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The Real-World Benefits of Advanced Load Shifting


Though much of the electric-power industry has begun paying close attention to the importance of load shifting and demand response in recent years, Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. (CEPCI), has been focused on their benefits for decades. Based in Columbia, South Carolina, CEPCI is a nonprofit provider of wholesale electric service to the state’s 20 electric cooperatives and their 800,000 customers, often referred to as members. CEPCI’s use of sophisticated demand management technology allows it to call load optimization events responsive to time-of-use pricing on a regular basis.

Not only does CEPCI serve the state’s electric co-ops by securing low-cost electricity via long-term power purchase agreements and more than 800 miles of transmission lines, but it also continuously tests new technologies that can benefit co-ops and their members. “We are looking for ways to reduce the coincident peak and the big costs related to that every month. That’s how our co-ops derive value from load management,” said Scott Hammond, CEPCI’s member programs manager. “We’ve had water-heater programs since the 1980s, and we’ve probably got about 60,000 or 70,000 water-heater switches we do control with as well as smart thermostats and some older AC switches that we use.”

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PLMA Opens Call for Executive Committee Nominations 

Self-nominations from PLMA Board members are now being accepted from PLMA Board members for Executive Committee members for Fall 2020 - Fall 2022 term. If you plan to seek election, you must full complete the Executive Committee Nomination Form by Thursday, October 1, 2020.  The form requires that you include a brief statement of your qualifications, your goals for the organization, and initiatives that you want to champion.   As a benchmark, you may view the Fall 2018 Executive Committee ballot at

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:

PLMA seeks nominations from Board members for the Executive Committee. All current executive committee members (see roster at terms expire at the conclusion of the 41st PLMA Conference. The PLMA Executive Committee includes 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

  • Understand, Comply with, and Assist in Enforcement of all PLMA Policies

  • Actively support the delivery of a strategic objective or other working group and participate in the Strategic Planning process (to learn more about PLMA Strategic Planning process, view past Board meeting minutes and slides at

  • 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.

  • 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 are posted on the Board of Directors Group Home Page at - 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.  As a benchmark, you may view the Fall 2018 Executive Committee ballot at

Election Process. The Executive Committee election will be conducted electronically before the Board meeting takes place on November 2.  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

Joseph E. Childs
Secretary and Election Officer

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


Tetra Tech is Seeking an Energy Efficiency Project Manager

Tetra Tech

Tetra Tech is seeking to add an Energy Efficiency Project Manager to direct evaluations of energy efficiency programs for utilities, commissions and other stakeholders. The preferred candidate will have industry experience in utilities, policy, energy efficiency, market research analytics, and/or energy program design and planning. This position will be located in our Madison, WI office; the option to work remotely is negotiable. Opportunity for advancement. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

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Presque Isle Electric & Gas (PIE&G) Chooses OATI's webSmartEnergy AMIoT™


Minneapolis, MN: August 31, 2020 - After a successful pilot, OATI is pleased to announce Presque Isle Electric & Gas (PIE&G) has chosen OATI to fully roll out a LoRa-based network infrastructure, including OATI’s webSmartEnergy AMIoT™ Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Head End system to collect electric and gas meter readings from 46,000 meters across its 2,300 square mile service territory.

OATI AMIoT™ is a disruptive AMI technology, poised to help cooperative utilities become leaders in the next generation of smart metering. This next generation, IoT-based AMI packaged solution utilizes a LoRa-based network for the communication backhaul, encompassing a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) open protocol that provides bidirectional communications to the meters, and other devices, on the IoT network.

AMIoT™ is a highly cost-effective solution that also offers great flexibility to support a variety of use cases beyond AMI. The LoRa network takes advantage of open wireless and messaging communication protocols that allows utilities to add a multitude of LoRa-based devices such as smart agriculture, asset tracking, distribution automation, load management, and other sensing and control devices on the same network.

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PLMA Publishes Thought Leadership Piece on Electricity Pricing; Plans Launch of a New Pricing Interest Group

PLMA Thought Leader 2020

Plainfield, IN, September 1, 2020 — PLMA, the voice of load management practitioners in the energy utility industry, has published a 10-page excerpt from its planned November publication, Thought Leadership Compendium 2020, Vol 1, titled “Why is Electricity Pricing So Difficult? Between a Rock and a Smart Meter.”

Originally presented as a webcast, this highly engaging discussion among three industry experts explores the potential and challenges of time-differentiated and dynamic pricing, where the barriers to these approaches lie, and how to design electricity pricing options that customers actually understand, and want.

Electricity Pricing Highlights
Highlights of this excerpt by Ahmad Faruqui of the Brattle Group, Bill LeBlanc of E Source, and Derek Kirchner of Consumers Energy include:

  1. The challenges of modulating system peaks and addressing the belly of the duck curve when the price signals and marginal cost of energy are disconnected from one another;
  2. Customer preference for traditional flat rates despite the higher cost these represent to them, and the increased risk they represent to the utility;
  3. The opportunity smart meters and associated technologies present and how these can be used to help customers easily and effectively manage their energy use while spending less.

“Customer expectations of service providers in all sectors continue to increase as new and better approaches to pricing, billing, and customer engagement extend throughout the economy. In this context, energy pricing is an area of rich opportunity for utilities to help customers make cost-effective decisions about their energy usage. Signaling customers with timely pricing information can also help reduce utility business risk,” said PLMA Vice Chair, Rich Barone. “PLMA is addressing this important opportunity with the launch of a new Pricing Interest Group to focus on effective pricing strategies and approaches that benefit all energy stakeholders.”

Pricing Interest Group Opportunity
PLMA Interest Groups provide PLMA member practitioners with a collegial environment to learn from and network with peers who share similar interests. Staff of PLMA member organizations are welcome to join any PLMA Interest Group; five are currently offered including Customer Engagement, Connected Devices, Global Load Management, Women in Demand Management, and DER Integration. To get involved as a participant or as a volunteer leader in PLMA’s planned Pricing Interest Group, please contact PLMA’s Executive Director Rich Philip at [email protected].

About PLMA
PLMA is a 501(c)(6) non-profit association founded in 1999 that serves over 165 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, our LinkedIn page, and on Twitter @PLMAdr.

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

CLICK HERE to download the Compendium excerpt.
CLICK  HERE for the Load Management Dialogue recording.

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