50th PLMA Conference

50th PLMA Conference: Call for Presentations

PLMA seeks presentation proposals for general, breakout, and pre-event conference sessions for the 50th PLMA Conference, scheduled for November 11-13, 2024 in Brooklyn, New York.

Click Here to Submit your Presentation Proposal

PLMA's Call for Presentations is Open from June 3 to June 24, 2024

This PLMA conference will focus on sharing insights and knowledge among load management, demand response, and DER market practitioners, including utilities, aggregators, technology innovators, manufacturers, consultants, and more. Approximately 350 industry professionals attend PLMA's conferences which are hosted around the country twice a year, once each in the spring and fall. 

Tips for Submitting a Successful Proposal
Completing your Presentation Proposal
Important Note about Conference Session Deadlines
Volunteering to Score Conference Proposals

Tips for Submitting a Successful Proposal

PLMA is searching for exceptional session proposals from across the industry that explore lessons learned and best practices from practitioners who develop, implement, and evaluate load management, DR, DER, and managed charging initiatives. Any industry professional is welcome to submit a proposal, although additional consideration will be given to submissions received from PLMA member organizations. PLMA highly values proposals that include participation by utilities, consumers, and other market actors. Please, no sales pitches.

Presentations of any length or style will be considered with preference for 30- to 60-minute case study presentations in which 1/3 of the time is reserved for audience discussion. All topics and presenters will be considered however PLMA especially values sessions having specific, actionable ties to load management, demand response, and/or distributed energy resources, as well as its specific areas of strategy and interest, as follows:   

  • Addressing Underserved Communities
  • Advancement of Load Management for Decarbonization
  • Connected Devices
  • Customer Engagement
  • DERs as a Grid Resource
  • Electric Transportation
  • Equitable Solutions in Load Management
  • Global Load Management
  • How Demographics Impact DR Program Incentives
  • Load Management with Beneficial Electrification
  • Retail Pricing
  • Small Utility Programs 

Completing your Session Proposal:

Proposal acceptance decisions will be made by PLMA's Conference Planning Group on July 29, 2024.

If your submission is selected, the presenters identified in your proposal will receive an invitation to present at the 50th PLMA Conference, plus a discounted registration code. All presenters MUST register for, and plan to attend, the conference to confirm their acceptance to speak.

Presenters are responsible for their own conference registration cost, travel, and if applicable, hotel expenses.

All presenters must agree to comply with the PLMA Presenter Policy and Code of Conduct.

Important Note about Conference Session Deadlines

PLMA deeply appreciates everyone's best efforts to adhere to all conference deadlines as they make it possible to complete the conference planning process accurately and on-schedule without significantly over-taxing our volunteer leaders and staff.  

As such, ensuring your session proposal is presented at the conference is conditional upon meeting the conference speaker deadlines listed below. Missing these deadlines, or being unresponsive to session co-chairs and the PLMA staff, will unfortunately result in the removal of your session from the conference agenda.

  • September 20: All speakers and co-presenters must be registered for the conference. 
  • September 20: A current speaker bio and headshot portrait must have been sent to Monica Hammond.
  • October 18: All draft slides must have been submitted for review to your conference session co-chairs.
  • November 1: All rehearsals and presentations must have been practiced, reviewed, and finalized.

Click Here to Submit Your Presentation Proposal
Deadline to Submit: Monday, June 24, 11:59 pm PT

Volunteering to Score Presentation Proposals:

As is customary, PLMA member practitioners are invited to serve as volunteer proposal scorers. This task requires reviewing and scoring submissions based on a list of criteria that includes industry relevance and the engaging nature of the presentation's approach. If you would like to help with scoring, but have submitted a proposal, you will be able to recuse yourself from scoring that specific proposal. 

Please email Monica Hammond if you'd like to volunteer to help score 50th Conference Presentation Proposals.
This is about a four- to six-hour time commitment. Thank you!

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