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PLMA Member Update, September 2017

Posted By Ed Thomas, PLMA, Thursday, September 28, 2017
Updated: Thursday, September 28, 2017


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

To:          Member Organization Staff
Subject: Member Update, September 2017


1.  Make plans to attend the 36th PLMA Conference in Cambridge.  The agenda and list of who have registered is at

2. Consider who in your organization should attend the upcoming PLMA Demand Response Training courses in San Francisco, Brooklyn, and Cambridge, and alert them to the training course details at 

Pipeline - current member count is 128 organizations
- New Members: Tacoma Power and Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association as Advisory
- Lost Members: Sequentric
- New Fall Conference Sponsors: CPower as Gold; Honeywell as Silver 

Strategic Vision 2019.  PLMA's officers and executive committee met in Indianapolis on Sept. 23-24 to review achievements and set goals for 2018-2019 planning horizon.

Education Planning. Co-chairs Mark Martinez and Christine Riker will present an Oct. 5 Dialogue to introduce the concept for the DR Evolution workshop series set for Sept. 26 in Portland, Oct. 25 in San Francisco, and Nov. 13 in Cambridge.  Registration is also open for a week-long DR Training Series on Oct. 16-20 training in Brooklyn, NY co-hosted by Orange & Rockland Utilities and EnergyHub. Details at

36th/Cambridge Conference.  Over 150 have registered already (see list at and the lodging block at Hyatt is over 50% filled. Staff will introduce an event app as an alternative/complement to the printed program, as well as posting a printable .pdf that can be downloaded. Name badge style is being updated, and will include the overview agenda on the back.

Meet-ups. Customer Engagement Co-chairs Andrea Simmonsen and Sharyn Barata co-facilitated breakfast discussion at E Source Forum on Sept. 15.

Thought Leadership.  This month's additions to the online PLMA Resource Directory include: Demand Response Advanced Controls Framework and Assessment of Enabling Technology Costs from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and a DR Dialogue recording of Hot Topics and Emerging Issues featuring a conversation between Brett Feldman and Paul Miles that included a preview of the not-yet-published SEPA DR Snapshots.  Email your proposed resource directory description and materials to by the 10th of the month for inclusion in the monthly update. 

Aug. 23-24 - Strategic Vision 2019 Planning Retreat, Indianapolis
Aug. 31 - Dialogue: PJM's DR Strategy
Sept. 7 – 
Dialogue: Hot Topics and Emerging Issues with Brett Feldman
Sept. 15 - Member Meet-up @ E Source Forum, Denver
Sept. 21 - Dialogue: Alectra Utilities’ Advantage Power Pricing
Sept 26 - DR Evolution course, Portland
Oct. 5 - Dialogue: DR Evolution with Mark, Wendy, and Christine
Oct. 16-20 - PLMA Training courses, Brooklyn
Oct. 25, DR Evolution course, San Francisco
Nov. 13- DR Evolution course, Cambridge
Nov. 13-15 - 36th PLMA Conference, Cambridge
Jan. 23 - Member Meet-up @ Distributech 2018, San Antonio
Jan. 23-25 - Distributech 2018, San Antonio
April 16-18, 2018 - 37th PLMA Conference, Coronado, Calif.

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