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For Immediate Release, March 31, 2020

PLMA Names New Executive Director and Chief Development Officer

Richard Philip will become PLMA’s Executive Director on May 1, 2020. Rich, who was PLMA Chair from 2015 to 2017, will retire from Duke Energy to accept this full-time PLMA position. In addition, Judy Knight will become PLMA’s Chief Development Officer on April 1, 2020. Formerly Director of Communications at the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA), Judy has also held various senior roles in the nonprofit sector, including marketing, business development, and member engagement. Ed Thomas continues as Operations Director, and Tiger Adolf as Member Services Director. “We are excited to bring on Rich and Judy to help us further drive the mission of PLMA while continuing to ensure rock solid member support and programming,” said PLMA Chair Michael Brown.

The 41st PLMA Conference, originally scheduled to be presented in Scottsdale, Arizona, will instead be presented online with a mix of live and pre-recorded content presented at no charge to members and non-members alike. The updated conference agenda includes live 2-hour-long webcasts on Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22, as well as pre-recordings of as much of the rest of the previously-scheduled conference content as practical. The pre-recordings will be made available to all conference registrants for your binge-watching learning beginning on April 20.

We hope you will make time to view and share this online conference content to reinforce the value of networking and learning among our load management practitioner community during these challenging times. Together, let’s make this the biggest and best conference that PLMA never had... and set our sights on being together again this November 9-11 for the 42nd PLMA Conference in Baltimore.


IPKeys commences cyber security monitoring services for up to 50 Utilities within the American Public Power Association (APPA) and Department of Energy (DOE) Cooperative Agreement

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Contract award based on recently acquired N-Dimension technology addition to IPKeys Cyber Lab as a Service IPKeys-CLaaS™ platform:

Tinton Falls, N.J., Mar. 17, 2020, IPKeys Power Partners announced today the launch of a cooperative agreement with APPA and DOE to provide cyber security monitoring services for up to fifty public power utilities in the United States.

As part of the collaboration, the parties have agreed to share cyber incident notification reports developed involving public power utilities to the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center "E-ISAC", Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center "MS-ISAC" and/or other information sharing organizations provided that all parties agree to maintain the confidentiality of the information. 

IPKeys Power Partners will share additional information regarding the cyber monitoring program implementation during a webcast on Mar. 24, 2020.  To register for this webinar click here.

"On behalf of IPKeys and the N-Dimension team, we are honored to be selected to commence fulfilling the delivery of Cybersecurity Monitoring Services to be deployed at selected public power utilities throughout the USA," said Robert Nawy, CEO IPKeys Power Partners. "The recent acquisitions of N-Dimension with our proven Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) SigmaFlow platform enables IPKeys-CLaaS™ to now provide the same level of end-to-end cyber risk mitigation services to the utility sector that we have provided in the Department of Defense (DOD)and federal sectors over the past 15 years." Nawy added.

"APPA, through our cooperative agreement with the US Department of Energy, has contracted with IPKeys Power Partners to subsidize the deployment of N-Dimension’s N-Sensor technology at public power utilities  We are pleased to kick off this pilot to further mature the cybersecurity programs of our members," said Nathan Mitchell, Sr. Director of Cyber and Physical Security Services, American Public Power Association. "We are excited to see public power utilities take the next step on monitoring cyber threats to critical electric infrastructure. This is in line with our efforts to foster a culture of cyber security at public power utilities starting with a self-assessment using our Cybersecurity Scorecard on to data driven benchmarking using commercial tools," added Mitchell.

"In our team’s collective experience serving municipal utilities since 1999, we have witnessed first-hand the growing cyber threats and vulnerabilities facing our municipal electricity providers," said Mark Ponder, CIO IPKeys Power Partners.  "We are pleased to participate in this grant that represents a defining moment in advancing the technological capability and consciousness necessary to mitigate the imminent cyber threats confronting our electricity providers," Ponder added.

About IPKeys Power Partners

IPKeys Power Partners’ provides secure technology solutions to the complex challenges faced by our country’s utilities and cities. These challenges encompass cyber secure energy infrastructure, optimized electricity demand management and reliable public safety communication networks. Our technology solutions portfolio encompasses networks, data centers, cybersecurity, software, hardware and smart energy grids.

The company is headquartered in Tinton Falls, NJ and has national installation including Shreveport LA, Stafford VA, San Diego, CA, Annapolis Junction, MD, Austin & Dallas TX and Toronto Canada.

About APPA

The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. APPA represents public power before the federal government to protect the interests of the more than 49 million people that public power utilities serve, and the 93,000 people they employ. APPA advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations.

About the DOE

The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.

To learn more about the cyber security monitoring program please contact:
Carter Schoenberg, EVP CyberSecurity Solutions
IPKeys Power Partners
(202) 660-8066, [email protected]


Nathan Mitchell, Sr. Director of Cyber and Physical Security Services
American Public Power Association

[email protected]



Navigant Research Has Published Utility Online Energy MarketplacesNavigant


Utility Online Energy Marketplaces
E-commerce Platform Drivers, Barriers, Key Industry Players, Global Market Forecasts, and Analysis Demand Side Management 

A 10% discount is available for PLMA members.

Customers are growing comfortable with smart home products and continue to look for ways to orchestrate energy management and comfort. This awareness has spurred recent developments in utility online energy marketplaces, which create the opportunity for utilities to deepen engagement with customers and serve as an energy ally. In response, customers are seizing opportunities to interact with their utility online. Although still relatively small, with a few key industry players across North America and Europe, the utility online energy marketplace is beginning to differentiate with advanced customer engagement offerings. 

Evolving partnerships, merger and acquisition activity, and priority market shifts are changing the utility online energy marketplace landscape. Where online stores traditionally targeted residential customers, offerings are of growing relevance to the small and medium business (SMB) community. Further, business models look distinct between existing markets in North America and Europe and provide room for regional-level growth. Integrated distributed energy resource and other demand side management (DSM) programs will continue to develop over the coming decade and create the demand for smart home products and increased customer engagement, both of which can be provided through utility online energy marketplaces.

This report by Navigant Research, a Guidehouse company, examines the global online energy marketplace landscape. The study provides an analysis of market issues including drivers and barriers. Profiles of key industry players across North America and Europe are included. Global market forecasts for marketplace revenue is provided by region and customer segment through 2029.


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Technical Consultant, Energy and Electric Utilities

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Advanced Energy is a planning, technical and engineering services firm that provides market-based energy solutions. We work with electric utilities, state, federal and local governments, manufacturers and a wide variety of public and private partners. We offer program design and implementation, consulting, training, testing and research to provide market-based energy-related solutions for our five markets: residential, commercial and industrial, motors and drives, solar and electric transportation. This position will provide advanced technical consulting and expertise in the energy field to utilities, builders, federal and state agencies, and other customers. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the electric utility/energy industries and grid-edge demand side management technologies including but not limited to demand response, distributed generation, energy storage, energy efficiency and electrification. The position will support multiple projects and project teams primarily for the residential market and potentially across the other markets.

Essential Functions

  • Conduct applied research studies to develop, implement and evaluate utility programs.
  • Analyze technology, resource needs and market demand to plan and assess the feasibility of programs.
  • Perform technical analysis and prepare reports and/or documentation to present concise results to customers.
  • Assist in deploying new technologies in the field and troubleshoot root cause of problems.
  • Perform field evaluations, summarize data and recommend solutions for energy technologies.
  • Help select equipment or measurement tools and techniques for energy technology evaluation.
  • Keep up to date with new technologies being deployed locally and/or nationally.
  • Clarify and evaluate technical aspects of business opportunities and service requests from customers.
  • Design and develop products and services that take advantage of new knowledge generated by applied research and studies.
  • Maintain and develop own technical and professional knowledge through targeted development activities such as attending workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies.
  • Conduct workshops and presentations.
  • Provide technical mentoring for other staff.
  • Participate on or lead project teams.
  • Coordinate project tasks, making detailed plans to accomplish objectives and assist with the integration of technical activities while adhering to project scope, timeline and budget.


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant technical field required. Combination of education and work experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Minimum of 5 years of technical work experience in the energy field related to job position
    • Relevant work should include:
      • Program implementation experience for an energy utility provider, or as a program administrator/consultant for a utility program.
      • Experience with technologies for demand response, distributed generation, energy storage, energy efficiency and electrification used in smart homes and buildings
    • Preferred experience with:
      • Economic drivers and policies that affect energy conservation and demand response.
      • Understanding of the new home construction market
      • Electric utility rate structures and design
      • Training and/or presentations on technical content
  • Intermediate level proficiency using Microsoft Office Products.
  • Problem solving and data interpretation skills; strong written and oral communication skills; ability to work in teams as well as independently; organization, time management and attention to detail; ability to plan, manage and deliver projects; ability to develop and adhere to project budget; commitment to excellent customer service; technical writing and research skills.
  • Position could involve up to 30% travel; Anticipated travel is 10-15%
  • Position may require occasional work in excessive hot or cold temperatures or at building construction sites.
  • Must be able to climb ladders, lift 30 pounds comfortably and follow safety requirements including wearing personal protective equipment.

Location: Raleigh, NC
Employment Type: Full-time

Recruitment provided by Capital Associated Industries. To apply:

Advanced Energy is an Equal Opportunity of Women/Minorities/Veterans/Disabilities

Contact: CC Maurer - [email protected]


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Surveys Building Operators

Berkeley LabIf you or someone you know operates a commercial building, don’t miss this opportunity to make your voice heard. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) wants to get to the bottom of how you feel about adjusting building services to temporarily lower electricity usage in response to grid needs. If your utility asked you to tweak your thermostat, adjust your lights, or manipulate some other aspect of your building’s energy profile for a few hours, what would you prefer to do? To what extent would larger payments from the utility motivate you to cut back more on your electricity usage?

Berkeley, California  – Berkeley Lab is conducting a short survey to learn how commercial building operators value different conditions, such as temperature and lighting, that could change when a building is called on to for demand response (i.e., to modify its electricity use for a few hours to support the U.S. electric grid). Such modifications could help the grid become more resilient and sustainable.  

If you operate office or stand-alone retail buildings, or advise on their operation, please help the Lab by clicking the link below to take a survey. No prior experience with demand response programs is necessary to participate, all responses are anonymous, and you can exit the survey at any time. In return for your help, the Lab will share the products of the research, including a prototype decision-support tool that the survey results will inform.

Please take the survey! 

Feel free to forward this request to others, as the Lab is seeking a large number of respondents in a short amount of time in order to be successful. The survey is scheduled to close on March 14, 2020. 

For more information, please see: If you have any questions or suggestions, please email us at [email protected]

Thank you for your help!!

More Details

Timing:The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete and does not have to be finished in one sitting.

Funding: The project is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy under contract DE-LC-000L048. 

Team composition: The principal investigator is Jared Langevin of the Building Technology Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The survey research team consists of Margaret Taylor; Jeff Deason; Jingjing Zhang; Hung-Chia Yang; and Samuel Fernandes.

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