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 Q1, 2022
  3. Demand Response Wholesale Markets
    2-day live online class: Registration is open for December 7-8, 2021
  4. Demand Response Program Design and Implementation
    2-day live online class: Next Class Q1, 2022

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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Available On-Demand


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: Q1, 2022


This 1-day in-person, or 2-day live online class explains how today’s demand response initiatives are evolving to interact with a future that includes distributed energy resources for peak load management, and much more. The class content expands on a 2-page 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

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NEXT CLASS: December 7-8, 2021

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 strongly recommends attendees complete 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: Q1, 2022


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 strongly recommends attendees complete 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 only, 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 member practitioners.
      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, post COVID travel restrictions) 

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

Cancellation Policy
We know plans change and therefore, PLMA always provides full refunds for cancellations made at least 24 hours in advance of the start of an event. Alternatively, if you are not able to attend this class, you can transfer your registration to a colleague at your organization, at no additional cost.

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

Who Should Attend

This class is well-suited to new and transitioning utility and regulatory staff employees and to solution providers. It offers a breadth of knowledge on how to transition, reposition, or create customer programs based on demand response and distributed energy resources as a means to address peak electricity demand, mitigate high energy prices, and manage variable generation.

The class is open to all industry stakeholders, with significantly discounted rates available to PLMA member organizations and partners. To see who typically attends PLMA classes, please click here.

 

All Attendees Receive

  • Mentored learning experience in a class developed and taught by industry professionals
  • A Glossary of Demand Response Terms and Definitions
  • Access to the slide deck and a video recording of your class
  • The option to request a Certificate of Completion
  • Contact information for your instructors for additional follow up  

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.