PLMA Board Update

To:           Staff of Member Organizations listed at www.peakload.org/MemberDirectory
Subject:  Member Update, February 2018

ACTION:
1. Review the agenda just announced for 37th PLMA Conference set for April 16-18 in Coronado, Calif. at www.peakload.org/37thconf-agenda

2.  Nominate your award-worthy program and/or encourage others to self-nominate for the 15th PLMA Awards before the March 5 deadline.  Details at www.peakload.org/awards

3. Note that all future PLMA email correspondence will originate from [email protected] to comply with anti-spam regulations.  Add to your favorites and get your IT folks to whitelist it if necessary.   

Pipeline - current member count is 135 organizations
- New Members: Con Edison; United Illuminating; GridOptimize, Tantalus (formerly Energate)
- Lost Members: Ameren Missouri; P.S. Oklahoma; Sunverge 

37th Conference in Coronado.  Registration and the Hotel del Coronado room block is now open; details at www.peakload.org/37th-conf-attend. A DR Dialogue Conference Preview with Mark Martinez, SCE and Brad Mantz, SDG&E will be broadcast on Feb. 15.  Register at DR Dialogue: Conference Preview.  

International Interest Group Formation.  Any PLMA Board Member or At-Large Representative, or a designate, are welcome to attend a webcall to explore formation of a PLMA International Interest Group on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern.  To register, go to attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1291951839558044929 .  If you can't make that date/time, register anyway to demonstrate your interest and receive the meeting recording.  Scott Coe of GridOptimize and Ross Malme of Skipping Stone have expressed interest in being Group Co-chairs.  An outcome of this Feb. 13 discussion could be an in-person meeting in Coronado in April to explore development of services to benefit utilities around the world, such as international workshops, sister utilities exchanges, and on-line collaboration tools.

Member Meet-ups.  Over 70 attended the PLMA Member Meet-up @ Distributech 2018 in San Antonio.  The next Member Meet-up will be on Feb. 20 at the AESP National Conference in New Orleans.  Get details and RSVP at www.peakload.org/index.php?option=com_jevents&task=icalrepeat.detail&evid=12&Itemid=141&year=2018&month=02&day=20&title=plma-member-meet-up--aesp-national-conference&uid=e95cccd72d7c991e2950a3faa1e92472

Speakers Bureau.  PLMA helps place presenters as PLMA representatives for special topics, details at www.peakload.org/speakers-bureau.  On February 21, Jason Cigarran, Itron, will be presenting on the Dynamic Pricing session @ AESP Conference in New Orleans  and Rich Barone, Hawaiian Electric will represent PLMA on the DER session at Parks Assoc Smart Energy Summit in Austin.  Parks Assoc. has also provided a $500 discount for PLMA members planning to attend that event, details in the calendar link.

Website Transition. Staff moved to new association management system in Dec/Jan which resulted is adjustments in website navigation and email management as well as the need for all to reset member log-in passwords.

Calendar
Feb. 1 - Dialogue: Award Winning Panel (online repeat of Distributech session)
Feb. 13 - Board member webcall to form PLMA International Interest Group 
Feb. 15 - Dialogue: Conference Preview with Mark Martinez, SCE and Brad Mantz, SDG&E
Feb. 20 - Member Meetup @ AESP Conference, New Orleans  
Feb. 21 - Dynamic Pricing session @ AESP Conference, New Orleans 
Feb 21 - DER session at Parks Assoc Smart Energy Summit, Austin 
Feb. 22 -  Dialogue: Ben Foster and Michael Lee, FERC with Michael Brown, NV Energy
April 16-18,- 37th PLMA Conference, Coronado
Nov. 12-14 - 38th PLMA Conference, Austin
May 20-22, 2019, 39th PLMA Conference, Minneapolis (tentative)