PLMA Resources Directory | The Voice of Load Management Professionals

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 

PLMA Load Management Encyclopedia

The goal of this wiki initiative is to promote knowledge sharing among energy industry load management practitioners and allies in these three areas: Common Industry Terms as Defined on Wikipedia; Evolution of Demand Response in the U.S. Electricity Industry; and Load Management Acronyms & Glossary.  PLMA facilitates this wiki initiative as a member service, but use is not restricted to PLMA member organization staff.  

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

August 2019 

Rocky Mountain Power for Frequency Dispatch

Rocky Mountain Image

PacifiCorp demonstrated that Demand Response (DR) resources can be used to deliver GridScale Fast DR to meet frequency dispatch and BAL 3 requirements. This project demonstrated that the Cool Keeper system could be used in an additional capacity with very tight control response. PacifiCorp designed and implemented the automatic dispatch of residential customers enrolled in the Rocky Mountain Power Cool Keeper program utilizing Eaton’s two-way devices and Yukon portal to respond to frequency dispatch signals. To comply as frequency dispatch, the resources must immediately begin providing support once dispatched and be fully activated within 50 seconds from event detection. The BAL 3 measurement is a performance curve during this resource dispatch period. The solution resulted in an average of 64 MW of BAL 3 resources and over 100 MW of load drop across several events during the 2018 summer DR control season. Performance was measured and calculated using two second system metered data collected by the PacifiCorp Energy Management System.

Source: PLMA Interest Group Dialogue featuring Shawn Grant, Rocky Mountain Power; Thomas Burns, PacifiCorp; Joe Childs, Eaton; and Michael Smith, National Grid
Type: Webinar
   

Load Flexibility Potential in U.S. by 2030

Load Flexibility

A recent study by The Brattle group identified 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.

Click here to view the free report.

Source: PLMA Interest Group Dialogue featuring Ryan Hledik, The Brattle Group, and Richard Barone, Hawaiian Electric
Type: Webinar
 

 

July 2019 

Bonneville Power Administration, Portland General Electric, and Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance for Water Heater Communications

BPA PGE NEEA

A team from the Pacific Northwest spearheaded by three individuals — Tony Koch of the Bonneville Power Administration, Conrad Eustis of Portland General Electric, and Geoff Wickes of Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance — demonstrated that funding shipments of only smart, DR-enabled water heaters into the Pacific NW would be cost justified to enable a new paradigm for “connected” technologies. The “smart”, electric resistance and heat pump water heaters were equipped with ANSI/CTA-2045, a new modular communications standard designed for all major appliances that enables a simple, and identical customer experience for enabling communication and smart management. Beyond simple peak-load management, the project demonstrated daily use of the water heaters as energy storage assets, with high customer satisfaction.

Source: PLMA Interest Group Dialogue featuring Tony Koch, BPA and Conrad Eustis, Portland General Electric; and Laurie Duhan, BGE
Type: Webinar
 

 

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 

 
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