October 2019 

 A Path Forward for Integrated Demand Side Management... and PLMA's Next 20 Years

Path Forward

Joel Gilbert co-founded PLMA in 1999 because he foresaw the industry needed innovative thinking and a collaborative working group to solve the peak load management challenges of the day. As PLMA looks to celebrate its 20th anniversary in St., Petersburg this November, Joel believes the industry needs a bit of a “reset button” to move it past the “evolutionary incrementalism” and refinements of buggy whips it currently is considering. In this dialogue with Rich Philip from Duke Energy, Joel will outline the current impediments he sees to a survivable IDSM strategy and how PLMA members can work together to address those, just like we did back when PLMA first started. If these impediments are not addressed, he feels the assumption that technology and the IOT will not yield success. Joel’s concern is that we are just not facing the realities today in the current electricity pricing models both in wholesale and retail markets. He is also concerned that any technologies we might consider helpful are going to face the harsh reality of shrinking internal resources (especially within IT departments) and rising fears over data security and privacy risks, while senior leadership asks for clear monetized benefits and business cases that are still elusive or unprovable.

Source: PLMA Dialogue featuring Joel Gilbert, Apogee Interactive and Richard Philip, Duke Energy
Type: Webinar

Eversource Energy for Commercial & Industrial Active-Demand Management Demonstration

Eversource C&I

Eversource Energy introduced an innovative holistic approach to reducing peak demand among commercial and industrial (C&I) customers. Their active-demand management demonstration utilized a wide range of technologies, including battery storage, ice storage, phase change material thermal storage, advanced software and controls and wi-fi thermostats, to engage large and small C&I customers. Not only did the demonstration successfully engage with a variety of C&I customers, it also reduced the 2018 regional peak by 8.7 MW. This demonstration project shows that taking a holistic approach to demand reduction is necessary for the long-term viability of demand-reduction programs and paved the way for the development of an approach to peak-demand management featuring various technology types, each using open communication protocols that connect to a single dispatch platform.

Source: PLMA Dialogue featuring Michael Goldman, Eversource Energy; and Michael Smith, National Grid 
Type: Webinar

Women in Demand Management Survey and Group Discussion

Women in DM

The Group Co-chairs want your input about the PLMA Women in Demand Management Interest Group, even if you are not a member or a woman. The survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Women-in-DM-2019-Survey will take less than 3 minutes to complete. Individual responses are confidential. Please encourage your fellow PLMA members to respond to this survey. The survey results will be shared during the October 23 webcast. According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, women constitute only 21.4% of the utilities workforce. Join this Women in Demand Management Group Discussion to hear the results of our 2019 survey and discuss our priorities for 2020. All are welcome - we want your questions and suggestions, and are seeking volunteers to work with us on an expanded schedule of activities.

Source: PLMA Dialogue featuring Melissa Knous, Duke Energy and Lenore Zeuthen, Zeuthen Management Solutions
Type: Webinar

Using Marketplaces to Drive Demand Response Adoption and Participation


A growing number of utilities have launched or are considering online marketplaces aiming to engage customers effectively in an era of increasing online service offerings. Marketplaces offer customers a unique opportunity to purchase products or select services from their trusted energy advisor through a utility branded website. These marketplaces can be dynamic platforms that offer instant rebates, coupons, or promotional code-based discounts, while integrating with utility back end systems to verify customer program eligibilty. In addition, the utility can introduce customers to new, innovative, and emerging products or services that customers won’t see in traditional retail outlets, and provide easy enrollment at the same time.

Source: PLMA Dialogue featuring Scott Jarman, Austin Energy; Nicholas Lovier, Ameren Missouri; Kristen Kadetsky, Uplight; and Doug Kraft, Franklin Energy Services
Type: Webinar