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 PLMA and SEPA Seek Your Non-Wires Alternatives Project Experiences

Submit a Project Nomination by May 15 to
Contribute to this PLMA and SEPA Joint Research Project

Submit A Project Nomination

The need to replace aging electric grid infrastructure amidst rapidly evolving utility roles, customer demands and improved distributed energy resource (DER) technology is clear. Utilities – and others – are exploring lower cost, higher consumer and environmental benefit solutions with non-wire alternatives (NWA).

PLMA and SEPA are working together, with funding from E4TheFuture, to gather lessons learned from current, past, and future NWA projects and share back experiences and lessons learned in a free public report. The two organizations seek to document and share the knowledge and experiences our peers have experience working on non-wires alternatives projects. 

Know of any NWA projects that you think should be included in this public study? Please nominate today.

Have an interest in joining our peer review team and supporting this industry effort? Fill out the peer review application to get started.

You don't have to be a member of either organization to contribute to this survey, or to a peer review process to identify 10 projects to feature as case studies in the report.  However, you will need a free profile to be able to manage the application.  If you don't already have a PLMA profile, create one by following the directions below.

Deadlines and Questions

Submissions for consideration in this public study are due no later than May 15.

For any questions on this effort, please email the team at [email protected].

What we’re looking for

  • Projects of all sizes and technology types
  • Key learnings and challenges from your project experiences
  • Insights into project drivers, proven practices, and project metrics

NWA project nominations will be considered to be highlighted as one of ten case studies in a public joint report.

If you do not have a  PLMA sign in, you may create one at no cost.  Choose from the options below:

  • If your organization IS listed in the Member Directory, choose "I am staff of a PLMA member organization" on the Membership Application to create your free member profile.  Your individual member profile username and password allows you to register for PLMA events at discounted member rates, access member-only content, join interest groups, receive email announcements, and other member benefits. Member organizations may have an unlimited number of individual profiles.
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SEPA and PLMA to Focus on Non-Wires Alternative Opportunities

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 2, 2018 — The need to replace aging electric grid infrastructure amidst rapidly evolving utility roles, customer demands and improved distributed energy resource (DER) technology has utilities — and others — exploring lower cost, higher consumer and environmental benefit solutions with non-wire alternatives (NWA).

To address the ambiguity surrounding this proliferating trend, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA), with funding from E4TheFuture, have launched an industry-wide call for nominations to compile the knowledge and experiences of those working on NWA projects in order to gather lessons learned. These will later be shared with the broader industry in a public report released later this year.

“The possibility for utilities to meet changing system needs without traditional transmission and distribution upgrades opens up myriad options for the future grid,” said Steve Cowell, President, E4TheFuture. “A key obstacle to achieving such possibilities is proving non-wires alternatives viability and applicability. While many projects exist in the nation, there is a lack of information sharing, which means most publicly available details are anecdotal. The resulting report will aim to fill that knowledge gap for potentially greater industry replication.”

SEPA and PLMA are looking for::

  • Common considerations when deciding to take a non-wires approach to grid infrastructure upgrades.
  • Success factors and challenge points from both a strategic/policy and tactical/operational perspective.
  • Individual project drivers, proven practices, and project metrics.

Submissions for consideration in this public study are due no later than May 15. Projects of all sizes and completeness - in progress, incomplete, unsuccessful - are encouraged to submit. Following the deadline, a yet-to-be-finalized Peer Review Group of experts will select projects to explore more deeply through detailed interviews. Get more information and submit why a NWA project should be considered for inclusion here.

The final report will be published by SEPA, PLMA and E4TheFuture in November 2018. Results will also be shared at upcoming in-person SEPA and PLMA events and via public webinars.

SEPA Media contact: Mike Kruger, 202.280.1556
PLMA Media contact: Ed Thomas, 707.652.5333
NWA Research contact: Brenda Chew, 202.753.8955

About SEPA

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is an educational nonprofit working to advance the utility industry’s transition to a clean energy future through education, research, standards and collaboration. SEPA offers a range of research initiatives and resources, as well as conferences, educational events and professional networking opportunities. SEPA is founder and co-sponsor of Solar Power International and winner of the Keystone Policy Center’s 2016 Leadership in Energy Award. For more information, visit www.sepapower.org.
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About PLMA

PLMA (Peak Load Management Alliance) is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 as the Voice of Demand Response Practitioners. It is a community of experts and practitioners dedicated to sharing knowledge and providing resources to promote inclusiveness in the design, delivery, technology, and management of solutions addressing energy and natural resource integration. Learn more at www.peakload.org.
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About E4TheFuture

E4TheFuture is a nonprofit organization advancing clean, efficient energy solutions. Advocating for smart policy with an emphasis on residential solutions is central to E4TheFuture’s strategy. “E4” means: promoting clean, efficient Energy; growing a low-carbon Economy; ensuring low-income residents can access clean, efficient, affordable energy (Equity); restoring a healthy Environment for people, prosperity and the planet. Dedicated to bringing clean, efficient energy home for every American, E4TheFuture’s endowment and primary leadership come from Conservation Services Group whose operating programs were acquired in 2015 by CLEAResult. Visit www.e4thefuture.org.
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