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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

June 2019 

Portland General Electric and Enbala for Distributed Flexibility at Scale

PGE and Enbala

Portland General Electric (PGE) has created a technology agnostic, interoperable virtual power plant (VPP) in collaboration with Enbala that enables PGE to offer control, optimization, and demand management of an entire fleet of DERs across various customers, vendors and programs. This multi-program-multi-vendor-ecosystem allows for the customization across DER asset-types, location, participation schedules, and service offerings, while providing visibility into, and integration of, data in an approach that is scalable, sustainable, futureproof, and customer-focused.

Source: PLMA Interest Group Dialogue featuring Josh Keeling, Portland General Electric; Bud Vos, Enbala; and Paul Miles, PECO, an Exelon Company
Type: Webinar
  

Integrated Demand-Side Management - The Journey Continues
AESP PLMA Webinar

Traditionally, utilities have separated their energy efficiency (EE) and demand response (DR) portfolios into distinct, and isolated, portfolios. As distributed energy resources (DERs) are deployed across the distribution grid and policy mandates shift, utilities and implementers are repurposing their demand-side management (DSM) programs (e.g., energy efficiency, demand response, distributed energy, and energy storage) toward integrated approaches that take advantage of natural synergies using advances in technology and customer engagement. These integrated programs focus on technologies with functionality to decrease, store, or increase both energy usage and demand, thereby combining EE, DR and DER programs.

Source: PLMA Interest Group Dialogue featuring Denise Kuehn, Austin Energy; Jennifer Potter, Hawaii PUC; and George Beatty, Xcel Energy
Type: Webinar
 

Indiana Michigan Power and Tendril for Residential Integrated DSM Approach
AESP PLMA Webinar

Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) worked with Tendril to implement Orchestrated Energy, a connected thermostat demand response program dramatically shifting peak load and improving the energy efficiency beyond that of smart thermostats, without sacrificing customer comfort. I&M uses this program as a customer engagement tool that also provides demand response load while keeping customers comfortable. I&M envisions this program as another way to become a trusted energy advisor to their customers on how to utilize the connected home.

Source: PLMA Interest Group Dialogue featuring Jon Walter, Indiana Michigan Power; Emilie Stone, Tendril; and Laurie Duhan, BGE
Type: Webinar
 

The National Potential for Load Flexibility: Value and Market Potential through 2030
Brattle Group

Economists at The Brattle Group have released a new study that identifies nearly 200 GW of cost-effective load flexibility potential in the U.S. by 2030. This load flexibility potential, which equates to 20% of estimated U.S. peak load in 2030, would more than triple the existing demand response (DR) capability and would be worth more than $15 billion annually in avoided system costs. The Brattle study combines insights from a number of client engagements conducted to assess the value and market potential of emerging load flexibility opportunities across various jurisdictions in North America. Historically, conventional DR has provided significant value through peak demand reductions.

Source: The Brattle Group
Type: Webinar
 

Demand Response Fundamentals, Evolution, and Industry Leaders
DR Fundamentals

Demand Response Fundamentals, Evolution, and Industry Leaders This presentation provides an overview of the happenings within PLMA and other industry practitioners. Highlights covered include PLMA introducing a new logo, articles posted in Utility Dive, joint webinars with other industry organizations and PLMA members speaking at various conferences and publishing reports.

Source: PLMA
Type: Presentation

 

May 2019

Resources from the 39th PLMA Conference, Minneapolis, MN

39th PLMA Conference

Presentations and other resources from the 39th PLMA Conference on May 13-15 in Minneapolis, MN

Source: PLMA
Type: Presentations
 
 

 

Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s Excess Supply Demand Response Program

PG&E Excess Supply

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Excess Supply Demand Response program (XSP) demonstrates capabilities of demand-side resources to consume or decrease load as a service to the grid to address intermittency due to oversupply of renewables generation as distributed generation accelerates. The California PUC Load Shift Working Group noted in 2018 that the XSP was the only existing load shifting participation model. Designed to capture the full value of flexible resources to the grid it has been incorporated into initiatives across various consumer types including the California Energy Commission EPIC Total Charge Management project, PG&E’s Electric Vehicle Charge Network Load Management Plan, and the Pittsburg USD School Bus Renewables Integration Project.

Source: PLMA Interest Group Dialogue featuring Jonathan Burrows, PG&E; Elizabeth Reid, Olivine; and Paul Miles, PECO, an Exelon Company
Type: Webinar
 

Distributed Energy Growth
Plma and utility dive

PLMA sponsored the creation of this Utility Dive initiative to examines the experiences of various utilities, vendors, states and grid operators to provide a comprehensive picture of a burgeoning field at the heart of the energy transition.

Click here to read the article.

Source: PLMA and Utility Dive
Type: Article

 

April 2019

Future of Distributed Energy Resources Compendium DR Compendium

A new compendium published by PLMA details eight 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. Where do today's load management activities (including demand response, energy efficiency, and renewable energy programs fit in a distributed energy resource future of non-wires alternatives, energy storage, and more?

Source: PLMA Interest Group Dialogue featuring Richard Philip, Duke Energy; Jenny Roehm, Schneider Electric; Richard Barone, Hawaiian Electric; John Powers, Extensible Energy; and Matt Carlson, Aquanta

Type: Webinar 

 

March 2019

International Interest Group Planning International Interest Group

An online planning call to solidify short-term plans for the group, including a discussion of ideas for upcoming webcasts and the agenda for the 39th PLMA Conference in Minneapolis in May. We plan on introducing the “Country Of The Conference” concept for each PLMA conference, with the first being Japan – given both co-chairs have some experience in the country and there are several members in PLMA from Japan. Please join us to both hear thoughts from the group leadership as well as contribute your suggestions and ideas for contributing to the group goals.

Source: PLMA Interest Group Dialogue featuring Scott Coe, GridOptimize and Ross Malme, Skipping Stone
Type: Webinar 

Utility Dive’s State of the Electric Utility Industry Survey: Implications for Load Management Practitioners Utility Dive Dialogue

A discussion about implications for Load Management practitioners from Utility Dive's Annual State of the Electric Utility Industry Survey.

Click here to view the Utility Dive report.

Source: PLMA Load Management Dialogue featuring Gavin Bade, Utility Dive, and Michael Brown, NV Energy and PLMA Chair
Type: Webinar 

 

Southern California Edison’s Distributed Energy Storage Virtual Power Plant ProjectSCE DE Storage

Gain key insights into Southern California's non-wires alternatives project which is one of the 10 leading case studies featured in a research report funded by E4TheFuture.

Click here to view the report.

Discover key considerations from two leading non-wires-alternatives (NWA) projects. This 85 MW project active since December 2016 is perhaps the most sophisticated DER-provided capacity and NWA project in North America. It incorporates demand response with battery storage available for up to 4 hours when dispatched in West Los Angeles Basin, including parts of Orange and Los Angeles Counties, in California. It was the first large-scale test of customer-sited resources for SCE and its size demonstrates that NWA projects can provide more extensive lessons learned.

Source: PLMA Load Management Dialogue featuring Max Carpenter, Southern California Edison and Richard Barone, Hawaiian Electric
Type: Webinar

 


February 2019

Top Markets Report: Smart Grid Market Report Smart Grid Cover

ITA's 2018 Smart Grid Top Markets Report ranks 56 international markets in terms of growth potential for the U.S. smart grid industry. The Report also analyzes the sub-sectors of transmission and distribution (T&D) equipment; smart grid information communication technologies (ICT); and energy storage. The report integrates data and analyses on global markets and trade, including the critical contributions of commercial specialists from U.S. Commercial Service posts. The results are combined using a weighted scorecard methodology to produce relative rankings of the 56 subject markets.

Source: International Trade Administration (ITA) 
Type: Report

 

 

Demand Response Fundamentals, Evolution, and Industry LeadersDR Fundamentals

This presentation provides an overview of PLMA’s role in sharing load management expertise with the energy utility industry.

Source: Ed Thomas, PLMA for the APS Integrated Resource Plan Working Group Meeting
Type: Presentation

 

 

 

 

Final Report of the California Public Utilities Commission's Working Group on Load Shift Load Shift Cover

As California progresses toward its goal of 100% carbon-free electricity, Load Shift could play an increasingly significant role. The 2025 California Demand Response Potential Study, suggests that beginning in 2025 up to $600 million (2015$) could be saved annually by shifting load to avoid the curtailment of renewable generation. The Working Group met 11 times in 2018 with facilitation and support from Gridworks and the Commission’s Energy Division. Working collaboratively, a representative cross-section of stakeholders developed six different proposals on how Load Shift could be designed, sourced, incentivized and evaluated. This package of proposals provides a diverse range of options through which California can begin to actively test, refine and develop the Load Shift market needed to reach a 100% carbon-free grid.

Source: California Public Utilities Commission's Working Group
Type: Report

 

 

ConEd's Brooklyn Queens NWA ProjectLoad Management

Discover key considerations from this leading non-wires-alternatives (NWA) project to deferring the need for traditional electric grid infrastructure upgrades. This discussion will share insight regarding project identification, procurement processes, benefit cost analysis tool development, and rate case incentives. Discover key takeaways and lessons learned from this first large program ConEd implemented and how it led to a streamlined approach of identifying and implementing newer projects. Hear how they found different ways to communicate these projects to the market and are working to continuously improve their approach to non-wires solutions, with customers and market partners in mind.

Source: Load Management Dialogue with Damei Jack, Con Edison and Michael Brown, Berkshire Hathaway NV Energy
Type: Webinar

 

 

National Grid's Non-Wires Alternative ProjectsLoad Management

Discover key considerations from two leading non-wires-alternatives (NWA) projects. The Tiverton Project helped defer the need for traditional electric grid infrastructure upgrades. This discussion will share insight regarding customer-driven load curtailment program focused on automated demand response (DR) utilizing a wide variety of DR and energy efficiency resources. The Old Forge project is focused on solving distribution grid constraints and providing grid resilience solutions with a battery energy storage system. Discover key takeaways and lessons learned from these National Grid projects implemented in remote areas involving local communities and unique strategies to develop solutions.

Source: Load Management Dialogue with Marie Schnitzer and Matt Chase, National Grid; and Richard Brarone Hawaiian Electric
Type: Webinar

 

 

FERC's Demand Response Assessment StudyFERC Cover

A discussion between a representative from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the PLMA Chair on FERC staff's recent update to its annual assessment study. This report is FERC staff's 13th annual report on demand response and advanced metering required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. It is based on publicly-available information and discussions with market participants and industry experts.

Source: Load Management Dialogue with Ben Foster, David Burns, and Samin Peirovi, FERC; and Michael Brown, NV Energy
Type: Webinar

 

 
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