PLMA Resources Directory | 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

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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

March 2021   


Full House: Residential DR Retention and Recruitment Strategies and Challenges

March 2021 hot topics

It has been a wild and wooly year for managing residential demand response programs. In addition to normal program management we have had the additional challenges of our customers and ourselves having to shelter-in-place, as well as the difficulty predicting changes in customer behavior this new normal brings.

Join the Customer Engagement Interest Group to learn more about challenges your utility peers have faced and some of the approaches they have taken to keep their programs fully subscribed and delivering results while customers’ homes are more fully occupied.

Source: PLMA Customer Engagement Interest Group
Type: Webinar  

 

DERs in the New Energy Economy

DERs in new economy

Woods Mackenzie estimates the U.S. could have up to 380GW of DERs connected to the grid as soon as 2025. This represents tens of millions of DERs entering the ecosystem across many DER asset classes including EV-to-grid and grid-to-EV charging and interconnection, smart solar inverters, energy storage, microgrids, and many other intelligent devices.

Together, these will create potentially billions of DER-to-grid transactions. One likely result will be the need for a new transaction infrastructure. Join our moderator, PLMA Secretary Joe Childs of Eaton, PLMA's Global Load Management Co-Chair Ross Malme, and our special guest speakers to explore what this infrastructure might be, its benefits, and challenges.

Source: PLMA Load Management Dialogue featuring Peter Kelly-Detwiler, NorthBridge Energy Partners; Rick Kornfeld, Kitu Systems; Bob Manning, Avangrid; Tony Johnson, SCE; and Ross Malme of Bowen Capital Advisors
Type: Webinar  

 

 

February 2021   


Energy Trends to Watch in 2021

2021 Trends

According to Utility Dive, 2020 has so far not led to a calmer 2021, but if January 2020 taught us anything, it's that the first days of a new year may not always be a sign of what's to come.

In this discussion, Michael Brown and Catherine Morehouse will discuss Utility Dive's interviews with power sector experts who are tentatively predicting big changes for the year ahead. Join us to learn what we might expect from the new administration, and how its approach will potentially affect policymakers, regulators, utilities, and other stakeholders.

CLICK HERE to read Utility Dive's 2021 Outlook: 10 Power Sector Trends to Watch.

Source: PLMA Load Management Dialogue featuring Michael Brown of NV Energy and Catherine Morehouse of Utility Dive
Type: Webinar  

 

Con Edison's Demand Rate Pilots

Hot topic

Con Edison’s Demand Rate pilot programs have been testing new rate structures made possible with the implementation of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). Smart meters offer customers choices that can lead to savings, and can also help make electricity distribution more responsive and reliable.

Join us to learn about Con Edison's preliminary results from these pilots with our guest speakers, Rebecca Roberts, a Section Manager with Con Edison's Utility of the Future Group and Eric Van Orden, Director of Sales and Business Development with Copper Labs.

Source: PLMA Retail Pricing Interest Group
Type: Webinar  

 

Energy and Data Management for EVs

Energy and Data Management

With the electric vehicle industry growing exponentially, it is expected to become a major revenue generator for utilities all over the world. As a result, utilities are beginning to explore opportunities to offer end-to-end EV charging solutions to commercial businesses and homeowners, which will enable them to assume a more significant role in the e-mobility industry.

In this Dialogue, our guest speaker, Driivz CEO Doron Frenkel will demonstrate how, by owning as well as managing EV chargers and the EV owner relationship, utilities can gain maximum visibility of the availability and stability of the charger network, real-time control of demand response, and also be able to optimize energy management for depot/home charging.

Source: PLMA Load Management Dialogue featuring Doron Frenkel of Driivz, and the Global Load Management Interest Group Co-Chairs
Type: Webinar  

 

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

 
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