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Call for Self-Nominations for PLMA Executive Committee Positions Ends Sept. 21

Self-nominations from PLMA Board members are now being accepted from PLMA Board members for Executive Committee members for Fall 2018 - Fall 2020 term. If you plan to seek election, please complete the Executive Committee Nomination Form. The forms requests that you include a brief statement of your qualifications, your goals for the organization, and initiatives that you want to champion. Self-nominations will be accepted through Tuesday, September 21, 2018. You must be signed in to access the form. You must be signed in as a Board Member to access the nomination form. if the link does not work, cut and paste this url into your browser: https://plma.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mcform&view=ngforms&id=2002099.  

PLMA seeks nominations from Board members for the Executive Committee. All current executive committee members (see roster at www.peakload.org/plma-leadership) terms expire at the conclusion of the 38th PLMA Conference in Austin. The PLMA Executive Committee is comprised of up to eight (8) members who are elected to a two-year term with no term limits from current Board members in good standing.

Job Description. PLMA looks to the Executive Committee to provide strategic leadership and vision to assist the Officers and Executive Director with tactical support in the operation of the Association consistent with the Board’s direction. Tasks include:

  • Review, Understand, and Comply with the duties and responsibilities of the Executive Committee as described in the PLMA By Laws, Article 6.

  • Understand, Comply with, and Assist in Enforcement of all PLMA Policies, paying special attention to the Executive Committee duties in the Fiscal Policy and Code of Conduct, which includes conflict of interest.

  • Actively Support the delivery of a Strategic Objective or other working group and participate in Strategic Planning.

  • Participate in monthly Executive Committee meetings to ensure quorum is met.

  • Participate in Conference Planning and Presentation Evaluation.

  • Review, Edit, and Discuss new or revised PLMA Policies. Be Present to vote to accept or reject policies.

  • Provide feedback on materials and reports submitted by Executive Director for review.

  • Two members of the Executive Committee are required to serve on the finance committee, as appointed by the PLMA Officers.

  • During the Officer Election year, actively participate in recruiting and ensuring that PLMA has a viable set of candidates for each Officer position.

  • Become involved in other PLMA activities as they arise

  • Proactively promote PLMA and especially its conferences and membership in PLMA.

The Executive Committee meets via conference call monthly and at other times as deemed necessary. Members must remain an employee of a PLMA member organization for the length of their term, and are expected to participate in a majority of the monthly calls and other in-person meetings. There is no compensation or travel reimbursement from PLMA. PLMA By Laws and internal policies and are posted on the Board of Directors Group Home Page at www.peakload.org/board-home-page - you must be signed in as a Board Member to access these documents.

Nomination Process. Any PLMA board member in good standing may self-nominate. If someone other than the board member from a PLMA member organization wishes to self-nominate, they must become the designed board member for their organization.

Election Process. The Executive Committee election will be conducted electronically before the Board meeting takes place on November 12, as well as on-site during the board meeting. Board members may choose to vote either electronically or in person at the Board Meeting. Votes submitted in person will over-ride electronic votes submitted by the same organization. Candidates will be invited to record a brief statement for a Meet the Candidates webcast to be produced for Board members in October. The Election Policy and By-laws are posted behind your member password at www.peakload.org/board-home-page.

Sincerely,
Joseph E. Childs
Secretary and Election Officer

Primary Contact: Ed Thomas, Executive Director, PLMA, [email protected]; (707) 652-5333

 

 

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Subject:  PLMA Member Update, August 2018

Member Pipeline

- current member count is 140 organizations
- New Members: New Braunfels (Texas) Utilities; Illume, Powerley, Ecotagious 
- Lost Members: NJR Home Services

Demand Response Training Series in Phoenix This Fall. The 2-day DR Program Design and Implementation and DR Markets courses will next be presented back-to-back on Oct. 8-12 in APS offices co-hosted by APS and SRP.  Agenda and registration details are at www.peakload.org/demand-response-training

38th PLMA Conference in Austin.  Registration is now open and agenda is online at www.peakload.org/38th-conference-agenda. Interest Group meetings on Monday are now included in registration (not a separate ticket), but you may still choose your topics.  A few table-top display and Sponsor Showcase spots are still available at www.peakload.org/38th-conference-sponsor-opps.  Be sure to reserve a guest room at the Hyatt Austin with our $249 preferred before our room block sells out.  Details at www.peakload.org/38th-conference-attend.  

SEPA-PLMA Demand Response Snapshot.  SEPA and PLMA will co-produce a webinar on Sept. 6 with findings from the joint report that includes survey results from 155 utilities, a significant increase from the 104 utilities that responded last year.  Webinar details at www.peakload.org/calendar.

Branding Update.  PLMA's refreshed colors and value proposition are now online. See the fresh new look, read the article in UtilityDive, and learn more about PLMA's collaboration efforts on the home page at www.peakload.org.

Member News. PLMA will post your company announcements, RFPs, job posting, etc. on the PLMA website at no cost. Latest updates are: Navigant publishes "Natural Gas Demand Response and Non-Pipes Solutions as Alternatives to Pipeline Expansion."  See the latest Member News at www.peakload.org/news.

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are a "Practitioner Perspectives on Key AMI Issues" presentation in Bogota, Columbia for USEA by PLMA Chair Michael Brown, and recordings of PLMA webcasts in July on: Nest's Solar Eclipse Rush Hour Rewards Program and ComEd's Peak Time Savings Program as well as a Grid-Connected Home webcast co-produced by Green Tech Media with PLMA. Learn more and access at www.peakload.org/resources

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar except for the following:
Sept. 25-28 - E Source Forum, Denver.  E Source is offering a 50% discount to PLMA utility members who are not E Source members when you register with code PLMA50
Oct. 10-11 - GridFWD 2018 - Smart Grid NW is offering a 20% discount to PLMA member staff when you mention code 20off

 

 

  Member Update

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Subject:  PLMA Member Update, July 2018

Member Pipeline

- current member count is 140 organizations
- New Members: Enbala; WaterFurnace
- Lost Members: Ecova (now Engie Insights); Synergy Companies

Brand Refresh.  PLMA's website is refreshed with our new "Load Management Leadership" tagline and refreshed colors.  Utility Dive's campaign with our article titled: "PLMA's Leadership in Sharing Load Management Expertise" is now online at https://www.utilitydive.com/news/plmas-leadership-in-sharing-load-management-expertise/527553.

Demand Response Training Series in Phoenix This Fall. The 2-day DR Markets and 2-day DR Program Design and Implementation courses will next be presented back-to-back on Oct. 8-12 in APS offices co-hosted by APS and SRP.  Agenda and registration details are at www.peakload.org/demand-response-training

38th PLMA Conference in Austin.  Registration is now open and agenda is online at www.peakload.org/38th-conference-agenda. Interest Group meetings on Monday are now included in registration (not a separate ticket), but you may still choose your topics.  A few table-top display and Sponsor Showcase spots are still available at www.peakload.org/38th-conference-sponsor-opps.  Be sure to reserve a guest room at the Hyatt Austin with our $249 preferred before our room block sells out.  Details at www.peakload.org/38th-conference-attend.  

SEPA Grid Evolution Summit.
 Over 40 attended pre-event DR Evolution workshop and over 10 attended Member Meetup at Tuesday breakfast.  

E4TheFuture NWA Study.  Case studies have been drafted and shared with SEPA staff and peer review group.  Next step is for SEPA to draft and peer-review "wrap around" report for publication by November.   

Member News. PLMA will post your company announcements, RFPs, job posting, etc. on the PLMA website at no cost. Latest updates are: Olivia Patterson Named Vice President;  CPS Energy Seeks Measurement & Verification Service; Zen Ecosystems Seeks Regional Sales Director; and DER white paper from CPower with Navigant. See the latest Member News at www.peakload.org/news.

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are recordings for PLMA webcasts in June on Gulf Power, DER in Smart Homes, and Jennifer Potter recordings. Learn more and access at www.peakload.org/resources.
 

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar except for the following:
July 10 – Michael Brown and Ed Thomas participated in Distributech Agenda Planning Meeting, Denver
July 19 - Matt Carlson represented PLMA at NRECA Beneficial Electrification Leadership Forum, Arlington, VA

Sept. 25-28 - E Source Forum, Denver.  E Source is offering a 50% discount to PLMA utility members who are not E Source members when you register with code PLMA50 

 

 

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To:          Staff of PLMA Member Organizations listed at www.peakload.org/plma-member-directory
Subject:  PLMA Member Update, June 2018

Member Pipeline - current member count is 139 organizations
- New Members: EEI upgraded to Advisory
- Lost Members:  MidAmerican Energy Services

Brand Refresh.  PLMA Officers and Executive Committee are excited to preview for members the results of a Vision 2019 project to update PLMA's positioning and value for members in the energy industry. The marketing communications materials at  www.peakload.org/assets/officers/PLMA%20Interprose%20Deliverables%20060618.pdf have been created to help articulate PLMA's role in the context of the evolving energy delivery environment. In July, staff will be updating our tagline to highlight PLMA's "Load Management Leadership," and introduce a refreshed palette on our website and other materials.  Additional outcomes include an article and messaging framework that elaborate on how PLMA provides a forum for practitioners from energy utilities, solution providers and trade allies to share dynamic load management expertise, including demand response (DR) and distributed energy resources (DER). Thank you to the Strategic Vision Team members for participating in this initiative.

E4Future NWA Study.  Ten Non-Wires Alternative Projects have been selected by Peer Group members and staff are drafting case studies to support this joint research effort with SEPA.  The final report is slated for publication this fall.

38th Conference, Austin. Over 50 abstracts were received during the call for presenters and scoring by the Conference Planning Group is now underway.  The agenda will be announced in early July at www.peakload.org/38th-plma-conference.  The registration rate now includes participation in the Interest group meetings on Monday. 

Upcoming DR Dialogue.  The DR Dialogue with Jennifer Potter, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, and Danielle Sass Byrnett, NARUC has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 27.  Jennifer will join the Hawaii Public Utility Commission on July 1.  Register to participate at click here.      

Member News.  PLMA will post your company announcements, RFPs, job posting, etc. on the PLMA website at no cost. Latest updates are: Apogee Shares Xcel Energy's Video Messaging Success, Paul Tyno Named Director of Incubator; and Skipping Stone Hosts Smart Cities Workshop.  See the latest Member News at www.peakload.org/news.

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions other than recent PLMA webcast recordings are a Distribution Evolution Report from NARUC; and a DER Locational Value report from Nexant and SEPA.  Learn more and access at www.peakload.org/resources.

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. E Source is offering a 50% discount to PLMA utility members who are not E Source members when you register with discount code PLMA50. RSVP for member meetups at SEPA and E Source, and find additional events on the calendar page.  Links in calendar below.    

Calendar of events is at www.peakload.org/calendar including these upcoming events:
June 14 – Dialogue: 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
June 27: Dialogue: Jennifer Potter, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, and Danielle Sass Byrnett, NARUC
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 – Dialogue: Aaron Berndt, Nest, interviewed by Nick Corsetti, National Grid
Sep 25-28 - E Source 2018 Forum, Denver, Colo.   

 

 

 

  Member Update
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To:          Staff of PLMA Member Organizations listed at www.peakload.org/plma-member-directory
Subject:  PLMA Member Update, May 2018

ACTION ITEMS
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 www.peakload.org/38th-conference-call-for-presenters.

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 www.peakload.org/37th-Conf-Resources 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 www.peakload.org/38th-plma-conference  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 www.peakload.org/RFITraining 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 www.peakload.org/nwa-peer-review.

Speaker Bureau Placements.  PLMA representatives are speaking in June in Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and Bogota, Columbia. Details on event calendar below and at www.peakload.org/calendar.  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 www.peakload.org/speakers-bureau.

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 www.peakload.org/news

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 https://www.peakload.org/resources

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.  

Calendar
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

 
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