48th PLMA Conference

49th PLMA Conference Full Monday Agenda

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Kati Harper, Portland General Electric Conference Co-Chair
Kati Harper

Portland General Electric
Jenny Roehm, Schneider Electric Conference Co-Chair
Jenny Roehm

Schneider Electric
Jordan Folks, Opinion Dynamics Conference Co-Chair
Jordan Folks

Opinion Dynamics
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Full Agenda

Monday, May 6

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7:30 - 9:00 am Shared Evolution Training & Interest Group Breakfast | Atrium Ballroom
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

TRAINING: DR to DER Evolution Training Course | Council Conference Room

Concurrent Interest Group Activities
Join the PLMA Interest Groups for candid, interactive roundtables among practitioners from utilities, consultancies, and technology providers who are actively engaged in the load management industry. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from and share with your peers successes and challenges in these key areas of interest.
9:00 - 11:00 am

Carbon Accounting and Mitigation Strategies in the Commercial and Industrial Sector
Large C&I customers are focusing increasingly on carbon accounting, reporting, and adopting decarbonization solutions, especially as ESG reporting requirements evolve. Join us to review the landscape for carbon mitigation policies, mandates, and initiatives that require attention from utilities and their C&I customers. We’ll showcase decarb solutions, green power purchasing programs, RECs, and more, all specific to the needs of C&I customers.

Dave Alspector, Tierra Resource Consultants Dave Alspector
Tierra Resource Consultants
McGee Young, WattCarbon McGee Young
Jason Delaney, Arizona Public Service Jason Delaney
Arizona Public Service
Stacy Phillips, Duke Energy Stacy Phillips
Duke Energy

Case Study Workshop: Newfoundland Power's EV Load Management Pilot Project
In this hands-on workshop, PLMA's Customer Engagement Co-Chairs will first discuss the fundamentals of value proposition development. Then, Canadian utility Newfoundland Power will present a case study which focuses on an interesting EV customer engagement challenge that is constraining the roll-out of their EV pilot. Finally, attendees will work in small groups to address this customer engagement issue and will report out their ideas and recommended next steps to the utility. Don't miss a chance to test your problem-solving chops in this supportive, collegial session!

Rebekah Grant, Baltimore Gas & Electric Rebekah Grant
Baltimore Gas & Electric
Leigh Winterbottom, ICF Leigh Winterbottom
Catherine Coates, Newfoundland Power Catherine Coates
Newfoundland Power
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Shared Evolution Training & Interest Group Lunch | Atrium Ballroom
12:00 - 2:00 pm

Accelerating Electrification Through Rate Reform
Rate reform is essential to accelerating electrification for a sustainable energy future. Join us as we delve into rate structures and their impact on electrification. We’ll discuss electrification drivers and challenges; explore the relationship between electrification, utility rates, and energy costs/burdens; hear about Con Ed’s work navigating the intersection between electrification and rate structures; and learn about PG&E’s solutions to addressing electrification’s rate-related challenges.

Maria Kretzing, Bidgely Maria Kretzing
Christopher Gallo, Consolidated Edison Christopher Gallo
Consolidated Edison
Jordan Folks, Opinion Dynamics Jordan Folks
Opinion Dynamics
Erin Kempster, Opinion Dynamics Erin Kempster
Opinion Dynamics
Sagarika Subramanian, The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Sagarika Subramanian
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Erika Wasmund, Pacific Gas & Electric Erika Wasmund
Pacific Gas & Electric

Let's Hear from the (EV and EVSE) OEMs
Delivering a successful utility EV program, whether focused on infrastructure or managed charging, requires coordination across a number of different stakeholders, including the utility, utility vendors, and OEMs.  In this session, we're going to hear from OEMs specifically, gaining their perspective on what it takes to deliver successful utility EV programs and how they see efforts to integrate two very large industries (utility and automotive) playing out over the coming years.

Dave Hurst, Ford Motor Company Dave Hurst
Ford Motor Company
David Peterson, ChargePoint David Peterson
Ben Thacker, Emporia Ben Thacker

Building a Grid Services Sandwich With DERs, One Slice at a Time
Combining flexible load and grid operations into one implementation is complex, requiring grid benefits, technologies, customer experience considerations, and an appropriate business model. Using a sandwich analogy, does the combo of grid benefits (meat), technologies (veggies), customer experience (condiments), and the business model (bread), result in a “BLT” or a club sandwich? Join us to discuss the ingredients for Sparking DER as a Grid Resource + discussions on a future PLMA Grid Services Symposium.

Ali Ipakchi, OATI Ali Ipakchi
Derek Kirchner, TRC Companies Derek Kirchner
TRC Companies
Ari Kornelis, Guidehouse Ari Kornelis
Eric Van Orden, Energy Swytch Eric Van Orden
Energy Swytch
2:00 - 2:30 pm Shared Evolution Training & Interest Group Break | Atrium Ballroom
2:30 - 4:00 pm

ESG Reporting: Are You Ready for the SEC Deadline?
The pending deadline for the SEC’s new reporting requirements around Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals adds a new layer of complexity for all publicly traded organizations, including utilities. Accurately reporting decarbonization, DR/DER results, environmental stewardship, and community engagement will require new data collection approaches and analysis. Learn how the energy industry can accelerate its progress toward both achieving and reporting its ESG goals.

Michael Brown, Berkshire Hathaway, NV Energy Michael Brown
Berkshire Hathaway, NV Energy
Scott Coe, GridOptimize Scott Coe
Ross Malme, Kitsu Systems Ross Malme
Kitu Systems
Jon Hilowitz, Orange and Rockland Utilities Jon Hilowitz
Orange and Rockland Utilities
Greg Chafee, Thompson Hine Greg Chafee
Thompson Hine
McGee Young, WattCarbon McGee Young
Kristen Sheeran, PGE Kristen Sheeran

Deploying a Residential Integrated DSM Platform for a Decarbonized Future
To support the deployment of efficient, connected, automated DR products and systems, the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) maintains the CEE Integrated Home Initiative platform to enable seamless communications among residential devices and the grid. It also administers the Integrated Home Competition to reward manufacturers developing efficient connected technologies. In this session, we’ll discuss ways to advance voluntary programs that bundle energy efficiency and demand flexibility, focusing on:

  • Managing for the most impactful grid and customer benefits via DR-enabled residential buildings.
  • The role of efficient, DR-enabled products in VPPs and BYOD programs.
  • The role of demand flexible devices in jurisdictions with variable residential rates.
  • Achieving connectivity via open standards (e.g. CTA2045 and OpenADR).
  • Enabling grid services through a manufacturer’s cloud connection.
  • Encouraging the deployment of efficient, demand flexible products and buildings.
John Taylor, Consortium for Energy Efficiency John Taylor
Consortium for Energy Efficiency
Erik March, Consortium for Energy Efficiency Erik March
Consortium for Energy Efficiency

Power Shift: How Virtual Power Plants and Demand Flexibility Can Drive Affordable Decarbonization
A recent RMI report includes a framework for understanding: 1) the role of demand flexibility in reducing power-sector carbon emissions, 2) the impact potential of demand flexibility through a national-scale dispatch study, 3) an in-depth resource planning case study, and 4) policy recommendations to ensure VPPs and demand flexibility meet their decarbonization potential. Join us to discuss the findings of this report and to compare experiences with VPPs and decarbonization efforts.

Mary Tobin, RMI Mary Tobin
Jesse Cohen, RMI Jesse Cohen
4:00 - 5:00 pm PLMA Member Meetup | Skyline 1 and 2
If you've been with us all day in Interest Group sessions or the training class, it's time for a well-deserved break! Network with your fellow colleagues and discuss today’s learnings as you enjoy the cool views of Mt. Hood from the Skyline Room.
5:00 - 5:45 pm Conference First Timers' Welcome! | Skyline 1 and 2
5:00 - 5:30 pm Board of Directors Dinner | Atrium Ballroom
5:30 - 7:30 pm Board of Directors Meeting | Atrium Ballroom
Business meeting with working dinner only for Board members and At-Large Representatives listed at www.peakload.org/Leadership.
8:00 - 10:00 pm

Welcome Reception and Sneaker Ball at the Portland Art Museum
Portland is the sneaker capital of America with Nike, adidas, and Under Armour all calling it home. In recognition of this wonderful opportunity, PLMA is hosting our Welcome Reception in the format of a Sneaker Ball. No black tie required but we invite you to join us in wearing your coolest, flashiest, or most fun pair of sneakers as we mix and mingle and enjoy the company of old friends and new. There’ll be prizes for the most creative footwear so dress accordingly. Everyone welcome! 

Reception Sponsor: Itron CLEAResult
Reception Entertainment Sponsors: Copper Labs Resource Innovations Virtual Peaker