PLMA Load Management Leadership Load Management Dialogue
PLMA Load Management Dialogue

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Bonneville Power Administration, Portland General Electric, and Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance for Water Heater Communications

with Tony Koch, BPA; Conrad Eustis, Portland General Electric; and Laurie Duhan, BGE

Presented on Thursday, August 1, 2019; 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern

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Gain key insights from a 16th PLMA Award-winning initiative for Technology Pioneer.

A team from the Pacific Northwest spearheaded by three individuals — Tony Koch of the Bonneville Power Administration, Conrad Eustis of Portland General Electric, and Geoff Wickes of Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance — demonstrated that funding shipments of only smart, DR-enabled water heaters into the Pacific NW would be cost justified to enable a new paradigm for “connected” technologies.  The “smart”, electric resistance and heat pump water heaters were equipped with ANSI/CTA-2045, a new modular communications standard designed for all major appliances that enables a simple, and identical customer experience for enabling communication and smart management.  Beyond simple peak-load management, the project demonstrated daily use of the water heaters as energy storage assets, with high customer satisfaction.

Tony Koch

Tony Koch

Bonneville Power Administration

Tony Koch is a mechanical engineer in Bonneville Power’s Energy Efficiency department, in the Seattle office. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of WA since 1997. He has been in his current position for the past 27 years. Initially, he started in industrial energy efficiency. For the past decade, he has been focused in three areas: 1) electric utility distribution efficiency projects (power transformer replacements, re-conductoring feeders, CVR / VO); 2) supporting Bonneville’s demand response team by leading research and technical support during recent pilots; and 3) leading the portable metering group within Energy Efficiency, managing hundreds of meters and logger.

Conrad Eustis

Conrad Eustis

Portland General Electric

Conrad Eustis is Director Retail Technology Strategy at Portland General Electric Company. He has worked 43 years in the energy industry including 5 years in nuclear submarines and 33 years at PGE. Since 1993, Conrad has implemented more than twenty residential “smart grid” platforms to create utility and customer benefits in the areas of metering, demand response, and renewable energy integration. He co-taught PSU’s course: Designing the Smart Grid for Sustainable Communities. He testified on smart grid standards to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation. He is currently developing cost-effective thermal and battery storage solutions. Conrad has technical degrees from Brown and the school of Engineering at Carnegie-Mellon.

Laurie Duhan

Laurie Duhan

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

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 Committee.

Who Should Attend. Practitioners from energy utilities, solution providers and trade allies looking to gain and share dynamic load management expertise, including demand response (DR) and distributed energy resources (DER).

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