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.

ARE YOU A MEMBER?

If you are unsure if you are a PLMA member, visit our Member Directory to see if your company is listed. If your company is listed, email Tiger Adolf to request a complimentary user profile. If you are not a PLMA member, CLICK HERE to learn how to join.

ADD A RESOURCE

If you would like to submit an item to include on the Resource Directory, email it, along with a short description, to [email protected]. Items (if approved for inclusion) received by the 10th of the month will be included in the current month’s update. Items received after the 10th will be included in the next month’s update.


PLMA Resources Directory

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 

2018 PLMA Annual Activity Report to Members

Annual Report cover

This publication details the 2018 achievements of PLMA as "The Voice of Load Management Professionals."  PLMA grew to 154 electric utility and allied organization members in 2018, an increase of over 300% in 6 years.  

 

Source: PLMA; Edited by Thought Leadership Group
Type: Report

Thought Leadership 2018 Compendium

Awards Compendium cover

This publication is a compendium of transcripts from 8 selected webcasts, 37th PLMA Conference in Coronado, Calif., and 38th PLMA Conference in Austin, Texas produced in 2018.  

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

 

 

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

35th PLMA Conference Resource Materials

April 3-5, 2017 in Nashville, TN

35th PLMA Conference in Nashville, TN

35th PLMA Conference

April 3-5, 2017 in Nashville, TN

Bookmark this page to easily return for presentation downloads, extra materials shared from the conference, links to photo archive and professional portraits, and updated information.

Presentation Archive for 35th PLMA Conference

Presentations are available below for the 35th PLMA Conference, as they appeared on the agenda.  Click on the presenter name or session name in bold red.  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 PLMA gallery Nashville, 35th PLMA
  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 follow your browser directions.
    • If it is your first time accessing photos, you will be asked to enter a name and email address.
    • PLEASE BE COURTEOUS: Ask permission before downloading or using any photo other than your own.

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)

Archived Presentations (click on Speaker or Session name in red)

35th PLMA Conference

April 3-5, 2017
Nashville, Tennessee

Gain 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.

Wi-fi hosted by Comverge
Electric Power Alley hosted by CLEAResult

PLMA 35th Conference Sponsors

Monday, April 3, 2017
8:00 am

Shared Interest Group Breakfast in Sponsor Lounge

  Interest Group Activities Track 1 Interest Group Activities Track 2
 

Community Storage in Action: Behind-the-Meter Storage and DER Integration

9:00 am BTMS and DER Integration Interest Groups: Welcome by Co-Chairs BTMS Co-Chairs Gary Connett, Great River Energy (MN) and Steven Koep, Vaughn Thermal Corp.;
DER Integration Co-Chairs Rich Barone, Hawaiian Electric Co. and John Powers, Extensible Energy

To Learn More About BTMS Interest Group, CLICK HERE

To Learn More About DER Integration Interest Group, CLICK HERE

9:05 am The Future of Electric Water Heating:
Electric Resistance and HPWH Technology!
1-Way to 2-Way Communication!
Grid-Responsive to Grid-Interactive!
Demand Response to DER Integration!
Community Storage to Beneficial Electrification!

Moderator: Steven Koep, Vaughn Thermal Corp.
Through DOE rulemaking processes and bi-partisan legislation, we have arrived at a point where the future of electric water heating will include both electric resistance and heat-pump water heating (HPWH) technologies. In light of the recent DOE Rulemaking regarding Commercial Electric Resistance Water Heaters, the increased visibility and availability of Grid-Enabled Electric Thermal Storage (ETS) water heaters, manufactured exclusively for use in electric utility Load Management and Demand Response (DR) programs, is expected to lead to expanded market acceptance. Such programs have historically relied upon 1-way communication technology and have been Grid-Responsive in nature. In recent years, real-time 2-way communication between the electric water heating appliance and the Smart Grid, Electric Utility, Balancing Authority, Independent System Operator (ISO) or aggregation entity has identified a wealth of value-added potential. When equipped with grid-interactive control functionality, a large-capacity Grid-Interactive ETS Water Heater (GIWH) has the ability to: follow locational marginal pricing, better integrate renewable energy and provide fast up/down regulation service (frequency control). At the same time, the Energy Efficiency and Demand Response potential of HPWHs is becoming better defined by researchers and utilities alike. Electric water heating as an integral part of the 'connected home' future, is an emerging reality for electric utilities across the country. Simultaneously, increasing amounts of variable renewable energy are being integrated to the grid. This changing landscape is leading to a variety of challenges and opportunities as stakeholders - ranging from policymakers, utilities, environmental advocates, and manufacturers - work to balance their interests while meeting the demands of consumers and the market. Join us for a discussion of how policies and technologies interact and continue to evolve as we move from 'Load Management' to 'Community Storage'. Join us to learn more about... The Future of Electric Water Heating!
10:00 am Community Storage - The Path Forward!
"Community Storage" is an emerging term for utility-sponsored programs that aggregate distributed energy storage resources that are located throughout a community, such as water heaters, electric vehicles, and interconnected storage batteries, to improve the operational efficiency of electric energy services to consumers. The defining characteristic of a community storage program is the coordinated dispatch and optimization of premises-based energy storage resources, often behind a consumer's electric meter, to achieve system-wide benefits. The Community Storage Initiative (CSI), established in 2016, is focused on collaborative information sharing and coordinated market development efforts in support of wide-scale implementation of energy storage technologies that are located in communities across the country. CSI is dedicated to bringing the economic, environmental and societal benefits of these energy storage technologies to end-use electric customers throughout the country.

Education Planning Group Discussion

Co-Chairs Mark Martinez, Southern California Edison and Christine Riker, Energy Solutions
Anyone is welcome to participate in this Education Planning Group Discussion to help guide the curriculum and presentation of the PLMA DR Training Series. We strongly welcome past PLMA DR Training class attendees as well as those interested in helping to guide the future of PLMA Training.

The PLMA Demand Response Training Series consists of three courses presented by industry experts and hosted at member offices. The three courses are Introduction to Demand Response, DR Program Design and Implementation, and Demand Response Markets. The PLMA DR Training Series has been taking place successfully for over three years now. As our industry continues to grow and evolve, PLMA wants to ensure the training series continues to provide the best value to our fellow PLMA members. This Education Planning Interest Group workshop will explore ways to continue the success of the existing training series and discuss potential ways for improvement.

9:00 am Welcome, Safety Moment, and Roundtable Introductions of Attendees
9:15 am Introduction from the new Co-chairs on the creation of an Education Planning Interest Group
9:30 am Orientation on current PLMA Training Series deliverables and past activities
9:45 am Review past participant's survey results and comments
10:00 am Four Breakout Groups
  • Marketing and outreach strategies to increase course enrollment in general and focused on May classes at NV Energy
  • Future delivery channel for "Intro to DR" class
  • Integration of "new" topics (such as DERs) into training curriculum
  • Strategy and recommendations for Training class volunteer mentor network
10:25 am Sharing results from breakout groups
10:50 am Next Steps

To Learn More about the Education Planning Group, CLICK HERE

     
11:00 am

Shared Interest Group Lunch

Women in Demand Management Lunch Meeting

Grab a plate and join the Women in Demand Management for a short business meeting. Anyone registered for the Interest Group Activities is welcome to join in the meeting.

Agenda:

  • Welcome and Introductions Robin Maslowski with Erika Diamond
  • A look back at 2016
  • Looking ahead to 2017/2018

To Learn More, CLICK HERE

 

BTMS and DER Integration Interest Group (cont.)

The DER Integration Interest Group addresses key economic, engineering, and customer program design aspects of Distributed Energy Resource Integration, including:
  • Valuation of load management resources in "firming" non-dispatchable renewable resources
  • Program design and re-design issues for adapting DR programs from peak-shaving to DER integration programs
  • Technology needs assessments for DER applications
The DER Integration Interest Group intends to draw upon the experience of multiple utilities with high or increasing renewables penetration as well as from organizations moving into DR from solar and wind markets.
12 noon Introduction
John Powers, Extensible Energy
12:05 pm DR & DER — It's All About Syntax
Rich Barone, Hawaiian Electric Co.
12:40 pm Storage Options for Solar Integration — Lessons from the Community Solar Value Project
John Powers, Extensible Energy and Jill Cliburn, Cliburn & Associates
1:15 pm Intelligent Water Heater Control Case Study — BTES and Carina
Mike Browder, CEO Bristol Tennessee Essential Services (BTES)
1:45 pm BTMS and DER Integration Session Overview & Discussion
Moderator: Gary Connett, Steve Koep, Rich Barone, John Powers

Customer Engagement Overview and Round Table: Best Practices and Strategies for Success

12 noon Welcome by Co-Chairs
Co-Chairs Andrea Simmonsen, Idaho Power, Meridith Nierenberg, Orange and Rockland Utilities and Sharyn Barata, Opinion Dynamics

To Learn More about the Customer Engagement Group, CLICK HERE

12:05 pm Customer Engagement Overview - The Essential Components for Demand Response
Linda Dethman, Research Into Action
We will kick-off the customer engagement interest group discussion with an overview of the essential components of customer engagement for demand response (DR) programs. Our speaker will present a set of guidelines, best practices, and exercises that will step attendees through the planning/ design, implementation, and evaluation requirements for a modern, integrated, and efficient customer engagement platform. Key topics include:
  • Building a consumer insight approach based on research, data, and analytics
  • Mapping the customer journey and touch points
  • Identifying interventions that engage customers and influence behavior
  • Planning and executing effective, engaging and personalized communications and messaging
  • Selecting key performance indicators to measure performance
1:00 pm Debrief of Customer Engagement Overview
Moderator: Meridith Nierenberg, Orange and Rockland Utilities
Open discussion for questions, comments, and summarizing key takeaways from the Customer Engagement Overview.
1:15 pm Bring Your Own Success Stores/Best Practices/Lessons Learned
Moderator: Andrea Simmonsen, Idaho Power and Sharyn Barata, Opinion Dynamics
Bring a success story, best practice or lesson learned to share with the group in a round table discussion (up to 5 minutes per participant) as time allows.
1:50 pm Wrap-up and Introduction to 35th PLMA Conference
Customer Engagement Co-Chairs, Andrea, Meridith and Sharyn
Discussion of future customer engagement group activities and a preview of the PLMA Conference agenda items related to customer engagement.
2:00 pm

Shared Interest Group Refreshment Break

 

Retail Pricing Interest Group

2:30 pm Opening Remarks: Group Goals and Future Activities
Co-Chairs Clayton Engel, Consumers Energy Company and Evan Pittman, Comverge

To Learn More about the
Retail Pricing Interest Group, CLICK HERE

2:35 pm Panel and group discussion: Perspectives on Time-Varying Pricing Implementation from Rural Co-ops to Large IOUs
Allison Hamilton,  National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Heather Manypenny, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, Sahar Mishriki, Hydro One and Alan Mellovitz, Accenture
Hear from the front lines about New Hampshire Electric Cooperative's, Hydro One's, and ComEd's time-varying pricing program rollouts, then join in a group discussion on how to unlock expansion of these programs to the mass market.

Thermostat Interest Group

Welcome by Co-Chairs
Co-Chairs Justin Chamberlain, CPS Energy and Olivia Patterson, Opinion Dynamics

To Learn More about the
Thermostat Interest Group, CLICK HERE

2:30 pm Smart Thermostats—Show Me the EE Savings
Demand response Smart Thermostat impacts are widely acknowledged in our industry, but can they contribute to energy efficiency savings? If you can't afford the time or money to do your own pilot (or just tired of pilots!) then this session is for you. Our presenters will provide an overview of what utilities and evaluators have learned from a series of smart thermostat programs and pilots designed to capture both EE and DR impacts.

What are the results?
Ben Clarin, EPRI
We will begin with a summary of known EE impacts smart thermostat savings from programs across the country. This overview will include results from EPRI's national study smart thermostat savings potential. The presentation will also discuss key factors that may contribute to EE savings, and program design choices that facilitate EE measurement.

What are the implications for programs?
Lee Hamilton, Xcel Energy
Following this overview, we will provide a compelling case study from Xcel Energy. In addition to presenting results, the speakers will also share insights as to whether Xcel will seek to scale the program, discuss design characteristics needed to support capturing future EE impacts, and any regulatory uncertainties associated with these results.
3:30 pm Wrap-up and Discussion of PLMA Fall Conference Focus
Thermostat Co-Chairs, Justin Chamberlain and Olivia Patterson
Discussion of future smart thermostat interest group activities including Fall Conference focus.
   BREAK
 
4:00 pm Two for One – Retail Pricing AND Smart Thermostats Interest Group Discussion
In this joint Interest Group session, we will hear from three technology companies actively working to enable price response in smart thermostats. Representatives will discuss strategies for balancing customer comfort with bill savings in the face of time-varying electricity pricing (e.g., Time of Use, Real Time Pricing and Critical Peak Pricing or others). Presenters include: Will Greene, Nest Labs, Dave Oberholzer, Whisker Labs and Dr. Marissa Hummon, Tendril
4:30 pm

PLMA Women in Demand Management Meetup

Co-Chair Robin Maslowski, Navigant

All are welcome to attend to network and learn how to make the most of the Conference activities.

To Learn More, CLICK HERE

6:00 pm

Board of Directors Meeting

Closed business meeting with dinner for Board members and At-Large Representatives listed at www.peakload.org/Leadership only.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Wi-Fi hosted by Comverge; Electric Power Alley hosted by CLEAResult
7:30 am

Breakfast Buffet in Sponsor Lounge

  Morning Session Co-Chair Rich Philip, Duke Energy and Sandy Humenik, Whisker Labs
8:30 am

Opening Remarks

Rich Philip, Duke Energy and PLMA Chair
8:45 am

Welcoming Remarks

Dan Pratt, Tennessee Valley Authority

As Vice President of Pricing and Contracts, in TVA's External Relations, Distributed Energy Resources Group, Dan is responsible for the development and implementation of TVA's wholesale rates, long-term pricing strategies, pricing of related products and other electric services, as well as retail rates applied by local power companies.  He is also responsible for establishing all customer power supply contracts and other contracts required to implement pricing and energy related products.

Previously, Dan served as General Manager, Enterprise Relations, in TVA's Customer Relations organization. In that role, he led TVA's strategic alignment and partnership initiatives with local power companies and directly served customers.  Dan has 21 years experience in the energy industry focusing primarily on nuclear and transmission and distribution (T&D).

Dan joined TVA in 2008 and was the General Manager for TVA's Bellefonte Nuclear site.  Before joining TVA, Dan was the Vice President, Southern Region, for AREVA T&D and was formerly the Vice President of North American Marketing and Strategy.  In addition, Dan was Key Account Manager for TVA while at AREVA.  Prior to AREVA, Dan spent 11 years with Arizona Public Service and Westinghouse primarily focused on management of large nuclear projects.

9:00 am

Insight from Leading-Edge Demand Response Research

Moderator: Rich Philip, Duke Energy
Katie Ryder, E Source, Brenda Chew, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), Patty Durand, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) and Elta Kolo, GreenTech Media Research (GTM)

Demand Response practitioners need to stay up to date on trends, markets, consumer positions, and how the industry is shifting. This roundtable discussion will explore findings from the research side including:
• Results from the E Source and PLMA 2016 Direct Load Control Benchmarking Study (E Source)
• The State of Demand Response—2016 (SEPA)
• Consumer Interest in Demand Response (SGCC)
• Demand Response at the Grid Edge: An Update on Wholesale Market Prospects (GTM)

10:30 am

Refreshment Break in Sponsor Lounge

11:00 am

Cost and Value Analysis of Distribution System Modernization

Moderator: Joseph E. Childs, Eaton
Michael Brown, Berkshire Hathaway, NV Energy and PLMA Vice-Chair, Wayne Callender, CPS Energy, Allison Hamilton, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and Heather Manypenny, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative

The modern distribution system includes both load using and generating resources that are broadly defined as DERs. The DOE and private sector are doing research to design and build solutions to address these changes to the distribution system. A key first step needs to be a determination of the costs to standard operations and the value of potential solutions. This panel will address how utilities and researchers are determining the financial impacts associated with these changes to the distribution system.

12 noon

Lunch Buffet in Sponsor Lounge hosted by Whisker Labs

  Early Afternoon Session Co-Chairs Brian Solsbee, Tennessee Valley Authority and Dave Hyland, Schneider Electric
1:30 pm

14th PLMA Awards Presentations

Co-Chairs Paul Miles, PECO, Nicholas Corsetti, National Grid and Dain Nestel, CLEAResult

The 14th PLMA Awards Program will recognize energy industry leaders for the best peak load and demand response management programs, initiatives, and achievements offered from calendar year 2016. The awards acknowledge those leaders who create innovative methods to meet peak load needs, mitigate price risks and manage variable generation. Over the past 13 years, PLMA has presented over 60 awards to recipients who have included utilities, product and service providers, consumers, and individuals responsible for demand response efforts targeted to the residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural customer markets. PLMA 14th Award Winner Media Release.

2:00 pm

Non-Wires Alternatives: Straight Outta Nashville

Emerging Technologies for Demand Response (DR) - Shape, Shift, Shed, and Shimmy
Mark Martinez, Southern California Edison (SCE)
SCE's Emerging Markets and Technologies (EM&T) Program is designed to facilitate the examination and market deployment of innovative new enabling technologies, software, and services that can enhance the customer enrollment and performance of DR rates, programs, and market resources. SCE has focused on four areas: DR enabling end-use technologies; DR codes and standards; DR market expansion and customer acceptance; and wholesale ISO market integration. The EM&T program's core mission: identify innovative "plug and play" enabling technologies that function as grid resources through interoperability standards to "Shape, Shift, Shed, and Shimmy". These categories of DR are essential for developing pathways for future utility program designs. Mark will present new DR enabling technologies that go beyond the traditional consumer end uses, and include smart solar inverters, residential electric storage, ramping services, and vehicle-to-grid.

When Targeting Is the Right Approach: Early Success in A Non-Wires Alternative DR Program
Mark Sclafani, Central Hudson Gas & Electric
The Central Hudson system has a declining peak load, minimizing the need for system-wide demand management. However, a few pockets of load growth are driving locational infrastructure needs, making a targeted Non-Wires Alternative program an ideal solution. In April 2016, Central Hudson launched its first NWA, a targeted demand response program called "Peak Perks." The program includes both residential DLC equipment and C&I curtailment. In less than a year, the program has already achieved over 30% participation (of eligible customers) in one of the three targeted areas. Learn about the strategies which resulted in this early success, and the challenges ahead. The presentation will also illustrate the program's origins within the REV proceeding in New York State, and the earnings mechanism that makes the program financially beneficial to Central Hudson.

Piloting Wireless Alternatives—Forging a Successful Program in Difficult Circumstances
Courtney Lane, National Grid Rhode Island and Antje Flanders, Opinion Dynamics
Gain insight into how wireless alternatives can succeed even under challenging conditions. National Grid Rhode Island piloted a controllable thermostat program in a small, capacity-constrained community in the northeastern United States to learn what DR program implementers can do to optimize program performance. Challenged by relatively cool summers and vacation homes that are not consistently occupied, and operating in conjunction with energy efficiency programs that reduce the total load available to be dropped during events, the program improved efficacy by working with evaluators over several years to optimize technology choices, develop targeted marketing strategies to increase overall participation, troubleshoot data problems, and improve event design by learning how customers interact with both their thermostats and AC units.

3:00 pm

Refreshment Break in Sponsor Lounge

  Late Afternoon Session Co-Chairs Andrea Simmonsen, Idaho Power and Steve Koep, Vaughn Thermal Corporation
3:30 pm

Evaluation of PG&E's Two-year Behavioral Demand Response Study

Wendy Brummer, Demand Response Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) and Josh Schellenberg, Nexant

PG&E conducted a two-year Behavioral Demand Response (BDR) study to assess the impact of BDR on residential peak electricity usage on designated "Summer Saving Days." The BDR study was part of PG&E's Demand Response Transmission and Distribution pilot. The study targeted residential customers served by 31 substations identified as high priority areas for reducing peak loads. BDR does not offer financial incentives for customers to reduce their usage, nor does it require the installation of technology at a customer's premise. Instead, it provides customers with pre/post-event communications and social comparisons specifically aimed at reducing usage on event days. The evaluation found that impacts are persistent across years and customer groups. It also assessed impacts on non-event days and investigated the types of customers that provide larger impacts. This presentation will address some key recommendations that came out of the two-year BDR study.

4:00 pm

Power of Marketing: One Size Doesn't Fit All

Stephanie Johnson, AEP Public Service of Oklahoma (PSO)

Utilities across North America share the goal of trying to launch successful demand response and energy efficiency programs in the face of low awareness and complex messaging. PSO overcame these obstacles and launched PowerHours®, a demand response and bring-your-own-thermostat (BYOT) program, in May 2014, with a goal of 2000 enrollments. The program utilized mass and targeted marketing efforts and a self-service web portal resulting in exceeding enrollment goals for both years of the program. Innovative marketing tactics include: easy-to-understand messaging; self-service website; guided enrollment process which included eligibility validation; program selection; and an instant thermostat purchase. The session will describe our approach and success with enrollment, participation, and customer feedback which provided valuable data to improve marketing efforts for the full-scale rollout. In January 2016, PSO launched the broader scale program. Marketing efforts extended to a more comprehensive, integrated plan which included: television, radio, digital advertising, email, social media, community outreach, retail signage, outreach through HVAC contractors and more. PSO has met the goal of 10,000 participants this year using data analytics combined with the marketing tactics.

4:30 pm

Sponsor Showcase Lightning Round

Co-Chairs Derek Kirchner, DTE Energy and Dennis Quinn, Joule Assets
Jeff Norman, AutoGrid, Craig Celgin, Bidgely, Jason Cigarran, Comverge, Peter Black, ecobee, Jim Richardson, Landis+Gyr, Barry Haaser, OpenADR Alliance and Jaden Crawford, Whisker Labs

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.

5:00 pm

Networking Reception in Sponsor Lounge


Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Wi-Fi hosted by Comverge; Electric Power Alley hosted by CLEAResult
7:30 am

Breakfast Buffet in Sponsor Lounge

 

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Track A
Session Co-Chairs Heather Manypenny, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative and Stuart Schare, Navigant
8:30 am

BYOT at APS: Building a Combined Energy Efficiency (EE) and Demand Response (DR) Smart Thermostat Offering

Bruce Brazis, Arizona Public Service (APS) and Tyler Rogers, EnergyHub

Many utilities are leveraging the Bring Your Own Thermostat (BYOT) deployment model to unlock demand response potential in thermostats, but APS is going one step further by using a BYOT approach to also achieve its residential energy efficiency goals. In this session, APS will provide an overview and results from APS' EE BYOT program, discuss how APS is using EE thermostat rebates to seed the market for its DR BYOT program, and share how BYOT is just the start of APS' longer-term vision for managing distributed energy resources.

9:00 am

Integrating Demand Response with Proven Energy Efficiency

Michelle Lindsay, Berkshire Hathaway, NV Energy and Steve Hofer, HDR Consulting

Learn from this cases analysis of pilot projects, how Berkshire Hathaway, NV Energy integrated demand response into two energy efficiency technologies that historically have been efficiency only opportunities. The technologies are advanced refrigeration controls and HVAC energy valves. Berkshire Hathaway, NV Energy created pilot programs that leverage the value proposition of these technologies to reduce electric consumption into installations. Michelle and Steve will discuss technology and how it is typically deployed in facilities for only efficiency purposes, as well as address how the demand response component was integrated into the implementation of each technology and how each technology improves the ability of the customer to participate in demand response events.

9:30 am

Balancing Load Curtailment and Customer Value: DR from a REP's Perspective

John Smith, Crius Energy and Dave Oberholzer, Whisker Labs

The growth of DER in many jurisdictions is changing the value that the distribution grid needs to provide. While reliable delivery of electric service remains paramount to the distribution utility, distribution utilities need to fundamentally rethink the long-term implications of a high-DER future - and the increasing value of flexibility and contingency that non-wire alternatives can provide. While regulator-driven changes in a few jurisdictions are preparing the path toward maintaining long-term grid value, other jurisdictions lag behind. This presentation will explore methods employed by a leading retail energy provider to transform a traditional energy efficiency and demand response program into an automated price-following program. The approach leverages the flexibility afforded by the use of connected thermostats for emergency DR to control load, and economic dispatch to maintain rate structures and control costs, all while creating additional value to attract and retain customers. These are examples of capabilities that are currently being used by retailers and that utilities will need, to deliver the flexible future grid.

Track B
Session Co-Chairs Linda King, Northwest REC and Jason Cigarran, Comverge
8:30 am

Harvesting Load from Irrigation Pumps

Gabe Munoz, Entergy Arkansas

Gabe will speak to first-hand experience in designing, marketing and implementing an irrigation load control program in Arkansas. He will discuss the geographical obstacles, the challenging market conditions and general agricultural industry barriers which were encountered and successfully navigated to develop a successful, reliable, integrated demand side resource which is now registered as a MISO Resource.

9:00 am

Switches vs. Thermostats - How Much Does Customer Behavior Play a Role?

Cole Willis, Indianapolis Power & Light Co. (IPL) and Olivia Patterson, Opinion Dynamics

For the last handful of years, utilities have been debating the merits of load control switches compared to smart thermostats to provide reliable residential demand reduction. This presentation provides a side-by-side comparison of IPL's residential demand response program, which offers both one-way and two-way load control switches as well as smart thermostats. We will focus on key attributes to inform decision-making regarding technology selection, including load reduction, failure rates, and customer opt-out rates and behaviors. Further, we will examine customer opt-outs, including when and how they occur during the event period by providing results from an examination of vendor data and customer interviews.

9:30 am

Strategies for Migrating from One-Way to Two-Way Communicating Devices

Melissa Knous, Duke Energy Florida, Tom Artau, Duke Energy Florida and Derek Kirchner, DTE Energy

Duke Energy Florida's EnergyWise® residential demand response program has more than 420,000 participants, representing approximately 25% of its residential customer base and provides 653 MW winter and 358 MW summer peak capacity. Duke Energy Florida utilizes the system more than 140 times per year, on average. In 2015, Duke Energy Florida began transitioning the program from one-way paging communications to two-way Wi-Fi and cellular load control switches. This session describes the installation approach and deployment schedule including lessons learned about program transition.

DTE Electric's CoolCurrents program was one of the first direct load control programs for A/C usage in the country, utilizing one-way paging technology to control A/C compressors. Currently, there are over 285,000 customers on the program and DTE had been experiencing a decline in the responsiveness of the interruption signal. DTE Electric made a commitment in 2015 to replace all of the existing units with 2-way zigbee enabled units that interact with the companies Itron OpenWay network. This session will focus on the challenges DTE is facing both in the field and in the office in delivering a successful program.

10:00 am

Refreshment Break in Sponsor Lounge

 
Track A
Session Co-Chairs Olivia Patterson, Opinion Dynamics and Joseph E. Childs, Eaton
10:30 am

CTA-2045 Opportunities and Challenges from the Field

Field Test Results of the Consumer Technology Association's CTA-2045 Demand Response Standard
Chuck Thomas, EPRI
The Consumer Technology Association's CTA-2045 standard defines a modular interface for the communication-connectivity to demand responsive devices. Since 2013, EPRI and more than 20 utilities have been field testing appliances and communication systems based on this standard. This session will provide a summary of the findings from these field tests and a discussion of the opportunities and challenges of this modular standard going forward.

The Battle to Save Grid Enabled Water Heaters
Amy Bryan, Jackson EMC and Jim Stovall, Skipping Stone
Jackson EMC, as well as many other electric utilities, in conjunction with water heater manufacturers and demand response technology providers, are conducting pilot projects with the new grid-enabled water heaters utilizing a new standard, the CTA 2045 standard, to study the following:
• Effects of the water heater demand response program on customer lifestyles
• KW reduction capability of the system
• Projected cost of system-wide implementation
• Best practices for a water heater demand response program

CTA-2045: The Path Forward for Chattanooga
Hunter Ellis, Electric Power Board of Chattanooga
An exanimation of the EPB CTA-2045 pilot and how it fits into our long term strategy to provide energy services to our customers. The session will describe the market forces that are affecting EPB and the architecture we are using to evaluate solutions and strategies.

11:30 am

Increasing Engagement with Small to Mid-Sized Business through an Integrated Demand-Side Management Program

Moderator: Brett Feldman, Navigant
Jeremy Morrison, Duke Energy and Shane Fay, Comverge

The small- to mid-sized business (SMB) customer has typically been underrepresented when it comes to participation in demand-side management programs. However, this customer segment makes up a large percentage of a utility customer base and has specific characteristics that make them great candidates for these programs. Across multiple service territories, Duke Energy has started pursuing the SMB with an integrated demand response and energy efficiency product offering to better leverage this untapped load resource and engage them to help improve customer satisfaction scores.

Track B
Session Co-Chairs Clayton Engel, Consumers Energy Company and Ruth Kiselewich, ICF
10:30 am

Arizona DEReaming: APS' Early Efforts and Lessons Around Distributed Energy Resources

Tom Hines, Arizona Public Service

Arizona Public Service (APS) is on the front lines in dealing with many of the issues arising from the proliferation of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) in its service territory. APS is using innovative efforts to manage the growth of rooftop solar in its service territory. APS has several efforts underway to help it integrate DERs more fully into its operations, from BYOT EE and DR, demand rate studies, storage pilots, and rooftop solar studies. This session provides an overview of the issues APS faces and a summary of the DER efforts underway.

11:00 am

On Demand Savings: Introducing Demand Management in an Efficiency World

Robert Connor, Madison Gas and Electric Company and Matthew Matenaer, Focus on Energy / Franklin Energy Group

The power (kW) and delivery (distribution) component of customers' electricity bills continue to rise due to market and regulatory changes while energy (kWh) costs remain relatively stable. Shifting customers' attention from managing energy to managing power requires education, tools, and motivation. We will present the results and lessons learned from an 18-month pilot program that provides C&I customers with a real-time energy dashboard and financial incentives to help control summertime on-peak demand. Roughly 40 Program participants experienced average monthly demand savings of 9% while Madison Gas and Electric saw average monthly coincident demand savings of 1.3 Megawatts. We will provide final program results and describe program components, including: program design elements, qualitative and quantitative discussions of load shedding strategies, and the customer energy dashboard.

11:30 am

Delivering DR in the Tennessee Valley: Lessons Learned from an LPC

Jeff Brockette, Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation (MTEMC) and Dale Merritt, EnerNOC

Local Power Companies (LPCs) are the core of Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA's) demand response (DR) program. While the DR program is managed and dispatched centrally by TVA, LPCs work directly with their customers or members to deliver DR MW to TVA. MTEMC has been particularly successful in engaging customers around this DR program opportunity. The MTEMC has been able to deliver the following positive outcomes: 1) increased customer satisfaction; 2) reliable resource to TVA; and 3) leveraging new technology. We will highlight MTEMC as a case study for how DR can be successfully implemented within the unique program environment of DR in the Tennessee Valley and provide concrete examples of how to approach relationships with DR vendors that reinforce specific utility goals, such as customer engagement and asset utilization.

12 noon

Lunch Buffet in Sponsor Lounge hosted by EnergyHub

  Afternoon Session Co-Chairs Michael Brown, Berkshire Hathaway, NV Energy and PLMA Vice-Chair and Chris Ashley, EnergyHub
1:00 pm

A Cost-Effective, Goal-Oriented Approach to Demand Response (DR) Program Design

Craig Sherman, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and Alana Lemarchand, Nexant

DR program managers face a rapidly expanding array of program design options including bring-your-own-thermostat (BYOT) models, two-way switches, and other control devices for a wide variety of end uses, integration with customer engagement campaigns, and varied capacity market landscapes. It is a challenging to take stock of the options, collect and assess information about program costs and benefits, and design a program that is aligned with and that balances program, department, utility, and regulatory goals. SMUD is taking a strategic, quantitative, cost-effective approach to program design that combines insights from a field pilot and an adaptive conjoint study providing key learnings about customer preferences and new program models. SMUD will share how it is leveraging market and field research, program design tools, targeted marketing, and rate-based compensation to design future offerings that meet companywide goals to grow customer satisfaction and engagement in a cost-efficient manner. Utilities of varying sizes can use this cost-effective program design approach to evolve demand response pilots into programs and to redesign or reimagine programs in a strategic, streamlined manner.

1:30 pm

How to Achieve High DR Goals When You've Already Tapped Out Large Industrial

Josh Keeling, Portland General Electric and Robin Maslowski, Navigant

Large industrial customers have historically provided the backbone for many DR portfolios across the country. However, several drivers are pushing utilities to look beyond large industrials, such as the desire to push DR goals even higher, the loss of large industrial customers as viable DR candidates, expansion of DR into regions without significant industrial loads, and interest in establishing a more robust relationship with other customer segments through DR program engagement. This presentation will look at strategies for tapping into those additional customer segments, including program design characteristics that appeal to a broader customer base, program delivery options (e.g., aggregator versus in-house), and customer outreach opportunities.

2:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Michael Brown, Berkshire Hathaway, NV Energy and PLMA Vice-Chair
2:30 pm

Adjourn

2:30 pm

Ice Cream Social with Utility Load Management Exchange

Join us for a fozen dessert and final networking opportunity in the Sponsor Lounge.

 

34th PLMA Conference

Nov. 7-9, 2016 in Delray Beach, Fla.

34th PLMA Conference Resource Materials

Bookmark this page to easily return for presentation downloads, extra materials shared from the conference, links to photo archive and professional portraits, and updated information.

Presentation Archive for 34th PLMA Conference

Presentations are available below for the 34th PLMA Conference, as they appeared on the agenda.  Click on the presenter name or session name in bold red.  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 Delray Beach, 34th PLMA 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 follow 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)

Archived Presentations (click on Speaker or Session name)

View 34TH Conference highlights from Delray Beach below.

34th PLMA Conference

November 7-9, 2016
Delray Beach, Florida

Gain 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.

Wi-fi hosted by Comverge
Electric Power Alley hosted by CLEAResult


PLMA Spring Conference Sponsors
Monday, November 7, 2016 — Optional Pre-Conference Activities (separate registration required)
 

Interest Group Meetings Track 1

Interest Group Meetings Track 2

8:30 - 10:00 am

Community Storage Meeting

co-produced by Grid-Interactive Behind-the-Meter Storage Interest Group and Distributed Energy Resource Integration Interest Group

Introduction and Overview to Behind-the-Meter Storage and DER Integration Interest Groups, with BTMS Co-Chair Steve Koep, Vaughn Thermal and DER Co-Chair John Powers, Extensible Energy

Behind-the-Meter Storage and the Community Storage Initiative Update with Steve Koep, Vaughn Thermal, Rick Tempchin, Edison Electric Institute, and Robin Roy, NRDC

GIWH Equipment Providers Roundtable
As the foundation of Community Storage, Grid-Interactive Water Heating (GIWH) is emerging as the low-hanging fruit of energy storage technologies. Hear from equipment providers – tanks & controls – about the technologies and program models that they are bringing to the Community Storage market. Manufacturers represented include:

 

Retail Pricing Interest Group Kickoff Meeting

Co-Chairs Clayton Engel, Consumers Energy and Evan Pittman, Comverge

Join the Retail Pricing interest group for its first meeting to help determine the charter, future activities, needs/requirements of the group, and join in dynamic presentations and discussions on relevant topics.

Possible topics:

  • Demand charges for residential customers: whether and when they make sense, how they should be structured, and how best to empower customers to manage them
  • Rate design considerations for customers with rooftop solar
  • The trend toward default time-of-use pricing
  • Variable pricing structures for residential customers (e.g., real-time pricing)

To Learn More, CLICK HERE

10:00 - 10:15 am

Break

10:15 - 12 noon

Community Storage Meeting cont.

Is There a Policy Gap for Community Storage Technologies? Robin Roy, NextEnergy for NRDC
Energy legislation is sure to be actively pursued in the next Congress. What might be done to help deliver the potential benefits of community energy storage, and ensure it is not overlooked, or even set back? Join us for a discussion of the Federal ‘policy gap’ for community storage, as seen in appliance energy standards, building technology R&D, and ENERGY STAR definitions. This session will also explore a legislative ‘straw man’ proposal, followed by a roundtable discussion.

Integration of Battery Storage as Community Storage Assets Mike Taylor, SEPA
SEPA’s recent Beyond The Meter resource guide describes the transition from a traditional, centralized power grid to a more distributed one as having significant impacts on the grid of the future. As utilities begin to explore the capabilities of distributed energy resources (DERs), new tools will be called upon to optimize grid infrastructure and operations, such as increased flexibility to incorporate solar’s more intermittent generation. This guide explores the potential value of various DERs to provide power, capacity and ancillary services to the grid.

Grid-Responsive Becomes Grid-Interactive & Load Management Becomes ‘Community Storage’!
Survey Results & Next Steps

Customer Engagement Interest Group Kickoff Meeting

Co-Facilitators Andrea Simmonsen, Idaho Power and Sharyn Barata, Opinion Dynamics

Join with others to explore the creation of a new PLMA interest group to explore customer engagement issues. Topics will include round-the-table discussion of relevant topics and brainstorming of future activities.

12 noon - 1:00 pm

Shared Interest Group Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Community Storage Meeting cont.

Solar, Storage, and DR — Modeling the Solar Triple Play on Distribution Circuits, John Powers, Extensible Energy
As solar penetrations rise on any given distribution circuit, both utility-scale storage and targeted demand response programs offer a promise in managing variable generation and hence net circuit load. The Community Solar Value Project (CSVP), a DOE SunShot project, provides an ideal opportunity to study how best to combine distribution-sited solar facilities with energy storage and DR program components. In this presentation, we show a realistic modeling approach to combining battery storage in front of the meter with DR behind the meter. Using an existing solar-plus-storage facility at PNM (the Prosperity Project, jointly funded under a prior DOE award in 2011-12), we demonstrate the value of adding DR program scenarios to (a) increase the capacity of the circuit to handle higher solar penetration, or (b) reduce the size and expense of the battery required. We present scenarios with different assumptions regarding DR technologies and strategies, and show how to map these assumptions onto DR program designs.

Minimizing Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Acquisition Cost through Descending Clock Auctions, Dan Bradley, Navigant

As part of the Brooklyn Queens Demand Management initiative, Con Edison of New York (CEONY) has committed to procure DER to defer investment in distribution system upgrades. CEONY is using an innovative descending clock auction approach to acquire DER to meet the required load reductions. We will discuss the:

  • Applicability of the descending clock auction to acquisition of DER to achieve specific load shape objectives
  • Structuring of contracts to minimize performance risk
  • Design of the auction
  • Results from the auction
  • Lessons of experience

Thermostat Interest Group Meeting

Co-Chairs Lee Hamilton, Xcel Energy and Jenny Roehm, Schneider Electric

Welcome and Introductions

 

Achieving the reality of IDSM — how far have we really come? Jenny Roehm, Schneider Electric
The strategic concept of an Integrated Demand Side Management (IDSM) program has existed for some time in various states, and in California it has been a policy initiative for over a decade. But how far has this concept really come in practice, what have been the efforts to overcome barriers, success stories, or even the fast failures? Jenny Roehm will lead a discussion on how the communicating thermostat provides an opportunity for a true IDSM program that combines energy efficiency and demand response, and examine the clear and present opportunity to move from the traditional independent program silos to an integrated solutions delivery.

2:30 - 2:45 pm

Break

2:45 - 4:30 pm

Community Storage Meeting cont.

Electric Vehicle Demand Response: Results of Real-World EV Load Management Pilot Programs, Eric Mallia, FleetCarma
This presentation will discuss the first residential smart charging project in Canada conducted in partnership with Toronto Hydro and the Ontario Ministry of Energy. In this project, thirty electric vehicle (EV) owners in Toronto participated in the 15-month ChargeTO program that enabled the local utility to actively curtail their EVs during charging. The project demonstrated the technical feasibility of the automated smart charging system, evaluated its limitations and quantified the real-world curtailment availability of the EVs, all while capturing participants' feedback and response to various incentive structures.

Memo From The Future: Hawaiian Electric Programs that leverage Behind-the-Meter Storage with Richard Barone, Hawaiian Electric Company
Rich will describe the process undertaken by Hawaiian Electric to deploy a portfolio of customer programs designed to mitigate variability introduced by rising solar penetrations. We'll describe the proposed framework and the current implementation plan that is evolving from technical demonstration phase to larger scale deployment with residential and commercial customers. We will cover issues in both technology choice and program design.

Closing Remarks & Wrap-up

To Learn More About Distributed Energy Resources Integration Interest Group, CLICK HERE or about Grid-Interactive Behind-the-Meter Storage Interest Group, CLICK HERE

Thermostat Interest Group Meeting cont.

BYOT Thermostat program free-ridership evaluation, Olivia Patterson, Opinion Dynamics
Increasingly, smart thermostat programs are being offered to customers to not only reduce peak demand, but also achieve energy savings. Of course, once energy savings enter the picture, so does the dreaded potential for free ridership. In this presentation, Olivia Patterson will discuss key considerations for designing smart thermostat programs that reduce free ridership, increase energy savings, and optimize demand response impacts as well.

The Dating Game – Utility Style, with Mystery Utility and Mystery Vendor Participants
What does it take to make a lasting relationship when implementing a program? Four utility participants and four vendor participants are going to find out in the Thermostat Interest Group final session of the day. In this “Dating Game” inspired panel, one of our utility guests will interview three potential vendors to find out who is the best match for a long term relationship. But relationships are two way streets, so we will also have one of our vendor participants look for a lasting bond by interviewing three of our utility participants. Will anyone find a relationship that lasts?

To Learn More, CLICK HERE

4:30 pm Adjourn
4:30 - 5:30 pm

PLMA Women in Demand Management Meetup

Co-Chairs Gwen Resendes, Bonneville Power Administration and Robin Maslowski, Navigant

Group members will meet at the lobby bar for a hosted reception. No RSVP is necessary. Women play an important role in demand response leadership and delivery. This interest group helps to promote that role by encouraging greater visibility, support, and recognition of women in the industry.

To Learn More, CLICK HERE

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Wi-fi hosted by Comverge
7:30 - 8:30 am

Breakfast Buffet in Sponsor Lounge

Morning Session Co-chairs: Brad Davids, Nest Labs and Heather Manypenny, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative

8:30 - 8:50 am

Opening Remarks

Rich Philip, Duke Energy and PLMA Chair

8:50 - 9:00 am

Welcoming Remarks

9:00 - 9:30 am

Getting Rates Right: How DR and DER is Impacting Rate Making... or Vice Versa

Moderator: Rick Tempchin, Edison Electric Institute, with Doug Sansom, NRG Curtailment Solutions; Jeff Smith, Georgia Power; Stephen Wemple, Consolidated Edison; and Eric Winkler, ISO New England
Candid roundtable discussion among representatives from utilities and service providers. Referenced will be white papers published by EEI (click here) and EPRI (click here).  Topics will include:

  • How demand response and DER initiatives are impacting rate making and wholesale market pricing
  • Tactics for better integrating (or at least coordinating) the efforts of utility rate making and demand response staff
  • Lessons learned for DR professionals from leading-edge (and bleeding edge) rate making efforts nationwide
9:30 - 10:00 am

Beyond the Pilot: Using Smart Energy Solutions to Shape Future Customer Engagement and Demand Response

Nick Corsetti, National Grid
Take this opportunity to learn how National Grid is not piloting a program for the sake of piloting a program. Nick will share initial Year 2 results of National Grid's Smart Energy Solutions smart grid program (the largest smart grid deployment in the Northeast), with a specific reference to how they compare with Year 1 results. Learn how National Grid has leveraged all of the results from the pilot (TOU pricing, demand response, customer engagement, solar in a TOU environment, in-home technologies, and smart grid infrastructure) into the design of its new and innovative programs, initiatives, and regulatory frameworks across its operating territories of NY, MA, and RI - specifically on the topics of peak demand management and customer energy insights.
10:00 - 10:30 am

Beat the Peak: Expanding DR Beyond Hardware with Communication and Behavior

Catherine Powers, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Distribution Cooperatives and their serving G&Ts have always been strong advocates of Demand Response. ODEC, a G&T Cooperative, operates in the PJM market and DR can have high explicit value at times, but capturing the value can be elusive. Hardware based programs have always seemed to be the best answer, but there is now a growing interest in expanding these resources using behavioral models. ODEC and its member cooperatives have experimented with several models and will present the results.
10:30 - 11:00 am

Refreshment Break in Sponsor Lounge

11:00 - 12 noon

Demand Response Management Systems: Current Implementations and Future Trends

Brett Feldman, Navigant; with Diana Breziner, PECO; Sarah Chatterjee, Berkshire Hathaway, NV Energy; and Clay Engel, Consumers Energy
Demand Response Management Systems (DRMS) have been in development for several years now, but there are still only a handful of deployments to date. However, there has recently been an uptick in activity from across the spectrum of utility types ranging from municipal utilities to cooperatives to investor-owned utilities. There are a number of drivers such as system reliability, renewable integration, customer engagement, and regulatory mandates that are leading to increased interest in DRMS. However, there is really no standard definition of what a DRMS should offer at this point and different vendors offer varying system capabilities. Navigant is publishing the first full-scale research report focused on DRMS in Q3 2016 and will present on the technical basics, market drivers and barriers, competitive landscape, and 10-year forecasts for the DRMS market.
12 noon - 1:30 pm

Lunch Buffet in Sponsor Lounge Hosted by Comverge

Afternoon Session Co-Chairs: Robin Maslowski, Navigant and Michael Brown, Berkshire Hathaway, NV Energy

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Exploring Different Approaches to Winter DR

Beyond the Heatwave: Winter Demand Response for Residential HVAC
Jim Musilek, North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation; David Urquhart, New Brunswick Power; Ram Narayanamurthy, Electric Power Research Institute with Peter Black, ecobee
ERCOT, PJM, NYISO and ISO-NE issued their first winter DR events a couple of years ago, since then winter grid reliability continues to be of interest, and in some cases a need, in many regions. Strategies for managing the residential HVAC component of winter peaks are not as developed and established as those that are used for managing summer air conditioning load, and less straight forward. This panel of presenters will provide a comprehensive overview of winter demand management and response as well as two related utility case studies. The case studies highlight results and lessons learned from the winter 2015 season using control of auxiliary heating equipment for demand response. They will also highlight what insights can be drawn from smart thermostat data to establish effective winter demand response strategies.

Winter Demand Response — A Market That's Heating Up!
Roch Naleway, Portland General Electric with Brad Davids, Nest Labs
When most utilities hear the phrase "residential demand response," they think of programs that reduce peak demand on hot summer days — either through load control switches, connected thermostats, or behavioral approaches. However, for many utilities with high penetration of electric heating, especially in the Southeast and Northwest U.S., winter peaks are an even bigger issue than summer peaks, and implementing DR in the winter comes with a unique set of challenges. This session will discuss trends related to "Winter DR" and provide a case study of the approach that one utility, Portland General Electric, has taken to recruit and engage customers in a year-round demand response program utilizing smart thermostats.

3:00 - 3:30 pm

Refreshment Break in Sponsor Lounge

3:30 - 4:00 pm

Strategies for Implementing a Successful Price-Based Demand Response Program for Residential Customers

Caroline Stickel, Gulf Power with Steve Hambric, Comverge
The industry has been talking about time-varying and non-volumetric residential rate structures for years, but to date they've been brought to market mostly in the form of pilot deployments that reach a limited subset of customers. As a variety of catalysts have us poised to see significantly greater adoption of innovative mass-market rate structures: - Distributed energy resources are raising questions about how costs can be allocated most efficiently and fairly across all customers - Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) penetration "the enabler of innovative rate design" continue to grow - Regulators in California, Massachusetts, New York, and other states are considering defaulting residential customers to time-of-use pricing, moving millions of ratepayers to this model. As utilities look to deploy new rate structures across large portions of their customer base, this presentation will explore the pros and cons of different programs and how customers can be empowered to respond to these rate structures to lower their bill and lower cost for their utility. In addition to sharing the details behind its innovative Energy Select TOU/CPP program, Gulf Power will also present strategies for incorporating a bring your own device (BYOD) approach to a price-based demand response program. Created in 2000, Energy Select was the first fully-automated critical-peak pricing program in the country and has consistently demonstrated innovation and customer focus. The program has received significant industry recognition, including the POWERGRID International Demand Response/Energy Efficiency Project of the Year and the Smart and the Smart Grid Customer Education Symposium Smart Grid Customer Education Award.
4:00 - 4:30 pm

Interest Group Report Out

Interest Group Representatives
In case you missed them, PLMA Interest Groups will provide a quick roundup of information shared during the half-day pre-conference workshops.
4:30 - 5:00 pm

Sponsor Showcase Lightning Round

Co-chairs Derek Kirchner, DTE Energy and Sandy Humenik, WeatherBug
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.

Sponsors: Jeffrey Norman, AutoGrid; Glenn Bogarde, CPower; Jason Cigarran, Comverge; Peter Black, ecobee; Jim Richardson, Landis+Gyr; Barry Haaser, Open ADR Alliance; Daniel Flohr, Sequentric; Marissa Hummon, Tendril; Joey Barr, WeatherBug Home; James McPhail, Zen Ecosystems

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Networking Reception in Sponsor Lounge

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Wi-fi hosted by Comverge
7:30 - 8:30 am

Breakfast Buffet in Sponsor Lounge

8:30 am - 12 noon

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Track A — Residential Behavior and Technology Solutions

Co-chairs Katie Panek, Westar Energy and Sharyn Barata, Opinion Dynamics

8:30 - 9:00 am

"Peak" at Big Savings Resulting from Tiny Emails

James Palmer, Belmont Light and Pasi Miettinen, Sagewell
When your capacity costs increase 300% in one year and you have lots of residential customers contributing to the peak, what do you do? You set a Big Goal to reduce your peak" and you set out to get a small reduction from each customer via emails. Did it work? Yes! Was it easy? No! Belmont Light and Sagewell used hourly smart meter tracking data and figured out how to get a 1 MW peak load reduction for every 10,000 residential email addresses.

9:00 - 9:30 am

Smart Thermostats, Peak Demand and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Rich Philip, Duke Energy and Stuart Schare, Navigant
Deploying web-connected "smart thermostats" to customers gives them more control over their A/C use through convenience, connectivity and education. Utilities deliver these programs because they want peak demand reductions. That's not necessarily why customers enroll, however. This presentation presents the findings of an evaluation of Duke Energy's HoM program, and the effect on peak demand impacts when participants' motivation for adjusting their behavior isn't aligned with the utility's peak demand reduction goals.

9:30 - 10:00 am

BYOT Demand Response: Lessons from Texas

Seth Frader-Thompson, EnergyHub
Early BYOT programs are reaching maturity, new programs are coming online every month, and thermostats and other connected devices are proliferating across North America. Seth will provide a brief history of BYOT DR, and share lessons learned across early BYOT activities and how those have informed current best practices. Topics covered will include everything from marketing and recruiting insights that maximize enrollment, to the use of data science to inform reliable dispatch strategies. Seth will present these learnings through the lens of BYOT DR in the Texas market (ERCOT’s ERS and utility load management programs). Seth will conclude with a snapshot into the future, with perspective on the market’s movement from BYOT to BYOD (bring-your-own-device), including stationary batteries, EV chargers, pool pumps, hot water heaters, load control switches and other internet connected devices.

10:00 - 10:30 am

Refreshment Break in Sponsor Lounge

10:30 - 11:00 am

Missouri River Energy Services "Get the Load Down" DR Program

Brad Lingen, Missouri River Energy Services and Joseph Childs, Eaton
MRES takes a comprehensive approach of supporting direct load control Demand Response for member utilities. The program is designed for air conditioners, water heaters, and space heating. MRES supports the program by providing the common infrastructure required for a DR program including Program Branding, Marketing Materials, IT Support and DR Platform Hosting. Member Utilities are responsible for marketing communication, enrollment, and installation. The DR benefits to the members help both member utilities and MRES manage energy supply costs and meet state mandates. The presentation will describe the program and achieved benefits.

11:00 - 11:30 am

Flipping the Switch — Customer Behavior Matters when Optimizing DR Programs

Olivia Patterson, Opinion Dynamics
The industry is moving towards installing technologies that engage customers during demand response events. As a result, it is essential to have a clear understanding of customer behavior, particularly regarding barriers and drivers for engagement. This presentation draws upon case studies gleaned from customer research that address customer purchase and program enrollment decision making, customer engagement during events, and customer engagement with demand response over time. These studies will present a compelling case that customer behavior, choices and engagement are paramount when designing and delivering demand response programs to achieve impact goals.

 

11:30 - 12 noon

Empowering Voluntary DR with Rates and Technology

Peter Steele-Mosey, Navigant
Navigant will discuss aspects of PowerStream's Advantage Power Pricing pilot, a technology-enabled variable peak pricing program deployed in the summer of 2015 and still in the field. PowerStream and Navigant will present some of the major findings of the summer 2015 evaluation, the preliminary findings of the 2016 cycle evaluation, the ongoing evolution of the program, and how the program overall design could fit into a larger strategy of offering "best fit" optional rates to customers.

 

Track B — Emerging Markets and New DR Models

Co-chairs Brian Solsbee, Tennessee Valley Authority and Dave Hyland, Schneider Electric

8:30 - 9:00 am

The Emerging Market of Energy Storage and Automated Demand Response

David Holmberg, NIST Engineering Laboratory and Rich Barone, Hawaiian Electric Power Company
Energy storage is expected to play an increasingly important role in the evolution of the power grid. Coupling energy storage technologies with Automated Demand Response can achieve peak load reductions as well as enhanced system response at a lower system cost while maintaining the same performance levels.

9:00 - 9:30 am

Customer Perspective: How Demand Response Became the Cornerstone of City Furniture’s Energy Efficiency Program

Ian Peshel, City Furniture
What is it that draws business customers to participate in DR? Is it only the monthly savings on the electric bill or is there a bigger picture? City Furniture is a major furniture retailer in the Florida market. They recently worked with Florida Power & Light (FPL) to explore various cost and energy-saving programs and ultimately began participating in multiple FPL programs; including the Commercial/Industrial Demand Reduction program. Ian Peshel, Director of Facilities for City Furniture, will provide real-world insights into the primary factors that influenced their participation in FPL’s demand response / energy efficiency programs. He will discuss key factors that other business customers would likely consider in evaluating the benefits of DR as well as how participation in the program led to a complete demand reduction program.

 

9:30 - 10:00 am

Aggregator Perspective: Learnings from Integrating New Demand Response Mechanisms in Energy Markets

Jennifer Chamberlin, CPower
This session will present key learnings from the ongoing implementation of new Demand Response programs that are currently being rolled out by utilities. The Demand Response market in California is undergoing a massive transformation to make it more aligned with wholesale markets. The CAISO DRAM pilot was launched on June 1, 2016 across all three major California investor-owned utilities. As one of the DR aggregators offering DRAM resources for C&I customers in the Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Southern California Edison service areas, CPower will share updates and lessons learned.

 

10:00 - 10:30 am

Refreshment Break in Sponsor Lounge

10:30 am - 12 noon

Perspectives on Internet of Things

Engaging the Customer with an IoT Approach to Energy Savings: National Grid’s ConnectedSolutions Consumer Energy Platform, Mona Chandra, National Grid
The convergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Grid of Things (GoT) creates opportunities for utilities to take advantage of the technology features and data output that connected devices have to offer. Learn how National Grid, a leading utility provider in the Northeast, worked with WeatherBug Home to create a new consumer energy platform, ConnectedSolutions (launched in June of 2016) that enables customers to easily connect and manage smart devices and appliances for their home or small business, helping them conveniently reduce energy use in the summer, when energy demand during periods of peak demand (reducing regional energy costs), protect the environment by lowering emissions, and support state and local energy initiatives.

Leveraging an IoT Partner Ecosystem to Drive GoT (Grid of Things) Value, Amena Ali, WeatherBug Home
The smart home is becoming a reality, bringing increased consumer expectations for choices related to automation, comfort, and savings. Utilities have both a challenge and an opportunity to integrate a multitude of connected devices for DER specific to intelligent management of demand response (DR) and energy efficiency (EE) programs - with a side order of increased regulatory pressures just for fun! The Internet of Things (IoT) has ushered utilities and electricity providers into a world of connected devices that holds promise in transforming the Smart Grid into the Grid of Things (GoT). An IoT approach can provide a valuable platform to integrate and optimize connected devices and appliances. To win consumer acceptance and drive satisfaction, and meet DR and EE goals, the creation of a new partnership ecosystem between utilities, technology providers and service providers is necessary to remove market friction and to boost engagement by the consumer. This general session will provide insight into growth of the IoT and connected devices, the acceptance and adoption of the connected devices by the consumer, and how the challenge of this new environment can be turned into opportunity through partner data aggregation platforms that take the promise of IoT and deliver GoT value for utility and electricity providers.

Internet of Things and Bring Your Own Device Programs, Bob Donaldson, Duke Energy; Mark Kerbel, Encycle and Albert Chiu, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Millions of homes have load-consuming resources that could be controlled via external signaling thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution. One early incarnation of IoT involves utility programs based on "Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)". BYOD enables customers to purchase a compatible product (thermostat, pool pump, load controller) from a retailer, third-party or service provider that can be used to participate in a utility program. The device offers utilities a way to engage consumers, help them manage their energy and to get more customers to participate in their programs.

12 noon - 1:00 pm

Lunch Buffet in Sponsor Lounge Hosted by EnergyHub

Afternoon Session Co-Chair: Brian Doyle, Xcel Energy

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Defining The Evolution of Demand Response: From 1.0 to 3.0 and Beyond

Moderator: Michael Brown, Berkshire Hathaway, NV Energy; with Ross Malme, Skipping Stone; Robin Maslowski, Navigant; Ray Pustinger, Alternative Energy Systems Consulting; Dennis Quinn, Joule Assets

Join this discussion among the architects of PLMA's Demand Response Training Series as they articulate a definition for the evolution of demand response. Their definition is now being used across the three training courses produced by PLMA, 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. Download the draft paper provide comments at www.peakload.org/blogpost/1502825/Defining-the-Evolution-of-Demand-Response

2:00 - 2:15 pm

Welcome to Nashville for 35th PLMA Conference

Brian Solsbee, Tennessee Valley Authority

2:15 - 2:30 pm

Closing Remarks

Michael Brown, Berkshire Hathaway, NV Energy and PLMA Vice-Chair

2:30 pm

Adjourn

2:30 - 3:00 pm

Ice Cream Social in Sponsor Lounge with Utility Load Management Exchange
Hosted by CPower

 

 

Bookmark this page to easily return for presentation downloads, extra materials shared from the conference, links to photo archive and professional portraits, and updated information.

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)

What's next?

Visit the PLMA Event Calendar for upcoming events

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

 

 

If you have difficulty downloading any presentations or need access assistance, contact [email protected].

 

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

 

16th Fall Conference Resource Materials

Bookmark this page to easily return for presentation downloads, extra materials shared from the conference, links to photo archive and professional portraits, and updated information.

Click on the presenter name or session name in bold red.

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

 
More Articles...
<< first < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 Next > last >>

Page 4 of 5