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PLMA Member Update, February 2017

Posted By Ed Thomas, PLMA, Monday, February 27, 2017


PLMA Member Update
being sent as both blog post and group email]

To: All PLMA Member Organization Staff 
Subject: Member Update,  February 2017

This is a monthly update on PLMA activities for all individuals from member organizations listed at This is being sent as a bulk email and is also a Community blog post at  

Pipeline - current member count is 129 organizations
- New Members: Sunverge, LTR as Advisory; Enernex, CaSA, Seven States Power Corporation as Associate
- Member Changes: Safeplug changed to MindsWorth Center for Technology Innovation; Weatherbug changed to Whisker Labs
- New Conf. Sponsors: ecobee, Whisker Labs as Gold; SEPA as Silver

Education Strategic Vision Team.  Mark Martinez, SCE and Christine Riker, Energy Solutions have accepted as co-chairs to replace Michael Brown. NV Energy will host next training at NV Energy the week of May 8; DR Markets will be presented from 1 pm on Monday, May 8 to 12 noon, May 10, and DR Program Design and Implementation will be presented from 1pm Wednesday, May 10 to 12 noon on Friday, May 12.  Details at

Thermostat Interest Group.  Justin Chamberlin, CPS Energy and Olivia Patterson, Opinion Dynamics have agreed to become the new co-chairs to replace Lee Hamilton, Xcel Energy and Jenny Roehm, Schneider Electric.

36th Conference in Cambridge on Nov. 13-15, 2017.  Signed Hyatt Cambridge contract and event website is live at

Women in DM Interest Group Mentoring.  The Group is helping to plan a webinar with Customer Engagement group and a pre-conference workshop in Nashville with Retail Pricing group.  

Energy Evaluation Conference, August, Baltimore.  IEPEC has invited Ed Thomas to moderate a DR Session with presenters they selected from National Grid, Navigant and Ontario ISO.  

Nice Press from greentechmedia on recent Calif Study Dialogue at and Utility Dive at

ULME. Based on survey results, ULME will charge a $100 registration fee to help cover costs and reduce vendor participation for their Nashville post-conference meeting.

35th Conference in Nashville on April 3-5.  Agenda now online and over 70 already registered. 15 session reviewers (most ever) participated in agenda planning.  In response to a Conference Planning Group recommendation and support from past conference sponsors, PLMA Leadership has directed staff to produce a Sponsor Party as a Tuesday evening networking event from 7-9pm which will be open to all conference registrants at no additional cost compliments of all Conference sponsors. The party will be within walking distance of the hotel with open bar and a menu of “heavy” hors‘ oeuvres and entertainment to be determined in consultation with the Platinum-level sponsors.

Jan. 26 - Over 200 registered for DR Dialogue on Calif DR Potentials Study with Mark Martinez, Neda Oreizy, PG&E; and Jennifer Potter, LBNL 
Jan. 27 - Financial Management Strategic Team call

Jan. 31 - Over 70 RSVP'd for 
Member Meet-up at Distributech, San Diego 
Feb. 2 – Ed Thomas co-chaired 2 sessions in his role as Planning Committee member at Distributech, San Diego
Feb 9 - Over 150 registered for DR Dialogue on FERC DR Assessment Report with Michael Lee & David Kathan, FERC, and Rich Philip, Duke Energy 
Feb. 15 - Over 15 RSVP'd for Member Meet-up at AESP National Conference, Orlando
Feb. 27 - PLMA Member Meet-up at ACEEE Hot Water Forum, Portland
Mar. 9 - Women in DM Update with Customer Engagement Interest Group

April 3-5 – 35th PLMA Conference, Nashville
May 8-12 - PLMA Training Series, Las Vegas, Nevada
Aug 8-10 – IEPEC Evaluators Conference, Baltimore; Ed to moderate session
Nov. 13-15, 36th PLMA Conference, Cambridge, Mass 

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