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Member Update, May 2017

Posted By Administration, 4 hours ago

Member Update
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To: PLMA Member Organization Staff
Subject: Member Update, May 2017

ACTION ITEMS:
1. Consider submitting session proposal before June 5 for 36th PLMA Conference (details at www.peakload.org/?page=36thCall).

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Pipeline - current member count is 128 organizations
- New Members: FleetCarma, Hydro One Networks, and Ecova as Associate
- Upgraded Members: Orange and Rockland Utilities, and Tendril to Sustaining 
- Lost members: Murata Energy Solutions, Nature and People First; Power Over Time; UC Berkeley; UC Davis; UNC Charlotte 
- New Conference Sponsors: Many; listed at www.peakload.org/?page=36thConfSponsorList

Training Series at NV Energy.  The value of presenting the DR Markets course adjacent to the DR Program Design and Implementation course at a utility location was further validated last week.  Planning is underway to present the courses again this fall with several utilities expressing interest in being the host.  If your utility is interested in hosting the courses in return for complimentary passes, email Tiger at tadolf@peakload.org

Thought Leadership Planning Group. Group page launched at www.peakload.org/group/Thought.  All PLMA member organizations are encouraged to designate a group member to help guide activities that include: speakers bureau; white papers; webcasts; and resource directory submissions.  This group will be reviewing resource directory submissions prior to publication and speaker requests as received.  Newest additions to the Resource Directory at www.peakload.org/page/ResourceDirectory are:
- AEP Indiana Michigan Power's DR Service Emergency Program recording
DR Practitioner Implications in Utility Dive's State of the Electric Utility Report recording
35th PLMA Conference, Nashville, Tennessee presentations 
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Explicit Demand Response In Europe - Mapping the Markets 2017

 

35th/Nashville ConferenceOverview video is posted at 36th event site; conference photos and presentation slides are posted at www.peakload.org/?page=Resources35thPLMA which is accessible to all PLMA members regardless of whether they attended the conference.  The home page slideshow has been updated at www.peakload.org.       

36th/Cambridge Conference.  The Conference Planning Group met prior to the call for presenters launch and notes are at www.peakload.org/group/ConPlanAll PLMA member organizations and Interest Groups are encouraged to designate a representative to help guide agenda content development and score session proposals.

37th/San Diego. Hotel del Coronado will be the site of the conference on April 16-20, 2018.  Details to follow the Cambridge event.

Calendar 
April 20 - Dialogue: UtilityDive Industry Survey
May 4 – Dialogue: AEP Indiana Michigan Power's DR Service Emergency Program 
May 4 - June 5 - Conducting 36th Conference Call for Presenters 
May 8-12 - PLMA DR Training Series, Las Vegas
May 18 - DER Integration Group Discussion with Rich Barone and John Powers and Alectra/Sunverge
May 25 - Dialogue: City of New York's Municipal Demand Response Program 

June 1 - Dialogue: Central Hudson Gas & Electric's Peak Perks Program 
June 15 - Member Meetup Online: Insight from Leading-Edge DR Research "rebroadcast" of Nashville panel 
June 28 - Dialogue: Natural Gas Peak Load Management with Southern California Gas, EnergyHub and ecobee 
July 13 – Dialogue: Portland General Electric & AutoGrid for Pricing and Peak Time Rebate Program 
July 20 – Dialogue: Target Corporation's Demand Side Energy Program 
July 25-27 - SEPA Grid Evolution Summit, Wash DC (confirmed for breakfast meet-up)
Aug. 3 – Dialogue: KCP&L and Nest for the KCP&L Thermostat Program
Aug 8-10 – IEPEC Evaluators Conference, Baltimore; Ed Thomas to moderate session
Sept. 7 – Dialogue: Brett Feldman
Sept. 14 - Dialogue: Alectra Utilities’ Advantage Power Pricing 
Nov. 13-15, 36th PLMA Conference, Cambridge, Mass 
April 16-18, 2018, 37th PLMA Conference, San Diego 


 

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PLMA Member Update, April 2017

Posted By Ed Thomas, PLMA, Thursday, April 27, 2017

 

PLMA Member Update

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

This is a monthly update on PLMA activities for all individuals from member organizations listed at www.peakload.org/?page=MemberDirectory. This is being sent as a bulk email and is also a Community blog post at www.peakload.org/blogpost/1512926/PLMA-Member-Update.  
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Pipeline - current member count is 134 organizations
- New Members: Omnetric and Scope Services as Advisory; Jackson EMC as Associate
- New Fall Conference Sponsors: See list at 36th Sponsor List

35th/Nashville Conference. Presentation slides and photos are now available behind your username/password at www.peakload.org/?page=Resources35thPLMA. Nice news coverage by Greentechmedia and SEPA at www.peakload.org/news/

36th/Cambridge Conference. Preliminary details now at www.peakload.org/event/36thConf. Call for presenters will launch on May 4.

37th/San Diego. Seeking proposals from San Diego metro area hotels for April 2018 event based on host utility interest from San Diego Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison. 

Website Mobile Application. Colors on member-facing side of our website now align with public-facing colors. A mobile phone application called SocialLink is now available for download at Apple App Store and Google Play. When you login to the generic SocialLink application with your PLMA username/password you will see a customized splashpage called PLMAlink. 

BYOT White Paper.  Call for abstracts and details on this new PLMA Thought Leadership Group initiative in cooperation with Thermostat Interest Group is at www.peakload.org/?page=BYOTPaperCall

Calendar
April 3-5 – 236 attended 35th PLMA Conference, Nashville; slides and photos at www.peakload.org/?page=Resources35thPLMA
April 20 - Over 140 RSVP'd for Dialogue: Michael Brown with Gavin Bade, UtilityDive on what exec. survey results means for DR practitioners
May 4 – Dialogue: Scott Shudick and Michael Weinstein with Dain Nestel on AEP Indiana Michigan Power Company's Demand Response Service Emergency Program 
May 8-12 - PLMA DR Training Series, Las Vegas: DR Markets May 8-10; DR Program Design and Implementation May 10-12
May 18 - DER Integration Group Discussion with Rich Barone and John Powers 
May 25 - Dialogue: Sergey Shabalin and Leonid Zolotarev with Nick Corsetti on City of New York's Municipal Demand Response Program 
June 1 - Dialogue: Mark Sclafani with Nick Corsetti on Central Hudson Gas & Electric's Peak Perks Program 
June 28 - Dialogue: Natural Gas Peak Load Management with Southern California Gas, EnergyHub and ecobee 
July 13 – Dialogue: Josh Keeling and Amit Narayan with Paul Miles on Portland General Electric & AutoGrid for Pricing and Peak Time Rebate Program 
July 20 – Dialogue: David Johnson with Dain Nestel on Target Corporation's Demand Side Energy Program 
Aug. 3 – Dialogue: Tyson Brown and Jeffrey Hamel with Nick Corsetti on KCP&L and Nest for the KCP&L Thermostat Program
Aug 8-10 – IEPEC Evaluators Conference, Baltimore; Ed to moderate session
Sept. 7 – Dialogue: Brett Feldman with Paul Miles on Brett Feldman
Sept. 14 - Dialogue: Daniel Carr with Paul Miles on Alectra Utilities’ Advantage Power Pricing 
Nov. 13-15, 36th PLMA Conference, Cambridge, Mass 
April 2018, 37th PLMA Conference, San Diego (tentative)

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PLMA Member Update, March 2017

Posted By Ed Thomas, PLMA, Tuesday, March 21, 2017

 

PLMA Member Update

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

 

This is a monthly update on PLMA activities for all individuals from member organizations listed at www.peakload.org/?page=MemberDirectory. This is being sent as a bulk email and is also a Community blog post at www.peakload.org/blogpost/1512926/PLMA-Member-Update.  
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ACTION STEP:  Review 2016 PLMA Annual Activity Report to Members at www.peakload.org/?page=2016Report

Pipeline - member count is 131 organizations
- New Members:EnerNOC and RF Demand Solutions as Advisory
- Member Upgrade: AutoGrid to Advisory
- New Conference Sponsors:Franklin Energy Group as Platinum; Whisker Labs and CLEAResult upgrade from Gold to Platinum; EnerNOC as Silver

Award Program. Winners notified and will be announced in Nashville. 

Nashville Conference. Registrations are over 200 people; see list at www.peakload.org/?page=NashvilleAttend. Sold out our Hilton room block (largest ever) and no other hotel offered an overflow rate. Swingin Door Saloon confirmed as Monday reception location (just 1/2 block from hotel with a private upstairs/patio). George Jones Museum is venue for Tuesday night's OffPeak Nashville Sponsor Party with private museum access and 2 bands in public spaces.

Education Retreat. Initiative renamed Education Planning Group... patterned after Conference Planning Group. Nashville pre-conference session on April 3 will be a "focus group" to help guide future education efforts.

Calendar
Feb. 15 - Over 15 RSVPs for Member Meet-up at AESP National Conference, Orlando, Fla.
Feb. 27 - 7 RSVP'ed for ACEE Hot Water Forum Member Meet-up, Portland, Ore.
Mar. 9 - Over 70 for Women in DM with Customer Engagement webcast
Mar. 16 - Over 40 for Member Meet-up online with Rich Philip and Christine Riker
April 3-5 –35th PLMA Conference, Nashville
May 8-12 - PLMA DR Training Series, Las Vegas
Aug 8-10 – IEPEC Evaluators Conference, Baltimore; Ed Thomas to moderate session
Nov. 13-15 - 36th PLMA Conference, Cambridge, Mass

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PLMA Member Update, February 2017

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

 

PLMA Member Update
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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 www.peakload.org/?page=MemberDirectory. This is being sent as a bulk email and is also a Community blog post at www.peakload.org/blogpost/1512926/PLMA-Member-Update.  
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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 www.peakload.org/?page=Training

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 www.peakload.org/event/36thconf

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 www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/how-california-can-shape-shift-and-shimmy-to-demand-response and Utility Dive at www.utilitydive.com/news/shape-shimmy-shed-renewables-are-revamping-drs-future-value-in-californ/435215/

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.

Calendar
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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PLMA Member Update, January 2017

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

 

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

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

This is a monthly update on PLMA activities for all individuals from member organizations listed at www.peakload.org/?page=MemberDirectory. This is being sent as a bulk email and is also a Community blog post at www.peakload.org/blogpost/1512926/PLMA-Member-Update.  
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Pipeline - current member count is 124 organizations
- New Members: Indianapolis Power & Light as Advisory; Oglethorpe Power and Bidgely asAssociate; Good Cents changed to Franklin Energy Group
- Upgraded Members:Energy Solutions to Advisory
- New Board Members: Cole Willis, Indianapolis P&L
- New Conf. Sponsors: TVA as Platinum; EnergyHub as Gold; Landis+Gyr and Honeywell as Silver.

Member Orientation Video Rollout.  Staff recorded 2 brief videos to orient member organization staff at  www.peakload.org/default.asp?page=Orientation

Spring Conference Planning. 55 presentation submissions were scored last week (compared to 40 for Delray; 45 for San Francisco; and 34 for Charlotte) by 15 Conference Planning Group members ahead of on-site Conference Planning Meeting yesterday.  Agenda will be announced in early February.

Fall Conference Venue Selected. Contract signed to meet at Hyatt in Cambridge, Mass. (i.e. across river from Boston) on Nov. 13-15, 2017.  

14th Awards Program. Call for nominations underway through Feb. 13. Details at www.peakload.org/?page=Awardnom2016.

DistribuTECH PresencePLMA member organization staff are invited to a free Meet-Up Breakfast on Tuesday, Jan. 31.  Details at www.peakload.org/event/Distributech2017.  Executive Director is moderating a session featuring DTE, Gulf Power and KCPL co-chaired by Bob Donaldson, Duke Energy; and co-chairing another session on Storage. PLMA will be listed on Convention Center signage as an Association Partner.

Resource Directory. Added updates from FERC and NARUC Reports.

YourMembership Website Provider. After much back-and-forth, our association management system providers agreed to "rollback" their new Daily Digest feature introduced over Christmas holidays and let us know before they re-introduce.

Calendar
Dec. 15 - Over 150 registrants for DR Dialogue on NARUC Manual with Chris Villareal, Minn PUC and John Powers.
Jan. 5 - Over 200 registrants for DR Dialogue on DRMS panel with Brett Feldman, Diana Breziner, and Sarah Chatterjee with Utility Dive article at www.utilitydive.com/news/as-utilities-turn-to-cloud-based-dr-platforms-cybersecurity-is-key-concern/433750/)
Jan. 26 - Over 200 registrants for DR Dialogue on Calif DR Potentials Study with Mark Martinez, Neda Oreizy, PG&E; and Jennifer Potter, LBNL
Jan. 31, 8:00-9:00am Pacific - PLMA Member Meet-up at Distributech, San Diego
Feb. 13 -Call for Award Nominees ends
April 3-5 -35th PLMA Conference, Nashville, Tenn.
Nov. 13-15, 36th PLMA Conference, Cambridge, Mass
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Member Update, December 2016

Posted By Tiger Adolf, PLMA, Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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

To: All PLMA Member Organization Staff 
Subject: Member Update, December 2016

This is a monthly update on PLMA activities for all individuals from member organizations listed at www.peakload.org/?page=MemberDirectory. This is being sent as a bulk email and is also a Community blog post at www.peakload.org/blogpost/1512926/PLMA-Member-Update.  
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Pipeline - current member count is 122 organizations
- New Members: Advisory: Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (AEP), Snohomish PUD, Crius Energy,  Dairyland Power Cooperative, Direct Energy, Capacity Market Partners; and Associate: Northwestern Rural Electric Cooperative (Penn.), EPRI
- Upgraded Members: Duke Energy and ICF to Sustaining
- Lost Members: MelRok, Rochelle Municipal Utilities 
- New Board Members: George Pohndorf, Snohomish PUD; John Smith, Crius Energy; Nonette Surbaugh, Public Service Co. of Oklahoma; Greg Flege, Dairyland; Ade Dosunmu, Capacity Market Partners; Les Crittenden, Direct Energy
- New At-Large Reps: Laura King, Northwestern REC; Ram Narayanamurthy, EPRI
- 35th Conference Sponsors: Comverge as Platinum; Nest as Gold; Honeywell Smart Energy as Silver
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34th (Delray) Conference Wrap-up.  Photos are updated on PLMA Home Page gallery from those on Resource Page at www.peakload.org/?page=Resources34thPLMA

35th (Nashville) Conference Planning.  Great kick-off meeting with recording and notes on group page at www.peakload.org/group/conplan.  Set on-site planning meeting for Jan. 18 from 9am-12n Central at Nashville Hilton. Launched call for presenters and opened attendee/sponsor registration at www.peakload.org/event/35thconf with a skeleton agenda and pricing same as in Delray. 

Award Program Leadership Transition.  Nick Corsetti, National Grid and Dain Nestel, CLEAResult with Paul Miles, PECO have agreed to take the reins from Brian Solsbee and Ray Pustinger.  Staff has made significant upgrades to the past Award Winners page at www.peakload.org/?page=AwardWinners.

Customer Engagement Group Page launched at www.peakload.org/group/CustomerEngagement

KCPL Dialogue in Utility Dive.  Nice article that piggybacks on our recent Dialogue at http://www.utilitydive.com/news/the-house-becomes-a-battery-inside-kcpls-thermostat-program/431289/
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Calendar
Nov. 17 - DR Dialogue with KCPL and CLEAResult. 
Dec. 8 – Women in DM Update was a 2017 planning discussion.  
Dec. 15 - DR Dialogue on NARUC Manual with Chris Villareal, Minn PUC and John Powers
Jan. 5 - DR Dialogue on DRMS panel with Brett Feldman, Diana Breziner, and Sarah Chatterjee 
Jan. 31 - PLMA Member Meet-up at Distributech, San Diego (reserved upstairs room at Good Yolk Cafe)
April 3-5 - 35th PLMA Conference, Nashville, Tenn. 
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PLMA Member Update, October 2016

Posted By Ed Thomas, PLMA, Thursday, October 27, 2016

PLMA Member Update

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To: All PLMA Member Organization Staff
Subject: Member Update, October 2016


This is a monthly update on PLMA activities for all individuals from member organizations listed at www.peakload.org/?page=MemberDirectory. This is being sent as a bulk email and is also a Community blog post at www.peakload.org/blogpost/1512926/PLMA-Member-Update
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Pipeline - current member count is 113 organizations
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New Members:
    Sustaining: National Grid;
Energy Masters USA
    Advisory: New Brunswick Power, North Carolina Electric Cooperatives, Good Cents, Bristol Tennessee Essential Services
   
Associate:  City of Belmont (Mass.); Zen Ecosystems
- Member upgrades: Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Weatherbug,
Nexant, NTC, Tendril to Advisory; Bonneville Power Admin. to Sustaining
- Lost members: Terralux, Mad Dash, Yardi
- New Board Members: Mike Unum, GE Grid Solutions; Jason Fielder, Energy Masters USA
- New At-Large Rep: James McPhail, Zen Ecosystems 
- New Conference Sponsors: Silver: CPower, Tendril, Sequentric
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Activities
Election Season Update.  Michael Brown of Berkshire Hathaway, NV Energy was elected Vice Chair in the recent special officer election to replace Elody Samuelson of Consumers Energy.  The Executive Committee Election is now underway with nine candidates running for the Committee vacancies.  Board members listed at www.peakload.org/?page=Leadership may vote electronically until Nov. 1 or choose to vote at the Board meeting on Monday Nov. 7 in Delray Beach just before the Fall Conference.

E Source Forum Member Meet-up
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15 RSVP’ed to attend, and Joe Childs handed out member placards to exhibitors along with some fall conference postcards. 

Training Series in St. Louis.  We received terrific reports about student engagement and instructor/mentor bonding regarding the course conducted at Ameren headquarters last month.  Details will be shared at the Board Meeting. 

Fall Conference Planning.  Marriott Delray Beach survived Hurricane Matthew unscathed; latest registrant list of over 170 people is at www.peakload.org/?page=DelrayAttend. Our Marriott room block is full so we've published overflow hotel info on the website. Several agenda changes with Tuesday lunch expanded to 90 minutes. Monday's agenda has been repositioned as pre-conference Interest Group Activities (i.e. don't call them workshops) and clarified that single pre-conference registration allows participation in any/all with those using member/sponsor passes having no extra charge.

Customer Engagement Interest Group.  Andrea Simmonsen, Idaho Power and Sharyn Barata, Opinion Dynamics will explore co-chairing a new group.  Ward Eames, NTC and Joel Schofield, Threshold are interested in formation as well.  A "kick-off meeting" is set for Monday, Nov. 7 in Delray Beach.

E Source Direct Load Control Benchmarking Study.  Gary Connett, Great River Energy and Bob Donaldson, Duke Energy have been appointed as the PLMA liaison for an E Source study.  Details will be shared at the Board meeting.

Website Enhancements.  Conducting soft launch of new member profile interface that includes personalized URLs for all members
.  Goal is to make it easier and more compelling to sign-in to PLMA system for more than event registration. Also, streamlined member company subaccount (and nonmember attendee) registration process to be self-serving at risk of someone saying they are with a member company who isn't.  Will police on back-end rather than be a gatekeeper on front-end. Still squashing IT bugs in system back-end since we are among the first of Yourmembership.com's clients to roll this out. 

FAQs, Graphics, and How to Link with PLMA.  Launched new public-facing pages to answer FAQs and explain PLMA's social media activities. See the new sub-tabs under the Resources tab on the public side of website.

Linkedn Group.  Changed name of group to DR, Peak Load and DER Practitioners.  Updated text to say anyone can view and comment on posts and join group, but only PLMA member organizations can post discussions.  Deleting non-members who post shameless promotion. 

AESP Coordination on Utility RFP Postings. Have established a process with AESP staff to jointly post RFPs that AESP receives on PLMA website and vice versa.
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Calendar
Sept 12 - 16 – DR Training courses back-to-back, St. Louis (registrant list of over 35)
Sept 16 - E Source Member Meetup (RSVP list of 15)
Sept. 29 – DR Dialogue with Austin Energy and PECO (registrant list of over 85)
Oct. 6 - DR Dialogue: PG&E and Silver Spring Networks (registrant list of over 100)
Oct. 20 - Women in DM Update with National Grid, Southern California Edison and LBNL (registrant list of over 85)
Nov. 7 - Interest Group Activities
Nov. 8-9 – 34th PLMA Conference, Delray Beach, Florida
Nov 9-10 - ULME, Delray Beach, Florida
Nov. 9-10 - Intro to DR training course, Delray Beach, Florida
Nov. 17 - DR Dialogue with KCPL and CLEAResult
Dec. 8 – Women in DM Update
April 4-5 - 35th PLMA Conference, Nashville, Tenn.

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Member Update, September 2016

Posted By Edward Thomas, PLMA, Thursday, September 22, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, September 20, 2016

PLMA Member Update

This email is intended for all individuals with PLMA member organizations listed at http://www.peakload.org/?page=Leadership.

To:          All PLMA Member Organization Staff
Subject:  PLMA Member Update, September 2016
 
This is the first of what will become monthly updates on PLMA activities sent to all individual all individuals from PLMA member organizations listed at http://www.peakload.org/?page=Leadership.  This is being sent as a bulk email and is also a Community blog post at http://www.peakload.org/blogpost/1512926/PLMA-Member-Update. 

- Pipeline - Current member count is 108 organizations (listing at www.peakload.org/default.asp?page=MemberDirectory).  Updates since Spring Board meeting include:
- New Members:  Salt River Project and Central Hudson Electric and Gas at Sustaining level; Puget Sound Energy, Idaho Power, Carina Technologies, and Mosaic Power at Advisory level; Arizona Public Service, Vectren, SEPA, and Sequentric at Associate level; and UNC Charlotte and UC Davis at Academic level. 
- Member Name Changes:  Sunovation is now Aquanta; Johnson Controls is now CPower; Alstom is now GE Grid Solutions
- Lost Members:  Opower (now Oracle) and Efficiency Power
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Activities: 

Officer and Executive Committee Elections.  An election to fill the Vice Chair term vacated by Elody Samuelson is being conducted electronically from Sept. 21 to Oct. 4 among Board members so results are announced before electronic balloting for the Executive Committee for the 2016-2018 term is conducted from Oct. 19 to Nov. 1.  Voting for the Executive Committee may also be done by Board members at the beginning of the Board meeting which will Monday, November 7 in Delray Beach, Florida. 

Fall Conference.  What would have been the 17th PLMA Fall Conference has been rebranded as 34th PLMA Conference to better leverage our marketplace longevity.  We don’t say 34th ANNUAL but rather the 34th time that PLMA has presented a conference (see historical listing at http://www.peakload.org/?page=HistoryTwo ). Agenda format includes concurrent interest group meetings on Monday and an Intro to DR course on Wed-Thurs concurrent with ULME meeting.  Event details at http://www.peakload.org/event/2016fall.  Registration fees have been simplified to a member/nonmember conference rate along with a "Monday workshops" member/nonmember rate that includes lunch and ability for registrants to "float" among any/all the workshops.  Our Marriott Delray Beach room block with very preferential pricing (try booking a room elsewhere and see) is sure to sellout ahead of our contracted Oct. 19 deadline.  Hotel deal details at http://www.peakload.org/?page=2016FallAttend.

Interest Group Update: Behind-the-Meter Storage Group sponsored the Community Storage Initiative Leadership Forum in Minneapolis in July; participated in Congressional Briefings in June and September; and will co-produced a full-day workshop at the Fall Conference with DER Integration Group; Retail Pricing Group launched at http://www.peakload.org/group/Pricing with plans for half-day meeting in Delray Beach. Women in Demand Management Interest Group changed their name from Women in DR.

Education Committee conducted 3 training courses hosted by Ameren in St. Louis, and 1 course hosted by Nest in Pal Alto, Calif.  As part of a training harmonization effort, the Committee published a “Defining the Evolution of Demand Response” paper and invite comments at http://www.peakload.org/blogpost/1502825/Defining-the-Evolution-of-Demand-Response .

Web User Interface Upgrade.  Staff is working with our association management system provider to launch a new member interface. Benefits include ability to link your PLMA profile password to your Linkedin or Facebook password, a mobile phone application, and a Directory function to allow for connections, postings and comments among individual members not seen by the general public (i.e. our own private Linkedin space).  

Resource Directory. Staff modified website navigation to create a Resources tab at www.peakload.org/page/ResourceDirectory as a repository for curated content created by PLMA, members and allies.

Branding Graphics.  Staff established a place in Resources website navigation for members and allies to download PLMA graphics at www.peakload.org/page/PLMABranding .  Also launched there a Logowear Store at http://business.landsend.com/store/PLMA.

Member Meet-up Breakfasts conducted at SEPA Town Hall in June and E Source Forum.

Outreach.  Conducted discussions among PLMA Leadership members and SEPA, AEMA, Energy Storage North America and Smart Grid NW.
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PLMA Calendar
(since Spring Board Meeting)

May 12 - DR Dialogue: United Energy's Award-Winning Initiative
May 19-  DR Dialogue: BPA with Energy Northwest
May 24 - Fall Conference Planning Committee Kickoff
May 26 – Women in DR Update on Storage
June 30 – DR Dialogue: What is ‘Community Storage’ and Why Should I Care
July 12 -  Member Meet-up at SEPA Town Hall
July 20-21 – Community Storage Initiative Leadership Forum. Agenda and presentations are at http://www.communitystorageinitiative.com/forum/agenda/
July 25 - PLMA hosted a preview webinar just for AESP-PLMA joint survey participants
July 28 – AESP-branded webinar on Joint Survey results
Aug. 4 – DR Dialogue: Duke Energy with Comverge
Aug. 15 - Board-only Retail Pricing Interest Group launch
Aug. 16 - Board-only webinar on Executive Committee Responsibilities
Aug. 18 - Fall Conference preview with Brad and Robin
Aug 25 - DR Dialogue: National Grid with Cieva
Sept 1 - DR Dialogue Defining DR's Evolution 
Sept. 8 –DR Dialogue with CPS Energy & Nest
Sept 12 - 16 – DR Training courses back-to-back, St. Louis.
Sept. 29 – DR Dialogue with Austin Energy and PECO
Oct. 6 - DR Dialogue: PG&E and Silver Spring Networks
Oct. 20 - Women in DM Update
Nov. 7 - Interest Group Workshops
Nov. 8-9 – 34th PLMA Conference, Delray Beach, Florida
Nov 9-10 - ULME, Delray Beach, Florida
Nov. 9-10 - Intro to DR training course, Delray Beach, Florida
Nov. 17 - DR Dialogue with KCPL and CLEAResult
Dec. 8 – Women in DM Update
April 4-5 - 35th PLMA Conference, Nashville, Tenn
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For more details, visit www.peakload.org .

Primary Contact:  Ed Thomas, Executive Director, PLMA, ethomas@peakload.org; (707) 652-5333

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