PLMA Load Management Leadership Load Management Dialogue
PLMA Load Management Dialogue

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Austin Energy for Austin SHINES Project

with Anna Popp, Austin Energy; and Laurie Duhan, BGE

Thursday, July 9, 2020; 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern

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Gain key insights from a 17th PLMA Award-winning initiative for Technology Pioneer.

The Austin SHINES project (Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV) pilots the integration of utility-scale, commercial, and residential resources on the distribution grid and under the holistic coordination of a DERMS platform (Distributed Energy Resource Management System). The DERMS was provided and developed with the utility’s project partner, Doosan GridTech, and performs as a tool enabling varied and stacked asset management use cases. In addition to controlling fielded assets, of solar PV and battery energy storage, at both utility and aggregated customer sites, the software helps model different mixes and configurations of assets to determine the best value proposition against cases of holistic controls, autonomous and no controls of DERs (Distributed Energy Resources). Hands-on deployment, in combination with modeling, has offered a rich field from which to gather a better understanding of the opportunities, challenges, and realities of DER integration that pioneers a new gridscape. The methodology for management was documented as a replicable and configurable technique to serve other utilities, across multiple jurisdictions.

Anna Popp

Anna Popp

Austin Energy

Anna Popp is a Power System Graduate Engineer at Austin Energy, the City of Austin’s municipally owned utility. Anna currently works in Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Integration, on the T&D side of the utility, under System Operations & Advanced Technologies. Anna initiated her career through Austin Energy’s 2 year leadership rotational program and has worked in Power Production, Rates and Financial Regulated Operations, and Transmission Reliability and Power Quality. While most of her work has contributed to the Austin SHINES project, she is also collaborating with business units across the organization, to achieve utility value, grid resilient goals, and develop a strategic DER program.

Laurie Duhan

Laurie Duhan

BGE, an Exelon Company and PLMA Award Group Co-Chair, Moderator

Laurie Duhan has worked in the regulated utility industry for over 35 years. Currently she leads BGE’s Demand Side Management Programs, which include Residential Demand Response, Residential and Commercial Energy Efficiency and Behavioral Energy Efficiency programs. She is responsible for all aspects of these programs including strategic planning, program design, measurement and valuation, as well as meeting BGE’s EmPOWER Maryland energy efficiency goals. Prior to this position Laurie lead BGE’s Gas and Electric Customer Choice programs, allowing customers to purchase their gas and/or electricity from a licensed third-party energy supplier. Her experience in areas at BGE in both leadership and key contributor positions include Gas Pricing and Tariffs, Regulatory Accounting, Budget Analysis and Financial Planning. Prior to joining BGE, Laurie worked at Houston Lighting & Power Company. Laurie is currently a Co-Chair for PLMA’s Award Group

Who Should Attend. Utility and regulatory staff as well as other energy industry trade allies and organizations seeking thought leadership and insight on dynamic load management, including demand response and distributed energy resources.

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