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Who typically attends the PLMA Conference?

PLMA Conferences attract about 200 demand response industry professionals are expected to attend from energy utilities and government agencies as well as industry allies, including consultants and solution providers.
Look Who's Coming to Cambridge!

 

How does PLMA plan the agenda and choose presenters?

If you have a story to share, preferably about a utility or government-sponsored program, research project or field application, consider submitting it for the Call for Presenters usually conducted in December-January time-frame for the spring conference and the May-June time-frame for the fall conference. An invitation is sent each season to PLMA's email list. The Conference Planning Committee members score abstracts in and meet in-person to plan the agenda from the top-scoring submissions.

 

Get the Socio App

Socio app will be used for an enhanced networking experience in this event. If you haven't already done so, please take a minute and download the Socio app and set up your profile.

Video - What is Socio? : https://youtu.be/y0Ot8_IIUFA
Download now : https://socio.events/app/get

Get Socio before the event:

  • Download Socio App by visiting this website on your iPhone or Android Phone: socio.events/app/get
  • After the app is installed, please Sign Up and setup your Profile!
  • Go the Events Tab and select Search for an Event
  • Find 36th PLMA taking place in Cambridge, Mass.
  • Select Join Now and use the Passphrase PLMA

Get Socio at the event:

  • Download the App by visiting this website on your iPhone or Android Phone: https://socio.events/app/get
  • After the app is installed, please Sign Up and setup your Profile!
  • Just shake your phone with the Socio App open to see all RMUEE details and other attendees
 

What does my registration fee include?

Your registration fee includes:

  • 2 Breakfast Buffets (Tuesday and Wednesday, Monday is also included if attending Interest Group or Training activities)
  • 2 Lunch Buffets (Tuesday and Wednesday, Monday is also included if attending Interest Group or Training activities)
  • Monday Interest Group Networking Reception for those attending Interest Group and Training activities
  • Monday Welcome Reception for everyone with no drink tickets, lively networking, and entertainment
  • 2 Hosted Receptions in the Sponsor Lounge with full bar, heavy hors d'oeuvre and no drink ticket limits (Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • Tuesday Cambridge Off-peak Platinum Sponsor Party with no drink tickets, more food, and livelier networking and games (are you smarter than an MIT student?)
  • 4 Refreshment Breaks (Tuesday and Wednesday, Monday is also included if attending Interest Group or Training activities)

The conference and most adjacent activities are open to everyone. The tiered registration fee charges members a reduced price to encourage their participation. All others wishing to be full event participants must pay the higher price to help cover administrative overhead expenses. All presenters are expected to pay the registration fee as well.

 

Is there a discount for multiple attendees from the same organization?

Yes, sponsorships offer the opportunity for “bulk rate” discounts for bringing multiple attendees from the same organization bundled with added benefits such as special recognition. Please see the sponsor page on the website.

 

How do I request a W-9 or other special forms for my accounting department?

You can download a W-9 for PLMA. CLICK HERE. If you need special grant or vendor forms completed, please send them to tadolf@peakload.org.

 

Are my guests welcome to attend the event?

Guests of registered PLMA attendees who are sharing your accommodations and are not attending the Conference itself are welcome to participate in all the Conference meal and hospitality functions for no additional charge. Guests who share your accommodations and attend the sessions as well as the meal and hospitality functions will be expected to purchase a full conference registration. Children are welcome to attend the Monday evening reception which may include entertainment. Please inform us ahead of time of the names and number of your guests so we may plan for them and have a name badge ready in advance by emailing sdobson@peakload.org.

 

How do I reserve my hotel accommodations?

Information about the Hotel accommodation and the PLMA block, along with other travel information is available on the Attend page.

 

What is the proper attire?

PLMA attire is business casual. Although many business travelers wear suits, casual slacks, skirts, polo shirts, tops and sweaters are all acceptable. Some attendees opt for wearing jeans. Please, no shorts, t-shirts, or “flip flops”. The meeting room can vary in temperature, and can be chilly, as can some of the evening networking events, so dress in layers or plan to bring a sweater or jacket.

 

What is the cancellation policy?

Full refunds are given for cancellations received before November 8. You may designate a replacement at no additional charge if you cancel after this date.

 

Will there be Wi-Fi and electrical outlets in the conference and hotel rooms?

Their will be Wi-Fi in the meeting rooms, guest rooms (assuming you use the PLMA reservation block), and throughout most of the property for no additional fee. Electrical outlets will be present in the two front rows of the meeting room in Electrical Power Alley.

 

Will there be any free time during the PLMA Conference?

The agenda is full, but includes long breaks and much networking. Many attendees find time before and after the conference to enjoy the local attractions. Dinner is on your own each night.

 

Can I get a Scholarship to attend the PLMA Conference?

The Conference Planning Committee may award a limited number of full or partial scholarships to the event to individuals who are active in the energy industry but might not otherwise be able to participate due to financial constraints. Scholarships offset all or part of the event registration fee. Scholarship recipients are responsible for their own travel and sleeping accommodations. Contact Tiger Adolf (tadolf@peakload.org) to request an application.

Don't see your question here? Email it to Tiger Adolf at tadolf@peakload.org for a prompt response.

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