PLMA Load Management Leadership Load Management Dialogue
PLMA Load Management Dialogue

Resource Materials For:

National Grid and EnergyHub for National Grid ConnectedSolutions

with Paul Wassink, National Grid; Chris Ashley, EnergyHub; and Brett Feldman, Guidehouse Insights

Presented on Thursday, May 21, 2020; 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern

Thank you for your interest in this PLMA Demand Response Dialogue. This will be a 30-minute conversation with just a few Powerpoint slides.

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Gain key insights from a 17th PLMA Award-winning initiative for Program Pacesetter.

National Grid’s ConnectedSolutions program is the nation’s first pay-for-performance-based Bring-Your-Own-Battery Demand Response (DR) program. The program has shown how to cost-effectively incentivize customers to purchase batteries and allow the utility to discharge those batteries to reduce peaks on the grid. The program provides residential, commercial, and industrial battery owners across Massachusetts and Rhode Island with incentives from $200-400/kW-performed per year in exchange for providing battery capacity to support a more sustainable and efficient grid. The program embraces consumer choice by enabling participation with battery integrators from Tesla, Sunrun, Generac, SolarEdge, and Sonnen through an integration with a single Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) platform provided by EnergyHub. With the goal of enrolling 17 MW of load relief by the end of 2021, the program is on track to provide more than $15,000,000 per year in system benefits, which will reduce costs for all customers. This program started as a National Grid program, but it has been so successful that it has since been adopted by Eversource and Unitil. These utilities work together to offer one consistent program for customers.

Paul Wassink

Paul Wassink

National Grid and Utility Load Management Exchange Steering Committee

Paul Wassink is the program manager for demand response at National Grid. Paul has been working in the energy efficiency field for a long time, and is excited to be part of the evolution of traditional energy efficiency to time and location based demand management.

Chris Ashley

Chris Ashley


Chris is Vice President of Utility Sales at EnergyHub, where he leads a team responsible for driving growth in EnergyHub's DERMS business through new and expanded partnerships with utility customers. Prior to joining EnergyHub in 2016, Chris spent eight years at EnerNOC in a variety of market development and sales roles, most recently as Regional Director of Utility Sales.

Brett Feldman

Brett Feldman

Guidehouse Insights and PLMA Award Group Co-Chair

Brett Feldman is a research director with Guidehouse Insights, leading the custom research business. With over 20 years of experience in the energy sector, Feldman focuses on creating custom research solutions for clients, going beyond traditional syndicated research data and information. Previously, he led research on distributed energy resources. Prior to joining Guidehouse, Feldman was a principal for demand response at Constellation Energy, an energy efficiency program manager for Eversource, and an energy consultant for ICF and Nexant. He currently serves as a member of the US Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee. He has also served as the chair of the Business Issues Committee of the Association of Demand Response and Smart Grid, the chair of the New York Independent System Operator Price Responsive Load Working Group, the vice chair of the Independent System Operator-New England Demand Resources Working Group, and the co-chair of the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Committee. A Certified Energy Manager, he is a recipient of the Peak Load Management Alliance’s 2014 Outstanding Market Research Award and 2017 Thought Leader Award. Feldman holds a BA in economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Boston University.

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).

How Dialogue Works. When you register, you may submit a comment or question in advance. After brief introductions, the featured speakers will have an informal 30-minute conversation. You're welcome to use a speaker phone so an unlimited number of people may participate. After the Dialogue, you will receive a recording web link. Unable to participate on this day and time? Register anyway and you will automatically receive the recording link.