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Welcome to PLMA's Resource Directory. This robust directory features links to numerous white papers, webinar recordings, conference presentations and reports written, presented and published by the top thought leaders and experts in the energy industry. This dynamic resource is fully accessible to all PLMA members. Although some content requires members to be logged in prior to viewing. A limited amount of content is available to non-members and PLMA allies.

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Featured Resources

Future of Distributed Energy Resources

Future of DER

Details 8 industry initiatives where leading utilities are partnering with their customers and allies to demonstrate the path to a more integrated approach to distributed energy resources.

Source: PLMA Thought Leadership and DER Integration Groups
Type: Compendium

Thought Leadership 2018

Thought Leadership 2018

Transcripts from 8 selected webcasts and conference sessions produced by PLMA in 2018.

Source: PLMA Thought Leadership Group
Type: Compendium

15th PLMA Award-Winning Load Management Initiatives

15th PLMA Award-Winning Load Management Initiatives

Six transcripts of webcast interviews with the 15th PLMA Award winners for best demand response and other load management programs, initiatives and achievements.

Source: PLMA Thought Leadership and Award Planning Groups
Type: Compendium

Non-Wires Alternatives: Insights from the Nation's Leading NWA Projects

PLMA SEPA E4Future

This webinar helps you understand the basics and push for non-wires-alternatives projects based on stories real practitioners. Hear directly from the SEPA-PLMA project team and key NWA project representatives about results from the industry-wide call for NWA project case studies including compelling lessons learned, and challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. You’ll get the breakdown of what we learned from 10 leading NWA projects representing different project sizes, geographies, and grid challenges.
Click here to view the report.

Source: A joint E4TheFuture, SEPA & PLMA Webinar
Type: Webinar Recording and Report

2018 Utility Demand Response Market Snapshot

2018 Utility Demand Response Market Snapshot

While the energy industry seems focused on energy storage as a critical solution to many of the challenges of integrating renewables on the grid, a new industry report documents the growth of demand response (DR) as an increasingly valuable and flexible resource.

Source: Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), Navigant Consulting, Inc. and PLMA
Type: Report

Future of Utility “Bring Your Own Thermostat” Programs

Future of Utility “Bring Your Own Thermostat” Programs

This thought leadership publication is a compendium of eight energy utility, manufacturer, and solution provider viewpoints.

Source: PLMA Thermostat Interest Group
Type: Compendium

Evolution of Demand Response

Evolution of Demand Response

As PLMA refined and coordinated materials for the Demand Response Training Series, Michael Brown, NV Energy and Chair of the PLMA Education Committee, together with the Education Committee and PLMA Training Partners realized there was not a singular, agreed upon definition of Demand Response and the stages of its evolution (DR 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0) to help new and transitioning professionals, regulators, and lawmakers understand the growth and trends of the industry, so they set out to develop a harmonized, consistent definition, followed by a public comment period.

Source: PLMA Thermostat Interest Group
Type: White paper

Hidden Battery Report

Hidden Battery Report

The nation’s 50 million residential electric water heaters collectively represent a significant – and vastly underutilized – energy storage resource capable of leveraging substantial environmental and cost benefits according to new research commissioned by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) and Great River Energy (GRE).

Source: The Brattle Group
Type: Report


PLMA Resources Directory

July 2018

Practitioner Perspectives on Key AMI IssuesAMI Cover - Michael Brown Presentation

PLMA Chair, Michael Brown, represented PLMA at an AMI Roundtable in June in Colombia. This presentation highlights AMI policy goals from various stakeholder perspectives. The Colombia Energy Regulatory Commission (CREG) was tasked in January of 2018 to develop AMI regulations for release in January of 2019.

Source: AMI Roundtable - Bogotá, Colombia - Ministerio de Minas y Energiá, GOC Working Group for Integration of Variable Renewable Energy, USAID, USEA, NREL
Type: PowerPoint Presentation

Nest's Solar Eclipse Rush Hour Rewards ProgramNests LM Dialogue Cover

Nest achieved unprecedented consumer engagement in its Rush Hour Rewards program during the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 by recruiting 750,000 Nest devices to shift 700 MW of cumulative demand. During the eclipse, many grid operators predicted that solar energy production would be reduced by as much as 9,000 MW. Nest launched a wide-reaching marketing campaign to recruit customers to reduce their cooling energy use during the eclipse by opting into a special Rush Hour Rewards event with just one click on their Nest Learning Thermostat. The number of customers who participated is unparalleled in any other demand response program to date. The success of this campaign demonstrates that consumer-friendly, multi-channel marketing campaigns coupled with a simplified one-click opt-in experience can drive consumer engagement significantly to manage energy load.

Source: PLMA Load Management Dialogue with Aaron Berndt, Google and Nicholas Corsetti, National Grid and PLMA Award Planning Group Chair
Type: Webinar Recording

The Grid-Connected HomePLMA logo

This webinar examines how connected devices with two-way communications enable a resident's home to no longer be viewed as a passive load, but as a collection of grid-interactive assets that can be orchestrated to improve grid operations and customer engagement. Beyond home appliances, the webinar also delves into the drivers behind the rapidly growing residential solar-plus-storage market. Q1 2018 sees almost as much residential storage deployed as in all of 2017

Source: Joint webinar with Green Tech Media and PLMA featuring Fei Wang, Grid Edge; Brett Simon, Energy Storage; Olivia Patterson, Opinion Dynamics and Connected Devices Group Co-chair; and Justin Chamberlain, CPS Energy and Connected Devices Group Co-chair
Type: Webinar Recording

 

June 2018

Gulf Power's Energy Select ProgramAustin Energy DR Dialogue

Learn why Gulf Power’s Energy Select Program was a 15th PLMA Award Winner as a Program Pacesetter. As the first fully-automated price-based demand response program, Energy Select was designed to reduce generation needs, better use existing capacity, and enhance customer satisfaction. The Energy Select rate features four tiers that better reflect the cost of producing electricity during those periods, and customers pre-program central cooling and heating systems, electric water heaters and pool pumps to respond automatically to the different prices. As many utilities have struggled to successfully implement price-based DR programs, this “set it and forget it” approach enables easy customer participation. Over the years, the program's enabling technology has evolved to meet the changing needs of Gulf Power and its customers. The program initially used one-way paging for communication into the home and customers had to program the devices through the thermostat. Gulf Power deserves recognition for being a pioneer in price-based demand response as well as for its commitment to innovation that has significantly increased the value of the Energy Select program for the utility and its customers.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring David Eggart and Tommy Gardner, Gulf Power and Jason Cigarran, Itron and PLMA's Thought Leadership Co-Chair
Type: Webinar Recording

The Future of DER: Energizing the Smart HomePLMA logo

This webcast co-hosted by PLMA and Parks Associates analyzes consumer adoption of DER (distributed energy resources), including solar, EVs, and smart home solutions, as well as strategies to integrate these solutions into energy services in order to provide cost savings and better shape the household load. Currently 26% of U.S. broadband households own a DER product or an electric vehicle, with adoption at 41% among heads of household ages 18-24. The popularity of these solutions among younger households indicate their adoption and usage will continue to increase as these consumers age and as younger generations move into their own households. Utilities see multiple challenges associated with the increased adoption of DER solutions, including capacity constraints and grid and power reliability. Utility executives have signaled the need to invest in grid intelligence to manage DER solutions to secure the grid from cyberattacks

Source: Joint webinar with Parks Associates and PLMA featuring Rich Barone, Hawaiian Electric Company; Michael Brown, Berkshire Hathaway NV Energy and PLMA Board Chair; Tony Koch, Bonneville Power Administration; John Powers, Extensible Energy; Tom Kerber, Parks Associates
Type: Webinar Recording

Jennifer Potter's Award-Winning InitiativesJennifer Potter DR Dialogue

Learn why Jennifer Potter was a 15th PLMA Award Winner for Thought Leader. 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.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Jennifer Potter, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, and Danielle Sass Byrnett, NARUC
Type: Webinar Recording

 

May 2018

Evolution of the Distribution System and the Potential for Distribution-Level Markets: A Primer for State Utility Regulators NARUC

As distributed energy resource (DER) adoption grows, the electric industry is shifting from a centralized model towards two-way power flow. Consequently, state and federal regulatory frameworks, utility business models, reliability and operating standards, planning and investment approaches, and wholesale markets will all need to evolve. NARUC explores issues for regulators to consider during this transition.

Source: NARUC
Type: Report

Austin Energy's Green Building InitiativeAustin Energy DR Dialogue

Austin Energy influences city of Austin codes through partnership with Green Building (GB) initiatives managed by its Customer Energy Solutions activity. In order to build energy efficient homes and businesses, local code amendments were added to facilitate DR program participation. Energy codes require new buildings with automation systems controlling HVAC and/or lighting systems to have OpenADR capabilities and smart/WIFI thermostats to be installed in new single and multifamily construction. GB and DR programs work together to promote DR participation through the rating process. Ensuring commercial design teams follow a set of DR implementations, buildings can earn additional points on the rating when enrolled in the utility's commercial and industrial program Load Cooperative. The utility further encourages installation of smart/Wi-Fi thermostats with $25 rebate for single and multifamily customers. The utility partners with an implementer to operate a retail program with national home improvement stores to offer instant discounts for products such as LED lighting and ENERGY STAR appliances. Thermostats are advertised with signage to promote PPT thermostats and rebates to influence customer choice.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Beth Crouchet and Sarah Talkington, Austin Energy and Nicholas Corsetti, National Grid and PLMA Award Planning Group Co-Chair
Type: Webinar Recording

 

 

April 2018

Beyond the Meter: Addressing the Locational Valuation Challenge for Distributed Energy ResourcesBeneficial electrification

Written in partnership with Nexant and part of SEPA’s Beyond the Meter series, this report addresses the growing need to define a common metric for assessing the distribution capacity deferral value provided by DERs so their individual values can be stacked and combined.

Source: Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and Nexant
Type: Report

 

 

Non-Wires Alternatives: Emerging, Maturing, or Stalled?PLMA logo

This webinar, co-produced by GTM Research and Peak Load Management Alliance, looked at current approaches to NWA solutions to explore:

  • How to enable NWA growth with regulatory mechanisms and integrated planning practices;
  • The evolution of sourcing mechanisms and what future mechanisms could look like;
  • What barriers and incentives are affecting the deployment of NWAs for IOUs and publicly-owned utilities.

Source: Green Tech Media and PLMA co-produced webcast featuring ConEd, Itron, Green Tech Media and Extensibel Energy presenters
Type: Webinar Recording

 

Hawaiian Electric’s Regulation Reserves ProgramHECO DR Dialogue

Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) has successfully utilized customer assets to provide utility grade Grid Services. Faced with the 100% Renewable Portfolio Standard target, HECO will use demand response and other demand-side resources to provide various grid services needed to maintain the grid reliability of the islands, including capacity, regulation reserves, and frequency response services. Regulation reserves is the most complex service requiring continuous real-time operation with variable controls every four seconds. HECO's Demand Response team, led by Richard Barone and supported by OATI technology, has defined and managed this highly innovative demand response initiative, truly moving demand response and distributed energy resource management to a higher level, to enhance and strengthen grid reliability while allowing greater levels of renewable generation.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Richard Barone, Hawaiian Electric and Dain Nestel, ecobee
Type: Webinar Recording

 

Resources from the 37th PLMA Conference, Coronado, Calif.

37th PLMA Conference
Presentations and other resources from the 37th PLMA Conference on April 16-18 in Coronado, Calif.
Source: PLMA 

Type: Presentations

 

 

March 2018

Dynamic Pricing: What You Need to Know and Lessons Learned from the Field

FERC DR Assessment

Learn more about industry trends related to dynamic pricing why utilities should tie rates to costs. This presentation discusses why electric utilities should tie rates to costs, explains price-based demand response, factors for driving customer acceptance of dynamic pricing, and much more.

Source: Association of Energy Services Professionals National Conference, New Orleans
Type: Presentation slides by Jason Cigarran, Itron representing PLMA Retail Pricing Interest Group arranged by PLMA Speakers Bureau

 

 

What Does Beneficial Electrification have to do with Peak Load Management?Beneficial electrification

The nature of the electricity grid is changing dramatically, as are our nation’s environmental goals, so our policy thinking needs to change profoundly, as well. Mounting research suggests that aggressive electrification of energy end uses – such as space heating, water heating and transportation – is needed if the United States and the world are to achieve ambitious emissions reduction goals for carbon dioxide. This concept, the electrification of energy end uses that have been powered by fossil fuels (natural gas, propane, gasoline, diesel or fuel oil) in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is called “environmentally beneficial electrification” or Beneficial Electrification.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Troy Eichenberger, TVA, Gary Connett, Great River Energy, Keith Dennis, NRECA and Steve Koep, Westinghouse Water Heaters
Type: Webinar recording 

 

Future of Bring Your Own Thermostat ProgramsBeneficial electrification

This thought leadership publication is a compendium of eight energy utility, manufacturer, and solution provider viewpoints. The report is now available for free and a free webcast featuring the report’s editors and contributors will be linked here soon. Bring Your Own Thermostat or BYOT programs are changing the face of energy utility load management and the way customers interact with their utilities. The compendium details a consensus among the contributing practitioners that BYOT programs will remain a part of utility load management programs, but varying opinions on whether BYOT will replace or augment traditional direct install demand response program models; the relevance of new market segments as they relate to BYOT; and approaches to enhancing the value BYOT brings to demand response programs.

Source: PLMA DR Dialogue featuring Lee Hamilton, Xcel Energy, Kenneth Walsh, ComEd, Olivia Patterson, Opinion Dynamics and Brett Feldman, Navigant
Type: Webinar recording and report

 

Bonneville Power Administration Distributed Energy Resource Benchmarking Report BPA DER Benchmarking Report

BPA staff met with 12 entities throughout 2017 to better understand how they are using and enabling DERs within their organizations and service territories. We learned about the types of DERs utilities are working with, how they are integrating them, programs available to customers, enabling technologies and future plans for each of the entities. This report provides summaries of what we learned during these discussions.

Source: Bonneville Power Administration Distributed Energy Resources Team
Type: Report

 

Bonneville Power Administration Summer 2017 DR Demonstration Final Report BPA DR Demonstration Report

Starting in 2013 the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) embarked on a four year plan to test commercial scale demand response (DR) through demonstrations. These demonstrations focused on developing and testing different contract models, gathering data on reliability of aggregated portfolios, integrating DR products into operational processes, evaluating demand response management systems, defining measurement and verification strategies, and testing acquisition models – utility, private, and public aggregation. Read more in the report

Source: Bonneville Power Administration
Type: Report

 
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