39th PLMA Conference

May 13-15, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN

39th PLMA Conference in Minneapolis, MN
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39th PLMA Conference Call is Open Until January 6, 2019

PLMA seeks general, breakout, and pre-event session presentation proposals for the 39th PLMA Conference set for May 13-15, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Submit your presentation HERE.

This PLMA conference will focus on sharing knowledge among market practitioners, technology firms, and utilities/retailers active in the distributed energy resource marketplace. About 250 industry professionals are expected to attend. To learn more and register, visit the 39th Conference Attend Page.

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PLMA is searching for exceptional perspectives that explore best practices and cutting-edge issues affecting professionals who develop, implement, and evaluate load management initiatives, to include demand response and distributed energy resources.  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-hour workshop 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 load management issues, to include demand response and distributed energy resources. Topics related to the following Interest Groups are encouraged:

  • Distributed Energy Resource Integration
  • Customer Engagement
  • Connected Devices
  • Women in Demand Management
  • International

Additional topics suggested by past conference attendees include:

  • Bundling DER/DR with Storage, Renewables, and Electric Vehicle Charging Based on Customer Segmentation
  • Customer-focused utility case studies and perspectives of end-use customers (Residential, Commercial or Industrial)
  • Valuation, value stacking, cost-effectiveness, business models, and funding strategies of DR and DER programs
  • iDSM and other cross-departmental integration examples with DR/DER initiatives
  • User experiences with DERMS systems
  • Reverse DR, DERS strategy development, strategic lead growth initiatives (i.e. valley filling vs. peak clipping)
  • Evolving utility/vendor business relationship strategies
  • Natural gas DR and strategies to collaborate with electric programs 
  • Targeted/locational programs to relieve distribution/transmission constraints
  • Non-wires alternative/solution project planning and results

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 load management practitioners.

The presentation proposal submission deadline is midnight, Sunday, January 6, 2019 so that proposal acceptance decisions may be made by the Conference  Planning Group January 30, 2019. 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 and Code of Conduct.

CLICK HERE TO Submit Your Presentation

Submission period ends 11:59 pm Pacific, January 6, 2019