SDG&E issued its 2018 IDER Request for Offers (“RFO”) on January 10, 2018 in accordance with Decision (“D.”)16-12-036. In this RFO, SDG&E is soliciting offers from resources to defer distribution projects that otherwise would have been completed to maintain system safety and reliability (that is, traditional distribution upgrades or build out).  Product types eligible for this solicitation are: energy efficiency, demand response, renewables, energy storage and distributed generation.

SDG&E will host one bidder outreach event on January 26, 2018 and will be an in-person event for all resource types (with dial-in / webinar available for those who cannot attend in-person). Participation in this event is NOT mandatory to submit an offer.

To be considered for this RFO, an offer must be uploaded to the PowerAdvocate ® Website in accordance with the RFO Protocols no later than 12:00 PM Pacific Prevailing Time, on February 9, 2018.

More detailed information, including the RFO Protocols and offer form are available on SDG&E’s RFO website:

All questions or other communications regarding this RFO should be submitted via email to BOTH and (the Independent Evaluator).  The deadline to ask questions related to this RFO is February 2, 2018.  Questions received after this deadline may not receive a response.  

Thank you,

SDG&E Evaluation Team


FERC Staff Report on Assessment of Demand Response and Advanced Metering

The report at is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff’s (FERC or Commission staff’s) twelfth annual report on demand response and advanced metering required by section 1252(e)(3) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005). It is based on publicly-available information and discussions with market participants and industry experts. 

Based on the information reviewed, it appears that:

• Deployment of advanced meters continues to increase throughout the country, 1 and advanced meters are the predominant metering technology installed and operational in the United States. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), 2 64.7 million advanced meters were operational nationwide in 2015 out of a total of 150.8 million meters, indicating a 42.9 percent penetration rate;

• Over the past year, a number of state regulatory bodies have undertaken or are continuing broad grid modernization efforts, some of which include large-scale deployment of advanced meters. In addition, there has been movement towards further deployment of time-of-use rates in several states.

• In the organized wholesale markets, the contribution of demand resources to meeting peak demand decreased to 5.7 percent in 2016 from 6.6 percent in 2015;

• The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) notes that the bulk power system is integrating more demand response resources, as well as other distributed and renewable energy resources. In addition to collecting and presenting reliability demand response data and results, NERC continues its efforts to integrate economic demand response within the Demand Response Availability System (DADS) database;

• The North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) ratified two new books of retail demand response business standards, and is expected to complete new Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB) cyber-security model business standards in 2017. 

Read the full report at


Orange & Rockland Seeks Energy Storage Solutions

December 6, 2017, Pomona, NY - Orange & Rockland announced today the release of a Request for Proposals for Non-Wires Alternatives in Pomona, NY.  For parties interested in proposing Distributed Energy Storage Solutions in this area identified as needing load relief, please visit ORU's website for more information.

Learn more and submit your proposal at

 Orange and Rockland


Mark Kerbel, Encycle 

Mark Kerbel as mentor

Mark Kerbel was a past PLMA Vice Chair and At-Large Director; a past Conference presenter, most recently at 35th PLMA Conference in Delray Beach; and a training mentor, most recently at the PLMA Training Series hosted by SCE in October 2015. Mark is at the far left in the photo above taken at SCE.  PLMA is making a donation in Mark's memory to the Moores Cancer Center, UCSD, San Diego.

The following is reprinted from

Mark Kerbel
Mordechai Chaim Ben Michael V'Rachel
Death Date:Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Yahrzeit Date:12 Kislev 5778
Funeral Date:Sunday, December 03, 2017 Funeral Time:01:00 PM
Funeral Place:Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel
Cemetery:Pardes Chaim Cemetery Section:Congregation Bina
Shiva Address:5 Amos Crescent, Toronto, Ontario, M3H 3X8
Shiva Direction & Info:
Sheppard & Bathurst. West on Sheppard to Wilmington, north on Wilmington, three blocks, east on Amos Crescent.
KERBEL, Mark - It is with great sorrow and deep regret that we inform you of the passing of Mark Kerbel. Mark passed away on November 29, 2017 in San Diego, California after a long and valiant battle with cancer. Mark is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years, Sabrina, son Mitchell, parents, Michael & Rachel Kerbel, sister, Sharon Kerbel, in laws, Solomon & Ann Samson, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Fleur Samson & Arik Kapulkin, and uncle Henry Fishman. Cherished uncle to his nephews, Yoram, Eli, Benny, Eitan, and his niece, Haya. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends and will forever be in our hearts. The funeral will be held in Toronto at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue west (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Shiva 5 Amos Crescent, Toronto. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice or to The Canadian Associates of Ben Gurion University of the Negev, 416-665- 8054 or Moores Cancer Center, UCSD, San Diego, 858-534-4493.
Canadian Assoc. of Ben Gurion Univ. of The Negev (416) 665-8054
Moores Cancer Center, UCSD, San Diego (858) 534-4493
Other Information:
Shiva visits Monday to Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Evening services Sunday to Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Shiva will conclude Friday morning, December 8th. DONATIONS: Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice or to The Canadian Associates of Ben Gurion University of the Negev, 416-665-8054 or Moores Cancer Center, UCSD, San Diego, 858-534-4493.

PLMA Grows to 132 Members

Voice of Demand Response Practitioners Welcomes Over 300
Energy Industry Attendees to 36th Conference in Cambridge, Mass.

Cambridge, Mass. – November 14, 2016 PLMA, the voice of demand response practitioners in the energy utility industry, welcomed its 132nd member organization at its Fall Board meeting yesterday, up from 42 members five years ago.  The board meeting was held in conjunction with the 36th PLMA Conference in Cambridge, Mass, hosted by MassSave, which is being attended by over 300 representatives from electric utility and industry allies.  Welcoming remarks at the conference were provided my Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson.

PLMA officers elected by the Board of Directors for the 2017-2019 term are:

·       Chair:  Michael Brown, Berkshire Hathaway, NV Energy
·       Vice Chair:  Derek Kirchner, DTE Energy
·       Secretary:  Joseph E. Childs, Eaton
·       Treasurer:  David Hyland, Schneider Electric

PLMA At-Large Directors elected by the At-Large Representatives the 2017-2019 term are:

·       Katie Panek, Westar Energy
·       Jane Peters, Research Into Action
·       John Powers, Extensible Energy

PLMA was founded in 1999 as the Peak Load Management Alliance to be the voice of demand response practitioners.  PLMA brings together a community of experts 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.  PLMA members share expertise to educate each other and explore innovative approaches to demand response programs, price and rate response, regional regulatory issues, and technologies, as energy markets evolve.  Learn more at

The 37th PLMA Conference will be April 16-18, 2018 in Coronado, Calif.  An industry-wide call for presenters will be announced in December.  PLMA’s national conferences presented in April and November create a forum where practical experience, ideas, and knowledge are exchanged among those seeking access to a vast network of industry professionals.  In general sessions and interest group meetings, members gather to stay abreast of the latest industry trends in load management and to inform the next generation.  The agenda and registrant list for the most recent conference may be viewed at

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