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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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38th PLMA Conference, Austin, Texas, Nov. 12-14, 2018

38th PLMA Conference, Austin, Texas, Nov. 12-14, 2018

Real-world insight from practitioners and energy utilities active in the demand response marketplace. Over 200 demand response industry professionals attended from energy utilities and government agencies as well as industry allies, including consultants, manufacturers, and service providers. Presentation slides and photo gallery are accessible to conference attendees as well as all other PLMA member organization staff.

Source: PLMA
Type: Conference Proceedings with Photo gallery

37th PLMA Conference, Coronado, Calif., April 16-18, 2018

37th PLMA Conference, Coronado, Calif., April 16-18, 2018

Real-world insight from practitioners and energy utilities active in the demand response marketplace. Over 200 demand response industry professionals attended from energy utilities and government agencies as well as industry allies, including consultants, manufacturers, and service providers. Presentation slides and photo gallery are accessible to conference attendees as well as all other PLMA member organization staff.

Source: PLMA
Type: Conference Proceedings with Photo gallery


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PLMA's Leadership in Sharing Load Management Expertise

Today’s energy industry finds organizations adapting to new profiles PLMAof production and consumption within an evolving delivery environment. Energy utilities, solution providers and trade allies seek to better understand load management challenges to identify practical paths to implementing proven solutions.  Collectively, PLMA’s 140+ member organizations share a common goal to realize the potential of tomorrow’s energy industry for the benefit of all stakeholders. The non-profit association provides a forum for practitioners to share dynamic load management expertise, including demand response (DR) and distributed energy resources (DER).

Source: PLMA
Type: Article 

15th PLMA Award-Winning Load Management Initiatives Compendium

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This publication is a compendium of six transcripts of webcast interviews with the 15th PLMA Award winners for best demand response and other load management programs, initiatives and achievements from calendar year. The winners are: Program Pacesetters: ComEd's Peak Time Savings Program and Gulf Power's Energy Select Program; Thought Leaders: Austin Energy's Green Building Initiative and Jennifer Potter; and Technology Pioneers: Hawaiian Electric Company's Regulation Reserves Program and Nest's Solar Eclipse Rush Hour Rewards Program.

Source: PLMA; Edited by Awards and Thought Leadership Group
Type: Compendium 

Non-Wires Alternatives: Case Studies from Leading U.S. Projects

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This publication coproduced by PLMA and SEPA with funding from E4TheFuture profiles 10 industry-leading NWA projects of different sizes and types across the U.S., detailing the critical insights and lessons learned each has provided for utilities and other project developers.Non-wires alternatives, or NWAs, represent one of the most exciting opportunities for the transformation of U.S. utility business models. NWA projects can use distributed energy resources—including energy efficiency, demand response, solar, storage and microgrids—as least-cost energy solutions. By using NWAs, some utilities are delaying or deferring the need for comparably more expensive infrastructure, such as transmission and distribution projects.

Source: E4TheFuture with PLMA and SEPA
Type: Report

2018 Utility Demand Response 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.

Based on data gathered directly from 155 utilities across the country, the 2018 Utility Demand Response Market Snapshot finds that, in 2017, an increasingly broad range of DR programs dispatched 10.7 gigawatts (GW) of energy savings to the grid. Total enrolled capacity -- that is, how much saved power was potentially available -- was 18.3 GW.

Source: SEPA with PLMA and Navigant Research
Type: Report

PLMA Practitioner Perspectives™ Compendium Considers Future of “Bring Your Own Thermostat” Programs

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This thought leadership publication is a compendium of eight energy utility, manufacturer, and solution provider viewpoints. “Bring Your Own Thermostat or BYOT programs are changing the face of energy utility load management and the way customers interact with their utilities,” says PLMA Chair Michael Brown of NV Energy. The compendium’s contributing authors were selected in an open call for submissions. Article drafts were reviewed by a team of mentors that included the PLMA Thermostat Interest Group co-chairs prior to publication.  The compendium details a consensus among the contributing practitioners that BYOT programs will remain a part of utility load management programs, but varying opinions on whether BYOT will replace or augment traditional direct install demand response program models; the relevance of new market segments as they relate to BYOT; and approaches to enhancing the value BYOT brings to demand response programs. 

Source: PLMA; Edited by Thermostat Interest Group
Type: Compendium 

Evolution of Demand Response in the United States Electricity Industry

DR Evolution

As PLMA refined and coordinated materials for the Demand Response Training Series, Michael Brown, NV Energy, together with the PLMA 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.  This definition is used across the three demand response training courses produced by PLMA

Source: PLMA; Edited by Education Committee and PLMA Training Partners
Type: White Paper with Web Recording

The Hidden Battery: Opportunities in Electric Water Heating

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This research examines the economic and grid benefits of controlling three different types of water heaters (80-gallon electric resistance, 50-gallon electric resistance, and heat pump water heaters) for peak shaving, thermal storage, and real-time fast response to supply fluctuations. Researchers modeled these program designs using 2014 data from the PJM and MISO markets. The researchers also modeled these programs using projected prices and energy resources in MISO in 2028 to determine the economic and environmental potential of electric water heaters to provide energy services to the grid in the future. 

Source: The Brattle Group; co-funded by PLMA, NRECA, and NRDC
Type: Report with Web Recording



November 2018

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 slides.
Click here to view the report.

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

 

White Paper: Multi-User Microgrid Deploymente4future cover

Multi-User Microgrids: Obstacles to Development and Recommendations for Advancement, published with support from E4TheFuture, explores seven key barriers limiting multi-user microgrid development, as well as potential solutions. The paper focuses primarily on the northeast United States. “We believe this is an important contribution to the limited literature pertaining to multi-user microgrids,” said Professor Kira Fabrizio of the Questrom School of Business at Boston University, the principal investigator for BU’s Institute of Sustainable Energy on this research.

Source: E4TheFuture
Type: White paper

 

 

 


October 2018

Working Together! A Joint Connected Devices/DER Integration Interest Group DiscussionPLMA

This Web discussion will bring together a panel of experts to share their experiences and best practices in selecting the right vendor and solution for a Distributed Energy Resource Management System DERMS. The growth and adoption of distributed energy resources (DER), renewables, microgrids, and other local energy resources is accelerating at an unprecedented rate. Energy companies are looking for more effective software solutions to help them manage this growth and to operate the grid to better take advantage of these devices. However, the software landscape is in flux with a myriad of solutions that each seem to have a differing view as to what really makes up a distributed energy resource management system (DERMS). You can shift the odds to your favor by adopting leading practices for software selection and laying a solid foundation for the selection through proper selection preparation.

Source: Interest Group Discussion with Justin Chamberlain, CPS Energy; Poorima Eber, National Grid; Rich Barone, Hawaiian Electric; John Powers, Extensible Energy; and Matt Carlson, Aquanta
Type: Webinar Recording

 

Women in Demand Management Group Discussion on DSM FinanceWomen DSM Finance

Features a conversation about DSM finance with economist Erin Boyd, PhD (Senior VP, Apparent; formerly of PG&E) and rate advisor Allison Hamilton, MBA (Senior Principal, NRECA; formerly of Pepco). Hear about challenges and opportunities facing DSM today from the finance perspective. Get the inside scoop on two fascinating careers. Bolster your knowledge and understanding of how the finance side of DSM works.

Source: Interest Group Discussion with Erin Boyd, Apparent; Allison Hamilton, NRECA and Lenore Zeuthen, Zeuthen Management Solutions
Type: Webinar Recording

 

Integrated Demand-Side Management – The Next FrontierAESP PLMA

In response to rapid changes to grid conditions and policy mandates, utilities and implementers are beginning to embrace far broader applications of energy efficiency and demand response programs. This embrace is necessitating taking a more integrated approach to how these programs are designed and delivered according to the marketplace conditions that we face today. According to the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, integrated demand-side management (IDSM) is a strategic approach that helps in designing and delivering a portfolio of demand side management (DSM) programs to customers. While DSM programs have been in place for many years, the IDSM concept is only now beginning to pick up steam and is receiving a significant amount of attention.

Source: Webinar hosted by AESP and PLMA featuring Mary Ann Piette, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; Shira Horowitz, Con Edison; Michael Goldman, Eversource; and Richard Aslin, Pacific Gas & Electric
Type: Webinar Recording

 

 

September 2018

The Future of Distributed Energy ResourcesPLMA

This roundtable of demand response practitioners from EEI member utilities will explore how the current Demand Response, Energy Efficiency, and Renewable Energy activities of utilities fit in a Distributed Energy Resources (DER) future of integrated DSM, non-wires alternatives, storage and more? This discussion will offer diverse practitioner perspectives on how Distributed Energy Resources, as an umbrella term, is evolving from: DER 1.0 for Peak Load Emergencies; DER 2.0 for Market/System Economics; DER 3.0 for Operational Management.

Source: Presentation at EEI Strategic Issues Roundtable with Paul Miles, PECO; Eduardo Guerra, Consolidated Edison; Ed Thomas, PLMA
Type: Presentation

Distributed Energy Resource Management System Software SelectionDER Management Systems

This Web discussion will bring together a panel of experts to share their experiences and best practices in selecting the right vendor and solution for a Distributed Energy Resource Management System DERMS. The growth and adoption of distributed energy resources (DER), renewables, microgrids, and other local energy resources is accelerating at an unprecedented rate. Energy companies are looking for more effective software solutions to help them manage this growth and to operate the grid to better take advantage of these devices. However, the software landscape is in flux with a myriad of solutions that each seem to have a differing view as to what really makes up a distributed energy resource management system (DERMS). You can shift the odds to your favor by adopting leading practices for software selection and laying a solid foundation for the selection through proper selection preparation.

Source: PLMA Interest Group Discussion with Rich Barone, Hawaiian Electric; Jim Musilek, North Carolina EMC; Derek Kirchner, DTE Energy; Lee Hall, Bonneville Power Administration; Paul Wassink, National Grid and Jon Brown, Skipping Stone
Type: Webinar Recording

Distributed Energy Resource Integration ChallengesDER Integration

This online discussion will explore how Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) pose unique opportunities and challenges for distribution system planners and operators, emerging technology teams, and program managers alike. Often lacking a common nomenclature, all parties struggle to understand and define the benefits delivered and costs imposed by the increasing assortment of DERs being deployed on both sides of the meter. This discussion will start with a framing discussion by Kelsey Horowitz of NREL, whose recent work includes development of a cost/benefit framework for PV integration into utility distribution systems. That introduction will be followed by perspectives from Interest Group participants who will identify some of the challenges, opportunities and forward-looking concepts on DER technology, communications and control, and customer engagement.

Source: Interest Group Discussion with Kelsey Horowitz, NREL; Rich Barone, Hawaiian Electric; John Power, Extensible Energy; and Matt Carlson, Aquanta
Type: Webinar Recording

International Interest Group UpdateIntenrational interest

This webinar features Ross Malme, Skipping Stone Partner and Scott Coe, Principal at GridOptimize for an online discussion with Camila Schoti head of Regulatory and Government Affairs at Eneva and Director of the Energy Division at the Federation of Industries of the State of Sao Paulo for a lively conversation on the launch of the demand response market in Brazil. Camila will discuss the structure of the wholesale and retail electricity markets in Brazil, the drivers behind the launch of the DR market and plans for industrial customer participation in the market.

Source: Interest group update featuring Scott Coe, GridOptimize; Ross Malme, Skipping Stone; and Camila Schoti, Eneva
Type: Webinar Recording

 

August 2018

Reinventing Demand Response with DERsSEPA

Over the past few decades, the term “demand response” has typically represented older, more traditional forms of load reduction programs. As more renewable and distributed energy resources continue to come online, there is a growing need to balance supply and demand on the grid to support grid stability and reliability. Key players in the industry are exploring the ability of demand response to respond to fluctuations and over-generation along the grid. This webinar will highlight key insights from the 2018 Demand Response Market Snapshot, dive deeper into Arizona Public Services’ reverse demand response efforts, highlight research on DR renewable integration from Navigant, and explore the potential expanding role of DR in the ISO/RTO markets.

Source: Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Type: Webinar Recording

ComEd's Peak Time Savings ProgramComEd LM Dialogue Cover

ComEd's Peak Time Savings (PTS) is an opt-in behavioral DR program offered to residential customers with smart meters. PTS, which has been operational for three summers since 2015, is a first-of-its-kind program to be offered in the Midwest, paying participants for voluntarily reducing consumption during summer Peak Time Savings Hours when electricity demand is typically high. PTS enrollment began in the fall of 2014 with approximately 20,000 customers enrolling in the first 90 days, resulting in one of the most successful program launches in ComEd's history. Since then, enrollment has risen to upwards of 230,000 customers, with more than 250,000 expected to participate in the summer of 2018. Not only is the program cost-effective, but market research has also confirmed significant customer satisfaction.

Source: PLMA Load Management Dialogue with Brian Kirchman, ComEd; Alan Mellovitz, Accenture; and Dain Nestel, ecobee
Type: Webinar Recording

 

July 2018

Practitioner Perspectives on Key AMI IssuesAMI Cover - Michael Brown Presentation

PLMA Chair, Michael Brown, represented PLMA at an AMI Roundtable in June in Colombia. This presentation highlights AMI policy goals from various stakeholder perspectives. The Colombia Energy Regulatory Commission (CREG) was tasked in January of 2018 to develop AMI regulations for release in January of 2019.

Source: AMI Roundtable - Bogotá, Colombia - Ministerio de Minas y Energiá, GOC Working Group for Integration of Variable Renewable Energy, USAID, USEA, NREL
Type: PowerPoint Presentation

Nest's Solar Eclipse Rush Hour Rewards ProgramNests LM Dialogue Cover

Nest achieved unprecedented consumer engagement in its Rush Hour Rewards program during the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 by recruiting 750,000 Nest devices to shift 700 MW of cumulative demand. During the eclipse, many grid operators predicted that solar energy production would be reduced by as much as 9,000 MW. Nest launched a wide-reaching marketing campaign to recruit customers to reduce their cooling energy use during the eclipse by opting into a special Rush Hour Rewards event with just one click on their Nest Learning Thermostat. The number of customers who participated is unparalleled in any other demand response program to date. The success of this campaign demonstrates that consumer-friendly, multi-channel marketing campaigns coupled with a simplified one-click opt-in experience can drive consumer engagement significantly to manage energy load.

Source: PLMA Load Management Dialogue with Aaron Berndt, Google and Nicholas Corsetti, National Grid and PLMA Award Planning Group Chair
Type: Webinar Recording

The Grid-Connected HomePLMA logo

This webinar examines how connected devices with two-way communications enable a resident's home to no longer be viewed as a passive load, but as a collection of grid-interactive assets that can be orchestrated to improve grid operations and customer engagement. Beyond home appliances, the webinar also delves into the drivers behind the rapidly growing residential solar-plus-storage market. Q1 2018 sees almost as much residential storage deployed as in all of 2017

Source: Joint webinar with Green Tech Media and PLMA featuring Fei Wang, Grid Edge; Brett Simon, Energy Storage; Olivia Patterson, Opinion Dynamics and Connected Devices Group Co-chair; and Justin Chamberlain, CPS Energy and Connected Devices Group Co-chair
Type: Webinar Recording

 
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