in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

The Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA), a nonprofit organization focused on energy management initiatives, has announced the formation of its Grid-Interactive Electric Water Heating Interest Group.

Grid-interactive water heating is the emerging consensus term describing high-speed, two-way communication between the electric water heating appliance and the electric utility, balancing authority, independent system operator or aggregation entity, the PLMA explains. When equipped with a grid-interactive control, a large-capacity, electric thermal storage water heater can become a "battery" for storing electric energy and has the ability to follow locational marginal prices, better integrate renewable energy, and provide fast regulation service.

"This new PLMA interest group will provide a focused platform for information sharing and market development efforts in order to move grid-interactive water heating technologies from pilot project to market introduction," says PLMA Chairman Paul Tyno of REGEN Energy. "The topic may not be as sexy as electric vehicles or Web-enabled thermostats, but PLMA sees a critical market need to raise the visibility for this niche opportunity and its potential to deliver energy storage and smart grid optimization."

The PLMA has chosen Gary Connet to lead the new group's formation. Connet is the director of demand-side management and member services for Great River Energy, a cooperative that provides wholesale electricity to 28 member distribution cooperatives in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The new group's first initiative will be a half-day workshop on Oct. 31 after the 14th PLMA Fall Conference in Atlanta.




Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
Latest Top Stories

USDA Invests $1.4 Billion To Boost Rural Grids Around The Country

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced more loan guarantees for rural power companies and renewable energy firms in 21 states.


SPP Raises Concerns About EPA's Proposed Clean Power Plan

Stakeholders around the U.S. are mulling over the Environmental Protection Agency's blueprint to cut emissions from existing power plants. The Southwest Power Pool has released its assessment of the plan.


Comverge, Constellation To Merge Demand Response Businesses

The two companies have announced a deal to combine their DR operations serving commercial and industrial customers and establish a new, standalone entity.


Grid-Scale Energy Storage Continues Making Inroads

A new report from Navigant Research highlights the biggest markets and most popular technologies for grid-scale energy storage.


Demand Response And Renewables Help SDG&E Tackle Record-Breaking Heat Wave

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) recorded peak demand records last week and relied heavily on energy conservation, as well as imported wind and solar power, to keep the lights on.

S&C Electric_id176
Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
edf_id180