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Clean Peak Energy Standard

Mass gov 

The Massachusetts Clean Peak Energy Standard is currently under development and will be designed to provide incentives to clean energy technologies that can supply electricity or reduce demand during seasonal peak demand periods established by DOER.

Notices and Updates - Stakeholder Q&A
DOER is seeking responses to a set of questions intended to help with the development and design of the Clean Peak Energy Standard, which must be established pursuant to the enactment of Chapter 227 of the Acts of 2018. DOER requests that all responses to these questions be provided no later than 5:00 PM ET on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Responses should be directed to [email protected]. ​

Clean Peak Energy Standard Stakeholder Questions



Unlocking HVAC Energy Savings with Swarm Logic

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To handle extreme weather temperatures, architects / engineers usually oversize the RTU capacity. This results in the RTUs being operated well below their maximum cooling capacity for all but a few hours each year. This overcapacity is often coupled with static business rules such as set points and schedule configurations that don’t adapt to changes in variables such as exterior temperature and facility operations. Moreover, traditional building controls, such as building automation systems (BAS) or programmable thermostats, typically control each HVAC unit independently with little to no ability to adjust RTU activity in response to the operational status of other RTUs. A more elective way to maximize the efficiency of a multi-RTU system, especially across multiple locations, is to create a network of smart RTUs to coordinate their activity. By doing this, coincident operation is minimized and excessive RTU runtime is reduced.  


Source: Encycle
Type: White paper




Eversource Seeks Demand Management Consultant (Energy Efficiency)


Job Description Summary:

This position is responsible for providing energy efficiency project/program management services to customers for electric and natural gas energy. This position leads the development, promotion and implementation of energy efficiency programs to meet established goals.Regularly interacts with regulators and/or other non-utility energy efficiency stakeholders with an occasional support of regulatory interrogatories in writing or in public hearings.

This opportunity is to manage Eversource’s peak load programs across our three state territory in CT, MA, & NH.  These programs include C&I Curtailment, Residential Wifi Thermostat / Direct Load Control / BYOD, Electric Vehicle Chargers, and Behind-the-meter battery installations.

For full details and to apply, visit  



CPS Energy Seeks Assessment Service

Save for Tomorrow Energy Plan (“STEP”) Assessment

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Description: The STEP program’s purpose was to fund energy efficiency as the lowest cost power available to the community. The goal was to reduce the need for an additional power plant by saving 771 MW of power. The power saved through STEP funding was to be clean and good for the environment and avoid emissions, carbon and greenhouse gases.

Solicitation Detail:

Section 4 of the ordinance requires CPS Energy to reassess the STEP program in 2019 to see if continuing the STEP program beyond 2020 is a viable option.  CPS Energy is required

to provide this recommendation to the supervisor of Public Utilities at least six months prior to the end of the program.  The intent is to prepare a report to access the performance of the STEP program and create a forward looking assessment for future program design.   

Solicitation Documents:

Companies wishing to provide a Response for this Solicitation must download the Collective Document for this Solicitation  no later than January 21, 2019 from the website. There is a link for the Collective Document located on the left side of this page, under the “Solicitation Documents.” To successfully download the documents, it is recommended that Google Chrome 33+, Mozilla Firefox 38.01.1, or Internet Explorer 9 or greater be used.

Pre-Solicitation Meeting:

There will be no Pre-Solicitation Meeting.

Response Due Date:

Responses are due no later than January 22, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (Central). CPS Energy reserves the right to reject late Submittals. The Collective Document contains all pertinent information regarding Responses.

Contact Name: BonnieSue Bray

Contact Email: [email protected]

Learn more and download the solicitation documents at:


PLMA is Seeking Abstracts for

The Future of Distributed Energy Resources

A PLMA Practitioner PerspectivesTM Compendium

Submissions Closed

PLMA's Thought Leadership Group in cooperation with the DER Integration Interest Group, is seeking abstracts from authors who are interested in drafting an article for peer review and possible inclusion in a publication in the Spring of 2019.

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Where do today's load management activities (including demand response, energy efficiency, and renewable energy programs) fit in a distributed energy resource (DER) future of non-wires alternatives, storage and more? This compendium will seek to detail eight (8) industry initiatives where leading utilities are partnering with allies to demonstrate the path to a more integrated approach to distributed energy resources (DERs).  This may include, but not be limited to, an exploration of the evolution of the energy industry from peak load emergencies and market/system economics to operational management.  As alternatives, the abstract may consider that the operational management aspect may come before the market/system economics, that the evolution follows a path of system economics, system operations, localized economics, and localized operations. 

Preferential consideration will be given to abstracts for initiatives that detail how utilities and allies are:

  • Repositioning program resources designed for system-wide deployment to be targeted/locational;
  • Making the business process changes necessary to evolve DERs from emergency to operations;
  • Demonstrating where DR fits today in a future DER construct relative to utilities that are long on generation with weak market/regulatory signals and potentially-stranded infrastructure costs;
  • Migrating current systems toward an enhanced distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) platform to manage more complex power transactions; and
  • Balancing customer satisfaction and customer acquisition issues

The Compendium's primary audience will be senior utility executives with DER responsibilities, but

the publication will be made available for free to all who are interested.

Abstract submitters do not have to be with PLMA member organizations but they must agree to comply with the PLMA Code of Conduct and PLMA Presenter Policy. All staff from PLMA member organizations are invited to learn more about and join the Thought Leadership Planning Group and the PLMA DER Integration Group.

CLICK HERE to Submit Compendium Abstract

Call for Abstracts

PLMA invites anyone to submit abstracts that describe a specific example from a load management practitioner perspective of an initiative where a utility (or group of utilities) is partnering with industry allies to demonstrate the path to a more integrated approach to DERs. The abstract submission form includes a brief description that, at a minimum, must do the following:

  • Briefly describe an industry initiative that illustrates the integration of DER
  • Summarize how the initiative incorporated cross-functional coordination, including any barriers and success factors
  • Explain why this initiative will help senior utility executives with DER responsibilities gain a more thorough understanding of the value and potential for integrating DERs.

The abstracts will be reviewed by PLMA Thought Leadership Planning and DER Integration Interest Group members who will select up to eight submitters. Those selected will be asked to expand their abstracts into individual articles of between 1,000 and 2,000 words each. Abstracts that are clear commercial advertising for a specific company or product will not be accepted, at the groups' discretion. After PLMA review and authors' editing as mutually agreed between PLMA and the authors, these articles will then be compiled into a PLMA-branded Compendium. Companies or individuals contributing articles will be credited in the Compendium, and articles will appear in their entirety. Following the publication, PLMA will produce a webcast with the invited public, at which contributors will have an opportunity to present their perspective and respond to questions.

Anticipated Schedule:

  • Jan. 11, 2019 – Abstract submission deadline
  • Jan. 15-24, 2019 – Peer Review Group scores abstracts
  • Feb. 4 – Top-ranked abstracts selected and authors notified
  • Feb. 14 – First draft of articles due
  • Feb. 28 – Peer review comments due
  • March 15 – Final draft of articles due
  • March 30 – Compendium published

PLMA looks forward to your submissions and to making this a valuable piece of thought leadership for our members and other interested parties. Forward any questions or comments to Ed Thomas at [email protected].

All staff from PLMA member organizations are invited to learn more about and join the Thought Leadership Planning Group and the PLMA DER Integration Group.

CLICK HERE to Submit Compendium Abstract
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