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37th PLMA Conference

April 16-18, 2018 in Coronado, Calif.

37th PLMA Conference Call for Presenters Open Through January 5

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PLMA seeks general, breakout, and pre-event session presentation proposals for the 37th PLMA Conference set for April 16-18, 2018 in Coronado, Calif.

This PLMA conference will focus on sharing knowledge among market practitioners, technology firms, and utilities/retailers active in the distributed energy resource marketplace. About 300 industry professionals are expected to attend. To learn more about the event, click here.

PLMA is searching for exceptional perspectives that explore best practices and cutting-edge issues affecting professionals who develop, implement, and evaluate distributed energy resource initiatives.  All industry professionals may submit proposals, but special consideration will be given to PLMA member organization submissions. We highly value proposals that include participation of utilities, end consumers, and market participants. Please, no sales pitches.

Presentations of any length or style will be considered, but preference will be given to 20-minute case study presentations (with up to 10 minutes more for audience discussion) from utility/retailer program staff that leverage trade ally relations. A limited number of 2-4 hour workshop/breakout spots are also available on the agenda with preference given to PLMA Interest Groups.

All topics and presenters will be considered with preference given to those with a specific, actionable tie to demand response issues. Topics related to the following Interest Groups are encouraged:
• Distributed Energy Resource Integration
• Customer Engagement
• Retail Pricing/Rates
• Thermostats
• Strategic Load Growth
• Women in Demand Management

Additional topics suggested by past conference attendees include:
• Thermal and battery storage as a DR resource
• Bundling DR with Storage, Renewables, and Electric Vehicle Based on Customer Segmenting
• Integration, competition, overlap, advantages/disadvantages of behavioral DR, EVs and storage
• Customer-focused utility case studies and perspectives of end-use customers (residential or Commercial and Industrial)
• Valuation, value stacking, cost-effectiveness, and funding strategies of DR programs
• Examples of iDSM and other cross-departmental integration with DR initiatives
• User experiences with DERMS systems
• DR Bidding and pay for performance
• Scaling pilot programs for full deployment
• Strategic lead growth initiatives (i.e. valley filling vs. peak clipping)
• Managing overgeneration with demand response
• How utilities select technologies
• Evolving utility/vendor business relationship strategies
• Natural gas demand response

All industry professionals may submit proposals, but special consideration will be given to PLMA member organization submittals. The Conference Planning Group is comprised of PLMA member representatives. They will review and score each submission based on the topic's industry relevance as well as the presenter's engaging, interactive approach.

Please complete the session proposal below to provide:
• Presentation title and one-paragraph description as it might appear in the agenda (about 150 words)
• Presenter(s) name, title, organization as it might appear in the agenda and contact information for all presenters. Your submission is your assurance that co-presenters proposed have been notified of their inclusion.
• Brief explanation of why the session will be thought-provoking and compelling for our core audience of distributed energy resource practitioners.

The presentation proposal submission deadline is January 5, 2018 so that proposal acceptance decisions may be made by the Conference  Planning Group January 30, 2018. If your submission is selected, the presenters identified in your submission will receive an invitation to present including a discounted registration code. All presenters must register for the conference to confirm their acceptance to speak, and thereby agree to follow the PLMA Presenter Policy. Presenters are responsible for their own registration cost, travel and hotel expenses. All presenters must comply with the PLMA Presenter Policy.

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Submission period ends 12:00 pm Pacific, January 5, 2018

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