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Kelly Murphy's Comments to Calif. Joint Commission

After nearly 8 years, Kelly Murphy is leaving Steffes where he was Business Development Specialist to continue his career as a Consultant  with Boulder Natural Solutions.  In one of Kelly’s last submittals (as an individual) to California’s most important Regulatory proceedings he shared some thoughts on lessons learned in both California and Hawaii for California Energy Commission Docket #: 19-IEPR-06 “Energy Efficiency and Building Decarbonization”  To view those comments, search for TN#: 229372 Public comments by Kelly Murphy – as an individual – on the Joint Agency Workshop on Building Decarbonization held July 30, 2019 or download the pdf directly:

Contacts: Kelly Murphy, Boulder Natural Solutions, [email protected], and Al Takle, Steffes, [email protected]



Shifted Energy Signs Agreement to Incorporate its Grid-Interactive Water Heaters (GIWH)

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Shifted Energy has signed an agreement to incorporate its grid-interactive water heaters (GIWH) into Hawaiian Electric Company’s emerging grid services market as part of a Grid Services Purchase Agreement. The press release is linked here.

Shifted Energy will install up to 2,400 GIWH systems across Oahu and Maui, with a specific focus on hard-to-reach customers including low- and moderate-income, apartment dwellers, and renter communities. Under the contract, the combined GIWH systems will function as a 2.5-megawatt virtual power plant (VPP), making it one of the largest competitively procured GIWH deployments in the world.

In addition to this major Hawaii project, Shifted Energy is actively deploying pilots and developing commercial projects in other U.S. states, as well as Canada, Australia and Europe, where utility programs support the use of energy storage and clean energy resources.


Navigant Publishes Report, Integrated DER Programs for Utilities and Energy Suppliers

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Integrated distributed energy resources (IDER) programs are a topic of growing interest. Several utility-led pilot programs have explored the potential of DER, controlled in aggregate, to provide valuable grid services. IDER programs actively manage energy through the integration and coordination of one or more of the following: energy efficiency, demand response, distributed generation (DG), energy storage, and EVs. The utility does not need to perform this management and coordination. It may also be a combination of grid operator and utility price signals, third-party aggregator control, and customer choice.

Navigant Research breaks IDER into several categories: integrated demand side management (IDSM), bring your own device (BYOD), non-wires alternative (NWA), deregulated IDER, and other IDER. The last two categories respectively cover competitive retail energy suppliers and energy service providers offering IDER, as opposed to regulated utilities, and all other forms of programs utilities are piloting and expanding. Market barriers to IDER exist, and these must be addressed to make larger-scale deployment feasible.

This Navigant Research report analyzes the IDER program market for utilities and energy suppliers. The study examines drivers behind the newly developing business models for IDER as well as implementation challenges. Market forecasts, segmented by program and technology type, extend through 2028 for all world markets. The report also provides recommendations for both utilities and suppliers looking to expand their offerings in the evolving IDER space.



Navigant Releases Non-Wires Alternatives Tracker 3Q19

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The proliferation of distributed energy resources (DER) technologies across the US is providing grid operators with new mechanisms to address capacity constraints and replace strained and aging transmission and distribution (T&D) grid infrastructure. These non-wires alternatives (NWAs) use DER to provide grid relief sufficient to defer or replace more traditional upgrades. In the US, there is no universal definition for NWA. Navigant Research thus tracks grid operator projects that seek to deploy DER technologies and demand side management (DSM) programs for the purpose of deferring or replacing traditional grid infrastructure upgrades.

The Non-Wires Alternatives Tracker 3Q 2019 follows more than 100 completed and current projects fitting this definition in the US. Given the rise in exploration of NWA projects that began in the early‑to-mid 2010s, Navigant Research believes that these projects are poised to become increasingly used to avoid traditional poles, wires, and pipes upgrades to T&D systems. Information collected for the Tracker is used to explore trends within the emerging NWA market. The study explores regional market growth across the US and the various technologies included in NWAs for grid relief.

This first iteration of the Navigant Research Non-Wires Alternatives Tracker aims to provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date database of projects in the US. Information provided for projects tracked includes project name, utility, size, cost, included technologies, status, and more details where available. Navigant Research will continue to update the Tracker as new projects are announced and current projects progress and resolve.


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PLMA Global Load Management Group Meets in St. Petersburg

International Distributed Energy Resource Projects to be Explored

During Interactive Session of Energy Industry Practitioners in St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Petersburg, Florida – September 17, 2019 PLMA, the voice of load management practitioners in the energy utility industry, announces its Global Load Management Interest Group will gain insights from three international distributed energy resource (DER) projects during the first day of the 40th PLMA Conference on Monday, November 4, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The group session will include presentations on the reuse of electric vehicle batteries for grid scale energy storage by utilities in Europe by Mark Bailey of Connected Energy, the aggregation of wind farms and other renewables in Europe by Tobias Weghorn of Next Kraftewerke, and establishing and establishing DER flexibility markets via a Decentralized Energy Exchange platform, both in Australia and the UK, by Andrew Tanner of GreenSync.

The PLMA Global Load Management Interest Group brings together energy industry professionals who are interested in developing new activities for PLMA members from outside of North America and to connect with international energy companies and technology providers interested in the work of PLMA. The group is co-chaired by Jon Hilowitz, Orange and Rockland Utilities; Scott Coe, GridOptimize, and Ross Malme, Skipping Stone.

PLMA’s national conferences presented in spring and fall provide a forum for practitioners from energy utilities, solution providers and trade allies to share dynamic load management expertise, including demand response (DR) and distributed energy resources (DER). For two decades, PLMA conferences, educational programs and networking opportunities have brought member organizations together to develop, implement and share proven practices in a peer-to-peer network – offering load management leadership for the energy industry.

“PLMA has been global thought leader in the demand response space for two decades, and we are now expanding our focus to the flexible load management space, particularly with innovation within the international energy community, ”said Jon Hilowitz of Orange and Rockland Utilities and a PLMA Global Interest Group Co-Chair.

Tobias Weghorn of Next Kraftwerke said, “The energy transition to renewable energy production is posing a challenge to system operation worldwide. One approach to effective renewables integration which has proven itself in various European markets are Virtual Power Plants. We look forward to the exchange of perspectives and best practices from two quite different energy markets.

To learn more and register for the Global Load Management Interest Group activity and the 40th PLMA Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida, visit


About PLMA. PLMA (Peak Load Management Alliance) is a non-profit association founded in 1999 that serves over 160 member organizations as the Voice of Load Management Practitioners. PLMA seeks to advance practical applications of dynamic load management and distributed energy resources by providing a forum where members educate each other and explore innovative approaches to program delivery, pricing constructs, and technology adoption. Learn more at

About Connected Energy. Connected Energy is an engineering led innovator in energy storage. Its technologies that utilise second life electric vehicle batteries are rapidly changing the way intensive energy users can access the benefits of low-cost, on-site solutions. The company provides a range of solutions from system feasibility assessments and system design, through to standard and bespoke system supply, equipment installation, maintenance and operation.

About GreenSync. Founded in 2010, GreenSync is a global energy technology company that develops software for the electricity industry, providing market-enabling solutions that can connect, coordinate and control millions of distributed energy resources to create more flexible, transactive grids.

About Next Krafterwerke. Next Kraftwerke operates one of the largest Virtual Power Plants worldwide and develops solutions for the electricity market of the future. The Germany based company aggregates 8,000 renewable distributed assets, as well as commercial and industrial electricity consumers and storage units, with an overall capacity of 7 GW. By providing ancillary services to system operators, the VPP helps to keep the grid in balance. Based on its experience in VPP operation and power trading, Next Kraftwerke developed a set of VPP-as-a-service products to empower energy companies worldwide to build a VPP of their own.

Learn more and access the Connected Devices Group archives at

Join the Activities: Participation in interest group activities is included in the conference registration fee for the 40th PLMA Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida! See more at

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