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

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Featured Resources

PLMA Load Management Encyclopedia

The goal of this wiki initiative is to promote knowledge sharing among energy industry load management practitioners and allies in these three areas: Common Industry Terms as Defined on Wikipedia; Evolution of Demand Response in the U.S. Electricity Industry; and Load Management Acronyms & Glossary. PLMA facilitates this wiki initiative as a member service, but use is not restricted to PLMA member organization staff.


Thought Leadership 2020

Thought Leadership 2020

This excerpt from PLMA’s 2020 Vol 1 Compendium*, titled “Why is Electricity Pricing So Difficult? Between a Rock and a Smart Meter,” was originally recorded as a Load Management Dialogue in the spring of 2020. It offers a highly engaging discussion among three industry experts who explore the potential and challenges of time-differentiated and dynamic pricing, where the barriers to these approaches lie, and how to design electricity pricing options that customers actually understand, and want.
 PLMA’s 2020 Vol 1 Compendium will be published in November 2020.

CLICK HERE for the Load Management Dialogue recording.

Source: PLMA Thought Leadership Group 
Type: Compendium (excerpt)

Thought Leadership 2019

Thought Leadership 2019

Transcripts from 12 selected webcasts and conference sessions produced by PLMA in 2019.

Source: PLMA Thought Leadership Group
Type: Compendium

16th PLMA Award-Winning Load Management Initiatives

16th PLMA Award-Winning Load Management Initiatives

Eight transcripts of webcast interviews with the 16th PLMA Award winners for best demand response and other load management programs, initiatives and achievements.

Source: PLMA Thought Leadership and Award Planning Groups
Type: Compendium

Future of Distributed Energy Resources

Future of DER

Details 8 industry initiatives where leading utilities are partnering with their customers and allies to demonstrate the path to a more integrated approach to distributed energy resources.

Source: PLMA Thought Leadership and DER Integration Groups
Type: Compendium

Thought Leadership 2018

Thought Leadership 2018

Transcripts from 8 selected webcasts and conference sessions produced by PLMA in 2018.

Source: PLMA Thought Leadership Group
Type: Compendium

15th PLMA Award-Winning Load Management Initiatives

15th PLMA Award-Winning Load Management Initiatives

Six transcripts of webcast interviews with the 16th PLMA Award winners for best demand response and other load management programs, initiatives and achievements.

Source: PLMA Thought Leadership and Award Planning Groups
Type: Compendium

Non-Wires Alternatives: Insights from the Nation's Leading NWA Projects

PLMA SEPA E4Future

This webinar helps you understand the basics and push for non-wires-alternatives projects based on stories real practitioners. Hear directly from the SEPA-PLMA project team and key NWA project representatives about results from the industry-wide call for NWA project case studies including compelling lessons learned, and challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. You’ll get the breakdown of what we learned from 10 leading NWA projects representing different project sizes, geographies, and grid challenges.
Click here to view the report.

Source: A joint E4TheFuture, SEPA & PLMA Webinar
Type: Webinar Recording and Report

2018 Utility Demand Response Market Snapshot

2018 Utility Demand Response Market 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.

Source: Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), Navigant Consulting, Inc. and PLMA
Type: Report

Future of Utility “Bring Your Own Thermostat” Programs

Future of Utility “Bring Your Own Thermostat” Programs

This thought leadership publication is a compendium of eight energy utility, manufacturer, and solution provider viewpoints.

Source: PLMA Thermostat Interest Group
Type: Compendium

Evolution of Demand Response

Evolution of Demand Response

As PLMA refined and coordinated materials for the Demand Response Training Series, Michael Brown, NV Energy and Chair of the PLMA Education Committee, together with the 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.

Source: PLMA Thermostat Interest Group
Type: White paper

Hidden Battery Report

Hidden Battery Report

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 according to new research commissioned by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) and Great River Energy (GRE).

Source: The Brattle Group
Type: Report


PLMA Resources Directory

April 2020 

Recordings from the 41st PLMA Online Conference

41st PLMA Conference

Recordings and other resources from the 41st PLMA Online Conference on April 20-22, 2020. The 41st PLMA Conference was originally scheduled to be presented in Scottsdale, Arizona, but instead was presented online with a mix of live and pre-recorded content presented at no charge to members and non-members alike. 

Source: PLMA
Type: Presentations
  

Calculating Cost-Effectiveness for Energy Efficiency and Demand Response

Cost effectiveness

Are utility program cost-effectiveness testing practices developed decades ago adequate to guide our industry investments today? Are legacy measurement practices inhibiting both innovative program designs and commonsense best practices for putting ratepayer dollars to optimal use? Learn how E4TheFuture is partnering with DOE to offer guidance on how cost effectiveness testing can include the impacts of flexible load management, to include demand response and distributed energy resources.The speaker will offer insights from “The National Standard Practice Manual (NSPM)” (see https://nationalefficiencyscreening.org/national-standard-practice-manual/), published in 2017 with a focus on cost-effectiveness assessment of energy efficiency, and which is actively being expanded to address a range of DERs including Demand Response. She will also share experience with the state use of the NSPM to date, and early learnings from the draft NSPM for DERs, a project co-funded by US DOE and forthcoming in summer 2020.

Source: Webinar featuring Julie Michals, E4TheFuture, and Michael Brown, NV Energy
Type: Webinar   

 

March 2020 

The Promise and Progress of Integrated Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Programs

Promise and Progress

In a large missed opportunity to boost power grid flexibility and benefit customers, relatively few US utilities have programs that fully integrate energy efficiency and demand response, according to ACEEE’s recently published review of 44 utility portfolios. Program administrators typically have approached and implemented energy efficiency (EE) and demand response (DR) programs separately. While the benefits and value of integrated EE/DR programs have long been recognized, ACEEE’s recent research shows that most customer programs still are not integrated. During this Dialogue, Dan York will present results from ACEEE’s review, which characterizes the landscape of integrated EE/DR programs in the US. York also will provide examples of successful programs and discuss how they have overcome challenges to integration.

CLICK HERE to read the ACEEE report.

Source: Webinar featuring Dan York, ACEEE; Craig Aubuchon, Ameren Missouri; and Olivia Patterson, Opinion Dynamics
Type: Webinar
    

Behavioral Demand Response Programs

Anything

Join the Customer Engagement Interest group as we explore residential behavioral demand response techniques currently employed across various utilities. We’ll have Baltimore Gas and Electric speaking about their large scale Peak-Time Rebate program, Arizona Public Service giving us insights on their award-winning Smart Thermostat program, and discover how CPS Energy engages over 300,000 customers in Behavioral Demand Response through friendly competition.

Source: Webinar featuring Scott Jarman, Austin Energy; Tom Hines, Arizona Public Service; Leigh Jarosinski, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company; and Julie Cain, CPS Energy
Type: Webinar
    

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

US DOE

Discover why the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Building Technologies Office is expanding its research to validate grid-interactive efficient buildings as a grid resource. Gain insights regarding key findings on grid-interactive efficient buildings research and future opportunities. The dialogue will focus on a significant investment planned by DOE in Connected Communities. As used here, the term Connected Community is a group of grid-interactive efficient buildings with diverse, flexible end use equipment that collectively work to maximize building and grid efficiency without compromising occupant needs and comfort. The goal of a proposed Funding Opportunity Announcement is to demonstrate the ability of groups of efficient buildings to provide additive benefits to the electricity system and building owners including energy savings, peak demand reduction, reduced capacity needs, and cost savings. DOE intends to expand its initial set of smart community testbeds into a larger cohort of regional pilot projects to study a variety of building types, technologies, and business models in varied utility regulatory environments, climates, and locations.  CLICK HERE to read about Department of Energy Releases Request for Information on Potential Funding for Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings in Connected Communities.
Source: Webinar featuring Davis Nemtzow, DOE; Mary Ann Piette, LBNL; Teja Kuruganti, ORNL; and Allison Hamilton, NRECA
Type: Webinar  

 

February 2020 

Utility Dive's State of the Electric Utility Industry Survey: Implications for Load Management Practitioners

Utility Dive Webinar

Listen to a discussion about implications for Load Management practitioners from Utility Dive's Annual State of the Electric Utility Industry Survey.

CLICK HERE to read about the Utility Dive report.

Source: Webinar featuring Larry Pearl, Utility Dive, and Michael Brown, NV Energy
Type: Webinar
  

 

January 2020

 
Trends and Opportunities in Residential Energy Management

Parks and PLMA Webinar

This webcast presents industry insights, buzz from the recent Consumer Electronics Show and new consumer and industry research from Parks Associates, including adoption of smart home products, new partnerships, and deployment of new programs by utilities.

Source: Webinar moderated by Jenny Roehm, Schneider Electric, with panelists Rich Barone, Hawaiian Electric Company; Abhay Gupta, Bidgely; and Patrice Samuels, Parks Associates
Type: Webinar
 

 

 

 

November 2019 

40th PLMA Conference in St. Petersburg

40th PLMA Conference

Over 320 people attended PLMA's 40th Conference in St. Petersburg.

CLICK HERE to view the presentations and photos from this event.

Source: PLMA
Type: Presentations and Photos

Using Marketplaces to Drive Demand Response Adoption and Participation

Marketplaces Webinar

A growing number of utilities have launched or are considering online marketplaces aiming to engage customers effectively in an era of increasing online service offerings. Marketplaces offer customers a unique opportunity to purchase products or select services from their trusted energy advisor through a utility branded website. These marketplaces can be dynamic platforms that offer instant rebates, coupons, or promotional code-based discounts, while integrating with utility back end systems to verify customer program eligibility. In addition, the utility can introduce customers to new, innovative, and emerging products or services that customers won’t see in traditional retail outlets, and provide easy enrollment at the same time.

Source: PLMA Dialogue featuring Scott Jarman, Austin Energy; Nicholas Lovier, Ameren Missouri; Kristen Kadetsky, Uplight; and Doug Kraft, Franklin Energy Services
Type: Webinar
 

 

Global Load Management Group Discussion

Load Management

The PLMA Global Load Management interest group had a session at the 40th PLMA Conference to explore several innovative technologies coming from companies based in countries from around the world. In this recording, Mark Bailey of the UK-based Connected Energy will discuss the reuse of EV batteries for dynamic frequency response and power quality support. Tobais Weghorn of Germany-based Next Kraftwerke will discuss the aggregation of wind farms into a Virtual Power Plant to enhance performance in electricity trading. The session concludes with an interactive discussion with the panelists and interest group members, exploring where the United States is leading the way and where we may be lagging either other countries and or other markets.

Source: PLMA in-person session featuring Scott Coe, GridOptimize; Jon Hilowitz, Orange and Rockland Utilities; Ross Malme, Skipping Stone; Mark Bailey, Connected Energy Limited; and Tobias Weghorn, Next Kraftwerke
Type: Session recording

 

NYSERDA’s Roundtable Discussion on the Grid-Side of Building Electrification

Actionable Policy

This stakeholder event was part of NYSERDA’s development of a Carbon Neutral Buildings (CNB) Roadmap for New York State. NYSERDA is inviting subject matter experts to attend the fifth event on the ‘Grid-side of Building Electrification,’ focusing on:

  • Utility rate structures and other policy options to encourage high-performance, electric buildings that are also “grid-responsive,” providing demand flexibility to benefit a highly renewable grid; and
  • Related technical challenges and opportunities, including building-level and smart grid solutions that are required to enable the large-scale electrification of buildings while preserving or enhancing grid reliability and resilience.

NYSERDA will use these discussions to guide the content in the Roadmap. Discussions will focus on defining high priority, actionable tasks in the near term, as well as considering more innovative, “out-of-the-box” ideas that could be undertaken over the next 15 years.

Source: Presentation given by Ed Thomas, PLMA Executive Director
Type: Presentation

 

 
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