PLMA Resources Directory | The Voice of Load Management Professionals

Welcome to PLMA's Resource Directory. This robust directory features links to numerous white papers, webinar recordings, conference presentations and reports written, presented and published by the top thought leaders and experts in the energy industry. This dynamic resource is fully accessible to all PLMA members. Although some content requires members to be logged in prior to viewing. A limited amount of content is available to non-members and PLMA allies.

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38th PLMA Conference, Austin, Texas, Nov. 12-14, 2018

38th PLMA Conference, Austin, Texas, Nov. 12-14, 2018

Real-world insight from practitioners and energy utilities active in the demand response marketplace. Over 200 demand response industry professionals attended from energy utilities and government agencies as well as industry allies, including consultants, manufacturers, and service providers. Presentation slides and photo gallery are accessible to conference attendees as well as all other PLMA member organization staff.

Source: PLMA
Type: Conference Proceedings with Photo gallery

37th PLMA Conference, Coronado, Calif., April 16-18, 2018

37th PLMA Conference, Coronado, Calif., April 16-18, 2018

Real-world insight from practitioners and energy utilities active in the demand response marketplace. Over 200 demand response industry professionals attended from energy utilities and government agencies as well as industry allies, including consultants, manufacturers, and service providers. Presentation slides and photo gallery are accessible to conference attendees as well as all other PLMA member organization staff.

Source: PLMA
Type: Conference Proceedings with Photo gallery


FEATURED CONTENT

PLMA's Leadership in Sharing Load Management Expertise

Today’s energy industry finds organizations adapting to new profiles PLMAof production and consumption within an evolving delivery environment. Energy utilities, solution providers and trade allies seek to better understand load management challenges to identify practical paths to implementing proven solutions.  Collectively, PLMA’s 140+ member organizations share a common goal to realize the potential of tomorrow’s energy industry for the benefit of all stakeholders. The non-profit association provides a forum for practitioners to share dynamic load management expertise, including demand response (DR) and distributed energy resources (DER).

Source: PLMA
Type: Article 

15th PLMA Award-Winning Load Management Initiatives Compendium

Awards Compendium cover

This publication is a compendium of six transcripts of webcast interviews with the 15th PLMA Award winners for best demand response and other load management programs, initiatives and achievements from calendar year. The winners are: Program Pacesetters: ComEd's Peak Time Savings Program and Gulf Power's Energy Select Program; Thought Leaders: Austin Energy's Green Building Initiative and Jennifer Potter; and Technology Pioneers: Hawaiian Electric Company's Regulation Reserves Program and Nest's Solar Eclipse Rush Hour Rewards Program.

Source: PLMA; Edited by Awards and Thought Leadership Group
Type: Compendium 

Non-Wires Alternatives: Case Studies from Leading U.S. Projects

NWA Report cover

This publication coproduced by PLMA and SEPA with funding from E4TheFuture profiles 10 industry-leading NWA projects of different sizes and types across the U.S., detailing the critical insights and lessons learned each has provided for utilities and other project developers.Non-wires alternatives, or NWAs, represent one of the most exciting opportunities for the transformation of U.S. utility business models. NWA projects can use distributed energy resources—including energy efficiency, demand response, solar, storage and microgrids—as least-cost energy solutions. By using NWAs, some utilities are delaying or deferring the need for comparably more expensive infrastructure, such as transmission and distribution projects.

Source: E4TheFuture with PLMA and SEPA
Type: Report

2018 Utility Demand Response Snapshot

While the energy industry seems focused on energy storage as a critical solution to many of the challenges of integrating renewables on the grid, a new industry report documents the growth of demand response (DR) as an increasingly valuable and flexible resource.

Based on data gathered directly from 155 utilities across the country, the 2018 Utility Demand Response Market Snapshot finds that, in 2017, an increasingly broad range of DR programs dispatched 10.7 gigawatts (GW) of energy savings to the grid. Total enrolled capacity -- that is, how much saved power was potentially available -- was 18.3 GW.

Source: SEPA with PLMA and Navigant Research
Type: Report

PLMA Practitioner Perspectives™ Compendium Considers Future of “Bring Your Own Thermostat” Programs

BYOT Compendium cover

This thought leadership publication is a compendium of eight energy utility, manufacturer, and solution provider viewpoints. “Bring Your Own Thermostat or BYOT programs are changing the face of energy utility load management and the way customers interact with their utilities,” says PLMA Chair Michael Brown of NV Energy. The compendium’s contributing authors were selected in an open call for submissions. Article drafts were reviewed by a team of mentors that included the PLMA Thermostat Interest Group co-chairs prior to publication.  The compendium details a consensus among the contributing practitioners that BYOT programs will remain a part of utility load management programs, but varying opinions on whether BYOT will replace or augment traditional direct install demand response program models; the relevance of new market segments as they relate to BYOT; and approaches to enhancing the value BYOT brings to demand response programs. 

Source: PLMA; Edited by Thermostat Interest Group
Type: Compendium 

Evolution of Demand Response in the United States Electricity Industry

DR Evolution

As PLMA refined and coordinated materials for the Demand Response Training Series, Michael Brown, NV Energy, together with the PLMA Education Committee and PLMA Training Partners realized there was not a singular, agreed upon definition of Demand Response and the stages of its evolution (DR 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0) to help new and transitioning professionals, regulators, and lawmakers understand the growth and trends of the industry, so they set out to develop a harmonized, consistent definition, followed by a public comment period.  This definition is used across the three demand response training courses produced by PLMA

Source: PLMA; Edited by Education Committee and PLMA Training Partners
Type: White Paper with Web Recording

The Hidden Battery: Opportunities in Electric Water Heating

HiddenBattery

This research examines the economic and grid benefits of controlling three different types of water heaters (80-gallon electric resistance, 50-gallon electric resistance, and heat pump water heaters) for peak shaving, thermal storage, and real-time fast response to supply fluctuations. Researchers modeled these program designs using 2014 data from the PJM and MISO markets. The researchers also modeled these programs using projected prices and energy resources in MISO in 2028 to determine the economic and environmental potential of electric water heaters to provide energy services to the grid in the future. 

Source: The Brattle Group; co-funded by PLMA, NRECA, and NRDC
Type: Report with Web Recording

 

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Presentation Archive for 17th Spring Conference

Presentations are available below for the 17th Spring Conference, as they appeared on the agenda.  Click on the presenter name or session name in bold red or green.  Please note some sessions were round table discussions without slides, and a few presenters did not have slides for their sessions.

PLMA Photo Library

Conference photographs were taken throughout the week and may be accessed in the PLMA Master Gallery.

  1. Go to: http://clients.dkeithpictures.com/plmaattendee
  2. Enter password:  PLMAphoto (this password is case-sensitive)
  3. Select San Francisco 2016 gallery
  4. Click on the photo type you want to view.  
  5. To save favorites or download click "Select Photos"
    • Favorites: hover over the photo, and click the "heart" in the upper left corner to mark your favorites.
    • Download: hover over the photo and Click the "dot" in the bottom left corner (a checkmark will appear).  After selecting the photos to download, scroll to the top and and click on "Download", then fall your browser directions
    • If it is your first time accessing photos, you will be asked to enter a name and email address.

In the PLMA photo gallery, you may access and download the following types of photographs:

  • Speakers and Presenters
  • Special Interest Groups Workshops
  • Meet and Greets
  • Vendors
  • Professional Portraits (black & white and color options are both available)

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Archived Presentations (click on Speaker or Session name to download)

17th PLMA Spring Conference

April 19-20, 2016
San Francisco, California

Gain real-world insight from practitioners and energy utilities active in the demand response marketplace. Over 230 demand response industry professionals attended the spring conference including national and international energy utilities and government agencies as well as industry allies, including consultants, manufacturers, and service providers.  Look Who Came to San Francisco!

Monday, April 18, 2016 - Grid-Interactive Behind-the-Meter Storage Interest Group Workshop

When the IoT Meets Behind-The-Meter Storage (BTMS)!
Grid-Responsive Becomes Grid-Interactive & Load Management Becomes 'Community Storage'!

In recent months, it has become increasingly apparent that overall interest in energy storage is rapidly accelerating. From the introduction of the Tesla 'Powerwall' to a recent RMI Report entitled "The Economics of Demand Flexibility", there is an emerging consensus that the country needs a wide variety of dynamic energy storage resources. At the same time, the Community Solar business model has experienced growing acceptance by the electric utility industry as a valid renewable production strategy. These realizations have led directly to the recent announcement that NRECA, NRDC and PLMA have launched a coordinated market development effort entitled 'The Community Storage Initiative'. Following the recent release of The Brattle Group research, "The Hidden Battery" (sponsored by NRECA, NRDC and PLMA), The Community Storage Initiative is an inclusive national market development collaborative that will garner the support of the electric utility industry, the environmental community, the renewable energy industry and the public policy community. Utility personnel, demand response practitioners and their respective organizations will benefit greatly from the compelling dialogue!
Learn More about the Grid-Interactive Water Heating Interest Group

8:30 - 8:45 am

Introductions and Group Overview

8:45 - 10:00 am

The Hidden Battery: When the IoT Meets ‘The Forgotten Appliance’!

Moderator: Steve Koep, Vaughn Thermal Corp.
This panel will discuss the recent Community Storage Initiative launched by NRECA, NRDC & PLMA based on Brattle Group Report – The Hidden Battery: Opportunities in Electric Water Heating - commissioned by these lead organizations. The nation's 50 million residential electric water heaters collectively represent a significant – and vastly underutilized – energy storage resource capable of leveraging substantial environmental and cost benefits. (Download the report)

Panelists: Roger Lueken, The Brattle Group; Keith Dennis, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association; Robin Roy, Natural Resources Defense Council; Angela Chuang, EPRI

10:00 - 11:15 am

Behind-the-Meter Storage Technology Panel

Moderator: Steve Koep, Vaughn Thermal Corporation
This panel will provide information on the latest on technology available for grid-interactive behind-the-meter storage and discuss program applications, case studies, and where the state of the industry is going.

Panelists: Paul Steffes, Steffes Corp.; Mike Hopkins, Ice Energy; Matthew Blackler, ZEF Energy / Power Over Time; Millisa Marona, Sonnen Batterie; Matt Owens, Stem, Inc.

11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Utility View of Grid-Interactive Behind-The-Meter Storage

Moderator: Joseph Childs, Eaton
Panel participants will discuss grid-interactive behind-the-meter storage and what it means to them. What are they looking for? What are they afraid of? What integration and communication challenges need to be resolved?

Panelists: Elody Samuelson, Consumers Energy; Jim Lazar, RAP – The Regulatory Assistance Project; Gary Connett, Great River EnergyElise Hunter, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

The PLMA Grid-Interactive Behind-The-Meter Storage (BTMS) Interest Group provides a focused platform for information sharing and market development efforts in support of wide scale implementation of grid-interactive behind-the-meter storage technologies. 'Grid-Interactive' is the consensus term describing real-time, two-way communication between the BTMS technology and the electric utility, balancing authority, independent system operator or aggregation entity. When equipped with grid-interactive control functionality, a BTMS technology (GIWH, Thermal Storage (heating & cooling), EV or Battery System) stores electric energy, having the ability to follow locational marginal pricing, providing fast regulation service and better integrating renewable energy, thereby effectively reducing the carbon footprint of the BTMS technology and the home or business.

The PLMA BTMS Interest Group is dedicated to bringing the economic, environmental and societal benefits of grid-interactive BTMS technologies to end-use electric customers across the country as an active participant in The Community Storage Initiative!

Monday, April 18, 2016 - Thermostat Interest Group Meeting

The PLMA Thermostat Interest Group seeks to examine the costs and benefits of all types of utility-sponsored programs that leverage thermostat technology to deliver the demand response, energy efficiency, or other system benefits. A group goal is to identify the resources and partners that help articulate a comprehensive value assessment of the Demand Response and Energy Efficiency benefits associated with Smart Thermostats. The group does not focus on a specific technology or solution.
Learn More about the Thermostat Interest Group

12:30 - 1:00 pm

Introductions and Group Overview

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Thermostat Case Studies

Day in the life of a large smart thermostat program.
Sarah Chatterjee, NV Energy

Sarah will cover operational aspects of program implementation that drive their success.

Smart Thermostat Evaluation Techniques
Silas Bernardoni, Franklin Energy

Silas Bernadoni is a professional implementer. He’s designed, implemented, launched, and managed smart thermostat pilots that operated in multiple utility territories. Come learn from his experiences, and leave understanding what you’ll need to successfully evaluate your own thermostat program.

Small businesses need smart thermostats too!
Nenita Plorin, SDG&E with Josh Schellenberg and Dan Thompson, Nexant

SDG&E has the largest deployment of smart thermostats into small business customers in the country, and Nenita will tell you what impacts they’ve measured, the lessons they’ve learned, and why this segment is just as important as your residential customers.

2:30 - 2:50 pm

Refreshment Break

2:50 - 3:20 pm

Free Ridership

As smart thermostat programs become more popular, free ridership becomes more critical to evaluating these programs. The utility industry doesn’t have much experience with a technology like this – strong potential DSM/DR benefits in a market that grew rapidly without much help from utilities. This introduces a bevy questions for anyone looking to the utility channel for smart thermostats, especially when those DSM benefits are difficult to prove and cost-effectiveness margins are growing tighter by year. We’ll discuss this topic in-depth by having an expert provide the groundwork for where to start when it comes to this growing concern.

3:20 - 4:15 pm

Play the Feud: Thermostats vs Switches

A fun format for a real discussion on the benefits and drawbacks of different technologies. In the spirit of the Feud, we've come up with real survey questions to ask the teams, and we're looking for experts (that’s you!) to answer them for us. We would appreciate if you could take a few minutes to complete the survey. The results will help make this more fun and more genuine.

Team Thermostat: Ray Martinez, Tucson Electric Power; Meridith Nierenberg, Orange & Rockland; Peter Black, ecobeec

Team Swtich: Wendy Brummer, Pacific Gas & Electric Company; Derek Kircher, DTE Energ; Dave Hyland, Schneider Electric

4:15 - 4:30 pm

Wrap-up

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
7:30 - 8:30 am

Breakfast Buffet in Sponsor Lounge

Morning Emcee: Brad Davids, Nest Labs, Conference Co-Chair

8:30 - 8:50 am

Opening Remarks

Rich Philip, Duke Energy and PLMA Chair

8:50 - 9:00 am

Welcoming Remarks

Wendy Brummer, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, and Craig Sherman, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

9:00 - 9:30 am

Keynote: The Changing Dynamic of a California Utility and the Future of DSM
Aaron Johnson, Vice President, Customer Energy Solutions, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Insights into what PG&E has learned in implementation of demand side programs, how this fits in with the changing landscape of renewable mandates, market integration and making its offers relevant to customers.

9:30 - 10:30 am

How Targeted Demand Management Can Support Distribution System Reliability and Reduce New Infrastructure Investments

Co-moderators: Clayton Engel, Consumers Energy Company and Evan Pittman, Comverge

Electric utilities have traditionally deployed demand response programs as cost-effective alternatives to peaking power plants for system-wide reliability. Today, many utilities are beginning to look also at geographically targeted demand response deployments as cost-effective alternatives to transmission and distribution infrastructure upgrades for local reliability. Using targeted demand management to reschedule investments in T&D capacity also has the potential to free up constrained capital to fund other more valuable projects as well as improve customer satisfaction.

Can We Trust DR as a
Non-Wires Alternative Solution?

Rob Greig, Con Edison

In the context of New York's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), hear how Con Edison is beginning to think about how we move away from only traditional utility solutions for infrastructure upgrades to a diversified approach that incorporates both traditional solutions and customer sided non-wires alternatives. For Con Edison and NYC, DR is the one of the most mature and robust distributed energy resources (DERs) but can we rely on it to the point where it is part of the diversified non-wires solution? This presentation will explore Con Edison's distribution level DR programs, DR performance at different levels of aggregation, how DR resources are both reliable and volatile, what level of DR penetration and diversification is required to offer predictable performance, and how Con Edison's DR programs will evolve in the future.
Understanding How a Targeted Demand Management Program Can Reduce Investments in New Infrastructure
Joe Hally, Central Hudson Gas & Electric

Learn how this utility's innovative new targeted demand management program was designed in conjunction with the REV mandate. Discover the drivers for the program and how demand management provides the utility a lower cost alternative to traditional infrastructure investments. Joe will also discuss how Central Hudson is integrating demand management into electric transmission and distribution planning and operations functions to offset anticipated peak load growth in three distinct zones without requiring any additional infrastructure.
Playing All Your Cards... Using TDSM to Support Distribution System Reliability
Rick Aslin, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Using Targeted DSM to reschedule investments in T&D capacity has the potential to free up constrained capital to fund other more valuable projects in the Company. Shareholders like to see that the Company is deploying capital in an efficient manner. There are strong expectations from our regulators, lawmakers and customers that we integrate DSM to the fullest extent possible into our energy procurement and asset planning activities. Customer satisfaction increases significantly when customers engage with in demand side programs so it's also a value add to our customer programs.
10:30 - 11:00 am

Refreshment Break in Sponsor Lounge

11:00- 12 noon

Integrating Demand Response with Renewables

Co-moderators: Rich Barone, Hawaiian Electric Company and Stuart Schare, Navigant

As renewables usher in a new era of demand response, this panel will explore how the rooftop PV market and other renewables are using bold new DR programs to help manage the grid.

In the style of DR Dialogue, Stuart will guide a conversation with Rich, Greg, and John following short presentations.

Rich Barone, Hawaiian Electric’s Manager of DR Programs will start the conversation with a short discussion of how the utility is addressing its booming rooftop PV market and using bold new DR programs to help manage the grid on the way to a future of 100% renewable energy. Hawaiian Electric issued a request for proposals to DR aggregators not just for capacity but for the provision of "grid services," including ancillary services, from demand-side resources.

Managing and Integrating Demand Response in a Clean Energy Grid: The Hawaii Case Study
Greg Wikler, Navigant

In 2015, Hawaii enacted a law that mandates 100% of the state's electricity comes from renewable sources by 2045. With this amount of renewable energy on Hawaii's electric grid, there are concerns about the operational challenges. In response, Hawaiian Electric, its regulators and stakeholders are exploring ways to effectively utilize DR to improve operational flexibility of the grid. This presentation describes the methods and findings from a recent evaluation of the potential for fast-responding DR to provide operational flexibility to the grid. The study assessed a range of grid-services that can be provided by specially designed DR programs for each of the five islands.
Demand Response and Distributed Solar: Lessons from the Community Solar Value Project
John Powers, Extensible Energy

Overview on incorporating DR measures into a strategy for integrating distributed energy resources (DER) is an important new area of research and experimentation. The Community Solar Value Project (CSVP) is a DOE SunShot-sponsored project that is helping utilities design better community solar programs. That effort includes incorporating DR options into the program design for community solar so customers can select DR measures at the same time they are making another important energy decision. In this presentation, we will share a scoring method developed by the CSVP team for matching specific DR options with specific solar integration issues. Developed in conjunction with a group of eight public and private utilities, this method is assisting program managers in rapidly screening candidate approaches for offsetting net system load variability.
12 noon 1:00 pm

Lunch Buffet in Sponsor Lounge

Afternoon Emcee: Paul Miles, PECO

1:00 - 1:30 pm

Award-Winning Initiatives

Co-moderators: Brian Solsbee, Tennessee Valley Authority and Ray Pustinger, AESC

Each year the PLMA recognizes industry leaders who create innovative ideas, methods, programs and technologies that meet peak load needs, respond to variable generation, manage end use loads and mitigate price risks. This session will feature the award winning initiatives from calendar year 2015 and provide the opportunity to hear from the award winners themselves. Nominations closed March 4.

To Learn More, CLICK HERE

1:30 - 3:00 pm

DR Portfolio Makeover: Leveraging Data Analytics and New Technology to Maximize Program Assets

Co-moderators: Justin Louis, Landis+Gyr and Joseph Childs, Eaton

Using New Analytics to Improve Old Load Control
Mark Martinez, Southern California Edison with Josh Schellenberg, Nexant

Learn how SCE has integrated its Summer Discount Program (SDP) with the California ISO, leveraging its local dispatch capabilities to complement other distributed energy resources and relieve local congestion in the energy markets. Interval data analytics of the load impacts significantly improves the cost-effectiveness of this large legacy resource by: adjusting the eligibility criteria; identifying improvements in customer load impact performance; and improving settlement processes for the wholesale market.
Next Gen DR: 1½ way, 2-way, BDR and Excess Supply Side... Oh My!
Wendy Brummer and Jonathan Burrows, Pacific Gas & Electric

Discover how you can improve visibility of your one-way load control system, develop the market for two-way switches, explore behavioral demand response and ask customers to consume energy in a pilot. Gadgets or no gadgets, a DR portfolio can include many different approaches and can offer customers a wide range of choice.
Upgrading a Thermostat DLC Program to Enhance Utility and Customer Value
Tyson Brown, Kansas City Power & Light with Jeff Hamel, Nest Labs

In 2015, KCP&L began to replace more than 30,000 legacy communicating thermostats — the turnkey program will utilize innovative implementation strategies to maximize customer satisfaction and cost-effectiveness. Learn how KCP&L's large residential DR program is overcoming the challenges to reliability and cost effectiveness due to its dependence on outdated, one-way communication technology.
3:00 - 3:30 pm

Refreshment Break in Sponsor Lounge

3:30 - 4:30 pm

Challenging How We Think About Customer Engagement

Co-moderators: Julia Dalla Rosa, ecobee and Ward Eames, NTC Corporate

Success and Lessons Learned from National Grid's "Listen, Test, Learn" Approach to Smart Energy Solutions Pilot
Carlos Nouel, National Grid

Smart Energy Solutions is a smart grid pilot in Worcester, Mass. that enables customers to control their electricity bills on their own terms. National Grid is taking its "listen, test, learn" approach to help 15,000 pilot customers successfully choose the right time-based rates and select the right technology from four energy kits to meet their energy management goals. Besides an extensive direct mail, email, and phone campaign, National Grid has established a presence in the community by holding informational events and workshops, training student ambassadors, and building a store-front Sustainability Hub to provide in-person answers and advice in addition to opportunities to test drive energy kits.

Games and Gamification: Can These Lead to Long-Term Energy Savings?
Courtney Henderson, ILLUME Advising 

During this presentation, conference attendees will learn about the different types of programs that have used games or gamification elements. We will highlight specific case studies to demonstrate key implementation and evaluation challenges as well as call out any identified best practices. Attendees will also learn about different behavioral strategies that these programs often employ, and how to integrate those into their Demand Response programs.

Resource Raiders: a Trickle Up™ program targeting utility customers with school age children
Ward Eames, Austin England, and Nate Metcalf, NTC Corporate

We all know that to change customer behavior, new thinking is needed. NTC Corporate will present excerpts from Resource Raiders a Trickle Up™ program targeting utility customers with school age children. Attendees with experience this 20 minute improvisational comedy show that is accompanied by print and digital DR and EE activities focused on measurable behavior change by parents. Trickle Up™ won the AESP 2016 Award for Customer Engagement.
4:30 - 5:00 pm

Sponsor Showcase Lightning Round

Co-moderators: Sandy Humenik, WeatherBug and Tamara Patterson, EcoFactor

Lightning-fast round of introductions to companies that offer leading-edge technology and service innovations. Emphasis will be on field applications and utility case studies. Listen closely to capture the quiz question answers to enter to win a valuable prize at the Networking Reception.

Sponsors: Jason Cigarran, Comverge; Tyler Rogers, EnergyHub; David Podorson, E Source; Justin Louis, Landis+Gyr; Denis Payre, Nature & People First; Eddie Eames, NTC Corporate; Marissa Hummon, Tendril; Joey Barr, WeatherBug Home

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Networking Reception in Sponsor Lounge

 
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
7:30 - 8:30 am

Breakfast Buffet in Sponsor Lounge

8:30 am - 12 noon

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Track A

Emcee: Dave Hyland, Schneider Electric

8:30 -10:00 am

Innovative Residential Program Strategies

Co-moderators: Heather Manypenny, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative and Lee Hamilton, Xcel Energy

Learn how 3 utilities from across the country are using different strategies to increase participation in their DR programs. You will also hear from trade allies who are supporting these efforts.

Going Big in the Windy City: How ComEd is Integrating Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Initiatives
Brian Kirchman, ComEd

Learn how a utility is working with trade allies to combine energy efficiency and demand response advantages with unique sets of technical components across residential, small business and commercial hospitality customer sectors. The presentation will focus on a major initiative to deploy one million smart thermostats by 2020 with rebates of up to $125 and an aggressive marketing campaign. Discover how ComEd is now scaling the use of thermostats as a cost-effective platform for customer-focused demand response.
BYOT at Great River Energy: Leveraging Smart Devices as Demand Response Assets
Gary Connett, Great River Energy with Seth Frader-Thompson, EnergyHub

Learn how a Minnesota-based generation and transmission cooperative and its distribution members are deploying a Bring Your Own Thermostat (BYOT) demand response program. Discover how BYOT demand response works, why the utility chose this strategy for its member coops, and program results to date.
SCE Scales Up their BYO Program Through Innovative Marketing
Dave Kaintz, Southern California Edison with Jeff Gleeson, Nest Labs

Hear how Southern California Edison has ramped up participation in its Peak Time Rebate program by working together with its trade allies to develop an integrated marketing plan and, after deploying a the strategy across channels, saw a dramatic increase in program enrollment to close out 2015.
10:00 - 10:30 am

Refreshment Break in Sponsor Lounge

10:30 -12 noon

What's Next in DR: Innovative Research

Co-moderators: Jane Peters, Research into Action and Brett Feldman, Navigant

Integrated Demand Side Management: Research Results
Lindsay Foley, National Grid, with Brett Feldman, Navigant

Gain insight from research that focuses on IDSM programs specifically pertaining to the combination of EE and DR, omitting DG, storage, and other DSM options while noting the growth in importance of those other resources. A utility case study will be included in the presentation. Traditionally, EE and DR have been siloed within utilities, with misaligned goals and barriers to transferring funds between programs. According to the ACEEE, only 3% of the recorded 2,016 U.S. and Canadian EE, DR, and load management programs served both EE and DR purposes. Yet, the integration of DSM programs has become increasingly popular, especially in places such as California, where the combination of these programs has been used as a fundamental part of the state's energy planning and strategy.
Update on the California Demand Response Potential Study
Jennie Potter, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Hear how the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is evaluating how to enhance DR's role in meeting California's resource planning needs and operational requirements. Learn about the evaluation of the technical potential to provide DR, and the DR products' economic potential that will be used to establish DR goals in California. The research results provide a set of DR potential scenarios that may be used to help determine how to measure and to set annual goals to increase DR participation, and to help evaluate the implications of bifurcation on DR potential.
Demand Response in Western Regional Planning
Andy Satchwell, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Learn results of assessed forecasts of DR capacity programs and resources for the Western Electricity Coordinating Council transmission planning studies over the past five years. Drawing on the analyses, you will hear a current forecast of DR capacity program resources by load zone and compare prior year forecasts to identify trends in DR program design and policies.
The Empowered Consumer
Nathan Shannon, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative

What cool things has the smart grid enabled? The Empowered Consumer study examines how investments in grid modernization and smart grid technologies are empowering consumers to break the mold of passive consumption and become dynamic users, and looking ahead, this research also sheds light on consumer interest in "the next big things" in smart grid technologies. Hear research findings and details on areas where utilities and their partners have successfully engaged consumers as well as what's at hand in terms of new consumer technology.
Demand Response, Grid Modernization and The State of the States
Cameron Brooks, E9 Insight

Learn findings from a comprehensive survey of regulatory activities at the state public utility commissions. This study, performed under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy, examined over 2,500 active proceedings and stakeholder initiatives and offers an important perspective on the "state of the states" with regard to demand response, grid modernization and advanced technology. The findings offer an important perspective on how the character and orientation of policy making varies with the size and market structure in each state. This overlay of policy analysis offers unique insights on the outlook for investment in new technologies and efforts at market transformation, especially with regard to consumer technology and distributed energy resources.

Track B

Emcee: Brian Doyle, Xcel Energy

8:30 - 9:15 am

Agricultural DR: Managing Water Demand in the West

Moderator: Ruth Kiselewich, ICF International

This panel looks at how some utilities are engaging agricultural irrigation customers and addressing challenges to adopting demand response by growers. The lessons learned relating to the process of understanding the customer, and identifying solutions, can be applied to demand response implementation in all sectors.

Shaving Peaks without Betting the Farm: A PacifiCorp Agricultural DR Case Study, Shawn Grant, Rocky Mountain Power

Learn how a utility and trade ally are working together to provide approximately
200 MW of capacity to the grid by working with farmers and leveraging remote shutoffs for agricultural irrigation pumps. In the Midwest and Western US, agricultural sector irrigation pumps can consume up to 30 percent of a utility's load. When demand response can be leveraged to manage this load and shave peaks at the height on summer, both utilities and their customers win.
Agricultural DR: Lessons and Practices from the Green Field
Kitty Wang, Energy Solutions

Gain insight from a recent LBNL study on Opportunities for Automated Demand Response in California Agricultural Irrigation that identifies structural, organizational, and programmatic challenges to adopting ADR in this sector. The research draws from lessons learned and success factors from PG&E's ADR technology enabling incentive program and SCE’s Agricultural Pumping-Interruptible Program.

Variable Irrigation Rate Control: Using Center Pivot as an Economic Resource
Sarah Chaterjee, NV Energy with Michael Koszalka, ICF International

Sarah and Mike will discuss NV Energy's innovative pilot variable rate irrigation controls program that allows center pivot irrigation sprinklers to be remotely managed based on soil needs using 2- to 6-degree strategies. Remote controls eliminate the on-off operation of the pivot and allows the utility to control the pivot as a DR resource--expanding from ISQ to economic resource and reserve.

9:15 -10:00 am

Towards Seamless Integration - Connecting the dots from Utilities to DR Consumers

Co-moderators: Justin Chamberlain, CPS Energy and Ganesh Ayer, Honeywell

Protocols and Programs are the foundation of any open system. Multiple layers within a protocol’s framework makes it complicated for various devices to communicate in a cost-effective and seamless fashion. This “voice of experience” panel will explore the challenges encountered in implementing Demand Response projects using openADR at various commercial and industrial facilities. Lessons learned, best practices and path forward to bring curtalable kW into DR programs will also be discussed.

Build It and They Will Come? Dynamic Decision Making When Integrating Open Protocols
Rich Barone, Hawaiian Electric Company with Yvette Maskrey, Honeywell

As standards evolve and change, there is an evolution of technology. Standards such as OpenADR 2.0b and intelligent communication enable a utility to leverage their system(s) architecture to further enable demand response programs using distributed energy resources. Yet, even with open standards, integration is a process requiring much work. One utility’s system architecture for DR and DER, along with best practices and lessons learned will be shared during the session to help utilities better prepare for challenges that may arise with integration of open protocols across multiple manufacturers.

Lessons Learned from the Trenches: Enhancements to California Utility AutoDR Programs
Fred Yoo, Pacific Gas and Electric Company with Christine Riker, Energy Solutions and Mark Kerbel, Encycle

California utilities have a number of AutoDR programs, spanning large industrial sites down to small commercial and residential consumers. This will be a candid discussion of the challenges encountered in program design, managing communications between parties, designing processes to minimize costs and complexities across all parties, as well as enhancements recommended/implemented. With multiple entities involved, as well as changes to the programs and technologies offered, it is a challenging landscape for DR program managers and their customers, requiring attention to providing the appropriate resources and services to bring more DR kW online as efficiently as possible.

10:00 - 10:30 am

Refreshment Break in Sponsor Lounge

10:30 am - 12 noon

Integrating Storage with Demand Response Initiatives

Moderator, Steve Koep, Vaughn Thermal Corp.

Using Energy Storage for Demand Response
JC Martin, San Diego Gas & Electric with Michael Colby, E Source

Hear an overview of what others are doing and where the market is headed for battery storage with a focus on the demand response/load management opportunities, along with case study examples from San Diego Gas & Electric's employee EV charging pilot and its planned EV Grid Integration Pilot Program. Discover how the increasing focus on battery storage is driven by many factors including the falling cost of batteries, the increase in distributed energy resources and the implications to the grid, the ability to provide backup power, electric vehicle (EV) adoption, and potentially rate arbitrage.
Shiftable Energy Storage Potential of Residential Buildings Leveraging Smart Grid Enabled Smart Thermostats
David Urquhart, NB Power with Trevor Nightingale, National Research Council of Canada

Learn results of two pilot projects to assess the viability of using the thermal mass of these existing residential homes for energy storage by dispatching controllable thermostats using DR signals. New Brunswick, Canada is a winter peaking province where a significant contribution to the daily winter peak is due to residential homes that are dominantly heated with electric baseboards with individual, line voltage, room control. New Brunswick Power is investigating ways to reduce and shift the demand of these homes during the winter super peaks.
Value in the Balance: Solar, Batteries, and DR Options
Jill Cliburn, Cliburn & Associates

NM's Prosperity project, including 500-kW of PV, plus 1-MW advanced lead-acid and 500-kW "Ultra" battery systems, has been in field operations since 2011. Control algorithms allow the batteries to be used as a sink or source based on different types of signals, and the data collected provides rich information on the value of alternative renewables integration strategies. Moreover, it provides new insights on incorporating load management, e.g., how treating DR as a "sink and source," could achieve greater net value than a solar plus batteries-only approach. The presentation also discusses concerns around DR measure choices, the scale and location for DR measures, communications technology challenges, cross-departmental program-design issues, and relevant support on this topic from a new DOE SunShot-funded effort, the Community Solar Value Project.
12 noon - 1:00 pm

Lunch Buffet in Sponsor Lounge

Afternoon Emcee: Robin Maslowski, Navigant, Conference Co-Chair

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Zen and the Art of Load Curve Management in the World of Distributed Energy Resources

Moderator: John Powers, Extensible Energy

Hear how several utilities and curtailment service providers are managing the proliferation of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) with a focus on the integration of DR. When it comes to DR, the utilization of DERs is helping to expand the role of traditional DR (peak shaving) to one that provides flexible services (such as renewable integration). These flexible services range from an ability to absorb over-generation to helping mitigate steep ramping needs. This expanding DR role is an exciting one as it reinforces DR’s ability to play a more integral part in supporting grid needs as the energy sector moves to cleaner sources of generation.

Panelists: Crooke Reilly, Pacific Gas & Electric Company; Michael Brown, Berkshire Hathaway Energy; Josh Rasin, Sacramento Municipal Utility District; Robert Hanvey, NRG Curtailment Services

2:00 - 2:15 pm

Welcome to 17th PLMA Fall Conference

2:15 - 2:30 pm

Closing Remarks

Elody Samuelson, Consumers Energy and PLMA Vice Chair

2:30 pm

Adjourn

2:30 - 3:00 pm

Ice Cream Social in Sponsor Lounge with ULME
Sponsored by Nest Labs Inc.

 

ULME Spring 2016 Meeting presentations are available to authorized utility representatives on the ULME group page, with valid log in at www.ulme.org

 

 

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2016 PLMA Member Resources Directory


December 2016

FERC Assessment of Demand Response and Advanced Metering

FERC Report

This report is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff’s eleventh annual report on demand response and advanced metering required by section 1252(e)(3) of Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005). It is based on publicly-available information and discussions with market participants and industry experts. Based on the information reviewed, it appears that:

  • Deployment of advanced meters continues to increase throughout the country, and advanced meters are the predominant metering technology installed and operational throughout the United States;
  • In the organized wholesale markets, the contribution of potential peak reduction to meeting peak demand increased to 6.6 percent in 2015 from 6.2 percent in 2014;
  • The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has developed and approved four new metrics for assessing demand response, and intends to continue its efforts to improve demand response data collection to provide information on how demand response contributes to reliability;
  • The North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) developed and ratified voluntary business standards that facilitate the ability of advanced meters and other utility and third-party grid devices to communicate directly with each other and exchange information; and
  • On January 25, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in FERC v. Electric Power Supply Association, upholding the Commission’s authority under the Federal Power Act to adopt Order No. 745.

Source: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission report authored by a FERC Staff Team led by Michael P. Lee
Type: Report

NARUC's Distributed Energy Resources Rate Design and Compensation Manual

NARUC's Manual

On November 10, 2016, NARUC released the final Distributed Energy Resources Rate Design and Compensation manual (details at www.naruc.org/rate-design/) . This manual provides commissions with information related to how DER affects rate design, a background on DER, rate design and compensation options, and an outline of how to consider DER going forward. The manual does not provide commissions with answers to these questions, but provides information to help commissions navigate this new and ever-changing landscape. This Dialogue provides an overview of the manual itself, what it is designed to accomplish, how it can be used, and what’s next.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Chris Villarreal, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, and John Powers, Extensible Energy
Type: Webinar recording


November 2016

34th PLMA Conference, Delray Beach, Florida

34th PLMA Conference, Delray Beach, Florida

Real-world insight from practitioners and energy utilities active in the demand response marketplace. Over 200 demand response industry professionals attended from energy utilities and government agencies as well as industry allies, including consultants, manufacturers, and service providers.

Source: PLMA
Type: Conference Proceedings with Photo gallery


October 2016

Pacific Gas & Electric's Award-Winning Initiative

Duke Energy Florida's Award-Winning Initiative

Learn why Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Smart AC Program was recognized as a Program Pacesetter in the 13th PLMA Awards. This program has over 150,000 customers with one-way paging load control devices that provide peak period load reduction of approximately 80-100 MW. When PG&E’s team set out to explore two-way load control switches and communication systems they discovered that the type of information available and the frequency of the information from these solutions were not adequate to mitigate identified operational risks, and effectively manage their program. PG&E lead a consortium of utility reps and worked with vendors who collaborated to reconfigure their products. The result is an increase in benefits for using Smart Grid-based, two-way load control switches. As other utilities across the country look to upgrade their one-way load control systems to two-way, they will benefit in the groundwork PG&E has done.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Wendy Brummer, Pacific Gas & Electric Company; Carlos Bravo, Silver Spring Networks; and Ray Pustinger, AESC
Type: Webinar recording


September 2016

Austin Energy's Award-Winning Initiative

Duke Energy Florida's Award-Winning Initiative

Discover why Austin Energy was recognized in the 13th PLMA Awards as a technology pioneer for its comprehensive approach to evolving its legacy DR initiatives. Austin Energy was one of the first to successfully harness the BYOT (Bring Your Own Thermostat) concept. It did so by partnering with technology manufacturers, and actively promoting the utilization of open standards and protocols to effectively integrate the BYOT participants into their residential DR program. The utility enhanced its legacy C&I DR programs utilizing a similar strategy that incorporates open protocols and EPRI’s Demand Response Automation System in its C&I AutoDR program. An example of the results are that one building that historically was able to reduce load by about 25 KW per event has increased its load shedding to over 100 KW with Auto DR.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Scott Jarman, Austin Energy; and Paul Miles, PECO, an Exelon Company
Type: Webinar recording

CPS Energy's Award-Winning Initiative

Duke Energy Florida's Award-Winning Initiative

Discover why CPS Energy was recognized as a thought leader in the 13th PLMA Awards for its My Thermostat Rewards Holiday Splash. The project was a Black Friday holiday promotional campaign partnered with retail & thermostat partners and social media, to combine Black Friday Specials and Holidays offers with a healthy Bring-Your-Own-Thermostat rebate. The result was 1,745 new enrollments in which was a 1.5 to 2 times lift at retail, 6 times improvement in year-over-year enrollment, a program growth of 40% during the 6-week push. This well timed and attention-grabbing campaign during the Holiday season has great potential for “leveraging” by other utilities have struggled to raise awareness of Bring-Your-Own-Thermostat program offerings.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Justin Chamberlain, CPS Energy; Jeffrey Hamel, Nest Labs; and Brian Solsbee, Tennessee Valley Authority
Type: Webinar recording

Defining Demand Response's Evolution

Training

Join this discussion among the architects of PLMA's Demand Response Training Series as they articulate a definition for the evolution of demand response as detailed in the draft Paper at www.peakload.org/DefiningEvolutionDR.

Their definition will be used across the three demand response training courses produced by PLMA in mid-September in St. Louis. But you are invited to add editorial comments to help define an ideal industry vision for the fully-evolved state of demand response and identify the 10 most significant initiatives in the evolution of demand response.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Michael Brown, NV Energy; Scott Coe; Ross Malme, Skipping Stone; and Stuart Schare with Greg Wikler, Navigant
Type: Webinar recording


August 2016

National Grid's Award-Winning Initiative

National Grid's Award-Winning Initiative

Discover why National Grid was recognized as a technology pioneer in the 13th PLMA Awards. Discover the utility's comprehensive combination of technologies and strategies to achieve demand response through both dynamic prices and direct load control as well as behavioral energy efficiency through web applications and in-home displays. National Grid's Smart Energy Solutions program provides customers smart thermostats, load control devices, web apps, and in-home displays to deliver real-time energy use and compelling messages alongside personal photographs. With CEIVA Energy's software, the utility can segment customers, monitor and control a range of smart energy technologies, enable the smart meter home area network, and access full reporting and analytics. The result is a seamless end-to-end solution for the utility and its customers that integrates a range of technology providers, including Itron, Cisco, GE, Simple Energy, Verizon, and Carrier.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Elisabeth Morgera, National Grid; Wannie Park, CEIVA Energy; Ray Pustinger, AESC
Type: Webinar recording

Duke Energy Florida's Award-Winning Initiative

Duke Energy Florida's Award-Winning Initiative

Learn why the Duke Energy Florida's EnergyWise Home Program was recognized as a Program Pacesetter in the 13th PLMA Awards. With 418,000 participating customers and 550,000 Direct Load Control switches installed, this 653 MW load management program allows customers to reduce their energy use when demand is high by participating with their centrally-ducted heating and cooling systems, electric water heaters and pool pumps, in exchange for monthly bill credits. In 2015, the utility began transitioning from an internally developed application and legacy one-way paging infrastructure, to Comverge's IntelliSOURCE Demand Response Management System and two-way Wi-Fi and cellular DLC switches. The new platform includes variable and geographic load control, real-time asset and inventory management, and paperless, IPad-based work order management system. The utility has developed a way to more effectively and more frequently utilize resources for short-term energy demands, controlling water heaters more than 140 times per year, on average. This is an industry-leading example of continued applied technology innovation.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Thomas Artau, Duke Energy; and Jason Cigarran, Comverge
Type: Webinar recording

AESP, PLMA & SEPA Survey of Utilities and NARUC Members on Demand Response

AESP, PLMA & SEPA Survey of Utilities and NARUC Members on Demand Response

In late 2015 and early 2016, the three leading associations serving the Demand Response industry – AESP, PLMA and SEPA – partnered to conduct a survey of utilities across the nation and NARUC members to take a pulse on the state of DR. Join us to learn about the utilities’ perspective on market impacts; technology anticipated and currently deployed; challenges to integrating energy efficiency and demand response; regulators’ perspectives on Dynamic Pricing; and the role of advocacy for DR. Findings we will share in this presentation include:

  • If utilities anticipate changes to their business model to encourage more DR
  • If utilities expect BYOD to become a major DR program channel
  • If regulators will require DR as an element of compliance plans with the CPP
  • What barrier to dynamic pricing programs regulators view as the greatest risk to rate payers
  • How utilities and regulators view the role of dynamic pricing in the next five years

Source: Joint AESP/PLMA/SEPA Initiative featuring Brett Feldman, Navigant Research; Sharon Mullen Navigant; Elody Samuelson, Consumers Energy
Type: Webinar recording

The Community Storage Initiative 2016 Leadership Forum:
When the Smart Grid Meets Grid-Interactive Storage! Grid-Responsive Becomes Grid-Interactive & Load Management Becomes ‘Community Storage’! The Community Storage Initiative 2016 Leadership Forum

In recent months, it has become increasingly apparent that overall interest in energy storage is rapidly accelerating. From the introduction of the Tesla ‘Powerwall’ to a recent RMI Report entitled “The Economics of Demand Flexibility”, there is an emerging consensus that the country needs a wide variety of dynamic energy storage resources. At the same time, the Community Solar business model has experienced growing acceptance by the electric utility industry as a valid renewable production strategy. These realizations have led directly to the recent announcement that NRECA, NRDC, EEI, APPA and PLMA have launched a coordinated market development effort entitled ‘The Community Storage Initiative’. Following the recent release of The Brattle Group research, “The Hidden Battery” (sponsored by NRECA, NRDC and PLMA), The Community Storage Initiative is an inclusive national market development collaborative that has garnered the support of the electric utility industry, the environmental community, the renewable energy industry and the public policy community.

Source: Community Storage Initiative
Type: Conference proceedings


June 2016

What is ‘Community Storage’ and Why Should I Care?

Interactive discussion of the definition and market potential of ‘Community Storage’. In recent months, it has become increasingly apparent that overall interest in energy storage is rapidly accelerating. From the introduction of the Tesla ‘Powerwall’ to a recent RMI Report entitled “The Economics of Demand Flexibility”, there is an emerging consensus that the country needs a wide variety of dynamic energy storage resources. At the same time, the Community Solar business model has experienced growing acceptance by the electric utility industry as a valid renewable production strategy. These realizations have led directly to the recent announcement that NRECA, NRDC, EEI, APPA and PLMA have launched a coordinated market development effort entitled ‘The Community Storage Initiative’. Following the recent release of The Brattle Group research, “The Hidden Battery” (sponsored by NRECA, NRDC and PLMA), The Community Storage Initiative has emerged as an inclusive national market development collaborative that has garnered the support of the electric utility industry, the environmental community, the renewable energy industry and the public policy community.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Robin Roy, NRDC; Alex Hofmann, APPA; Keith Dennis, NRECA, and Steve Rosenstock, EEI, Moderated by Steve Koep, Vaughn Thermal and PLMA Behind-the-Meter Storage Interest Group Co-Chair
Type: Webinar recording


May 2016

Understanding the Storage and Demand Response Relationship

Understanding the Storage and Demand Response Relationship

Discussion to delve into the technology and operations opportunities that come from forming a relationship between energy storage and demand response programs. Learn the highlights and lowlights of grid-scale storage projects, community solar initiatives, and the go-to-market strategy that can make them useful in your Demand Response and Demand Management program. The conversation will begin with brief presentations from these industry thought leaders:

Source: PLMA Women in DR Update featuring Elise Hunter, Pacific Gas and Electric Company; Anissa Dehamna, Navigant Research; and Elizabeth Reid, Olivine; and moderated by Gwen Resendes, Bonneville Power Administration and Women in DR Interest Group Co-chair
Type: Webinar recording


April 2016

PLMA Recognizes Leading Energy Utility Demand Response Initiatives

PLMA Recognizes Leading Energy Utility Demand Response Initiatives

PLMA (Peak Load Management Alliance) announced eight winners of its 13th Annual PLMA Awards. The Awards were presented during the 17th PLMA Spring Conference in San Francisco, California. Those recognized as the best demand response programs, initiatives and achievements from calendar year 2015 are...

Source: PLMA Award Program
Type: News Announcement

17th PLMA Spring Conference, San Francisco, California

17th PLMA Spring Conference, San Francisco, California

Real-world insight from practitioners and energy utilities active in the demand response marketplace. Over 150 demand response industry professionals are expected to attend from energy utilities and government agencies as well as industry allies, including consultants, manufacturers, and service providers.

Source: PLMA
Type: Conference Proceedings with Photo gallery

 

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16th PLMA Fall Conference

November 3-4, 2015
Charlotte, North Carolina

Gain real-world insight from market practitioners, technology firms, and energy utilities active in the demand response marketplace. About 150 demand response industry professionals attended from energy utilities and government agencies as well as industry allies, including consultants, manufacturers, and service providers.

Monday, November 2, 2015 - Grid-Interactive Water Heating Interest Group Meeting

New Rules! New Opportunities! Grid-Interactive Water Heating for 2016!

On April 30, 2015, President Obama signed the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 (S.535). The legislation as enacted contains a bi-partisan provision that allows manufacturers to produce large-capacity (75-119 gal.) Grid-Enabled Electric Thermal Storage (ETS) water heaters, exclusively for use in electric utility load management and Demand Response (DR) programs. Grid-Enabled ETS Water Heaters will allow legacy water heater load management programs to be continued or expanded while providing the opportunity for new Grid-Interactive Water Heating (GIWH) programs that provide mutual benefits for electric utilities and their members/customers. Grid-Interactive Water Heating (GIWH) is the consensus term describing real-time, two-way communication between the GIWH appliance and the Smart Grid, electric utility, ISO or aggregation entity.  When equipped with high-speed, 2-way GIWH control functionality, a large-capacity (75-119 gal.) Grid-Enabled ETS (Electric Thermal Storage) water heater can respond to near real-time input thus enabling fast up-and-down regulation and frequency control for the purpose of providing ancillary services and renewable storage to the utility or grid-operator.

8:30 - 10:00 am

Session 1

  • Meeting Overview and Introductions, Steve Koep,Vaughn, GIWH Interest Group Co-Chair
  • New Rules - The Energy Efficiency Act of 2015 and the 'New' Grid-Enabled Product Classification, Keith Dennis, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
  • New Report - The HECO GIWH Demonstration Project, Dan Flohr, Sequentric
  • New Control Technology – Leveraging the Installed Base as an EE and DR Resource, Matt Carlson, Sunnovations
10:00 - 10:30 am

Break

10:30 - 12 noon

Session 2

12 noon - 12:30 pm

Closing Panel Discussion

New Opportunities for GIWH In 2016 
Gary Connett, Great River Energy; Keith Dennis, NRECA; Paul Steffes, Steffes Corp.; Eric Lebow, Power Over Time; Steven Koep, Vaughn Thermal Corp.

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Buffet Lunch Provided with Thermostat Interest Group

PLMA Grid-Interactive Water Heating Interest Group (GIWH-IG) has been formed to provide the platform for information sharing and participative market development efforts in order to move GIWH technologies from pilot project to market introduction. Plan to join us for this highly informative workshop to learn more about Grid-Interactive Water Heating and its potential for grid-optimization, renewable storage and carbon reduction.

“Come on in, the water's fine!”

Monday, November 2, 2015 - Thermostat Interest Group Meeting

You Are Designing Thermostat Programs For The Future Today; We Can Help

During the last thermostat interest group meeting, we heard a variety of perspectives from utilities and vendors about their experiences with diverse program designs. Our next meeting on November 2, 2015, in Charlotte, NC, is designed to take the conversation one step further and focus on the future of thermostat program design. The thermostat market is catching fire and there is no shortage on ideas and designs to capture customers’ attention, but what is the right approach for you? This will be more workshop than meeting, and intended to help everyone leave with the tools and insight necessary to start designing the programs of the future today.
Learn More about the Thermostat Interest Group

12:30 - 1:00 pm

Lunch with Grid Interactive Water Heating Interest Group

1:00 -1:10 pm

Meeting Overview and Introductions

Lee Hamilton, Xcel Energy, Thermostat Interest Group Co-Chair and Jenny Roehm, Schneider Electric, Thermostat Interest Group Co-Chair

1:10 - 2:30 pm

Session 1

Programs are for Customers! Putting People First – Designing with the Customer in Mind
Anthony Di Bitonto – Partner, Smart Design; Michael Burkin – VP, Business Development, Smart Design; Brandy Fowler – Director, Strategy, Smart Design

2:30 - 2:45 pm

Break

2:45 - 5:00 pm

Session 2

Designing Programs For The Future

2:45 – 3:10 pm

Building Blocks for Successful Programs – The basic components that all programs are built from.
Stuart Schare – Managing Director, Navigant

3:10 – 4:10 pm

Tales From The Field – Panel presentations from utilities, service providers, vendors, and implementers. Things that we can learn from!
Brad Davids – Business Development, Nest Labs; Richard Huntley – VP Utility Sales, EcoFactor; Mark Kerbel – Co-Founder, REGEN Energy; Ricardo Luna – Sr. Manager, Product Development, CPS Energy; Lester Shen – Director of Innovative Technologies, Center for Energy and Environment

4:10 - 4:30 pm

Audience Discussion with Panel:  Implication for Future Programs

4:30 – 5:00 pm

Closing Discussion

EE/DR Integration and General Question & Answer Session

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
7:30 - 8:30 am

Breakfast Buffet hosted by IES

8:30 - 8:45 am

Morning Emcee: Ward Eames, NTC Corporate

Opening Remarks: Paul Tyno, PLMA Chair and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus representative

8:45 - 9:00 am

Welcoming Remarks: Rich Philip, Duke Energy and PLMA Vice Chair

9:00 - 9:30 am

Keynote Address

Michael Luhrs, Vice President of Retail Programs, Duke Energy

9:30 - 10:15 am

Why Traditional Demand Response is Giving Way to More Strategic, Localized DR (no slides)

Moderator: Phil Davis, Schneider Electric, with panelists: Paul Miles, PECO; Michel Kamel, MelRok, Inc.; Chris Villarreal, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission; Peter Cappers, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 

While FERC Order 745 is under challenge, a quiet revolution in Demand Response is underway. It is local, targeted, implemented at all hours of day and night, and many loads never notice it. The reasons are many. From dramatic growth in renewable resources, through storage and all the way to microgrids, modern DR is the result of experience backed by enlightened regulation and sophisticated yet affordable energy management equipment. This panel explores how far we've come and where we're headed.

10:15 - 10:45 am

Refreshment Break in Sponsor Lounge

10:45- 11:15 am

Impact of Smart Home and IoT on Consumer Energy Markets

Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates

Approximately two-thirds of U.S. broadband households are unfamiliar with smart home products or services. The connected home is becoming a reality, but the energy markets need to solidify their role within this evolving ecosystem, including new consumer outreach and educational efforts. This presentation provides an overview of today's energy consumer and the impact of new technologies, mainstream sales channels, and partnership opportunities.

 
11:15 - 12 noon

Consumer-Owned Utility Roundtable

Co-moderators: Heather Manypenny, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative and Joseph Childs, Eaton's Cooper Power Systems

Consumer-owned utilities are facing increased pressure to integrate renewable generation and manage transmission and capacity costs while providing additional services and reasonable rates to their consumers. This panel of cooperative and municipal utilities will describe how they are stepping up to address these challenges today and describe their plans for tomorrow.

Don Bowman, Wake Electric Membership Cooperative, will describe how Conservation Voltage Reduction has become an integral part of load control and peak reduction plans at Wake Electric. With a complex integration of AMI data, SCADA, and a third-party, hosted analytics solution, Wake is measuring and verifying vital savings for the organization. This presentation will highlight the efforts of implementation, the challenges of making it successful, and also show key results during actual load control events.

Andrew Fusco, ElectriCities (a municipal joint action agency), will provide information regarding the demand response program they operate for their member municipal utilities. He will describe how the program is utilized to reduce peak demand costs and the emerging need to utilize the program for renewable and other system integration issues.

12 noon - 1:00 pm

Lunch Buffet hosted by WeatherBug Home

 

Afternoon Emcee: Elody Samuelson, Consumers Energy

1:00 - 1:45 pm

1st Wave, 2-Way, Easy as SMB: Lessons from Early SMB DR Two-Way Communicating Thermostat Programs (no slides)

Co-moderators: Lee Hamilton, Xcel Energy and Julia Dalla Rosa, ecobee, with panelists: Stephanie Grahn, Austin Energy; Lee Hamilton, Xcel Energy and PLMA Thermostat Interest Group Co-chair; Sarah Colvin, Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro; Nenita Plorin, San Diego Gas & Electric

Discussion among utility project leads of several SMB DR programs at various stages of design and implementation. Each presentation will provide early insights into program design rationale, lessons learned on marketing and recruiting tactics, implementation challenges, and/or preliminary results. The SMB market has been identified as a growth opportunity for DR portfolios. While their load may be similar to a residential customer and their hours of operation have greater similarity to other commercial customers, the SMB segment can be considered a distinct category. The adoption and interest in smart thermostats by this segment offers new potential to provide additional customer value. But what does that mean from a DR program design perspective?

1:45 - 2:45 pm

Lessons Being Learned From Bring Your Own Device Programs

Co-moderators: Michael Brown, NV Energy and Bob King, Good Company Associates

Discussion among utility project leads and providers about how smart thermostats are proliferating in the retail and trade channels, and how utilities can maintain relationships with consumer electronics companies.

Caroline R. Stickel, Gulf Power Company, will share insights on how Gulf Power plans to incorporate a BYOD approach to Energy ​Select​, the first fully automated critical-peak pricing program in the country with more than 15,000 participants.

Steve Hambric, Comverge, will explore how utilities are leveraging third-party devices for real operational value and to harness energy efficiency and customer engagement benefits.

Erika Diamond, EnergyHub, will explain how utilities are harnessing smart thermostat data for better modeling and forecasting, and explore using thermostats' real‐time communication and thermal storage capabilities to provide grid ancillary services.

Dave Oberholzer, WeatherBug Home, will consider how National Grid, CenterPoint Energy and other utilities are integrating weather, smart thermostat and meter data to deliver optimized EE and DR. He will provide insight into how integration of these important data sets enable algorithmic driven analysis and thermodynamic profiling used to perform thermostat optimization.

Will Greene, Nest, will share key insights and alternative program designs that resulted from a study with several utility partners deploying a residential DR program. One key finding was that paying customers for individual performance is not the best way to drive overall load reductions.

2:45 - 3:15 pm

Refreshment Break in Sponsor Lounge

3:15 - 4:15 pm

The Three Heads of Duke

Moderator: Christopher Gillman, Duke Energy
Panelists: Tom Artau, Bob Donaldson and Rich Philip representing Duke's Operations in Florida, the Carolinas and the Midwest, respectively

Enjoy a lively conversation between the leaders within Duke's DR Operations Department. They've got it all: multiple DR platforms, differing histories and ages of programs, diverse regulatory structures, operating areas within RTO's, outside RTO's and the great island of Florida, summer peaking, winter peaking, dual-peaking, big company and all of the pluses and minuses that go with that. With over 3,000 MWs of Summer Capability, Duke Energy has one of the largest DR utility portfolios in the country. Today's Duke Energy is the product of several mergers over the course of the past 20 years and as a company operating in 6 states, with 8 jurisdictions in three non-contiguous parts of the country there are substantial differences in the "rules of the game" in some of those of those territories.

4:15 - 5:00 pm

Sponsor Showcase Lightning Round

Co-moderators: Sandy Humenik, WeatherBug and Jenny Roehm, Schneider Electric

Lightning-fast round of 3-minute introductions to companies that offer leading-edge technology and service innovations. Emphasis will be on field applications and utility case studies. Listen closely to capture the quiz question answers to enter to win a valuable prize.

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Networking Reception hosted by Comverge

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
7:30 - 8:30 am

Breakfast Buffet in Sponsor Lounge hosted by TERRALUX

8:30 am - 12 noon

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Track A: Smart Grid Integration
emcee: Dave Hyland, Schneider Electric

8:30 -10:00 am

Enabling Automated Metering Infrastructure

Co-moderators: Clay Engel, Consumers Energy and Chris Porter, EnerNOC

Dynamic Pricing Pilot - Overview & Key Findings
Heather Manypenny, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, and Jonathan Nunes, Leidos Engineering
Discover insight from a pilot program testing two rate designs of dynamic pricing with in-home displays for residential members over a two-year period. Analysis of participant feedback and load data provided interesting study results regarding consumer acceptance and rate structure value.

• Understanding At-Risk Subpopulations under Default Time of Use
Peter Cappers, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Learn the latest findings from a study that contrast participation rates, retention rates, peak period responsiveness and billing impacts under different enrollment approaches. This rare set of analyses is emboldened by the ability to gain insight from thousands of customers’ smart meter data. The research aims to provide decision makers, policy officials, and other electric power industry stakeholders, who have either committed to (e.g., California , Massachusetts ) or are considering (e.g., New York) transitioning residential customers to time-of-use rates as the default rate design within the next several years, with empirical evidence that helps to better identify the size of and possible reasons for at-risk subpopulations.

Benefits and Costs of Smart Grid Enabled Demand Response
Stephanie Vasquez, Bonneville Power Administration, and Erik Gilbert, Navigant Consulting
Review results from the largest smart grid demonstration project in the country, Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Regional Business Case (RBC), focusing on demand response. The analysis uses a unique and comprehensive benefit‐cost modeling approach, based on work sponsored by BPA over the past six years. Included will be impacts of various scenarios such as the increased proliferation of home and building automation.

10:00 - 10:30 am

Refreshment Break in Sponsor Lounge

10:30 -11:00 am

Easing Peak Load Stress During Distribution System Upgrades

Rich Philip, Duke Energy and Mark Kerbel, OpenADR Alliance

Distribution system upgrades can be stressful for utilities and customers. Discover how utilities are applying a standards-based technique to readily deploy load curtailment increases with safety margins for managing grid reliability.

11:00 am - 12 noon

The Future of Water Heater Load Control - 2-Way and Grid Interactive!

Co-moderators: Steve Koep, Vaughn Thermal and Eric LeBow, Power Over Time, with panelists: Ken Glaser, Connexus Energy; Paul Steffes, Steffes Corp.; Joseph Childs, Eaton's Cooper Power Systems; Howard Ng, Comverge

This panel presentation will discuss the impact of new federal legislation on electric utilities with new and existing water heating load management programs, on water heater manufacturers and on load control technology providers. Learn how load control functionality is moving from one-way/low-speed to 2-way/high-speed and from simple on/off to renewable integration and frequency regulation.

On April 30, 2015, President Obama signed the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 (S.535). The legislation contained a bipartisan provision that establishes a new product category for large capacity (75+ gallons) Grid-Enabled Electric Thermal Storage water heaters, exclusively for use in electric utility load management and DR programs.

Track B: Data Analysis & Technology
emcee: Paul Miles, PECO

8:30 - 9:30 am

New Program Models To Leverage Smarter Data Analyses

Moderator: Wendy Brummer, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

• Evaluating Smart Thermostat Pilots and Programs
Michael James Colby, E Source; and Josh Schellenberg, Nexant
The only certainty about smart thermostat programs is the uncertainty for what the future holds. From differing claims of the energy savings and load impacts, to the varied experimental study designs and techniques used to evaluate these programs, this is certainly a period of turmoil for utilities that are accustomed to concrete impacts. Learn what the results have been to date, and why these programs have been so tough to evaluate thus far.

• Behavioral and Analytical Demand Side Management Programs: Research Results
Brett Feldman, Navigant Research
Discover the early impacts of new companies that have introduced aspects of big data and analytics from other fields into the energy realm to make engaging customers and conducting building energy analysis more feasible and affordable. Hear an independent assessment of how leading utilities are leveraging such approaches to reach a larger swath of customers with relatively little effort and cost compared to traditional recruitment, reasonable accuracy of analysis, and important customization based on segmentation.

9:30 -10:00 am

Using Data Analytics to Deliver Real Time Demand Response and Energy Efficiency

Tim Berg, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Stephen Cook, Intelligent Energy Solutions

Learn how a combined residential demand response and energy efficiency optimization pilot is exercising real-time streaming data analytics and automated control of residential load sources (e.g. HVAC, electric water heaters and pool pumps) to both reduce peak demand and overall energy use. Unique to this pilot, residents are not being paid a separate incentive fee for their participation in demand response events but instead the incentives are delivery of value-added services. Real-time analysis of individual residence assets, their operating performance, conditions and load is being conducted remotely to continuously forecast potential energy demand and consumption levels within each participating residence. Action is taken remotely and automatically to reduce both demand and usage. Resident behavior and assets are continuously assessed and commissioned to produce energy savings. Analytics deliver granular visibility to individual equipment and residences.

10:00 - 10:30 am

Refreshment Break in Sponsor Lounge

10:30 am - 12 noon

Technology Innovations That Benefit DR

Moderator: Jason Cigarran, Comverge 

• Distributor- and Contractor-Based Pilot on Automated Demand Response for HVAC: Lessons Learned
Anna Chung, Southern California Edison and Kitty Wang, Energy Solutions
Hear how Southern California Edison is targeting DR incentives to HVAC distributors and manufacturers to integrate automated demand responsive controls with their sale of high efficiency HVAC equipment to commercial customers. The pilot fulfills several utility objectives: integrated demand side management, expanding DR to medium and small customers, and increasing program efficiency by moving ADR incentives upstream.

• Targeted at Roof-top Units - A Small Utility Approach
Dan Westin, Rochelle Municipal Utilities
Discover a small utility's collaborative approach to controlling roof-top units during peak hours. Hear how local HVAC installers can play a strategic partner role, and how grants help leverage new technology opportunities. Both cloud and local (VFD) solutions in field verification will be reviewed.

• Lessons Learned from EPRI's Four-Year OpenADR Demo Project
Walt Johnson, EPRI
Hear lessons learned from utility demos of EPRI's automated DR demonstration project. This utility-driven collaboration investigated the use of open, standards-based communications for automated DR. While the project has had notable successes, such as with its certified open-source implementations of OpenADR 2.0b, its field deployments of early-stage commercial products encountered unforeseen obstacles and challenges.

12 noon - 1:00 pm

Lunch Buffet hosted by Power Over Time

 

Afternoon Emcee: Wendy Brummer, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Closing Keynote Dialogue: How Will We Get to The Future? (no slides)

Co-moderators: Bob King, Good Company Associates and Paul Tyno, PLMA Chair

What's the best strategic and tactical path to drive scale in the clean energy economy? Ultimately the goal is to maximize grid efficiency and economic value through the effective use of distributed energy resources, a true customer to grid exchange. Join this panel of diverse stakeholders as they share their views on an evolving space.  Discussion will include: New York's Reforming the Energy Vision initiative;  telecommunications firms' efforts to bundle home energy, security and entertainment; and market animation from the perspective of a commercial customer.

2:00 pm

Closing Remarks and Adjourn

Rich Philip, Duke Energy and PLMA Vice Chair

2:00 - 2:30 pm

Ice Cream Social hosted by E Source

 

2015 PLMA Member Resources Directory


December 2015

FERC Staff Issue Assessment of Demand Response and Advanced Metering Report

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) staff has released its 10th annual report on demand response and advanced metering as required by Section 1252(e)(3) of Energy Policy Act of 2005(EPAct 2005). It is based on publicly-available information and discussions with market participants and industry experts. In it's summary based on the information reviewed, FERC says it appears that:

  • Deployment of advanced meters continues to increase throughout the country. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), an additional 8.7 million advanced meters were installed and operational between 2012 and 2013, resulting in advanced meters representing almost 38 percent of all meters in the United States
  • States and various federal agencies continue to undertake significant activities to promote demand response;
  • Supported by new policy efforts at the retail level, demand response in conjunction with other established and developing resources and technologies is facilitating innovative grid architectures and system operations; and,
  • While demand response barriers continue to be addressed, there is jurisdictional uncertainty associated with the Supreme Court’s review of Electric Power Supply Association v. FERC.

Read and download the full text of the 2015 Report: CLICK HERE

Source: FERC
Type: Industry Report


November 2015

16th PLMA Fall Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina

16th PLMA Fall Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina

Real-world insight from practitioners and energy utilities active in the demand response marketplace. Over 150 demand response industry professionals attended from energy utilities and government agencies as well as industry allies, including consultants, manufacturers, and service providers.

Source: PLMA
Type: Conference Proceedings with Photo gallery


October 2015

The Future of Demand Response: The Practitioner's View

The Future of Demand Response: The Practitioner's View

Until recently, demand response was mostly considered a stopgap measure to be used during a peak load event. Recently, however, utilities are beginning to see demand response as a tool to be used in system planning and operations, especially when it comes to integrating renewable energy. Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) Board Chairman Paul Tyno with Buffalo Energy Advisors, PLMA Board Vice Chairman Rich Philip with Duke Energy, and Extensible Energy President and CEO John Powers participated in a PLMA Demand Response Dialogue in early August. They discussed demand response's move into the mainstream and how utilities are incorporating demand response into their operating and business processes.

Source: Electric Light & Power
Type: Magazine article


July 2015

Demand Response Moves to the Mainstream

Demand Response Moves to the Mainstream

The idea of energy efficiency and demand reduction as a "fifth fuel" after coal, natural gas, nuclear and renewables is nothing new, but, despite that, efficiency and curtailment measures are typically incorporated into an energy plan as an afterthought or as a response to regulatory pressure. One such measure, demand response, or DR, has historically been a second-string player, only deployed when there's an emergency. And despite DR's contributions to maintaining grid stability, averting blackouts and brownouts, and reducing the impact of extreme summer and winter weather events, the industry has been slow to adopt it as a meaningful solution to managing the electric grid. We believe this slow adoption is about to change. Within the next five years, we see the role of DR shifting from that of understudy to key player. 2015 will be a transformative year for DR — one in which DR heads out of the shadows of emergency management and into its own as a legitimate market force.

Source: Energy Biz
Type: Magazine article
 
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