facilitated Mentor Round Table Discussion
  • Download the free Demand Response Glossary of Terms and Definitions to get started today
  • CLICK HERE to download a sample agenda

Registration Rates:

  • Member Rate: $1249 (A Complimentary Member Pass may be available for some members; inquire at [email protected]
  • Non-member Rate: $1449 (A Complimentary Member Pass may be available for some members; inquire at [email protected]
  • Regulator Rate: 50% off with code TReg
  • Academic Members receive 50% off the member rate

Past Course Presentations:

  • March 2015, Consumers Energy, Jackson, Michigan
  • May 2015 Southern California Edison, Los Angeles, California
  • May 2016 Nest Labs, Palo Alto, California
  • Sep. 2016 Ameren, St. Louis, Missouri
  • May 2017 NV Energy, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Demand Response Program Design and Implementation

October 8-10, 2018, Phoenix, Arizona

Co-hosted by Arizona Public Service and Salt River Project

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.

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Topics include:

  • Demand Response overview, drivers, and program types
  • Demand Response and Distributed Energy Resource Market potential
  • Portfolio development for electric and gas: size and timing; grid services; non-wires alternatives; group exercise
  • Program design for electric and gas: target markets, technologies, incentives, and budgets
  • Cost-effectiveness assessment: cost, benefits, standard tests, issues and decisions; group exercise
  • Program implementation strategies and tactics: staffing; marketing (assessment, branding, recruitment); group exercise;
  • Program Management: data, customer experience, technology, communications, performance
  • Evaluation, Measurement and Verification: data, impacts, design improvements
  • Course Exam
  • Facilitated Mentor Round Table Discussion
  • Download the free Demand Response Glossary of Terms and Definitions to get started today
  • CLICK HERE to download a sample agenda

Registration Rates:

  • Member Rate: $1249 (A Complimentary Member Pass may be available for some members; inquire at [email protected]
  • Non-member Rate: $1449 (A Complimentary Member Pass may be available for some members; inquire at [email protected]
  • Regulator Rate: 50% off with code TReg
  • Academic Members receive 50% off the member rate

Past Course Presentations:

  • Feb. 2015 NV Energy, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Dec. 2015 Tennessee Valley Authority, LaVergne, Tennessee
  • May 2015 Southern California Edison, Los Angeles, California
  • May 2016 Nest Labs, Palo Alto, California
  • Sep. 2016 Ameren, St. Louis, Missouri
  • May 2017 NV Energy, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Introduction to Demand Response

Not currently scheduled for presentation. Contact Tiger Adolf if you wish to request a privately hosted training course.

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.

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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
  • CLICK HERE to download a sample agenda

Past Course Presentations:

  • Nov. 2014, PECO, Philadelphia, adjacent to 15th PLMA Fall Conference
  • April 2015, Tucson Electric Power, Tucson, adjacent to 16th PLMA Spring Conference
  • Nov. 2015, Duke Energy, Charlotte, adjacent to 16th PLMA Fall Conference
  • April 2016 Pacific Gas and Electric, San Francisco, adjacent to 17th PLMA Spring Conference
  • Sep. 2016 Ameren, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Nov. 2016 Delray Beach, Florida, adjacent to the 34th PLMA Conference
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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.

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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 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]

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