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Dialogue: DOE Future Connected Communities: Validating Buildings as a Grid Resource
Thursday, April 02, 2020, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
Category: PLMA Webcast

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PLMA Load Management Dialogue

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US Department of Energy’s Future Connected Communities:
Validating Buildings as a Grid Resource

with Davis Nemtzow, DOE; Mary Ann Piette, LBNL; Teja Kuruganti, ORNL; and Allison Hamilton, NRECA

Thursday, April 2, 2020; 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Eastern

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Discover why the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Building Technologies Office is expanding its research to validate grid-interactive efficient buildings as a grid resource. Gain insights regarding key findings on grid-interactive efficient buildings research and future opportunities.

The dialogue will focus on a significant investment planned by DOE in Connected Communities. As used here, the term Connected Community is a group of grid-interactive efficient buildings with diverse, flexible end use equipment that collectively work to maximize building and grid efficiency without compromising occupant needs and comfort. The goal of a proposed Funding Opportunity Announcement is to demonstrate the ability of groups of efficient buildings to provide additive benefits to the electricity system and building owners including energy savings, peak demand reduction, reduced capacity needs, and cost savings. DOE intends to expand its initial set of smart community testbeds into a larger cohort of regional pilot projects to study a variety of building types, technologies, and business models in varied utility regulatory environments, climates, and locations.

Read about Department of Energy Releases Request for Information on Potential Funding for Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings in Connected Communities at click here and plan to join PLMA for a dialogue with these industry thought leaders.


David Nemtzow

David Nemtzow

U.S. Department of Energy

David Nemtzow is the Building Technologies Office Director of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). He previously served as the team's senior strategist. David brings to EERE more than three decades of experience in the industry, including running a large state government energy and water department, a prominent bipartisan nonprofit energy efficiency association, and an energy consulting practice. Before serving in his current role, he was director-general (CEO) of the Department of Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability for New South Wales―Australia's most populous state―where he played a central role in the state's electricity, greenhouse, energy, and water strategies and policies. He also served as president of the Alliance to Save Energy. In addition, he has been a member of the executive committee of a distributed energy storage startup company, an independent energy consultant, and a senior congressional energy staff member.


Mary Ann Piette

Mary Ann Piette

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Mary Ann Piette is a Senior Scientist, Director of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division and Senior Science Advisor to the Associate Lab Director of Energy Technologies Area at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She oversees LBNL's building energy research activities with the US Department of Energy and over 25 other R&D sponsors. She is also the Director of the Demand Response Research Center. Mary Ann's work involves developing and evaluating new technology and building components, controls, operations, simulation, whole building and electric load shape analysis and behavior. She is also lead researcher at LBNL on the automated demand response technology. Mary Ann has authored over 90 peer reviewed publications related to energy efficiency and demand response and has worked at LBNL since 1983. She has a MS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and a Licentiate in Building Services Engineering from the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.


Teja Kuruganti

Teja Kuruganti

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Teja Kuruganti is the Group Leader for Computational Systems Modeling Group in Computational Sciences and Engineering Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where he has worked since 2003. He currently leads ORNL activities in developing novel sensors and controls for improving energy efficiency of buildings and novel techniques for enabling grid-integration and responsive building loads. Dr. Kuruganti is also a Joint Faculty Associate Professor in Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


Allison Hamilton

Allison Hamilton

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Allison has been Senior Principal, Markets and Rates, Business and Technology Strategies at NRECA since 2016. She serves as the technical expert for NRECA staff and membership with respect to retail and wholesale rate structures and evolving energy services business models. Develop technical resources, presentations and reports for internal and external stakeholders on all aspects of power supply and rate structures.

Who Should Attend. Utility and regulatory staff as well as other energy industry trade allies and organizations seeking thought leadership and insight on dynamic load management, including demand response and distributed energy resources.

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.


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