46th PLMA Conference

Join Us for High Energy Networking! 

PLMA prides itself on connecting load management practitioners in supportive, collegial environments. And, together with the learning that results from PLMA events, we're also in favor of adding a little bit of fun to this mix! Here is an overview of the networking opportunities planned for the 46th Conference - we hope you'll join us!

Conference Networking At-A-Glance





Desert Bike Ride and Sustainability Tour

Sunday, November 13, 2022

SOLD OUT! Desert Bike Ride and Sustainability Tour

2:00 to 5:00 pm

We'll meet in the hotel lobby and head to a local bike shop where everyone will be fitted for a hybrid electric bike and helmet. Our local hosts and tour guides, Tom Hines of Tierra Resources and Bruce Brazis of Arizona Public Service, will guide us through a safe and enjoyable ride along local bike paths and will offer us a color commentary on Arizona landmarks and sustainability initiatives.

The Afternoon's Schedule: (still subject to small changes)

2:00 pm - Depart Sheraton Phoenix by van to Rides N Motion
2:30 pm - 
Arrive and get fitted for bikes and helmets; complete waiver. 
3:00 pm - 
Let's ride! Follow Tom and Bruce and ask lots of questions!
5:00 ish - 
Return to Rides N Motion

At the completion of the ride, you are welcome to Lyft/Uber back to the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown or hop a ride to the nearby TopGolf where you can join the PLMA dinner buffet and golf (see below). At the end of the evening, PLMA will provide transportation from TopGolf back to the Sheraton. 

The cost to participate in the Desert Bike Ride is $95 per person, which includes transportation, bike, and helmet rental. As this is a PLMA pilot program, we must, unfortunately, limit participation to 15 people this time, first-come, first serve.

TopGolf Building for Conference Welcome

Sunday, November 13, 2022

SOLD OUT! TopGolf: Meet, Greet, Eat, and Swing a Club!

6:00 to 8:00 pm

Sponsored by Opinion Dynamics
Opinion Dynamics

Join PLMA's Executive Committee, colleagues, and friends for a fun-filled conference welcome, an opportunity to reconnect over a buffet of delicious food and drinks, plus some friendly competition with a golf club! If you're not a golfer, join us anyway and enjoy the view and the camaraderie. This inclusive event is designed to be fun for all!

The Evening's Schedule:

5:15 pm - Departure by bus from Sheraton Phoenix Downtown
6:00 pm - Arrival at TopGolf for dinner, fun, and golfing!
8:00 pm - Evening wrap-up and departure for the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown
8:45 pm - Arrive back at the hotel

The cost for this PLMA Conference networking event is $30.00 per person, which includes transportation, buffet dinner, two drink tickets, the use of TopGolf's clubs (provided on-site), plus a lifetime membership to TopGolf. Everyone is welcome!

Arizona Valley Overlook

Monday, November 14, 2022

Monday Meetup in the Valley Overlook Patio (4th fl. Phoenix Sheraton)

4:30 to 5:30 pm

Sponsored by Cpower Cpower

If you feel the need to unwind after a full day of DR Training and/or Interest Group sessions, please join us for a casual indoors-outdoors Meetup to celebrate the day’s learnings and the conference sessions ahead! Everyone is welcome, no sign-up needed.

Monday First Timers' Special Welcome

Monday, November 14, 2022

Monday First Timers' Special Welcome
in the Valley Overlook Patio

5:30 to 6:15 pm

If this is your first PLMA Conference, join us for a fun opportunity to meet and get to know some fellow first timers! In addition,  PLMA Chair Richie Barone and our Phoenix hosts (Tom Hines of Tierra Resources, Bruce Brazis of APS, and Eamonn Urey of Salt River Project) will be with us to welcome you to the PLMA community. P.S. You can recognize fellow First Timers by the green stripe across the top of their badges.

Arizona Science Center

Monday, November 14, 2022

Monday Welcome Reception at the
Arizona Science Center

8:00 to 10:00 pm

Sponsored by Franklin Energy Franklin Energy

Don't miss PLMA's largest reception at the fascinating landmark Arizona Science Center! You'll enjoy post-dinner refreshments and dessert under the stars during a beautiful Fall evening in Phoenix, plus the opportunity to enjoy a few specially open exhibits as part of the evening's celebration! Everyone is welcome, no sign-up needed.

Women Networking

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Women in DM: Breakfast Connection!

7:30 to 9:00 am

Grab some breakfast and amble over to the hightop tables in the foyer where you'll
meet the Women in DM Co-Chairs plus our recent Mentoring Program participants! In this casual "Breakfast Connection," you'll have a chance to find out more about how a wide cross-section of PLMA women collaborate and knowledge-share. Join us to make some new friends and connections. Everyone is welcome, no sign-up needed.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Sponsors' Reception in the Sponsor Lounge

5:00 to 6:30 pm

Sponsored by Copper Labs Copper Labs

Immediately following the conclusion of Tuesday’s General Session and the dynamic Sponsor Showcase Lightning Round, join us in the Sponsor Lounge and enjoy a beverage, some hors d’oeurvres, a chance to ask questions of our sponsors, and take your chances at winning one of PLMA's awesome door prizes! Everyone is welcome, no sign-up needed.

Arizona Sunset

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

PLMA's "Evening at the Oasis"
(Oculus Room, 2nd fl. Phoenix Sheraton)

8:00 to 10:00 pm

Sponsored by Resideo Resideo

Open to everyone, this casual post-dinner gathering on the hotel patio will feature the sublime tunes of Tom Hines’ band "The Shammys" together with accompanying keyboard and vocals by PLMA Board Chair Rich Barone (and friends!). We'll also play some games, continue the day's conversations, and we'll throw in some networking and a little musical fun for all! Please join us, no sign-up needed.

Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Ice Cream Social

2:45 to 3:15 pm

Sponsored by OpenADR OpenADR

A longstanding PLMA tradition, the Icecream Social serves as the official closing event for each PLMA Conference and offers a gathering place for final conversations and check-ins, as well as an opportunity for utility attendees to enjoy an afternoon treat before heading into the ULME meeting. Haagen-Dazs ice cream bars will be cold and plentiful! No sign-up required.


Meet New Colleagues at Daily Breakfast, Lunch, and Breaks

Good food, a supportive and welcoming community, and lots to talk about! Join us daily! No sign-up required.