Nominations for 16th PLMA Awards Program Now Being Accepted

2018's Best Demand Response Programs, Initiatives and Achievements to be Recognized at 39th PLMA Conference

15th PLMA Award Winners15th PLMA Award Winners were Program Pacesetters: ComEd's Peak Time Savings Program and Gulf Power's Energy Select Program; Thought Leaders: Austin Energy's Green Building Initiative and Jennifer Potter; Technology Pioneer: Hawaiian Electric Company's Regulation Reserves Program and Nest's Solar Eclipse Rush Hour Rewards Program.

PLMA is accepting nominations of the best demand response programs, initiatives and achievements from calendar year 2018 for its 16th Annual PLMA Award Program through Monday, March 4, 2019. The awards will be presented at the 39th PLMA Conference on May 14, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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 16th PLMA Awards Program, for achievements during calendar year 2018 will recognize industry leaders who create innovative ideas, methods, programs and technologies that manage energy 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 Michael Smith, National Grid; Laurie Duhan, Baltimore Gas and Electric; and Dain Nestel, ecobee.

Load Management has extended beyond demand response to Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), Non-wires Alternatives (NWAs) and combine with Integrated Demand Side Management (IDSM) to provide full portfolio solutions to both increasing production from renewables and shifting demand curves. The proliferation of DERs has made IDSM grow in importance to the utility community and consumers of energy alike. Practitioners of load management 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 15 years, PLMA has presented over 71 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


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.
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.
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 (recorded in 2017)

Step-by-Step Award Program Guide

Step 1 - Consider Nominating. Put forth an industry peer, partner, program, or achievement for the 16th 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 midnight March 4, 2019.

Step 3 - Attend 39th PLMA Conference, May 13-15, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minn. 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 may be featured in a webcast and publication later this year.

Presenter Policy.  All award winners accepting an award or presenting a webcast will be required abide by 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. Note that presentation materials may not include "copyright" or "confidential" marks. 

Nomination provides the opportunity to demonstrate leadership, be recognized by industry peers and join an illustrious group that includes the 15th Awards Program  winners pictured above


Learn more about past winners Here
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