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Dialogue: U.S. DOE's Connected Communities Are Scaling Grid-Interactive, Decarbonized Buildings
Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
Category: PLMA Load Management Dialogue

PLMA Load Management Leadership
Load Management Dialogue

PLMA Load Management Dialogue

Join Us for:
U.S. Department of Energy's Connected Communities on
Scaling Grid-Interactive, Decarbonized Buildings

Featuring Dr. Brian Walker of the U.S. Department of Energy
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 | 12:30 to 1:30 pm ET

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has competitively awarded a total of $61 million dollars to 10 comprehensive large-scale projects through its Connected Communities initiative to help accelerate decarbonization of buildings and the electric grid.

Connected communities of grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs) employ energy efficient end uses, distributed energy resources (DERs), coordinated controls and smart technologies (e.g., smart thermostats, smart water heaters, batteries) to interact with the electric grid and coordinate load flexibility to support the grid with emerging issues related to the growth of renewable energy generation.

The awardee project teams include a cross-section of buildings industry stakeholders including utilities, local governments, aggregators, technology firms, home-builders and end-users. These demonstration projects are intended to demonstrate the capabilities of GEBs across an expanded range of technologies, locations, and building types than have been implemented to date, and to provide new information that will empower utilities, aggregators, technology providers, and others to scale grid flexibility and decarbonization of buildings. The projects address a range of aspects critical for scaling, including: customer engagement and retention with a focus on LMI, occupant engagement, technology interoperability, rate design, utility business models, regulatory considerations, and
valuing integrated DERs and GEBs.

Join us for a lively interview with Dr. Brian Walker, Technology Manager at the U.S. DOE’s Building Technologies Office. We will learn about DOE’s vision for this program and for leveraging its outcomes to help the industry scale load flexibility, GEBs, and decarbonization of buildings and the grid.

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Meet Our Featured Speakers:

Rich Philip, Executive Director, PLMA

Moderator Rich Philip
Executive Director,

Dr. Brian Walker
Technology Manager,
U.S. Department of Energy



Who Should Attend. Utility and regulatory staff as well as other energy industry organizations and vendors seeking thought leadership and insight into successful peer-selected DR/DER initiatives.   

How Load Management Dialogues Work. When you register, you are welcome to submit a comment or question for our speaker(s). After brief introductions, our guest speaker(s) will each present their perspectives on the topic. Our moderator(s) will then host a Q&A discussion that includes audience participation. Following the Dialogue, you will receive a link to PLMA's Load Management Resource Center where you can see a session recording and a copy of the slides. If you are unable participate in person in the Dialogue, you can also listen to it on the PLMA Load Management Dialogues podcast, or view it on PLMA's Load Management Resource Center.