An Overview of PLMA's Demand Response Training Series

Demand Response Training Series


PLMA Offers Four Demand Response Training Classes:

  1. Introduction to Demand Response Fundamentals
    an online on-demand class
  2. Evolution of Demand Response to Distributed Energy Resources
    2-day live online class: Next Class Fall 2021
  3. Demand Response Wholesale Markets
    2-day live online class: Next Class Fall 2021
  4. Demand Response Program Design and Implementation
    2-day live online class: Next Class TBD

A Timeline Perspective of Demand Response:

DR to DER

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PLMA's Demand Response Training

1. Introduction to DR Fundamentals

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This online, on-demand training course, developed by Enerdynamics with PLMA, presents a detailed introduction to the Fundamentals of Demand Response. It is intended for utility professionals or anyone needing a better understanding of this increasingly important load management resource. Details at www.enerdynamics.com/PLMA.

It is strongly recommended, but not required, that you complete this class prior to the DR Wholesale Markets class or the DR Program Design and Implementation class. This online class takes ~3 hours to complete.

Registration Fee: $79.

2. The Evolution of DR to DER

NEXT CLASS: Fall 2021
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Live Online Class


This 1-day in-person or 2-day live online class explains how today’s demand response initiatives are evolving to interact with an emerging future with distributed energy resources for peak load management and much more. The class content expands on a white paper you can read here: 
www.peakload.org/DefiningEvolutionDR.

Registration Fee: $199 for PLMA members, $399 for non-members. Please note that PLMA member passes do not apply.

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3. Demand Response Wholesale Markets

The Demand Response Wholesale Markets class explores how to leverage wholesale energy market models to design demand response programs for traditionally regulated, restructured, and emerging electricity markets; a detailed review of the similarities and differences among markets in which demand resources can participate; and, the current and future roles for electricity consumers, aggregators, energy retailers, utilities, and market operators; and the role of Distributed Energy Resources and Storage in the market.

PLMA recommends, but does not require, the Introduction to Demand Response Fundamentals prior to attending this class.

Registration Fee: $1,199 for PLMA members, $1,699 for non-members. PLMA Member Passes may be applied.

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4. Demand Response Program Design and Implementation

NEXT CLASS: TBD
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Live Online Class


This class covers the key elements of demand response, including topics related to program development such as the market and regulatory environments, business drivers, market potential, program design, and economic analysis.

Topics related to program implementation will include the tactics and methodologies used to improve program success including a discussion of organizational and resourcing strategies, contracting, business processes, technology integration, and measurement & verification.

Interactive exercises will enable participants to gain hands-on experience with various aspects of DR program development and implementation, including the role of DERs and storage in program design.

PLMA recommends, but does not require, the Introduction to Demand Response Fundamentals prior to attending this class.

Registration Fee: $1,199 for PLMA members, $1,699 for non-members. PLMA Member Passes may be applied.

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Registration Information and Fees

1. Introduction to DR Fundamentals

  • PLMA member rate: a 20% discount off $79
  • Non-member rate: $79

2. The Evolution of DR to DER
(offered in a 2-day live online format in 2020 and 2021)

 

  • PLMA member rate: $199
  • Non-member rate: $399

3. Wholesale Markets Class or the Program Design and Implementation Class
(offered in a 2-day live online format only, in 2020 and 2021)

  • PLMA member rate: $1,199
    • A complimentary member pass may be available for some members.
      Contact Rich Philip, [email protected].
  • Non-member rate: $1,699

4. Wholesale Markets Class or the Program Design and Implementation Class
(pricing for the in-person format, returning post COVID quarantine requirements) 

  • PLMA member rate: $1,499
    • A complimentary member pass may be available for some members.
      Contact Rich Philip, [email protected].
  • Non-member rate: $1,999

Cancellation Policy
PLMA always provides full refunds on cancellations with at least 24 hours’ notice.

Scholarship Opportunities
Training not in your budget? A limited number of non-member scholarships are available for utilities and regulators. Please inquire at [email protected].

Who Should Attend

The primary audience for the courses includes utility and regulatory staff as well as other energy industry trade allies and organizations seeking to improve their knowledge of how demand response methods are used in the electricity industry to meet peak electricity demand, mitigate the impact of high electricity prices, and manage variable generation. The training is open to all industry stakeholders with significantly discounted rates to PLMA member organization staff.

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All Attendees Receive

  • Mentored learning experience in a course developed and taught by industry professionals
  • Resource Manual with Glossary of Terms and Presentation Slide Deck in digital format
  • Optional Certificate of Completion
  • Permanent access to the training Alumni Group for their course, for updates and ongoing communication with the cohort, mentors, and instructors
  • Download the free Demand Response Glossary of Terms and Definitions to get started today

Host Opportunities

If your organization is interested in hosting a PLMA DR Training class, please download a sample Host Memorandum of Understanding here, and contact Rich Philip, [email protected] for more information.

Mentor Opportunities

If you are an employee of a PLMA member organization, experienced in load management, and interested in serving as a mentor for any PLMA Demand Response Training class, please review PLMA's Training Mentor Roles and send a one-page bio and statement of qualifications to Rich Philip, [email protected]. Mentor roles are limited to qualified staff of member organizations, and must be approved by PLMA's Education Planning Group Co-Chairs.