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PLMA Board Members and At-Large Representatives

PLMA Conducts Survey on COVID-19 Impacts on Utility Loads and Implications for Load Management Programs 

PLMA, in partnership with Guidehouse, is conducting an online survey of members to assess COVID-19 impacts on load management programs, especially for the upcoming summer months. The purpose of this survey is to collect information and disseminate insights on how utilities are adapting to changes/challenges from the COVID-19 crisis in terms of managing their DR resources and how load management programs are being modified to adapt to the changes. The overarching objective is to present these findings to the PLMA membership and help benefit the community of load management practitioners as we move into an unprecedented summer season.


This survey was emailed to all PLMA members in hope that this will get the survey into the hands of the proper respondent for their organization. We would highly appreciate if you could respond to the survey, which is estimated to take approximately 5-10 minutes. If possible, we would like to receive your responses by May 29.

Survey responses will be kept confidential and only reported in aggregate.  In appreciation for their support, survey respondents will receive a preview of the summary of results ahead of any public presentation.  If you have any questions regarding this survey, please feel free to reach out to Rich Philip at [email protected].

CLICK HERE to Access the Survey

PLMA Presents 41st Conference Online to Record Registrations

Serving as the Voice of Load Management Practitioners, PLMA Will Hold Open its 
Conference Registration to Enable Downloads of the Recorded and Live Sessions as 
Interest in the Future of Energy Continues to Grow.

Vallejo, Calif., April 21, 2020 — PLMA, the voice of load management practitioners in the energy utility industry, opened its 41st Conference yesterday, hosted online due to COVID-19 restrictions, and greeted record registrations of almost 1,100 energy utility representatives and industry allies from across the U.S., plus 25 countries worldwide.

For this first-ever online PLMA Conference, the organization plans to hold open registration to enable as many industry practitioners as possible to view the live and pre-recorded sessions that span a range of topics including demand response, distributed energy resources, customer experience, beneficial electrification, connected devices, electric vehicles, and more.

Announcing the 17th PLMA Award Winners

During the conference’s live session on April 22nd, PLMA will recognize the six winners of the 17th PLMA Awards. The recipient organizations were selected by PLMA members through a rigorous vetting process. They represent three categories of outstanding load management programs, initiatives, and achievements from calendar year 2019, as follows::

Program Pacesetter Award Winners:

  • National Grid and EnergyHub for National Grid Connected Solutions
  • Arizona Public Service and EnergyHub for APS Distributed Energy Resource Aggregations (Rewards Programs and Solar Communities)

Thought Leader Award Winners:

  • Connected Energy (UK) Ltd for Battery Recycling in Belgium
  • Austin Energy for Austin SHINES Project

Technology Pioneer Award Winners:

  • CPS Energy for Public Engagement
  • City of New York, Department of Citywide Administrative Services for Building Operator Engagement

Over the past 16 years, PLMA has presented over 82 awards to recipient organizations including utilities, product/service providers, end-users, and individuals responsible for demand response efforts that benefit the residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural customer markets.

New PLMA Publications

During PLMA’s board meeting, held in conjunction with the online conference, PLMA also announced two new publications, which can be downloaded from its website, including:

  • A PLMA Thought Leadership 2019 Compendium which features transcripts from 12 selected webcasts and conference sessions produced by PLMA in 2019;
  • PLMA Award-Winning Load Management Initiatives which provides transcripts of eight interviews with last year’s award-winning load management programs, which were featured in the 16th PLMA Awards.

PLMA's 42nd Conference Planned for Baltimore, MD

The 42nd PLMA Conference is scheduled for November 9th to 11th, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. PLMA will launch an industry-wide call for presenters in June 2020. The organization’s national conferences presented each spring and fall provide 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). For two decades, PLMA conferences, educational programs and networking opportunities have brought member organizations together to develop, implement and share proven practices in a peer-to-peer network — offering load management leadership for the energy industry.

About the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA)

PLMA is a non-profit association founded in 1999 that serves 164 member organizations as the Voice of Load Management Practitioners. PLMA seeks to advance practical applications of dynamic load management and distributed energy resources by providing a forum where members educate one another and explore innovative approaches to program delivery, pricing constructs, and technology adoption. Learn more at, on our LinkedIn page, and on Twitter @PLMAdr.

Media Contact:
Judy Knight, Chief Development Officer, PLMA
(404) 771-1122
[email protected]


NC Electric Cooperatives Seeking an Energy Services & Technology AnalystNCCoop

Job Description
The Energy Services & Technology Analyst is on the staff of the Director of Energy Services & Technology within the Energy Delivery Division. This position will collaborate with multi-departmental teams to evaluate, develop, and implement edge-of-grid services and technology through edge-of-grid demonstration pilots and programs. These pilots and programs support NCEMC’s Virtual Power Plant (VPP) and provide value to the electric distribution cooperatives (member cooperatives). Edge-of-grid demonstration pilots and programs include demand response (DR) and distributed energy resources (DER), data systems, and services that aggregate and control distributed technology. The position will act as a team participant, technical lead, program owner, and program leader/manager across NCEMC’s programmatic efforts.

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Leaning into Energy Transformation

By Rich Barone, VP of Advanced Energy TransformationTRC

Rapid energy transformation is the new norm. From in front of the meter to behind the meter and operations centers, no part of our energy system is unchanged. Grid assets have evolved from traditional grid infrastructure and early demand response solutions ten years ago to complex, agile, and both small-scale and large-scale distributed energy systems today.

This transition is happening rapidly, with meaningful impacts on both utilities and customers alike. So how do we navigate through the rocky terrain? As we are experiencing with COVID-19, transformation can take the form of reactivity and struggle. Difficult, unforeseen challenges become a catalyst for growth. Or alternatively, we can anticipate where our needs are going to be, rather than where we are today, and make plans and implement solutions with that future in mind.

A Forward-Solving Mindset.  A forward-looking, forward-solving mindset is critical to strategically morph our energy paradigm. Prior to recently joining TRC, I had a front-row seat to the challenges and opportunities of energy transformation at Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO). The business-as-usual model is no longer working for utilities and I participated in HECO’s efforts to evolve their approach, leading a team of ‘intrapreneurs’ who embraced the challenge of rethinking our systems and implementing new technology and business innovations.

Just as the grid is becoming more flexible, so too must our business and operations frameworks embody agility and resilience. Utilities and energy providers are embracing distributed energy as an orchestration partner in these complex systems. They are developing interesting solutions for customer asset integration, non-wires alternatives, new market creation, and long-term operational strategies and business models.

I am pleased to join TRC because its integrated advanced energy and digital services are critical to helping energy providers bring their transformation visions to life; and with the continued COVID-19 as well as a multitude of grid and decarbonization needs, many energy providers are accelerating their transformation goals to realize reliable, flexible, and clean power today.

CLICK HERE to read the full article.


West Monroe Partners Thought Pieces on COVID-19West Monroe

The Impact of COVID-19 on U.S. Utility Operations
Utilities need to prepare for changes in load, employee availability, and the ability to execute existing projects. West Monroe shares how to create a more digital workplace and improve productivity.

What Can Utilities Expect from the COVID-19 Stimulus Package?
With the $2.2 trillion stimulus package passing, it's critical that utilities remain proactive so customers are able to maximize benefits. Here's how West Monroe says to stay ahead of their questions.

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