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FERC Opens Wholesale Markets to Distributed Resources: Landmark Action Breaks Down Barriers to Emerging Technologies, Boosts Competition

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September 17, 2020 - The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today approved a historic final rule, Order 2222, enabling distributed energy resource (DER) aggregators to compete in all regional organized wholesale electric markets. This bold action empowers new technologies to come online and participate on a level playing field, further enhancing competition, encouraging innovation and driving down costs for consumers.

DERs are located on the distribution system, a distribution subsystem or behind a customer meter. They range from electric storage and intermittent generation to distributed generation, demand response, energy efficiency, thermal storage and electric vehicles and their charging equipment.

The final rule enables these resources to participate in the regional organized wholesale capacity, energy and ancillary services markets alongside traditional resources. Multiple DERs can aggregate to satisfy minimum size and performance requirements that they might not meet individually.

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The Real-World Benefits of Advanced Load Shifting


Though much of the electric-power industry has begun paying close attention to the importance of load shifting and demand response in recent years, Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. (CEPCI), has been focused on their benefits for decades. Based in Columbia, South Carolina, CEPCI is a nonprofit provider of wholesale electric service to the state’s 20 electric cooperatives and their 800,000 customers, often referred to as members. CEPCI’s use of sophisticated demand management technology allows it to call load optimization events responsive to time-of-use pricing on a regular basis.

Not only does CEPCI serve the state’s electric co-ops by securing low-cost electricity via long-term power purchase agreements and more than 800 miles of transmission lines, but it also continuously tests new technologies that can benefit co-ops and their members. “We are looking for ways to reduce the coincident peak and the big costs related to that every month. That’s how our co-ops derive value from load management,” said Scott Hammond, CEPCI’s member programs manager. “We’ve had water-heater programs since the 1980s, and we’ve probably got about 60,000 or 70,000 water-heater switches we do control with as well as smart thermostats and some older AC switches that we use.”

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PLMA Opens Call for Executive Committee Nominations 

Self-nominations from PLMA Board members are now being accepted from PLMA Board members for Executive Committee members for Fall 2020 - Fall 2022 term. If you plan to seek election, you must full complete the Executive Committee Nomination Form by Thursday, October 1, 2020.  The form requires that you include a brief statement of your qualifications, your goals for the organization, and initiatives that you want to champion.   As a benchmark, you may view the Fall 2018 Executive Committee ballot at

You must be signed in as a Board Member to access the nomination form. If the link does not work, cut and paste this url into your browser:

PLMA seeks nominations from Board members for the Executive Committee. All current executive committee members (see roster at terms expire at the conclusion of the 41st PLMA Conference. The PLMA Executive Committee includes up to eight (8) members who are elected to a two-year term with no term limits from current Board members in good standing.

Job Description. PLMA looks to the Executive Committee to provide strategic leadership and vision to assist the Officers and Executive Director with tactical support in the operation of the Association consistent with the Board’s direction. Tasks include:

  • Review, Understand, and Comply with the duties and responsibilities of the Executive Committee as described in the PLMA By Laws

  • Understand, Comply with, and Assist in Enforcement of all PLMA Policies

  • Actively support the delivery of a strategic objective or other working group and participate in the Strategic Planning process (to learn more about PLMA Strategic Planning process, view past Board meeting minutes and slides at

  • Participate in monthly Executive Committee meetings to ensure quorum is met.

  • Participate in Conference Planning and Presentation Evaluation.

  • Review, Edit, and Discuss new or revised PLMA Policies. Be present to vote to accept or reject policies.

  • Provide feedback on materials and reports submitted by Executive Director for review.

  • During the Officer Election year, actively participate in recruiting and ensuring that PLMA has a viable set of candidates for each Officer position.

  • Become involved in other PLMA activities as they arise

  • Proactively promote PLMA and especially its conferences and membership in PLMA.

The Executive Committee meets via conference call monthly and at other times as deemed necessary. Members must remain an employee of a PLMA member organization for the length of their term, and are expected to participate in a majority of the monthly calls and other in-person meetings. There is no compensation or travel reimbursement from PLMA. PLMA By Laws and internal policies are posted on the Board of Directors Group Home Page at - you must be signed in as a Board Member to access these documents.

Nomination Process. Any PLMA board member in good standing may self-nominate. If someone other than the board member from a PLMA member organization wishes to self-nominate, they must become the designed board member for their organization.  As a benchmark, you may view the Fall 2018 Executive Committee ballot at

Election Process. The Executive Committee election will be conducted electronically before the Board meeting takes place on November 2.  Candidates will be invited to record a brief statement for a Meet the Candidates webcast to be produced for Board members in October. The Election Policy and By-laws are posted behind your member password at

Joseph E. Childs
Secretary and Election Officer

Primary Contact: Richard Philip, Executive Director, PLMA, [email protected]; (707) 652-5333


Tetra Tech is Seeking an Energy Efficiency Project Manager

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Tetra Tech is seeking to add an Energy Efficiency Project Manager to direct evaluations of energy efficiency programs for utilities, commissions and other stakeholders. The preferred candidate will have industry experience in utilities, policy, energy efficiency, market research analytics, and/or energy program design and planning. This position will be located in our Madison, WI office; the option to work remotely is negotiable. Opportunity for advancement. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

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Presque Isle Electric & Gas (PIE&G) Chooses OATI's webSmartEnergy AMIoT™


Minneapolis, MN: August 31, 2020 - After a successful pilot, OATI is pleased to announce Presque Isle Electric & Gas (PIE&G) has chosen OATI to fully roll out a LoRa-based network infrastructure, including OATI’s webSmartEnergy AMIoT™ Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Head End system to collect electric and gas meter readings from 46,000 meters across its 2,300 square mile service territory.

OATI AMIoT™ is a disruptive AMI technology, poised to help cooperative utilities become leaders in the next generation of smart metering. This next generation, IoT-based AMI packaged solution utilizes a LoRa-based network for the communication backhaul, encompassing a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) open protocol that provides bidirectional communications to the meters, and other devices, on the IoT network.

AMIoT™ is a highly cost-effective solution that also offers great flexibility to support a variety of use cases beyond AMI. The LoRa network takes advantage of open wireless and messaging communication protocols that allows utilities to add a multitude of LoRa-based devices such as smart agriculture, asset tracking, distribution automation, load management, and other sensing and control devices on the same network.

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