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Navigant Publishes "Natural Gas Demand Response and Non-Pipes Solutions as Alternatives to Pipeline Expansion"

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

This Navigant Research report discusses how market trends are forcing utilities to readdress their approach to gas system planning and consider natural gas DR and NPS. The study examines how the gas industry is following electric’s footsteps in engaging distributed system solutions and provides case studies of natural gas DR and NPS programs. Navigant Research also provides detailed and actionable recommendations for utilities, DR providers, technology vendors, and gas marketers to address the new opportunities afforded by natural gas DR and NPS.

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


PLMA's Leadership in Sharing Load Management Expertise


Today’s energy industry finds organizations adapting to new profiles of production and consumption within an evolving delivery environment. Energy utilities, solution providers and trade allies seek to better understand load management challenges to identify practical paths to implementing proven solutions.  Collectively, PLMA’s 140+ member organizations share a common goal to realize the potential of tomorrow’s energy industry for the benefit of all stakeholders. The non-profit association provides a forum for practitioners to share dynamic load management expertise, including demand response (DR) and distributed enery resources (DER).

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Distributed Energy Resources and the Role of Aggregated Demand Management


White Paper from CPower with Navigant Research

Demand response (DR) aggregators have been enrolling commercial and industrial (C&I) customers in DR programs for 2 decades. The business model is mature and customers are comfortable with their benefits and responsibilities. More recently, other types of distributed energy resources (DER) such as energy efficiency, solar PV, energy storage, generator sets (gensets), and EVs have started to proliferate and become eligible for energy market participation. However, it is not necessarily a simple endeavor to integrate different resource types or to find the right mix of vendors to provide them. This white paper provides background on the technologies, highlights the major integration issues, and offers recommendations for customers to choose the right vendor(s) for their situation.

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 Zen Ecosystems Seeks Regional Sales Director

Position: Regional Sales Director

The Company

With offices in Newport Beach, CA and Melbourne AU, Zen Ecosystems provides simple and effective energy management solutions and products for commercial buildings and homes alike.

Providing both hardware and software solutions , we help businesses and homes save money on their utility bills through energy efficiencey, streamline business HVAC management and reduce their carbon footprint to better protect the environment.

Additionally, utilities wishing to engage their customers in demand response programs can utilize the Zen HQ™ cloud communication feature to shift energy usage to ensure grid reliability.


Looking for an intelligent super charged rep that can develop utility accounts. Must posses:

  • The utility sales cycle knowledge
  • Decision hierarchy of decision making at utilities
  • Broad contacts within the utility market.
  • Knows the concepts of demand response
  • Ability to work remotely with minimal supervision
  • Ability to strategize with utilities on DR and EE
  • Can contribute to our corporate strategy 
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Realize the importance of controlling expenses. 
  • Ability to work in a young company environment 
  • Ability to complete required company reporting 
  • Excellent business acumen
  • Understanding of the utility regulatory environment
  • Ability to travel (valid driver’s license)
  • Participate in trade shows

Reporting to the Vice President of Utility Sales the chosen individual must work well with all members of the corporate team.

Resumes should be submitted to [email protected]

Company website


 Olivia Patterson Named Vice President

WALTHAM, MA., June 26th, 2018 – Opinion Dynamics announced today that Olivia Patterson has been promoted to Vice President, effective immediately. In this new role, Patterson will continue her industry leading work in research surrounding demand response and distributed energy resources, along with providing senior direction to the company’s Data Science team. 

Olivia Patterson, Opinion Dynamics

Olivia Patterson
Opinion Dynamics
Vice President and
PLMA Connected Devices
Interest Group Co-Chair

 “Olivia has been a star at Opinion Dynamics since she joined us a decade ago,” said Opinion Dynamics CEO Brad Kates.  “Her talents are numerous, but chief among them is her ability to understand abstract and detailed technical information and communicating that information to others in a way that anyone can understand.  Couple this knowledge with her engaging and interpersonal style and Olivia excels in everything that she does—we’re excited to have her as a Vice President.”

 “I am excited to work at a time when the confluence of new technologies, advanced data access and analysis, and changing grid needs require new policy, interventions, and methods, and I look forward to working with our incredible team in this new capacity,” said Patterson.

Ms. Patterson earned her Bachelor’s in History and Cultural Anthropology from the University of California Los Angeles and her Master’s in International Economics from the University of California San Diego. She is an active member in several industry associations, including the Peak Load Management Alliance, and is a go to speaker and trainer for issues involving energy efficiency and demand response, as well as co-chairing the PLMA Connected Devices Interest Group.

About Opinion Dynamics - Opinion Dynamics works to advance knowledge to address emerging energy and social issues through sound and insightful research. It is the largest independently-owned company that focuses on energy efficiency, demand response and renewables research. It is headquartered in Massachusetts with offices in Northern and Southern California, as well as satellite offices throughout the country. For more information, please visit

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Keri Bailey, Communications Specialist
PH:  617-492-1400 x4645
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