Evolution of Demand Response to Distributed Energy Resources (DER)


Fundamentals of DER and the Path Forward

Instructor: Ed Thomas

Subjects: Utilities: Electrical Distribution, Utilities: DER

Length: 5 weeks


Developed In Partnership With PLMA, DISTRIBUTECH and POWERGRID International

This course explains how today’s demand response initiatives are evolving to interact with an emerging future with distributed energy resources for peak load management and much more.

Learning objectives will include:
1. Articulate a common, descriptive language for describing the evolution of demand response as seen through the eyes of industry leaders
2. Explain the current state of the fundamental market principles and technology enabling demand response initiatives today
3. Compare and contrast how demand response programs perform relative to energy efficiency, thermal/battery storage, and renewable energy initiatives
4. Introduce examples of portfolio design strategies and implementation tactics to address the challenges of a fading boundary between bulk power exchange and retail electricity usage
5. Detail free and low-cost resources to learn more about topics and initiatives discussed

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Self Paced Online Course

You can begin this online course instantly upon enrollment. Get access to all of the course materials as soon as you enroll. The instructor-led session will begin on the scheduled start date. During the session dates the instructor will be in the course answering questions on the discussion board. After the instructor-led session ends, you'll continue to have access to all of the course materials for a full year and can complete the course at your own pace.

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Ed Thomas

Executive Director, Peak Load Management Association (PLMA)

Ed Thomas is Executive Director of UtilityExchange.org. PLMA contracted with UtilityExchange.org in 2012 and Ed has served as PLMA's Executive Director since January 2013. UtilityExchange.org provides association management, strategic consultation, and tactical event production to help enhance learning and networking among energy and water utilities, government...[more]

Course Outline

Demand Response Fundamentals & Technology Overview

Wholesale Power Markets Design & How Demand Response Fits In

Portfolio Development

Program Design and Implementation

Evaluation, Measurement & Verification

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