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 PLMA and SEPA Seek Your Non-Wires Alternatives Project Experiences

The need to replace aging electric grid infrastructure amidst rapidly evolving utility roles, customer demands and improved distributed energy resource (DER) technology is clear. Utilities – and others – are exploring lower cost, higher consumer and environmental benefit solutions with non-wire alternatives (NWA).

PLMA and SEPA are working together, with funding from E4TheFuture, to gather lessons learned from current, past, and future NWA projects and share back experiences and lessons learned in a free public report. The two organizations seek to document and share the knowledge and experiences our peers have experience working on non-wires alternatives projects. 

The nomination period has ended for this survey.  The anticipated schedule for review, follow-up and report development is listed below.  If you submitted a nomination, you will be contacted if your submission is selected to be a featured case-study.  If you volunteered to peer review submissions, your assignments will appear in the judging portal following the May 22 kickoff call.


May 15 – close project nominations
May 16- 21  - Follow-up with nominees to avoid duplicate/incomplete submissions, prioritize multiple entries, etc.
May 22 – open scoring by Peer Review Group with Orientation webcall
May 31 – close scoring
June 5 – review ranked projects with Peer Review Group with webcall
June 11 – notify selected projects and schedule follow-on interviews
June 30 – submit completed case studies of selected projects to Peer Review Group and SEPA staff for Research Report production
July – announce case studies at SEPA Grid Evolution Summit
Nov – present report findings at 38th PLMA Conference in Austin, Texas

Send any general questions about the survey to [email protected]

Technical questions about using this platform may be directed to [email protected]

See members of the current Peer Review Group and listen to the Orientation recording below.

You don't have to be a member of either organization to contribute to this survey, or to a peer review process to identify 10 projects to feature as case studies in the report.  However, you will need a free profile to be able to manage the application.  If you don't already have a PLMA profile, create one by following the directions below.

 Peer Review Group Details

The Peer Review Group currently includes representatives from: 

Bonneville Power Administration  Itron
Buffalo Niagara Medical Center Lockheed Martin
Central Hudson National Grid
Consolidated Edison Navigant
DTE Energy New Braunfels Utilities
Duke Energy Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
E.ON NV Energy
Eaton PSEG
Edison Electric Institute Rocky Mountain Institute
Energy Futures Group SP Group, Singapore
Energy Solutions Skipping Stone
EnerNEX West Monroe Partners
E Source Winkler Energy Consulting
Extensible Energy Xcel Energy
Hawiian Electric Company ZOME


Peer Review Orientation, May 1, 2018



Original News Release: SEPA and PLMA to Focus on Non-Wires Alternative Opportunities

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 2, 2018 — The need to replace aging electric grid infrastructure amidst rapidly evolving utility roles, customer demands and improved distributed energy resource (DER) technology has utilities — and others — exploring lower cost, higher consumer and environmental benefit solutions with non-wire alternatives (NWA).

To address the ambiguity surrounding this proliferating trend, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA), with funding from E4TheFuture, have launched an industry-wide call for nominations to compile the knowledge and experiences of those working on NWA projects in order to gather lessons learned. These will later be shared with the broader industry in a public report released later this year.

“The possibility for utilities to meet changing system needs without traditional transmission and distribution upgrades opens up myriad options for the future grid,” said Steve Cowell, President, E4TheFuture. “A key obstacle to achieving such possibilities is proving non-wires alternatives viability and applicability. While many projects exist in the nation, there is a lack of information sharing, which means most publicly available details are anecdotal. The resulting report will aim to fill that knowledge gap for potentially greater industry replication.”

SEPA and PLMA are looking for::

  • Common considerations when deciding to take a non-wires approach to grid infrastructure upgrades.
  • Success factors and challenge points from both a strategic/policy and tactical/operational perspective.
  • Individual project drivers, proven practices, and project metrics.

Submissions for consideration in this public study are due no later than May 15. Projects of all sizes and completeness - in progress, incomplete, unsuccessful - are encouraged to submit. Following the deadline, a yet-to-be-finalized Peer Review Group of experts will select projects to explore more deeply through detailed interviews. Get more information and submit why a NWA project should be considered for inclusion here.

The final report will be published by SEPA, PLMA and E4TheFuture in November 2018. Results will also be shared at upcoming in-person SEPA and PLMA events and via public webinars.

SEPA Media contact: Mike Kruger, 202.280.1556
PLMA Media contact: Ed Thomas, 707.652.5333
NWA Research contact: Brenda Chew, 202.753.8955

About SEPA

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is an educational nonprofit working to advance the utility industry’s transition to a clean energy future through education, research, standards and collaboration. SEPA offers a range of research initiatives and resources, as well as conferences, educational events and professional networking opportunities. SEPA is founder and co-sponsor of Solar Power International and winner of the Keystone Policy Center’s 2016 Leadership in Energy Award. For more information, visit
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About PLMA

PLMA (Peak Load Management Alliance) is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 as the Voice of Demand Response Practitioners. It is a community of experts and practitioners dedicated to sharing knowledge and providing resources to promote inclusiveness in the design, delivery, technology, and management of solutions addressing energy and natural resource integration. Learn more at
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About E4TheFuture

E4TheFuture is a nonprofit organization advancing clean, efficient energy solutions. Advocating for smart policy with an emphasis on residential solutions is central to E4TheFuture’s strategy. “E4” means: promoting clean, efficient Energy; growing a low-carbon Economy; ensuring low-income residents can access clean, efficient, affordable energy (Equity); restoring a healthy Environment for people, prosperity and the planet. Dedicated to bringing clean, efficient energy home for every American, E4TheFuture’s endowment and primary leadership come from Conservation Services Group whose operating programs were acquired in 2015 by CLEAResult. Visit
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Navigant Publishes "Utility Customer Engagement through DSM"
Residential and C&I Customer Engagement DSM: Market Drivers and Barriers, Competitive Landscape, and Global Market Forecasts

Navigant Publishes 'Market Data: Demand Response for C&I'

The widespread adoption of digital media tools has changed the way that consumers interact with service providers of all types. Yet, direct communications between utilities and their customers have been limited to a monthly bill and negative events such as power outages or unexpectedly high bills. This history has led to low customer satisfaction. Because of the changes in consumer expectations, utilities and retail suppliers are seeking demand-side management (DSM) software solutions that can lower the cost to serve and improve customer satisfaction and engagement.

Learn more at

Mention you are with a PLMA Member Organization and qualify for a 10% discount. To order, email [email protected].


NTC Celebrates 40 Years of Educational Theatre

NTC 40 Years

This year, NTC (The National Theatre for Children) turns 40 years old, celebrating four decades of bringing educational in-school programs to K-12 schools throughout the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Established in 1978 by then-19-year-old University of Minnesota theatre student Ward Eames, NTC set out to both educate and entertain by using live in-school theatre to forward organizations’ reputations through community outreach campaigns.

Learn more at or see how it all started at


Hawaii Senate Confirms Potter as Public Utilities Commissioner

Jennifer Potter, Commissioner, Hawai'i PUC


Jennifer Potter Commissioner,
Hawai'i Public Utility Commission & PLMA At-Large Representative



The Senate confirmed Gov. David Ige's pick of Jennifer "Jennie" Potter as a commissioner of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission in a vote on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.  

In his nomination press release, Gov. Ige said, “Jennifer has a solid background and extensive experience that will enable her to serve well on the Public Utilities Commission. I look forward to working with her to achieve a 100 percent clean energy future."

Jennifer's six-year term will begin July 1, as she replaces outgoing Commissioner Lorraine Akiba, whose term ends the last day of June. 

The same day she was confirmed, Jennifer was also recognized as an industry Thought Leader in the 15th PLMA Awards ceremony in Coronado, California. Jennifer's utility and research experience cover transmission and distribution grid operations, conventional and renewable sources, distributed energy resources (DER), integration of demand-side resources, time-based pricing and demand response (DR). Her economic research includes cutting-edge work on market potential and economic analysis research on demand response, time-based pricing, DERs, and energy efficiency. She has provided technical assistance to state policymakers, on the behalf of the Department of Energy, to Hawaii, California, Michigan, New York, Massachusetts, and Oregon. She has published a number of reports, including as a lead author of the California Demand Response Potential Study for the CPUC, over the last year that has been recognized as significant contributions to the industry. Her published work and reputation have been leveraged for a number of webinars and conference appearances, as well as presentations to state policymakers around frameworks and considerations for demand response and integrated demand-side management.

Potter works as an assistant specialist with the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, and represents that organization as the At-Large Representative to PLMA.

“Based on her history with municipal districts in California, working for the Natural Energy Institute here in Hawaii, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the experience she has in regards to demand side, pricing, and researching smart options, I think she’s going to provide the wealth of background and knowledge to the PUC to help move the agenda forward,” said Sen. Rosalyn Baker, in a news release.



BPL Global becomes Connected Energy at 37th PLMA Conference

Connected Energy

BPL Global LLC, a leading provider of advanced load management and distributed energy resource management solutions for electric utilities, will become Connected Energy. The name change and rebranding reflects the focus and identity of the company and its commitment to the industry progression of managing the connectivity of distributed energy resources. 

“BPL Global is a name associated with premier demand management and grid management solutions, however, it has become apparent that as a smart grid company, we should embrace a name that reflects the evolution of the industry and how our solutions deliver value,” says Mark Rupnik, CEO Connected Energy.

"BPL Global has a rich history of offering smart grid solutions to utilities and is a long time member of the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA),"comments Ed Thomas, President PLMA. "We are pleased to have the 37th PLMA Conference in Coronado be the event where
BPL Global officially becomes Connected Energy."

According to Terry Rohrer, SVP Marketing and Technology, “Today’s advanced grid requires intelligent software capable of managing solar, wind, storage, smart thermostats, A/C, heat, irrigation, hot water heaters, EV, pool pumps, microgrids, smart homes, and more. Connected
Energy provides the software and services necessary to harness the power and flexibility of the inter-dependent and adaptive smart grid, enabling utilities to confidently participate in sophisticated energy markets.”

Connected Energy is also announcing the immediate availability of its next iteration of the Connected Energy® software suite, now with enhanced DER Management and Data Analytics. See separate press release or visit for details.

According to, PLMA was founded in 1999 as the voice of demand response practitioners. It is a community of experts and practitioners dedicated to sharing knowledge and providing resources to promote inclusiveness in the design, delivery, technology, and 
management of solutions addressing energy and natural resource integration.

Connected Energy
Connected Energy is a leading provider of next generation demand management, DER management, grid management and data analytics solutions for electric utilities. Visit for more information.


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