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PLMA is Seeking Abstracts for

The Future of Distributed Energy Resources

A PLMA Practitioner PerspectivesTM Compendium

Submission Deadline is Monday, December 17, 2018

PLMA's Thought Leadership Group in cooperation with the DER Integration Interest Group, is seeking abstracts from authors who are interested in drafting an article for peer review and possible inclusion in a publication in the Spring of 2019.

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Where do today's load management activities (including demand response, energy efficiency, and renewable energy programs) fit in a distributed energy resource (DER) future of non-wires alternatives, storage and more? This compendium will seek to detail eight (8) industry initiatives where leading utilities are partnering with allies to demonstrate the path to a more integrated approach to distributed energy resources (DERs).  This may include, but not be limited to, an exploration of the evolution of the energy industry from peak load emergencies and market/system economics to operational management.  As alternatives, the abstract may consider that the operational management aspect may come before the market/system economics, that the evolution follows a path of system economics, system operations, localized economics, and localized operations. 

Preferential consideration will be given to abstracts for initiatives that detail how utilities and allies are:

  • Repositioning program resources designed for system-wide deployment to be targeted/locational;
  • Making the business process changes necessary to evolve DERs from emergency to operations;
  • Demonstrating where DR fits today in a future DER construct relative to utilities that are long on generation with weak market/regulatory signals and potentially-stranded infrastructure costs;
  • Migrating current systems toward an enhanced distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) platform to manage more complex power transactions; and
  • Balancing customer satisfaction and customer acquisition issues

The Compendium's primary audience will be senior utility executives with DER responsibilities, but the publication will be made available for free to all who are interested.

Abstract submitters do not have to be with PLMA member organizations but they must agree to comply with the PLMA Code of Conduct and PLMA Presenter Policy. All staff from PLMA member organizations are invited to learn more about and join the Thought Leadership Planning Group and the PLMA DER Integration Group.

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Call for Abstracts

PLMA invites anyone to submit abstracts that describe a specific example from a load management practitioner perspective of an initiative where a utility (or group of utilities) is partnering with industry allies to demonstrate the path to a more integrated approach to DERs. The abstract submission form includes a brief description that, at a minimum, must do the following:

  • Briefly describe an industry initiative that illustrates the integration of DER
  • Summarize how the initiative incorporated cross-functional coordination, including any barriers and success factors
  • Explain why this initiative will help senior utility executives with DER responsibilities gain a more thorough understanding of the value and potential for integrating DERs.

The abstracts will be reviewed by PLMA Thought Leadership Planning and DER Integration Interest Group members who will select up to eight submitters. Those selected will be asked to expand their abstracts into individual articles of between 1,000 and 2,000 words each. Abstracts that are clear commercial advertising for a specific company or product will not be accepted, at the groups' discretion. After PLMA review and authors' editing as mutually agreed between PLMA and the authors, these articles will then be compiled into a PLMA-branded Compendium. Companies or individuals contributing articles will be credited in the Compendium, and articles will appear in their entirety. Following the publication, PLMA will produce a webcast with the invited public, at which contributors will have an opportunity to present their perspective and respond to questions.

Anticipated Schedule:

  • Dec. 17, 2018 – Abstract submission deadline
  • Jan. 7 - Jan. 21, 2019 – Peer Review Group scores abstracts
  • Feb. 4 – Top-ranked abstracts selected and authors notified
  • Feb. 14 – First draft of articles due
  • Feb. 28 – Peer review comments due
  • March 15 – Final draft of articles due
  • March 30 – Compendium published

PLMA looks forward to your submissions and to making this a valuable piece of thought leadership for our members and other interested parties. Forward any questions or comments to Ed Thomas at [email protected].

All staff from PLMA member organizations are invited to learn more about and join the Thought Leadership Planning Group and the PLMA DER Integration Group.

CLICK HERE to Submit Compendium Abstract

PLMA Grows to 152 Members

Voice of Load Management Practitioners Welcomes Over 300 Energy Industry Attendees to 38th Conference in Austin, Texas

(Austin, Texas, November 13, 2018) PLMA, the voice of load management practitioners in the energy utility industry, welcomed its 152nd member organization at its Fall Board meeting yesterday, up from 42 members six years ago.  The board meeting was held in conjunction with the 38th PLMA Conference in Austin, Texas, co-hosted by Austin Energy, CPS Energy, and CLEAResult, which is being attended by over 300 representatives from energy utility and industry allies.  Welcoming remarks at the conference were provided by Lucia Athens, the City of Austin's first Chief Sustainability Officer. 

The Executive Committee elected by the Board for the 2018-2020 term are (in alphabetical order by last name):

  • Wendy Brummer, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Justin Chamberlain, CPS Energy
  • Troy Eichenberger, Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Ruth Kiselewich, ICF
  • Robin Maslowski, Navigant
  • Olivia Patterson, Opinion Dynamics
  • Christine Riker, Energy Solutions
  • Andrea Simmonsen, Idaho Power Company 

In addition, the Board voted to appoint Paul Miles of PECO, an Exelon Company, to serve as Vice Chair to replace Derek Kirchner of DTE Energy.  The other PLMA officers elected last year for the 2017-2019 term are:

  • Chair:  Michael Brown, Berkshire Hathaway, NV Energy
  • Secretary:  Joseph E. Childs, Eaton
  • Treasurer:  David Hyland, Zen Ecosystems 

At the Conference, PLMA announced 3 new publications: 

  • Joint Non-Wires Alternative Research Report – The report coproduced by PLMA and SEPA with funding from E4TheFuture details common attributes and lessons learned from 10 non-wires alternatives projects. Details at:
  • 15th PLMA Awards Compendium – The publication includes transcripts from 2018 webcast interviews with the people behind  six award-winning load management initiatives. Details at
  • Future of Distributed Energy Resources Compendium – A call for abstracts now underway seeks to identify leading industry initiatives where utilities are partnering with allies to demonstrate the path to a more integrated approach to distributed energy resources.  Details at 

The 39th PLMA Conference will be May 13-15, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minn.  An industry-wide call for presenters will be announced in December.  PLMA’s national conferences presented in spring and fall provides a forum for practitioners from energy utilities, solution providers and trade allies to share dynamic load management expertise, including demand response (DR) and distributed energy resources (DER). For nearly two decades, PLMA conferences, educational programs and networking opportunities have brought member organizations together to develop, implement and share proven practices in a peer-to-peer network – offering load management leadership for the energy industry. 

PLMA was founded in 1999 as the Peak Load Management Alliance to be the voice of load management practitioners.  It is a community of experts and practitioners dedicated to sharing knowledge and providing resources to promote inclusiveness in the design, delivery, technology, and management of solutions addressing energy and natural resource integration.  Membership in PLMA is open to any organization interested in load management. PLMA represents a broad range of energy professionals and industries – private and publicly owned utilities, technology companies, energy and energy solution providers, equipment manufacturers, research organizations, consultants, and consumers.  Learn more at


Media Contact:  Ed Thomas; Executive Director, PLMA; (707) 652-5333;  [email protected]


Tierra Resource Consultants Promotes Matthew Joyce to Director

Matthew Joyce

WALNUT CREEK, CA, (DATE Nov. 13, 2018)—Tierra Resource Consultants LLC ( announces the promotion of Matthew Joyce to director. Mr. Joyce has more than 18 years of demand side management experience, including strategic advising, market assessment, utility portfolio and program design, process and impact evaluation, and customer experience and behavior studies. Much of his present work focuses on utility program and portfolio optimization helping utilities adapt to changing and increasingly complex market demands driven by new technologies, customer choices, and regulatory requirements.

“Matthew plays a key role on the Tierra team in a variety of areas, including our work on the development and launch of our DER and electrification advising work areas,” said Principal and Co-founder Marshall Keneipp.

Prior to joining Tierra in 2016, Mr. Joyce served as lead process evaluator for Duke Energy’s residential and commercial EE and DR programs in the utility’s five-state service territory. He also managed numerous research and consulting projects for dozens of utilities, Fortune 500 companies, and local, state and federal bodies, while working as the research director of E Source.

Before joining the energy industry, he worked for Stanford University and the University of California. Mr. Joyce holds a B.A. in Journalism and Public Policy from the University of California.

For more information about Tierra’s programs and services, please contact [email protected].

Tierra Resource Consultants LLC (Tierra) is a certified small business organization with offices in California and Arizona. 



Itron Selected to be a Leading Technology Provider in California Distributed Energy Management Project


Itron Solution to Optimize Management of Distributed Energy Resources

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. — Nov. 14, 2018 — Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI), which is innovating the way utilities and cities manage energy and water, will collaborate with Alternative Energy Systems Consulting (AESC) and other companies in a project funded by California Energy Commission. Itron will be a leading technology provider in a project to manage load for customers as part of the Smart Home Study. The project will improve the load shape and minimize customer utility costs for 100 homeowners in southern California.

As the electricity grid changes, an increasing number of customers are installing distributed energy resources (DERs), such as batteries, electric vehicles and solar panels. These resources give customers more control over their energy usage, but also dramatically impact the utility grid. To help customers utilize and better understand their energy control potential, the Smart Home Study project aims to minimize the negative aspects of DERs while still realizing the benefits of these transformative technologies.

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Connected Energy announces major upgrade to CNRG at 38th PLMA Conference

Connected Energy

Connected Energy, a leading provider of advanced demand management and distributed energy resource management solutions for electric utilities, has announced the immediate availability of the next generation of CNRG at the 38th PLMA Conference. This upgrade is utility-hardened, having been released incrementally to current utility customers over the last 9 months. 

“This release is the culmination of cooperation and testing with utilities, industry consortiums, and Connected Energy engineering. We’ve had the privilege to work with this incredible team to add features that drive real value for utilities.” says Connected Energy CEO, Mark Rupnik. 

CNRG is an integrated software suite consisting of Demand Management, Distributed Energy Resources Management, Grid Management, and Data Analytics solutions. Key features of this release include:-  OpenADR 2.0b certification-  Integration with Sandia National Labs solar forecasting-  Geo visualization with advanced weather-  Programs for basic, adaptive, temp-rise, and precool options with near real-time M&V-  Data Explorer and Data Mining features for advanced data analytics-  Secure Energy cloud for SaaS options with full SOC 2, five practice auditing 

"We are pleased to have the 38th PLMA conference be the venue for this announcement. Connected Energy has a strong commitment supporting PLMA and load management practitioners”, commented Ed Thomas, Executive Director, PLMA.

 "Connected Energy is a key technology provider for the DOE ENERGISE solar project,” commented Jay Johnson, Sandia National Labs, adding, “CNRG has been a valuable asset in managing, controlling, and forecasting distributed solar generation.” 

"Connected Energy’s CNRG software has gone through the certification program and is OpenADR 2.0b compliant. The CNRG software has been added to the certified product directory featured on the OpenADR website,” said Rolf Bienert, Managing & Technical Director, OpenADR.

"To go along with this important release, we have published a DER Connectivity Technology whitepaper that will aid utilities in navigating the various standards and options for connecting DER assets,” announced Terry Rohrer, SVP, Marketing and Technology, Connected Energy. The paper is available for download at 

PLMA.  PLMA was founded in 1999 as the voice of load management response practitioners. It is a community of experts and practitioners dedicated to sharing knowledge and providing resources to promote inclusiveness in the design, delivery, technology, and management of solutions addressing energy and natural resource integration. More information available is at . 

OpenADR.  The OpenADR Alliance fosters the development, adoption, and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) standard through collaboration, education, training, testing, and certification. The OpenADR Alliance is open to all interested stakeholders interested in accelerating the adoption of the OpenADR standard for price- and reliability-based demand response. More information is available at 

Sandia National Labs.  Sandia National Labs has research and development responsibilities in nuclear deterrence, global security, defense, energy technologies and economic competitiveness, with main facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Livermore, California. More information is at 

Connected Energy.  Connected Energy is a member of SunSpec, PLMA, and OpenADR and is a leading provider of next generation demand management, DER management, grid management and data analytics solutions for electric utilities. Visit for more information.

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