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Call for Self-Nominations for PLMA Officer Positions Ends August 9

Self-nominations from PLMA Board members are now being accepted for all Officer positions for Fall 2019 - Fall 2021 term.  All current officers' terms expire at the conclusion of the 40th PLMA Conference in St. Petersburg. There are four (4) PLMA Officer positions: Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary (see roster at  Officers 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. 

If you plan to seek election, please complete the Officer Nomination Form. The form 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 Friday, August 9, 2019. You must be signed in to access the form. If the link does not work, cut and paste this url into your browser:

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

  • Participate in online monthly Officer and Executive Committee meetings
  • Participate in Conference Planning and Presentation Evaluation
  • Participate in Strategic Planning activities
  • Provide feedback on materials submitted by Executive Director for review.

A detailed description of each Officer position is at CLICK HERE.  

The Officers meet independently and then meets with the Executive Committee via conference call monthly and at other times as deemed necessary. Officers 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 Election Policy, By-Laws and other 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.

Election Process. The Officer election will be conducted electronically before the Board meeting on November 4, 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 in September. 

Andrea Simmonsen
Election Officer

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


Emerson Seeks Sales Manager - Utility and Energy

Over the past several years, energy companies have been leveraging smart home products to deliver energy efficiency, demand response and demand management programs. Emerson’s Sensi smart thermostats work with utilities and smart energy partners to deliver solutions that are both cost effective and customer focused. 

This new position will focus on working with utilities and partners to grow our business through API partnerships and thermostat sales. You will work closely with the marketing and product teams to ensure we are focusing on the most impactful features and market segments. The role will be supporting Sensi thermostat sales, API partnerships and the development of the Multiple Thermostat Manager software platform.  

To learn more and apply, visit

Contact: James Jackson, Business Development Manager, [email protected]



ecobee Seeks Director, ecobee Energy, West

ecobee logoecobee seeks a Director of Energy, West to work directly with the Executive Vice President, ecobee Energy and support the ongoing prospecting, development, and management of current and future clients in the energy and utility sector.

As our Director of ecobee Energy you will lead a team focused on delivering overall business results in our ecobee Energy channel. This role operates with many stakeholders and will have the opportunity to drive our strategic planning and sales for the West territory. This role involves North American travel and the ideal candidate will be based in Western USA. 

To learn more and apply, visit

Contact: Chris Carradine EVP [email protected]



Energy Central Interviews PLMA Award Winners

Energy Central

Energy Central recently interviewed some of the PLMA Award Winners. Click the links below to view the interviews. If you would like to join the PLMA Load Management Group on the Energy Central Network, click here

Using Thermal Energy Storage as a Grid Asset: Interview with Viking Cold Solutions, Winner of PLMA Technology Pioneer Award

Distributed Flexibility at Scale: A Conversation with Portland General Electric on their PLMA Program Pacesetter Award Winning Virtual Power Plant

A Holistic Approach to Demand Management for C&I Customers: Interview with Eversource Energy on their PLMA ‘Thought Leader’ Award

A Unique Flexible Load Management Partnership: Exclusive Interview with Jake Marin of Efficiency Vermont

Pacific Gas and Electric Company Excess Supply Program 


Resideo Acquires Responsive Energy Efficiency Technology, Expands Smart-Home Comfort Offering

AUSTIN, Texas, May 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Resideo Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: REZI) announced it has acquired innovative energy efficiency technology from Whisker Labs and hired the team behind it. The technology creates a thermodynamic model of a home to accurately predict home heating and air conditioning run time and energy use to enable a homeowner to use less energy while maintaining comfort.

"Whisker Labs has been a great partner for us, and adding this capability is yet another example of our commitment to compelling growth opportunities that strengthen and complement our smart-home offerings through the use of intelligent data," said Mike Nefkens, president and CEO of Resideo. "With our presence in 150 million homes and unparalleled channel of 110,000 professional contractors, we are in a prime position to deploy this technology at the next level, making our smart-home products even smarter while saving homeowners money on their energy bills."

The announcement marks the second acquisition by Resideo since it became a standalone, publicly traded company following its spinoff from Honeywell in October 2018. The technology complements Resideo's portfolio of connected thermostats, including the Honeywell Home™ T-Series Smart Thermostats – the T9 and T10 Pro – which feature wireless smart-room sensors to effortlessly deliver a desired temperature to a specific room in the home when and where it's needed. Resideo will look to strategically integrate the energy efficiency technology into the company's smart-home comfort offerings.

About Resideo
Resideo is a leading global provider of critical comfort and security solutions primarily in residential environments, and distributor of low-voltage electronic and security products. Building on a 130-year heritage, Resideo has a presence in more than 150 million homes, with 15 million systems installed in homes each year. We continue to serve more than 110,000 contractors through leading distributors, including our ADI Global Distribution business, which exports to more than 100 countries from more than 200 stocking locations around the world. Resideo is a $4.8 billion company with approximately 13,000 global employees. For more information about Resideo, please visit

The Honeywell Home trademark is used under a long-term license from Honeywell International Inc.

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