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Dialogue: PLMA Award Winner: Sonoma Clean Power and Olivine
Thursday, August 12, 2021, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
Category: PLMA Webcast

PLMA Load Management Leadership 18th PLMA Award Winners:
Summer 2021 Webinar Series
PLMA Load Management Dialogue

Load Management Dialogue: Sonoma Clean Power and Olivine
Varied DER Resources + Multiple Load Modifying Strategies = Resilience

Moderated by Mike Smith, National Grid
Guest Speakers: Rachel Kuykendall, Sonoma Clean Power  |  Vasudha Lathey, Olivine
Thursday, August 12, 2021 | 12:30 to 1:30 pm ET

The GridSavvy Community program was created by Sonoma Clean Power (SCP), the community choice aggregator (CCA) for California's Sonoma and Mendocino counties. This innovative program moves away from traditional siloed approaches that segregate participation by customer classes and/or technology and instead offers a range of customer options to increase DER technology adoption.

GridSavvy Community customers receive attractive incentives for purchasing and enrolling smart devices such as thermostats, EV chargers, and heat pump water heaters. The program focuses on engaging low-income and equity customers, offering these customers higher incentives and financing to ease first-cost barriers to DER technology adoption.

Together with its partner Olivine, SCP aggregates these devices and dispatches them to help shape and shift Sonoma Clean Power's customer load, reducing the utilities' need to buy pricier and dirtier power during periods of peak load. Because of of its focus on varied DER resources, the program is able to take advantage of multiple load modifying strategies, from event-based (with the EV chargers) to a daily load shift (with the water heaters). In the summer of 2020--when the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) called rolling black outs--the GridSavvy Community responded, keeping the lights on for customers and providing a source of local resilience. 

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Meet Our Featured Speakers:

Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Awards Co-Chair,
National Grid

Rachel Kuykendall

Rachel Kuykendall

Sr. Programs Manager
Sonoma Clean Power

Vasudha Lathey

Vasudha Lathey
Vice President of Community Programs


Who Should Attend. Utility and regulatory staff as well as other energy industry trade allies and organizations seeking thought leadership and insight on dynamic load management, including demand response and distributed energy resources.

How Dialogue Works. When you register, you may submit a comment or question in advance. After brief introductions, the featured speakers will have an informal 30-minute conversation. You're welcome to use a speaker phone so an unlimited number of people may participate. After the Dialogue, you will receive a recording web link. Unable to participate on this day and time? Register anyway and you will automatically receive the recording link.