Demand Response Training Series

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

presented Online 
Wednesday, October 28 and Thursday, October 29, 2020
12:30-4:30 pm Eastern

This two-day interactive 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

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You may download an electronic version of the materials in advance for review, in Adobe PDF format.* These materials are prepared so that you may take notes within the documents or print them for your own use. Materials will not be printed for distribution during the class.

View the Recording - Day 1
View the Recording - Day 2

- Agenda (also see below)
PLMA Demand Response Training Series Abbreviations and Glossary - Click Here (Adobe PDF)
Slide Deck CLICK HERE (Adobe PDF)- Course Evaluation at CLICK HERE 

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Additional Resources

- EIA Annual Energy Outlook CLICK HERE
Defining the Evolution of Demand Response: A PLMA Thought Leadership White Paper 
The Future of Distributed Energy Resources: A PLMA Practitioner PerspectivesTM Compendium
Calculating Cost-Effectiveness for Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Impacts

PLMA Resource Directory

Learning objectives:

  • 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
  • Compare and contrast how demand response programs perform relative to energy efficiency, thermal/battery storage, and renewable energy initiatives
  • Explore how technology enables demand response initiatives today
  • Detail free and low-cost resources to learn more about topics and initiatives discussed


Join the Conversation

Education Planning Co-Chairs

Mark Martinez

Mark Martinez
Southern Calif. Edison
[email protected]

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


Staff Contacts:

PLMA Staff: Tiger Adolf, [email protected], 707-771-6429 or Judy Knight, [email protected]

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 to 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.

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.



PLMA (Peak Load Management Alliance)is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 as the national voice of demand response practitioners. PLMA has grown to over 150 utility and allied organization members!
Click here to view the 2019 Annual Activity Report

Click here to learn more about the benefits of membership.