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Dialogue: ComEd's Peak Time Savings Program
Thursday, August 02, 2018, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Category: PLMA Load Management Dialogue

PLMA Load Management Leadership Load Management Dialogue
PLMA Interest Group Discussion

Join Us For:

ComEd's Peak Time Savings Program

with Brian Kirchman, ComEd, and Alan Mellovitz, Accenture, with Dain Nestel, ecobee

Thursday, August 2, 2018
12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern


Learn why ComEd's Peak Time Savings Program was a 15th PLMA Award Winner as a Program Pacesetter.

ComEd's Peak Time Savings (PTS) is an opt-in behavioral DR program offered to residential customers with smart meters. PTS, which has been operational for three summers since 2015, is a first-of-its-kind program to be offered in the Midwest, paying participants for voluntarily reducing consumption during summer Peak Time Savings Hours when electricity demand is typically high. PTS enrollment began in the fall of 2014 with approximately 20,000 customers enrolling in the first 90 days, resulting in one of the most successful program launches in ComEd's history. Since then, enrollment has risen to upwards of 230,000 customers, with more than 250,000 expected to participate in the summer of 2018. Not only is the program cost-effective, but market research has also confirmed significant customer satisfaction.

Most recently, ComEd launched the integration of If This Than That (“IFTTT”) which has demonstrated the commitment to leveraging AMI capabilities while providing customers with comprehensive IoT enablement. Leveraging the IFTTT platform, ComEd customers have the power to completely customize how their connected devices respond to pricing signals and Peak Time Savings events. Customers can set their devices to interact with ComEd and IFTTT whether they have an entire line of Connected Home products or a single smart light bulb. This, along with the potential integration with EVs and DERs, gives customers an immense opportunity to save money when their devices automatically curtail energy usage in response to DR events and changes to market price.

Brian Kirchman, ComEd

Brian Kirchman


Brian is Manager of Emerging Technology and Innovation with ComEd. He leads the development of innovation for customer-facing smart grid initiatives, and coordinates materials with departments across Exelon and external contractors along with leadership teams. He also plans, recommends, and delivers products and programs to support Corporate and Business Unit Strategic Plans. Brian also manages the ideation pipeline for innovation related to customer facing programs and drives ideation sessions as well as reporting on new market and customer ideas.

Alan Mellovitz, Accenture

Alan Mellovitz


Alan has been with Accenture Utilities Global Practice for eight years and is an expert on Demand Response and connected home technologies. Alan has focused his career on the strategy and implementation of Smart Grid enabled programs as well as evaluating the intersection of evolving connected home technologies with the Energy Industry.

Dain Nestel

Dain Nestel

ecobee and PLMA Awards Co-Chair

Dain Nestel is Director, West Business Development with ecobee, and co-chair of PLMA's Award Planning Group. Dain's experience includes leading the development of a progressive behavioral demand response (BDR) product, running portfolio energy efficiency programs in the Southwestern United States as well as spearheading business development. He's passionate about the potential of stronger customer engagement to unlock enhanced energy solutions for consumers and utilities alike. Dain has presented and co-authored material for PLMA, Cleantech Forum, BECC, the ACI National Home Performance Council, and WE Magazine.

Who Should Attend. Utility and regulatory staff as well as other energy industry trade allies and organizations seeking thought leadership and insight on innovative demand response methods to meet peak energy load needs, mitigate price, and manage variable generation.

How Dialogues Work. 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.

Contact: Tiger Adolf, [email protected], (707) 771-6429