Member Update
(this is being provided as both a group email and a blog page at behind your profile name and password)

To:          Staff of PLMA Member Organizations listed at
Subject:  PLMA Member Update, May 2018

1. Consider submitting a session for the 38th PLMA Conference set for Nov. 12-14 in Austin, Texas.  Call for Presenters is now underway until June 5 at

Member Pipeline - current member count is 140 organizations
- New Members: none
- Lost Members: Hydro One Networks; Comcast

New Leadership.  Andrea Simmonsen, Idaho Power has been appointed to the Executive Committee to replace Steve Koep who is no longer with a member organization.  Matt Carlson, Aquanta is now the 3rd co-chair of the DER Integration Group, and Laurie Duhan, BGE is now the 3rd co-chair of the Awards Planning Group.

37th Conference, Coronado.  The presentation slides links and photo gallery are now online at and accessible to all PLMA members behind your profile password whether or not you attended the conference.  Final headcount was 275 people which was 20% more than last spring's conference in Nashville.  A key Lessons Learned is that the Interest Group meetings have become an integral part of the Conference and are most effective when they have structured discussion different in format from the conference sessions.

38th Conference, Austin.  Attendee and sponsor registration is now open at  New this time is that conference registrants may attend the Interest Group meetings on Monday at no additional cost.   

Training Partner RFI Underway Through June 8.  Staff has launched a "Training Partner Request for Interest" to seek to enhance the current course content.  Details are at with a response deadline of June 8.

DR Training Series Set for Oct. 8-12 in Phoenix. Registration is now open for the "Demand Response Markets" and "DR Program Design and Implementation" courses to be presented back-to-back on Oct. 8-12 in APS offices co-hosted by SRP.  Anyone may register for either or both classes.  Advisory and Sustaining-level members may use their passes to attend the courses at no additional cost.       

E4theFuture NWA Study.  Project nominations closed May 15 and Peer Review Group members have  begun to score to select 10 case studies to become the basis for a joint research report with SEPA.  Details at

Speaker Bureau Placements.  PLMA representatives are speaking in June in Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and Bogota, Columbia. Details on event calendar below and at  PLMA Award Winner panel presentation by Derek Kirchner, DTE Energy, and Kim Winslow, KCPL got high marks at SEPA Utility Conference in Palm Springs.  If you need a speaker for your next event, ask PLMA for help.  Details at

Member News.  PLMA will post your company announcements, RFPs, job posting, etc. on the PLMA website at no cost. Latest updates are: Hawaii Senate confirms Jennifer Potter as Public Utilities Commission, NTC Celebrates 40th Anniversary, and details of a new Navigant publication with a PLMA member discount.  See the latest Member News at

Resource Directory Updates.  Most recent additions besides the 37th Conference presentation slides and recent PLMA webcast recordings are a Bonneville Power Administration Distributed Energy Resource Benchmarking Report.  Learn more and access at

Conference Registration Discounts for PLMA Members.  Score a 15% PLMA member discount with code PLMA15 when you register to attend Greentech Media's GridEdge Innovation Summit on June 20-21 in San Francisco.  Also, SEPA is offering a $200 registration discount with code PRTN2018 for its Grid Evolution Summit on July 9-12 in Washington,  DC.  PLMA is offering a Demand Response Evolution half-day training course at the SEPA event.  Links in calendar below.  

April 26 - Over 1,000 RSVPs for Joint Green Tech Media and PLMA webcast: Non-Wires Alternatives: Emerging, Maturing, or Stalled?
May 3– Over 100 RSVPs for Dialogue: Richard Barone, Hawaii Electric interviewed by Dain Nestel, ecobee
May 24  Dialogue: Jennifer Potter, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, with Danielle Sass Byrnett, NARUC 
June 7 – Sarah Talkington and Beth Crouchet, Austin Energy, interviewed by Dain Nestel, ecobee 
June 14 – William Eggart and Tommy Gardner, Gulf Power, interviewed by Jason Cigarran, Itron

June 19 Award Winning DR Programs with Josh Keeling, Portland General Electric; Stuart Schare, Navigant; Teague Douglas, CLEAResult, at Pacific NW Council meeting 
June 20-21 - Greentech Media Grid Edge Innovation Summit 2018, Burlingame, Calif.
June 21 - DR Evolution session with Christine Riker, Energy Solutions and Coreen Henry, Portland General Electric @ AEE Energy Mgmt Congress, Seattle
June 26 – Future of DER: Energizing the Smart Home, joint PLMA and Parks Assoc webcast
July 9 -  DR Evolution Workshop @ SEPA Grid Summit, Wash, DC
July 9-12 -  SEPA Grid Evolution Summit, Wash, DC 
July 10 - PLMA Member Meet-up @ SEPA Summit, Wash, DC
July 19 – Aaron Berndt, Nest, interviewed by Nick Corsetti, National Grid
Aug 2 – Brian Kirchman, ComEd and Alan Mellovitz, Accenture interviewed by Nick Corsetti, National Grid
Aug 5-8 - DER Integration panel at ASES Solar Conference, Boulder 
Sept. 6 - SEPA-PLMA Joint Webinar on DR Snapshot Report 
Oct 8-10 - PLMA DR Markets Training Course, Phoenix
Oct 10-12 - PLMA DR Program Design and Implementation Training Course, Phoenix
Nov. 12-14 - 38th PLMA Conference, Austin
May 13-15, 2019 - 39th PLMA Conference, Minneapolis