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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 organization 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.


PLMA Practitioner Perspectives™ Considers
Future of “Bring Your Own Thermostat” Programs

BYOT Compendium cover

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 co-authors is set for Monday, March 26 at 12:30pm Eastern

“Bring Your Own Thermostat or BYOT programs are changing the face of energy utility load management and the way customers interact with their utilities,” says PLMA Chair Michael Brown of NV Energy. The compendium’s contributing authors were selected in an open call for submissions. Article drafts were reviewed by a team of mentors that included the PLMA Thermostat Interest Group co-chairs prior to publication.

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.


SCE Seeks New Clean Energy Resources in Ventura, Santa Barbara Areas 

SCE Seeks New Clean Energy Resources in Ventura, Santa Barbara Areas

Southern California Edison issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking to add clean power resources to meet long-term local capacity requirements in the Moorpark sub-area of its electrical system known as the Big Creek/Ventura local reliability area.  The RFP targets resources connecting to the Moorpark, Santa Clara and Goleta substations that comprise the Moorpark sub-area. Resources contracted through the RFP that connect to the Goleta substation will further resiliency objectives in Goleta and Santa Barbara.  “Unlike other solicitations to increase capacity of the overall electric system, this solicitation specifically seeks to meet local needs in the Moorpark area,” said Colin Cushnie, SCE vice president of Energy Procurement & Management. “SCE is targeting clean energy resources to meet this need.”  A bidder’s conference is planned for March 15 at 1 p.m. (PDT). Conference details will be provided to those who register on the RFP website at

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Navigant Publishes "Market Data: Demand Response for C&I"
Global CIDR Capacity, Site, Spending, and Revenue Forecasts: 2018-2027

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

Since the launch of the first demand response (DR) programs decades ago, the industrial sector has represented an important target customer base. Energy usage in industrial facilities is generally electricity intensive, and it tends to be more complex than in commercial buildings due to the range and type of industrial energy processes and equipment used. While the commercial sector presents excellent prospects for DR because of its sheer number of building sites, the industrial sector offers unique opportunities because it is able to contribute unusually large amounts of load reduction—even from just one plant and one DR event.In the commercial sector, the focus for DR has been on the large commercial customers, which can contribute significant load reduction. However, as this customer segment becomes increasingly saturated (especially in the US), attention is turning to the underserved small/medium commercial customers. Utilities and DR aggregators are realizing that the collective effect from engaging small/medium commercial customers, which represent a huge number of buildings, can be significant. According to Navigant Research, commercial and industrial DR (CIDR) capacity is expected to reach 56.5 GW in 2027.This report examines the global CIDR market in five major geographic regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa. The study provides an analysis of the market issues, including drivers and barriers, associated with global CIDR development. Global market forecasts for capacity, sites, spending, and revenue for CIDR, segmented by region, extend through 2027. The report also explores global CIDR trends to highlight varying regional activity and markets.

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SDG&E'S 2018 Integrated Distributed Energy Resources (IDER) RFO — Issuance Notice

SDG&E issued its 2018 IDER Request for Offers (“RFO”) on January 10, 2018 in accordance with Decision (“D.”)16-12-036. In this RFO, SDG&E is soliciting offers from resources to defer distribution projects that otherwise would have been completed to maintain system safety and reliability (that is, traditional distribution upgrades or build out).  Product types eligible for this solicitation are: energy efficiency, demand response, renewables, energy storage and distributed generation.  SDG&E will host one bidder outreach event on January 26, 2018 and will be an in-person event for all resource types (with dial-in / webinar available for those who cannot attend in-person). Participation in this event is NOT mandatory to submit an offer.  To be considered for this RFO, an offer must be uploaded to the PowerAdvocate ® Website in accordance with the RFO Protocols no later than 12:00 PM Pacific Prevailing Time, on February 9, 2018.  All questions or other communications regarding this RFO should be submitted via email to BOTH [email protected] and [email protected] (the Independent Evaluator).  The deadline to ask questions related to this RFO is February 2, 2018.  Questions received after this deadline may not receive a response.  

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