Resources Directory | PLMA The Voice of Load Management Professionals

Welcome to PLMA's Resource Directory. This robust directory features links to numerous white papers, webinar recordings, conference presentations and reports written, presented and published by the top thought leaders and experts in the energy industry. This dynamic resource is fully accessible to all PLMA members. Although some content requires members to be logged in prior to viewing. A limited amount of content is available to non-members and PLMA allies.

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Featured Resources

PLMA Load Management Encyclopedia

The goal of this wiki initiative is to promote knowledge sharing among energy industry load management practitioners and allies in these three areas: Common Industry Terms as Defined on Wikipedia; Evolution of Demand Response in the U.S. Electricity Industry; and Load Management Acronyms & Glossary. PLMA facilitates this wiki initiative as a member service, but use is not restricted to PLMA member organization staff.

17th PLMA Award-Winning Load Management Initiatives

Executive Summary of the 17th PLMA Awards Compendium Cover17th PLMA Award-Winning Load Management Initiatives Cover

Executive Summary of the 17th PLMA Awards Compendium.

A Compendium of interviews with the six 17th PLMA Award Winners who were recognized in April 2020 for their uniquely innovative approaches to managing end use energy loads.

Source: PLMA Thought Leadership and Award Planning Groups
Type: Compendium

Thought Leadership 2020

U.S. Department of Energy’s Future Connected Communities: Validating Buildings as a Grid Resource

This excerpt from PLMA’s 2020 Thought Leadership Compendium titled “U.S. Department of Energy’s Future Connected Communities: Validating Buildings as a Grid Resource” was originally recorded as a Load Management Dialogue in the spring of 2020. PLMA has published this transcript as a stand-alone document highlighting DOE FOA 0002206 (deadline March 2021), to serve as an additional resource for organizations planning to bid on this upcoming funding opportunity. It offers a dynamic question and answer discussion about grid-enabled buildings and Connected Communities among officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Oakridge National Lab, and NRECA.

CLICK HERE for the Load Management Dialogue recording.

Source: PLMA Thought Leadership Group
Type: Compendium (excerpt)


Why is Electricity Pricing So Difficult? Between a Rock and a Smart Meter

This excerpt from PLMA’s 2020 Thought Leadership Compendium titled “Why is Electricity Pricing So Difficult? Between a Rock and a Smart Meter” was originally recorded as a Load Management Dialogue in the spring of 2020. It offers a highly engaging discussion among three industry experts who explore the potential and challenges of time-differentiated and dynamic pricing, where the barriers to these approaches lie, and how to design electricity pricing options that customers actually understand, and want.

CLICK HERE for the Load Management Dialogue recording.

Source: PLMA Thought Leadership Group
Type: Compendium (excerpt)

Thought Leadership 2019

Thought Leadership 2019

Transcripts from 12 selected webcasts and conference sessions produced by PLMA in 2019.

Source: PLMA Thought Leadership Group
Type: Compendium

Future of Distributed Energy Resources

Future of DER

Details 8 industry initiatives where leading utilities are partnering with their customers and allies to demonstrate the path to a more integrated approach to distributed energy resources.

Source: PLMA Thought Leadership and DER Integration Groups
Type: Compendium

Thought Leadership 2018

Thought Leadership 2018

Transcripts from 8 selected webcasts and conference sessions produced by PLMA in 2018.

Source: PLMA Thought Leadership Group
Type: Compendium

16th PLMA Award-Winning Load Management Initiatives

16th PLMA Award-Winning Load Management Initiatives

Eight transcripts of webcast interviews with the 16th PLMA Award winners for best demand response and other load management programs, initiatives and achievements.

Source: PLMA Thought Leadership and Award Planning Groups
Type: Compendium

Non-Wires Alternatives: Insights from the Nation's Leading NWA Projects

PLMA SEPA E4Future

This webinar helps you understand the basics and push for non-wires-alternatives projects based on stories real practitioners. Hear directly from the SEPA-PLMA project team and key NWA project representatives about results from the industry-wide call for NWA project case studies including compelling lessons learned, and challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. You’ll get the breakdown of what we learned from 10 leading NWA projects representing different project sizes, geographies, and grid challenges.
Click here to view the report.

Source: A joint E4TheFuture, SEPA & PLMA Webinar
Type: Webinar Recording and Report

2018 Utility Demand Response Market Snapshot

2018 Utility Demand Response Market Snapshot

While the energy industry seems focused on energy storage as a critical solution to many of the challenges of integrating renewables on the grid, a new industry report documents the growth of demand response (DR) as an increasingly valuable and flexible resource.

Source: Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), Navigant Consulting, Inc. and PLMA
Type: Report

Future of Utility “Bring Your Own Thermostat” Programs

Future of Utility “Bring Your Own Thermostat” Programs

This thought leadership publication is a compendium of eight energy utility, manufacturer, and solution provider viewpoints.

Source: PLMA Thermostat Interest Group
Type: Compendium

Evolution of Demand Response

Evolution of Demand Response

As PLMA refined and coordinated materials for the Demand Response Training Series, Michael Brown, NV Energy and Chair of the PLMA Education Committee, together with the Education Committee and PLMA Training Partners realized there was not a singular, agreed upon definition of Demand Response and the stages of its evolution (DR 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0) to help new and transitioning professionals, regulators, and lawmakers understand the growth and trends of the industry, so they set out to develop a harmonized, consistent definition, followed by a public comment period.

Source: PLMA Thermostat Interest Group
Type: White paper

Hidden Battery Report

Hidden Battery Report

The nation’s 50 million residential electric water heaters collectively represent a significant – and vastly underutilized – energy storage resource capable of leveraging substantial environmental and cost benefits according to new research commissioned by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) and Great River Energy (GRE).

Source: The Brattle Group
Type: Report


PLMA Resources Directory

December 2020   


Inaugural 2020 Pricing Interest Group Meeting + Findings from the Maryland Time-of-Use Pricing Pilots

Hot topic

Join us for the inaugural 2020 meeting of PLMA's Retail Pricing Interest Group, and learn about the findings of the TOU pilots to date.

As part of the Maryland Public Service Commission’s PC44 proceedings, the Maryland Utilities designed time-of-use (TOU) pilots in a collaborative process. The PC44 pilots included several unique features, such as separately measuring the impact of TOU rates on LMI and non-LMI customers and providing detailed bill impact information to the customers during the recruitment stage. The pilots are scheduled to run through May 31, 2021.

PLMA's guest speaker for this HOT TOPIC is Dr. Sanem Sergici, a principal in The Brattle Group’s Boston, MA office and an expert in electricity markets and applied econometrics. Dr. Sergici brings extensive background in the assessment of these pilots.

Source: PLMA Hot Topic Group
Type: Webinar  

 

Israel: Integrating the Smart Grid and DER

Hot topic

Israel's utility grid is isolated from those of its neighboring countries and is constructed as an "energy island." This situation poses significant challenges that impact future energy planning decisions, including how the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) (Israel's largest supplier of electric power and only integrated electric utility) can best implement a smart grid system in general, and integrate renewable energy in particular.

Of particular relevance to U.S. organizations:
The Israel Electric Corporation's focus on grid resilience and cyber-security. In this Load Management Dialogue, presenters from Israel Electric Corporation and PLMA member company EGM Inc., will review these challenges and discussion proposed solutions. Topics will include the following:

  • Development of the Israeli utility grid
  • Israeli grid challenges
  • Evolution of utility grid technology in Israel
  • A future vision for Israel's utility grid including integration of renewable technology, storage, and EV charging stations
  • An overview of EGM's technology and products
  • The collaboration between EGM and IEC to integrate the Smart Grid and DER

Source: PLMA Load Management Dialogue featuring Amir Livne, Israel Electric Company; Dr. Alex Levran, EGM Inc; and PLMA's Global Load Management Co-Chairs
Type: Webinar  

 

November 2020


17th PLMA Award-Winning Load Management Initiatives

Executive Summary of the 17th PLMA Awards Compendium Cover17th PLMA Award-Winning Load Management Initiatives Cover

Executive Summary of the 17th PLMA Awards Compendium.

A Compendium of interviews with the six 17th PLMA Award Winners who were recognized in April 2020 for their uniquely innovative approaches to managing end use energy loads.

Source: PLMA Thought Leadership and Award Planning Groups
Type: Compendium

 

October 2020   


A Sneak Peak at the 42nd PLMA Conference: The Inside Story!

Hot topic

Join PLMA for an overview of everything going on at the 42nd PLMA Conference, November 9-12, 2020. With fresh perspectives on DER, demand response, utility programs, and load management, plus networking and Q&A discussions with experts and practitioners from across the U.S., this Fall's online conference has everything you need to help build your knowledge and manage your load!

Source: PLMA Hot Topic Group
Type: Webinar  

Perspectives on FERC Order 2222

FERC

Join PLMA for a discussion on FERC Order 2222 which directs ISOs/RTOs to open their markets to participation by aggregated distributed energy resources (DERs). The Order may have broad implications for RTOs, states, utilities, service providers, and customers, ranging from technical, to jurisdictional, to financial, to operational. This interesting and timely discussion will provide perspectives on the Order from an Investor Owned Utility, Electric Cooperatives, a State Coalition, and a Service Provider. Click here to read FERC Order 2222.

Source: PLMA Load Management Dialogue featuring Brett Feldman, Guidehouse; Anja Gilbert, Pacific Gas and Electric Company; Marcus Hawkins, Organization of MISO States; Jay Morrison, NRECA; and Matthew Sachs, CPower
Type: Webinar

 

September 2020   


PLMA's DER Integration Interest Group: Evolving Forward!

DER Hot Topic September

Over the past few years, PLMA's DER Integration Interest Group has succeeded in integrating DER into every aspect of PLMA's work, from the current Strategic Plan to daily programming. Having achieved its mission within PLMA, the DER Interest Group is ready to review its accomplishments and lessons learned, and engage member practitioners in a discussion of new Interest Group opportunities ahead.

Source: PLMA DER Integration Interest Group
Type: Webinar 

 

Capturing Value from Electric Water Heaters as a Non-Invasive Demand Response Resource

Guidehouse Report

Guidehouse Insights published a Armada commissioned white paper in September titled "Capturing Value from Electric Water Heaters as a Non-Invasive Demand Response Resource." The paper includes an overview of the North American demand response landscape, a look at water heaters as a load curtailment tool, and Guidehouse's own conclusions and recommendations for those interested in such a program.

Source: White paper from Guidehouse Insights 
Type: White Paper

 

August 2020   


A Community Choice Aggregator's Innovative Behind-the-Meter Storage Program

DER Hot Topic

PLMA and its DER Integration Interest Group host a HOT TOPIC Conversation with Marin Clean Energy (MCE) about its innovative behind-the-meter storage program. This scalable program provides resilience for its customers, enhances decarbonization, and makes local grid management possible through load shaping and shifting. As California’s first and leading community choice aggregator, MCE will detail its vision for energy transformation, and the program’s features, which include:

  • Priority support for low-income and other vulnerable populations
  • Technology flexibility and scalability
  • Reduced up-front customer costs through a novel incentive structure
  • Use cases that include, leveraging battery charging to shift load, and increasing customer resiliency by pre-charging batteries before outages.

Source: PLMA DER Integration Interest Group
Type: Webinar 

 

City of New York Department of Citywide Administrative Services for Building Operator Engagement

City of NY

The City of New York Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), through its Division of Energy Management, had the vision to expand an initial electricity-only Demand Response program that encompasses 470 facilities across 30 city agencies and institutions. It's the single largest contributor to grid relief in the New York Independent System Operator NYC Zone J territory. In addition to Demand Response, DCAS's work expanded to include Real-Time Metering (RTM) and Load Management programs. The RTM program has deployed near-real time metering for electricity use across 500 facilities, monitoring 55% of municipal peak load. The program now also includes monitoring of gas and steam usage. To help drive these programs, DCAS partnered with NuEnergen to develop data visualization tools, offer mobile access, and provide training opportunities. DCAS has also created a dedicated, in-house team with engineering and analytical expertise, undertaken proactive relationship management with facility operators, launched hands-on, peer-driven learning environments in partnership with the City University of New York's Building Performance Lab, and offered staff recognition of outstanding efforts.

Source: PLMA Awards Group featuring Sergey Shabalin, Martin Nolan, and Elizabeth Taveras, DCAS; and Laurie Duhan, BGE
Type: Webinar  

 

Burning Topics in Customer Engagement

DER Hot Topic

PLMA's Customer Engagement Interest Group invites you to join an interactive conversation about today's most important and impactful DR issues. This session will be an unscripted question and answer discussion in which we'll share experiences, successes, and lessons learned across a spectrum of customer engagement programs. Please bring a story or an example with you to discuss with the group co-chairs and your fellow PLMA member practitioners.

Source: PLMA Customer Engagement Interest Group
Type: Webinar 

 

Lessons in DER Integration from Australia

Lessons in DR

Join PLMA's Global Load Management Group and Lance Hoch of Australia's Oakley Greenwood utility for an opportunity to learn about DER in Australia -- a market with many similarities to the U.S. and a significant level of DER integration. This will be a recorded Load Management Dialogue followed by a live Q&A.

Source: PLMA Awards Group Lance Hoch, Oakley Greenwood Utility, and PLMA's Global Load Management Group Co-chairs
Type: Webinar  

 

 

National Guidance on Benefit-Cost Analysis of Distributed Energy Resources

NSEP Cover

The comprehensive National Standard Practice Manual for Benefit-Cost Analysis of Distributed Energy Resources (NSPM for DERs) is now available to help guide benefit-cost analyses (BCAs) of distributed energy resources. The manual serves as an objective, technology-neutral and economically sound guidance document for regulators, utilities, consumer advocates, DER proponents, state energy offices, and other stakeholders interested in comprehensively assessing the impacts of DER investments.

BCAs involve a systematic approach to assess the cost-effectiveness of investments by consistently comparing the benefits and costs of DER types with each other and with alternative energy resources. The new NSPM includes information on BCAs of single and multiple DER types, and provides use-case examples for different combinations and DER applications.

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.
CLICK HERE to read a summary of the report.
CLICK HERE to read the full report.

Source: Research report from the National Energy Screening Project and E4TheFuture
Type: Research Report 

 
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