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PLMA Nominations for 15th Awards Program Now Being Accepted

2017's Best Demand Response Programs, Initiatives and Achievements to be Recognized at 37th PLMA Conference

14th Award Winners

PLMA accepted nominations of the best demand response programs, initiatives and achievements from calendar year 2017 for its 15th Annual PLMA Award Program. Deadline through Monday, March 5, 2018.  The awards will be presented at the 37th PLMA Conference on April 16-18 in Coronado, Calif.  

Learn Why and How to Create and Submit a Winning Nomination: CLICK HERE to learn more and listen to the recording

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The 15th PLMA Awards Program, for achievements during calendar year 2017 will recognize industry leaders who create innovative ideas, methods, programs and technologies that manage end use loads in order to meet peak load needs, mitigate price risks and support successful grid integration of distributed generation assets. PLMA Awards Program Co-Chairs are Nick Corsetti, National Grid and Dain Nestel, CLEAResult.

Integrated Demand Side Management has been a high potential concept that is coming into its own. The proliferation of distributed energy resources has made IDSM grow in importance to the utility community and consumers of energy alike. Practitioners of demand response continue to lead and respond to the challenge, developing innovative solutions and business models that deliver on the promise of the smart grid. The PLMA Awards Program exists in order recognize, support and promote these innovations and innovators.

Over the past 14 years, PLMA has presented over 65 awards to recipients who have included utilities, curtailment providers, end-users, and individuals responsible for demand response efforts targeted to the residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural customer markets. Nominations are sought in the following award categories:

Nominations are sought in the following award categories:

Award Category Recognition Recipient Categories
Program Pacesetter Innovative solutions require excellent program design and delivery. The Program Pacesetter Award seeks to recognize outstanding programs that effectively support and deliver peak load management. Utility or Regulator
Independent System Operator or Regional Transmission Operator
Aggregator or Marketer
Technology Pioneer Achieving the potential for peak load management can be greatly enhanced by technology. The Technology Pioneer Award seeks to recognize innovative applications of technology with demonstrated potential to scale. Consumer
Solutions Provider
Thought Leader Education, Research and Outreach are key elements in any market transformation. The Thought Leader Award seeks to recognize the impact of projects, outreach campaigns and individual contributions that have the potential to shape the industry's future. Individual

1. The recipient categories are arranged in this table adjacent to the most likely award category.
2. As appropriate, any of the individual recipient categories can be associated with any of the three award categories.
3. An organization may belong in more than one category.
4. The awards committee may make multiple awards or no awards in each category each year.

For complete details about category descriptions, selection process, evaluation criteria, and more, view the Award Program Policy at


Learn Why and How to Create and Submit a Winning Nomination

hosted by Brian Solsbee, Tennessee Valley Authority and Ray Pustinger, Alternative Energy Systems Consulting with guests David Logsdon, Con Edison and Kate Bogart, ThinkEco

Step-by-Step Award Program Guide

Step 1 - Consider Nominating. Put forth an industry peer, partner, program, or achievement for the 15th PLMA Awards. Self-nominations are appropriate and encouraged as well. Nominations are accepted from all industry professionals, regardless of whether you are they are from PLMA member organizations.

Step 2 - Complete Nomination Form before March 5, 2018.

Step 3 - Attend 37th PLMA Conference on April 16-18 in Coronado, Calif. The event is three days of learning and networking with industry leaders, including the awards presentation. Event details are at Award winners will receive a free conference registration, be invited to present during the Conference, and be featured in a Demand Response Dialogue webcast later this year.

Nomination provides the opportunity to demonstrate leadership, be recognized by industry peers and join an illustrious group that includes the 14th Awards Program winners pictured above

14th PLMA Award Winners were:AEP Indiana Michigan Power Company's Demand Response Service Emergency Program; Central Hudson Gas & Electric's Peak Perks Program; City of New York's Municipal Demand Response Program; Portland General Electric and AutoGrid for Pricing and Peak Time Rebate Program; Target Corporation's Demand Side Energy Program; KCP&L and Nest for the KCP&L Thermostat Program; Alectra Utilities, Advantage Power Pricing; and Brett Feldman, Navigant.   

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