Our Mission

Utility Load Management Exchange's (ULME's) mission is to promote load control as a viable option for utility deployments in demand reduction, economic dispatch, and/or T&D reliability through a forum for utility staff members to share information on program design, marketing, vendor management, benefit-costs and technology deployments.

Upcoming Events

ULME Fall 2016 Meeting
November 9-10, 2016

Delray Beach, Florida. Immediately following the 34th PLMA Conference.
Learn More and Register for the ULME Fall Meeting

 

Background

ULME is a gathering of utility representatives interested in open and frank discussion of the industry, opportunity to share real-world lessons learned, and honestly discuss what works and what doesn't in a private setting.  Originally formed as the Advanced Load Control Alliance (ALCA), the group has been meeting twice a year since 2003.  At the Spring 2015 Meeting of ALCA, the attending utility representatives adopted a new name: Utility Load Management Exchange (ULME). It was agreed that this name better reflects the broader needs to offer support to each other in managing their distributed energy resources in diverse ways. The second major decision was to create a more structured governance system, comprised of a three person steering committee. ULME remains an informally organized utility-only group without member dues or revenue. Meetings and web presence are currently supported under agreement with PLMA (Peak Load Management Alliance).

Nominations for the steering committee were accepted in a public nominations process and the first ULME steering committee was elected in July 2015. The initial steering committee will have staggered 3‑year terms, with one member of the committee being elected annually, and the committee selects a chairperson for the coming year following each election. In order to create a staggered set of terms, the first election will fill one 1-year term, one 2-year term, and one 3-year term. Hereafter, one new steering committee member will be elected annually at the fall meeting for a three-year term without term limits. The next election will be held at the Fall 2016 Meeting.

ULME Meetings.  ULME meets twice annually in a private setting, immediately following the PLMA Fall and Spring Conferences.  ULME meetings include a hosted dinner, breakfast, and lunch, special presentations, and other activities.  There is no charge to attend these meetings, but lodging and transportation are on your own.  Registration is now open for the fall meeting and we are accepting utility presentation suggestions.  Please let us know what you would like to see on the agenda.  Send your ideas and suggestions for utility and/or vendor presentations to tadolf@peakload.org.

 

Steering Committee Responsibilities

The Steering Committee will meet as needed to perform its duties via conference call monthly and at other times as deemed necessary. Steering Committee Members must remain an employee of an ULME participating organization, and expect to participate in a majority of the monthly calls and other in-person meetings with no travel reimbursement or stipend from ULME.

The general responsibilities of the Steering Committee include providing strategic leadership and vision with tactical support in the operation of the group consistent with the group's direction. In general that has and will continue to include:

  • aiding in meeting planning
  • meeting agenda development
  • utility representative recruitment
  • oversight of online utility representative activities and forums
  • development of logo and branding materials
  • actively participating in ULME activities through attendance and sponsorship, whenever possible.

Vote!

Nominations are in and voting is now underway for one ULME Steering Committee position for the term 2017-2019. The ballot will remain open through August 12.  Sign in to meet the candidates and cast your ballot.

2016 ULME Steering Committee

Wendy Brummer, Pacific Gas & Electric Company Wendy Brummer
Pacific Gas & Electric Company
(3-year term)
Brian Doyle, Xcel Energy Brian Doyle
Xcel Energy
(2-year term)
Clayton Engel, Consumers Energy Clayton Engel
Consumers Energy
(1-year term)

Benefits of Participating

  • Twice annual private, hosted meetings
  • Participation is limited to staff representatives of utilities with vendor and trade ally participation by invitation only
  • Access to exclusive, password-secured community pages featuring:
    • Archive of past presentations
    • Blog, Forum, and Group messaging for industry-related discussions
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