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

Oct. 28-29, 2020 Online
(prior to the 42nd PLMA Conference)

This two-day live 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

Learning objectives will 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
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Education Planning Co-Chairs

Mark Martinez

Mark Martinez
Southern Calif. Edison

Christine Riker

Christine Riker
Energy Solutions

Guest Instructors

Joseph Childs, Eaton

Joseph Childs

Debyani Ghosh, Navigant

Debyani Ghosh

Olivia Patterson, Opinion Dynamics

Olivia Patterson
Opinion Dynamics

Richard Phillip, PLMA

Richard Phillip

John Powers, Extensible Energy

John Powers
Extensible Energy

Jenny Roehm, Schneider Electric

Jenny Roehm
Schneider Electric

Course Agenda

October 28

Day 1 - 12:30-4:30 pm Eastern
Fundamentals and Technology

12:30 - 12:40 PM Welcoming Remarks and Introductions
Christine Riker, Energy Solutions

12:40 - 1:20PM

Demand Response Fundamentals
Christine Riker, Energy Solutions
1:20 - 1:30 PM Short Break
1:30 - 2:20 PM DR Technology Overview
Joseph Childs, Eaton
2:20 - 2:30 PM Short Break
2:30 - 3:20 PM Wholesale Power Markets Design
John Powers, Extensible Energy
3:20-3:30 PM Short Break
3:30 - 4:20 PM How Demand Response Fits in Wholesale Markets
Rich Philip, PLMA
4:20-4:30 PM Wrap-up and Discussion
4:30 PM Adjourn Day 1

October 29

Day 2 - 12:30-4:30 pm Eastern
Strategies and Tactics

12:30 - 1:30 PM Portfolio Development
Debyani Ghosh, Navigant
1:30 - 1:40 PM Short Break
1:40 - 2:40 PM Program Design and Implementation
Jenny Roehm, Schneider Electric
2:40 - 2:50 PM Short Break
2:50 - 3:50 PM Evaluation, Measurement & Verification
Olivia Patterson, Opinion Dynamics
3:50 - 4:00 PM Short Break
4:00 - 4:30 PM Closing Remarks and Where to Learn More
Christine Riker, Energy Solutions
4:30 PM Adjourn Day 2

Registration Rates

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  • PLMA Member Organization Staff: $195
  • All others: $395
  • Limited Scholarships are available, contact [email protected] to learn more.

Staff of PLMA member organizations must sign-in to receive member rates . If you are not a PLMA member, click on register and follow the directions to create a free Nonmember Attendee user profile to receive the non-member rate.

Who Should Attend

The primary audience includes new and transitioning utility and regulatory staff as well as solution providers seeking to improve their knowledge of how transition/reposition/create customer programs to address demand response methods and emerging distributed energy resources to meet peak electricity demand, mitigate the impact of high energy prices, and manage variable generation. This training course is open to all industry stakeholders with significantly discounted rates to member organization staff of PLMA and allies. Who comes to PLMA training? CLICK HERE to see.

Course Materials

Registrants will receive a link for downloading an electronic copies of the course presentation materials for reference purposes in advance. All registrants who successfully complete the course may request a PLMA Certificate of Completion.

Continuing Education

These courses may qualify for AEE continuing education and may be accepted for other certifications as well. Supporting documentation can be provided upon request for your particular submission.

Cancellation Policy

We know plans change. PLMA always provides full refunds on cancellations with at least 24 hours’ notice, or you may transfer your registration to another someone else in your organization with no additional charge.