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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.



IDSM in California – Proposed Decision Recommends Limited Demand Response and Energy Efficiency Integration through 2025

California PUC

The California PUC has just issued a proposed decision (PD) that will approve the energy efficiency (EE) business plans of eight program administrators (PAs) for EE programs in California. They include the four investor-owned utilities: Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Southern California Gas Company, and Southern California Edison Company. The funding will also be allocated to three regional energy networks (RENs): BayREN, SoCalREN, and Tri-County REN, and one community choice aggregator: Marin Clean Energy (MCE). The business plans, sector strategies, and associated approved budgets will run between 2018 and 2025.

While this PD addresses a significant number of policy and fiscal issues concerning California’s EE programs, there is a minor but significant component of integrated demand side management (IDSM) policy that has been included. Of specific interest to PLMA members is that PD requires the utility PAs to undertake certain limited integration activities to realize ancillary demand response (DR) benefits when funding the third party EE projects. This IDSM concept has been addressed in previous EE proceedings and pilots funded since 2010, but now has resurfaced in this proceeding with a specific deliverable through a CPUC proposal for driving additional DR benefits in the EE business plans.

The PD approves the Energy Division staff proposal to fund a limited integration of DR and EE in three areas: 1) residential HVAC controls; 2) non-residential HVAC and lighting controls; and 3) integration of the DR and EE potential studies to support analysis under the integrated resource planning (IRP) process. The purpose of the staff proposal was both to take advantage of opportunities for adding DR functionality for very little incremental cost, when an EE investment is already incurred, and also to assist customers in preparing for the rollout of time of use (TOU) and other time-varying electric rates happening over the next several years. The PD recommends using DR funding to implement the proposal as well as several general requirements and policy principles that address metrics, processes, budgets, evaluation, and co-valuation of integrating both EE and DR activities.

The full decision is available at


CLEAResult Seeks Demand Response/Distributed Energy Resources Senior Director 


The Demand Response (DR) Business Lead is responsible for developing and executing the strategy for CLEAResult’s DR business line in our utility and end-use channels across North America. The successful candidate will be a self-driven business builder focused on ensuring success for all clients. This individual will lead with collaboration across CLEAResult’s matrixed organization, possess excellent listening and motivational skills, effectively elevate/accelerate all partner engagements and have a passion for program delivery. The DR / DERs Business Lead will be an expert in the field providing thought leadership on behalf of CLEAResult, our clients and the industry providing market and business updates to CLEAResult staff and executives.

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Jim Armstrong Health Update

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PLMA Forms International Interest Group

Voice of Demand Response Practitioners Seeks to Enhance Connections
Among Current and Prospective Members Worldwide

PLMA has formed the PLMA International Interest Group, co-chaired by Scott Coe of GridOptimize and Ross Malme of Skipping Stone, to pursue international member-focused activities to develop new activities for PLMA member organizations from outside of North America and to connect current PLMA members with international energy companies and technology providers. This initiative is consistent with PLMA’s goal to enhance its 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.

The group will conduct its first in-person meeting on April 16 before the 37th PLMA Conference in Coronado, California. The agenda will focus on developing services to benefit utilities and industry allies around the world, such as international workshops, like-minded association exchanges, and on-line collaboration tools. During the meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the advantages and challenges of the different proposals for implementation, including those items introduced in an initial phone conversation of PLMA member organization staff. Anyone, PLMA member or not, may register to participate in the April 16 meeting discussion.

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