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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.



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

Jim Armstrong of Lockheed Martin is recovering from a massive stroke that occurred during knee surgery. You can follow his progress at

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