Grid-Interactive Electric Water Heaters Become Focus for Peak Load Management Alliance
VALLEJO, CA, Aug 12, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) --
The Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) has announced that Gary
Connett of Great River Energy is leading the formation of PLMA's
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. When
equipped with a grid-interactive control, a large-capacity, electric
thermal storage water heater becomes a "battery" for storing electric
energy and has the ability to follow locational marginal prices,
better integrate renewable energy, and provide fast regulation
"The benefits of this important technology aren't well understood, as
evidences by recent Department of Energy efforts to restrict or ban
large-capacity electric resistance water heaters," said Gary Connett.
"This group will show that electric resistance water heaters can be a
very useful tool to optimize energy use and increase efficiency in
the home and on the electric grid." Connett is Director of Demand
Side Management and Member Services for Great River Energy, a
not-for-profit electric generation and transmission cooperative which
provides wholesale electricity to 28 member distribution cooperatives
in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
"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," said 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 Group's first initiative will be a half-day workshop on October
31 after the 14th PLMA Fall Conference in Atlanta. Details are
available now at www.peaklma.org.
About the Peak Load Management Alliance. The Peak Load Management
Alliance (PLMA) was founded in 1999 as the national voice of demand
response practitioners. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to
the principles of demand side management, load shaping, and the
integration of energy efficiency and demand response. Its membership
represents a diverse collection of utilities, curtailment service
providers, service and technology companies, industry consultants,
and consumers. PLMA strives to be an advocate of critical energy
management initiatives -- providing a community of expertise within a
rapidly changing energy landscape. Details at www.peaklma.org.
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SOURCE: Peak Load Management Alliance
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