PLMA Member Updates | The Voice of Load Management Professionals

This is a blog to keep members apprised of on-going association management issues.  Updates are posted monthly and at other times as necessary.

[This message is being sent as both an email and as a post to Member Update Page at www.peakload.org/member-update--february-2019

ACTION ITEMS: 

1. Consider which load management initiatives from 2018 are most award-worthy and submit a 16th PLMA Award nomination before March 4, 2019.  Imagine how tough the award judges' choices would be if every PLMA member organization submitted just one nomination!  Details at www.peakload.org/awards 

2.  Review 39th PLMA Conference agenda at www.peakload.org/39th-conference-agenda and plan now to attend.   

3. Need demand response and distributed energy resource training or know some who does?  Register for courses online or coming up in April at BGE offices in Baltimore.  Details at www.peakload.org/demand-response-training. 

Member Pipeline.  Current member count is 155 organizations 
- New Members: OpenADR Alliance; Efficiency Vermont

- Lost Members: CaSA Energy 

Publications. The PLMA Annual Report and the new Thought Leadership 2018 Compendium with transcripts of 8 webcasts and conference sessions from 2018 at www.peakload.org/annual-report.  Abstracts have been accepted for The Future of DER Compendium and the editing process is now underway for publication this spring.  

Training.  BGE will host the DR Market Fundamentals and DR Program Design/Implementation courses on April 8-12, 2019 in their Baltimore offices.  All registrants are encouraged to take the new online Demand Response Fundamentals course in advance. Congratulations to George Beatty of Xcel Energy and Erin Elmiger of Threshold who each won a gift certificate to PLMA's Lands End store for completing the online course by year-end.  Details at www.peakload.org/demand-response-training 

DistribuTECH Collaboration.  About 100 people attended the Member Breakfast Meetup at Mother's Restaurant.  With Dtech 2020 back in San Antonio, we've again reserved the Ruth's Chris Steakhouse for January 28, 2020.      

Member News. PLMA posts news, RFPs, job postings, etc. on PLMA website at no cost as a member benefit. Latest updates are: Energy Dept. RFI for Building Loads; and Massachusetts Clean Peak Energy Standard Notice.  Access at www.peakload.org/news. 

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are: FERC DR Assessment Report, and Smart Home and DR webcast recording.  Access at www.peakload.org/resources 

Events by PLMA Allies.
Smart Energy Summit, Feb. 18-20 in Austin, Texas examines the changing role of utilities to help empower consumers with solutions to save energy in the home.  Details at click here.
SPEER Clean Energy Exchange, April 8-9, 2019 in Austin, Texas is the premier energy efficiency event for Texas & Oklahoma.  Interact with industry leaders, hear keynotes Jeff Butler & Katharine Hayhoe, & engage in interactive breakout sessions.  Details at click here. 

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and includes these upcoming highlights:
Feb. 21 - Dialogue: ConEd's Brooklyn Queens Project with Michael Brown

Feb. 28 - Dialogue: National Grid's NWA Projects with Rich Barone
March 4 - Award nominations end
March 7 - Dialogue: FERC Annual Report with Michael Brown
March 11 - International Group Planning Call with Scott Coe and Ross Malme
April 8-12 - PLMA Training Course Series, Baltimore 
May 13-15 - 39th PLMA Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

[This message is being sent as both an email and as a post to Member Update Page at www.peakload.org/member-update--january-2019

ACTION ITEMS:

1. Need demand response and distributed energy resource training or know some who does?  Register for courses online or coming up in April at BGE offices in Baltimore.  Details at www.peakload.org/demand-response-training.

2.  Plan now to participate in the 39th PLMA Conference set for May 13-15 in Minneapolis.  Details at www.peakload.org/39th-plma-conference .

Member Pipeline.  Current member count is 154 organizations 
- New Members: Eversource, Virtual Peaker
- Lost Members: Westar Energy (merged with KCPL), Next Energy, mClimate, E.ON, Enernex

Training. BGE will host the DR Market Fundamentals and DR Program Design/Implementation courses on April 8-12, 2019 in their Baltimore offices.  George Beatty of Xcel Energy and Erin Elmiger of Threshold each won a $100 Land's End gift card for PLMA-embroidered items in a random drawing of those who completed the new DR Fundamentals online course by Dec. 31, 2018.  Learn more about the online and Baltimore courses at www.peakload.org/demand-response-training

39th PLMA Conference, Minneapolis.  Patrik Ronnings of Xcel Energy and Jeff Haase of Great River Energy are the Conference Planning Group Co-chairs.  Over 60 session abstracts were received and scoring is now underway by over 60 volunteers.  The agenda will be announced online by February 11.  Registration is open at www.peakload.org/39th-plma-conference 

DistribuTECH Collaboration.  PLMA will host another Member Breakfast Meetup at the legendary Mother's Restaurant on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 8-9am just before the opening general  session. Details and RSVP link at www.peakload.org/calendar.  Also, Distributech has again recognized PLMA as an Association Partner with a 15% attendee registration discount to all PLMA member staff.  They also are offering an exhibitor discount to PLMA members who are first-time exhibitors.  Details at www.peakload.org/calendar

Publications.  Staff is planning to complete by end of January the 2018 Annual Member Activity Report in a style similar to last year and a Thought Leadership 2018 Compendium with transcripts of 8 webcasts and conference sessions from 2018.  Over 20 submissions were received for the Future of DER Compendium and peer review is now underway with volunteers from the DER Integration and Thought Leadership groups.

Member News. PLMA will post your company announcements, RFPs, job postings, etc. on the PLMA website at no cost. Latest updates are: CPS Energy Seeks Assessment Service, HVAC Energy Savings with Swarm Logic, and Eversource Seeks Demand Management Consultant. Access at www.peakload.org/news.

Resource Directory UpdatesThe most recent additions are: Distribution System Costs Associated with the Deployment of Photovoltaic Systems, and Distributed Energy Resources Management Systems,  Access at www.peakload.org/resources

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and includes these upcoming activities:
Jan. 24 - PLMA presenters at AESP National Conference, San Antonio
Jan. 31 - Dialogue: Smart Home & DR with Denise Ernst, Parks Associates & Rich Philip, Duke Energy
Feb 5 - Member Meet-up Breakfast at Distributech, New Orleans
April 8-12 - PLMA Training Course Series, Baltimore 
May 13-15 - 39th PLMA Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov. 4-6 40th PLMA Conference, St. Petersburg, Florida

 

[This message is being sent as both an email and as a post to Member Update Page at www.peakload.org/member-update--december-2018

ACTION ITEM:  Consider encouraging your associates who are PLMA members... as well as prospective members... to respond to the Call for Presenters for the 39th PLMA Conference at www.peakload.org/39th-plma-conference-call-for-presenters and/or for the Future of DER Compendium Call for Abstracts at www.peakload.org/future-of-der-call-for-abstracts

Member Pipeline.  Current member count is 157 organizations 
- New Members: TrickleStar, GridPoint, Applied Energy Group, Tetra Tech, City of Tallahassee Utilities 

39th Conference, Minneapolis. Registration for attendee and sponsors now open. 

Training. BGE will host the DR Market Fundamentals and DR Program Design/Implementation courses on April 8-12, 2019 in their Baltimore offices.  Last week PLMA launch a promotion of the online Intro to DR Fundamentals with an offer for anyone who registers & completes the course by Dec. 31 to be entered in a drawing for a $100 Land's End gift card for PLMA-embroidered items.  

New Award Group Co-Chair.  Mike Smith of National Grid has replaced Nick Corsetti of National Grid as a PLMA Awards Group Co-Chair.  The call for award nominations will launch in early January. 

Member News. PLMA will post your company announcements, RFPs, job posting, etc. on the PLMA website at no cost. Latest updates are: Tierra Resource Consultants Promotes Matthew Joyce to Director; and Itron Selected to be a Leading Technology Provider in California Distributed Energy Management Project.  See the latest member news at www.peakload.org/news.

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are: 38th PLMA Conference presentations and photo archive; and E4TheFuture-SEPA-PLMA Joint NWA Research Joint Webcast on Dec. 6, and Multi-User Microgrid Deployment white paper by Northeast Clean Energy Council and Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy.  Learn more and access at www.peakload.org/resources.

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and includes these upcoming activities:
Dec. 17 - Future of DER Compendium Call for Abstracts ends
Dec. 21 - 39th Conference Call for Presenters ends
Jan. 24 - PLMA presenters at AESP National Conference, San Antonio
April 8-12 - PLMA Training Course Series, Baltimore 
May 13-15 - 39th PLMA Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov. 4-6 - 
40th PLMA Conference, St. Petersburg, Florida

 

[This message is being sent as both an email and as a post to Member Update Page at www.peakload.org/member-update--november-2018

Member Pipeline.  Current member count is 152 organizations
- New Members: The Brattle Group, Chelan PUD, High West Energy, West Monroe Partners, Blackhawk Network, Leap, Tierra Energy Consultants, and Accenture.  

Executive Committee Election Results. The Executive Committee elected by the Board for the 2018-2020 term are (in alphabetical order by last name):

  • Wendy Brummer, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Justin Chamberlain, CPS Energy
  • Troy Eichenberger, Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Ruth Kiselewich, ICF
  • Robin Maslowski, Navigant
  • Olivia Patterson, Opinion Dynamics
  • Christine Riker, Energy Solutions
  • Andrea Simmonsen, Idaho Power Company 

Appointments.  The Board voted to confirm the appointment of Paul Miles of PECO, an Exelon Company, to serve as Vice Chair to replace Derek Kirchner of DTE Energy.  Jeff Havranek of Sensus and Amy Bryan, of Jackson EMC have been appointed by the officers to replace Katie Panek of Westar Energy and Jane Peters of Research into Action. 

New Publications.  PLMA announced 3 new publications at the Board meeting: 

  • Joint Non-Wires Alternative Research Report – The report co-produced by PLMA and SEPA with funding from E4TheFuture details common attributes and lessons learned from 10 non-wires alternatives projects. Details at: www.peakload.org/nwa-joint-research.
  • 15th PLMA Awards Compendium – The publication includes transcripts from 2018 webcast interviews with the people behind six award-winning load management initiatives. Details at www.peakload.org/2018-winners.
  • Future of Distributed Energy Resources Compendium – A call for abstracts is now underway to identify leading industry initiatives where utilities are partnering with allies to demonstrate the path to a more integrated approach to distributed energy resources.  Details at www.peakload.org/future-of-der-call-for-abstracts 

38th Conference, Austin. Over 310 people attended the conference this week.  The presentation slides

will be available at www.peakload.org/38th-Conf-Resources to all PLMA member organization staff, regardless of whether or not you registered to attend the event. 

Member News. PLMA will post your company announcements, RFPs, job posting, etc. on the PLMA website at no cost. Latest updates are: PLMA Grows to 152 Members; Connected Energy Announces Major Upgrade to CNRG at 38th PLMA Conference; PLMA is Seeking Abstracts for The Future of Distributed Energy Resources Compendium; Navigant Publishes "Bring Your Own Device DSM Programs for Utilities and Retail Energy Suppliers;" New Report Tracks Projects that meet Electricity Needs without Adding Transmission Lines; Origination/Sales Manager Opening; Encycle and PhoenixET Launch Strategic Software Partnership; and IPKeys and ElectSolve Accelerate Growth Strategies. See the latest member news at www.peakload.org/news.

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are: 38th PLMA Conference Presentations; E4TheFuture-SEPA-PLMA Joint NWA Research Report; PLMA Award-Winning Initiative Compendium; SEPA-PLMA-Navigant 2018 Utility Demand Response Snapshot; and recordings of these PLMA webcasts in October: Working Together! A Joint Connected Devices/DER Integration Interest Group Discussion, Women in Demand Management Group Discussion on DSM Finance; and Integrated Demand-Side Management – The Next Frontier. Learn more and access at www.peakload.org/resources.

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and includes:
Dec. 6, 2 p.m. Eastern- Non-Wires Alternatives: Insights from the Nation’s Leading NWA Projects, A Joint E4TheFuture, SEPA & PLMA webinar
May 13-15, 2019 - 39th PLMA Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov. 4-6, 2019 - 40th PLMA Conference, St. Petersburg, Florida

 

[This message is being sent as both an email and as a post to Member Update Page at www.peakload.org/member-update--october-2018

ACTION ITEMS
1. Register for 38th PLMA Conference on Nov. 12-14 in Austin. Plan now to join the over 200 load management practitioners who have already registered to attend the 38th PLMA Conference.  There is no longer an extra charge to participate in the Interest Group meetings on Monday. Agenda, who's coming, and registration details are at www.peakload.org/38th-conference-attend.

2. Preview Introduction to Demand Response Fundamentals online course at www.enerdynamics.com/PLMA.  This new online training course developed by Enerdynamics with PLMA will be formally launched next week with a $79 retail price and a 20% discount for PLMA members on the entire Enerdynamics course catalog. This PLMA Education Planning Group activity is part of the PLMA Vision 2018 initiative.      

Member Pipeline.  Current member count is 145 organizations
- New Members: Oncor Electric Delivery, Olivine, IGS Energy; COI Energy Services, Chelan PUD, and Brattle Group.  EnerNOC is now Enel X 
- Lost Members: Puget Sound Energy and Natural Hawaiian Energy Institute.

Interest Group Online Discussions.  Anyone, member or not, is welcome to join the upcoming online discussions with the Women in Demand Management, Connected Devices, and DER Integration Interest Groups. Details at www.peakload.org/calendar.

AESP Collaboration.  A free joint AESP-PLMA webinar on Integrated Demand-Side Management is set for Nov. 8.  Details at www.peakload.org/calendar

Member News. PLMA will post your company announcements, RFPs, job posting, etc. on the PLMA website at no cost. Latest updates are: New Intro to DR Online Training, IPKeys and Electsolve Merger, Encycle and Lightstat Form Software/Hardware Partnership, and Encycle Introduces Swarm Service™ for Cloud-Based Control of HVAC Rooftop Units. See the latest Member News at www.peakload.org/news.

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are "The Future of Distributed Energy Resources" panel presentation at EEI Strategic Issues Roundtable, and recordings of PLMA webcasts in September on Distributed Energy Resource Integration Challenges, International Interest Group Update, and DERMS Software Selection. Learn more and access at www.peakload.org/resources.

Demand Response Training Series in Phoenix.  APS hosted 28 students for Program Design and Implementation followed by Market Fundamentals training at the headquarters office in Phoenix, October 8-12.  Training included lecture, mentored interactive exercises, and concluded with exams.  Volunteer mentors included Christine Riker, Energy Solutions; Michael Brown, NV Energy; Joe Childs, Eaton; Rich Philip, Duke Energy; and Dave Hyland, Zen Ecosystems.  Guest speakers were Lauren Carr, California ISO and Barry Ledford, CLEAResult. Trainers were Stuart Schare and Brett Feldman, Navigant; and Scott Coe, GridOptimize.

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and includes:
Oct. 25 - Working Together! A Joint Connected Devices/DER Integration Interest Group Discussion
Nov. 1 - Women in Demand Management Group Discussion: DSM Finance
Nov. 8 - AESP-PLMA joint webinar on Integrated Demand-Side Management
Nov. 12 - Demand Response Fundamentals and Evolution, Austin, Texas
Nov. 12-14 - 38th PLMA Conference, Austin, Texas
Nov. 14-15 - Utility Load Management Exchange Fall Meeting, Austin, Texas

 
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