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 PLMA and SEPA Seek Your Non-Wires Alternatives Project Experiences

The need to replace aging electric grid infrastructure amidst rapidly evolving utility roles, customer demands and improved distributed energy resource (DER) technology is clear. Utilities – and others – are exploring lower cost, higher consumer and environmental benefit solutions with non-wire alternatives (NWA).

PLMA and SEPA are working together, with funding from E4TheFuture, to gather lessons learned from current, past, and future NWA projects and share back experiences and lessons learned in a free public report. The two organizations seek to document and share the knowledge and experiences our peers have experience working on non-wires alternatives projects. 

The nomination period has ended for this survey.  The anticipated schedule for review, follow-up and report development is listed below.  If you submitted a nomination, you will be contacted if your submission is selected to be a featured case-study.  If you volunteered to peer review submissions, your assignments will appear in the judging portal following the May 22 kickoff call.


May 15 – close project nominations
May 16- 21  - Follow-up with nominees to avoid duplicate/incomplete submissions, prioritize multiple entries, etc.
May 22 – open scoring by Peer Review Group with Orientation webcall
May 31 – close scoring
June 5 – review ranked projects with Peer Review Group with webcall
June 11 – notify selected projects and schedule follow-on interviews
June 30 – submit completed case studies of selected projects to Peer Review Group and SEPA staff for Research Report production
July – announce case studies at SEPA Grid Evolution Summit
Nov – present report findings at 38th PLMA Conference in Austin, Texas

Send any general questions about the survey to [email protected]

Technical questions about using this platform may be directed to [email protected]

See members of the current Peer Review Group and listen to the Orientation recording below.

You don't have to be a member of either organization to contribute to this survey, or to a peer review process to identify 10 projects to feature as case studies in the report.  However, you will need a free profile to be able to manage the application.  If you don't already have a PLMA profile, create one by following the directions below.

 Peer Review Group Details

The Peer Review Group currently includes representatives from: 

Bonneville Power Administration  Itron
Buffalo Niagara Medical Center Lockheed Martin
Central Hudson National Grid
Consolidated Edison Navigant
DTE Energy New Braunfels Utilities
Duke Energy Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
E.ON NV Energy
Eaton PSEG
Edison Electric Institute Rocky Mountain Institute
Energy Futures Group SP Group, Singapore
Energy Solutions Skipping Stone
EnerNEX West Monroe Partners
E Source Winkler Energy Consulting
Extensible Energy Xcel Energy
Hawiian Electric Company ZOME


Peer Review Orientation, May 1, 2018



Original News Release: SEPA and PLMA to Focus on Non-Wires Alternative Opportunities

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 2, 2018 — The need to replace aging electric grid infrastructure amidst rapidly evolving utility roles, customer demands and improved distributed energy resource (DER) technology has utilities — and others — exploring lower cost, higher consumer and environmental benefit solutions with non-wire alternatives (NWA).

To address the ambiguity surrounding this proliferating trend, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA), with funding from E4TheFuture, have launched an industry-wide call for nominations to compile the knowledge and experiences of those working on NWA projects in order to gather lessons learned. These will later be shared with the broader industry in a public report released later this year.

“The possibility for utilities to meet changing system needs without traditional transmission and distribution upgrades opens up myriad options for the future grid,” said Steve Cowell, President, E4TheFuture. “A key obstacle to achieving such possibilities is proving non-wires alternatives viability and applicability. While many projects exist in the nation, there is a lack of information sharing, which means most publicly available details are anecdotal. The resulting report will aim to fill that knowledge gap for potentially greater industry replication.”

SEPA and PLMA are looking for::

  • Common considerations when deciding to take a non-wires approach to grid infrastructure upgrades.
  • Success factors and challenge points from both a strategic/policy and tactical/operational perspective.
  • Individual project drivers, proven practices, and project metrics.

Submissions for consideration in this public study are due no later than May 15. Projects of all sizes and completeness - in progress, incomplete, unsuccessful - are encouraged to submit. Following the deadline, a yet-to-be-finalized Peer Review Group of experts will select projects to explore more deeply through detailed interviews. Get more information and submit why a NWA project should be considered for inclusion here.

The final report will be published by SEPA, PLMA and E4TheFuture in November 2018. Results will also be shared at upcoming in-person SEPA and PLMA events and via public webinars.

SEPA Media contact: Mike Kruger, 202.280.1556
PLMA Media contact: Ed Thomas, 707.652.5333
NWA Research contact: Brenda Chew, 202.753.8955

About SEPA

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is an educational nonprofit working to advance the utility industry’s transition to a clean energy future through education, research, standards and collaboration. SEPA offers a range of research initiatives and resources, as well as conferences, educational events and professional networking opportunities. SEPA is founder and co-sponsor of Solar Power International and winner of the Keystone Policy Center’s 2016 Leadership in Energy Award. For more information, visit
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About PLMA

PLMA (Peak Load Management Alliance) is a non-profit organization 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. Learn more at
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About E4TheFuture

E4TheFuture is a nonprofit organization advancing clean, efficient energy solutions. Advocating for smart policy with an emphasis on residential solutions is central to E4TheFuture’s strategy. “E4” means: promoting clean, efficient Energy; growing a low-carbon Economy; ensuring low-income residents can access clean, efficient, affordable energy (Equity); restoring a healthy Environment for people, prosperity and the planet. Dedicated to bringing clean, efficient energy home for every American, E4TheFuture’s endowment and primary leadership come from Conservation Services Group whose operating programs were acquired in 2015 by CLEAResult. Visit
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