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Opinion Dynamics Acquires Research Into Action

Opinion Dynamics

February 28, 2019
Waltham, Massachusetts

Opinion Dynamics, the largest independently-owned company specializing in conducting research concerning energy efficiency, demand response and renewable energy efforts, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Research Into Action, a leading company focused on energy evaluation and market insights.  The combined company will continue to be headquartered in Massachusetts, with offices throughout the West Coast including the Bay Area and San Diego, California, along with Portland, Oregon.

Media Contact:
Keri Bailey, Communications Specialist

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2018 PLMA Annual Report

PLMA Grows to 154 Members in 2018

Voice of Load Management Professionals Publishes Annual Report

PLMA grew to 154 electric utility and allied organization members in 2018, an increase of over 300% in 6 years. Recognized as "The Voice of Load Management Professionals," PLMA details its latest achievements in the 2018 PLMA Annual Activity Report for Members.

PLMA Practitioner Perspectives Compendium Series

Learn more about major 2018 PLMA achievements from the PLMA Practitioner Perspectives publications below.

15th PLMA Award-Winning Load Management Initiatives

15th PLMA Award-Winning Load Management Initiatives

Six transcripts of webcast interviews with the 15th PLMA Award winners for best demand response and other load management programs, initiatives and achievements.

Thought Leadership 2018

Thought Leadership 2018

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


Energy Department Announces Request for Information Concerning Efficient and Flexible Building Loads


The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) has issued a Request for Information (DE-FOA-0002070) to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, building owners and operators, builders, utilities, and other stakeholders on key issues related to building technologies that have significant and demonstrated potential to be utilized as cost-effective solutions to respond to grid conditions through demand-side management (DSM). This information will be used by BTO for strategic planning of the broader grid-interactive efficient building technologies R&D portfolio. This RFI is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement; therefore, EERE is not accepting applications at this time.

Click here to read the full Request for Information



Clean Peak Energy Standard

Mass gov 

The Massachusetts Clean Peak Energy Standard is currently under development and will be designed to provide incentives to clean energy technologies that can supply electricity or reduce demand during seasonal peak demand periods established by DOER.

Notices and Updates - Stakeholder Q&A
DOER is seeking responses to a set of questions intended to help with the development and design of the Clean Peak Energy Standard, which must be established pursuant to the enactment of Chapter 227 of the Acts of 2018. DOER requests that all responses to these questions be provided no later than 5:00 PM ET on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Responses should be directed to [email protected]. ​

Clean Peak Energy Standard Stakeholder Questions



Unlocking HVAC Energy Savings with Swarm Logic

Swarm Cover


To handle extreme weather temperatures, architects / engineers usually oversize the RTU capacity. This results in the RTUs being operated well below their maximum cooling capacity for all but a few hours each year. This overcapacity is often coupled with static business rules such as set points and schedule configurations that don’t adapt to changes in variables such as exterior temperature and facility operations. Moreover, traditional building controls, such as building automation systems (BAS) or programmable thermostats, typically control each HVAC unit independently with little to no ability to adjust RTU activity in response to the operational status of other RTUs. A more elective way to maximize the efficiency of a multi-RTU system, especially across multiple locations, is to create a network of smart RTUs to coordinate their activity. By doing this, coincident operation is minimized and excessive RTU runtime is reduced.  


Source: Encycle
Type: White paper



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