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PLMA Receives USEA Volunteer of the Year Award

Mike Brown PLMA Award

WASHINGTON DC – May 31, 2022 - Last Thursday, at USEA’s Annual Membership Meeting and Public Policy Forum, the USEA Volunteer Awards were presented by USEA Senior Director Will Polen and Senior Program Director Marjorie Jean-Pierre.

USEA created the International Volunteer Recognition Program to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions to USEA activities. The International Volunteer Recognition Program highlights the extraordinary contributions of the U.S. energy industry to support U.S. government initiatives, demonstrate global corporate and social responsibilities, and contribute to worldwide sustainable development.

The 2022 recipients are:

International Partner of the Year:

  • NPC Ukrenergo, accepted by Volodymyr Kudrytski, CEO

Corporate Volunteer Awards:

  • Energy Exemplar, accepted by David Wilson, CEO
  • Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA), accepted by Michael Brown, Manager, DSM Services, NV Energy

Individual Energy Volunteer of the Year:

  • Andy Bochman, Senior Grid Strategist, Idaho National Laboratory

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.


New Hampshire Electric Co-op Job Opportunity: Senior Data Analyst


The Position
Advanced Reporting to the Vice President of Power Resources, the Senior Data Analyst collaborates with, performs business and data analysis for, and provides assistance to the Power Resources and Access Department staff and other business units. Uses statistical tools, probability theory, statistical modeling, data visualization, predicative analytics, and other data analysis techniques to monitor, analyze, forecast, provide insights and report on members’ electricity demands and characteristics, supply, Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), and options to effectively meet members’ electricity interaction needs and expectations.


  1. Supports the strategic goals of NHEC by assisting in the process of achieving Balanced Scorecard objectives and strategic initiatives.
  2. Supports the cultural goals of NHEC by exhibiting self-leadership, developing, and maintaining effective working relationships within the department, across other areas of NHEC and with external partners, consultants, and vendors, having a results orientation, being innovative, and seeking feedback.
  3. Identifies, evaluates business challenges and opportunities related to members’ electricity demands and both member-supplied and NHEC-supplied electricity supply and demand resources.
  4. Responsible for maintenance and integrity of department and corporate data, files, and databases. Designs and maintains data systems and databases. Creates and manages data backups and restorations.
  5. Organizes and conducts business analysis requirements gathering sessions. Defines and documents the scope of work, a detailed requirements definition, and implementation processes.
  6. Provides data library references by writing and maintaining user documentation.
  7. Increases professional and technical knowledge by attending educational classes, conferences, reading professional magazines, and participating in professional societies in areas of electricity demand and resources and other related areas.
  8. Keeps informed of regional power markets, resources, renewable energy and transmission issues, plans, activities, developments, events, and trends which may affect or be of interest to NHEC based on analysis and working knowledge of NHEC’s members’, demands, resources and transmission service requirements. A working knowledge of ISO-New England terminology, processes, procedures, and practices is a plus.
  9. Assist with the maintenance of power resources, transmission and access cost, and quantity historical and forecast data. Proposes solutions to more effectively process and store historical and forecast data.
  10. Assists with the provision of information and analysis for developing power and demand resources, and regional access rates by maintaining current information, and keeping forecast data current, by Revised May 2022 staying abreast of information, and news that could impact power and regional access costs. Also, assists with development of long–term and short-term forecasts and budget information relative to the department’s areas of responsibility.
  11. Ensures adherence to NHEC’s and the department’s risk management policies, procedures, and practices. Assists in the development and implementation of meaningful risk management procedures and processes related to the department’s functions.
  12. Provides analysis and advice as requested or required in relation to the department’s own functions and as may be needed in relation to other areas of the business.
  13. Performs other duties as assigned.

CLICK HERE to read the full job description and to apply.


Redefining Excellence: Introducing ecobee Smart Thermostat Premium & Smart Thermostat Enhanced


TORONTO – May 17, 2022 – Since launching the world’s first smart thermostat in 2009, ecobee has continued to redefine what a thermostat can do. Today’s introduction of ecobee Smart Thermostat Premium and Smart Thermostat Enhanced pushes the boundaries of the category to improve comfort, home health, and security, while continuing to deliver the energy saving features synonymous with ecobee.

Smart Thermostat Premium and Smart Thermostat Enhanced combine quality materials and advanced engineering for the company’s most sophisticated smart thermostats yet. The new smart thermostats are built with radar – ecobee’s most advanced sensor technology to date – for improved occupancy and motion detection, while a refreshed user experience and larger display make them easier to use than ever before. ecobee’s new flagship Smart Thermostat Premium offers all this plus so much more. With a harmonious combination of design and function, Smart Thermostat Premium is the only smart thermostat with both an indoor air quality monitor and an embedded smart speaker with a choice of Siri1 or Alexa built-in, encased in a stunning zinc body.

“At ecobee, we believe the future smart home will be more resilient and efficient, and we remain committed to achieving these goals by offering advanced technologies designed to improve everyday life and create a more sustainable world,” said ecobee Founder and CEO, Stuart Lombard. “Our all-new smart thermostat lineup is our smartest yet, with industry leading technology including radar and a new intuitive user experience, and is designed to bring families more comfort, energy savings, and peace of mind, while improving home health and looking great on your wall.”

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.


Opinion Dynamics Welcomes Lenore Zeuthen, Associate Director

Opinion Dynamics

WALTHAM, Mass, May 11, 2022 -- Opinion Dynamics is pleased to welcome Lenore Zeuthen as an Associate Director. Lenore brings substantial expertise in demand response programs and customer experience research garnered over her nearly ten years in the energy industry. Lenore has served as a Board Member for the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) for the past seven years and is contemporaneously serving as Co-Chair of Customer Engagement and a member of the Strategic Marketing Committee. In her new role, Lenore will collaborate with multiple Opinion Dynamics’ project teams, drawing on her vast experience working closely with utilities and industry partners.

“We’re thrilled to bring Lenore on board to round out our flexible load and pricing team given her extensive experience working with utility clients, particularly related to customer experience with utility programs and services,” said Olivia Patterson, Senior Vice President at Opinion Dynamics. “I’ve worked with Lenore throughout the years as a volunteer for the Peak Load Management Alliance and can’t wait to add her expertise to our client engagements.”

“Opinion Dynamics is the best place for me to pursue my passion for customer behavior research, and my desire to do meaningful, impactful work that moves us to a more resilient, sustainable future,” said Lenore Zeuthen, Associate Director at Opinion Dynamics. “I’m also excited to work with their many energy experts, whom I’ve gotten to know through PLMA.”

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.


Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association Job Opportunity: Energy Resources Administrator

Poudre Valley

Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association is seeking an Energy Resources Administrator who wants an exciting work atmosphere and to be a part of a team dedicated to exceptional service.

This position will be a key part of a growing initiative that delivers energy products and services to the cooperative’s electric consumers. Under the guidance of the Energy Resources Director, this position helps drive the success of both existing and new member-facing offerings focused on managing electric energy use and distributed energy resources (DER), including efficiency, distributed generation, and demand response. Project and program administration will include, but are not limited to, energy efficiency, demand response, and net metering programs; community solar, microgrid, and energy storage projects; on-bill repayment management; and beneficial electrification initiatives (electric vehicles, HVAC, etc.).

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as a trusted energy advisor for members inquiring about home energy technologies, DERs, and rate options, including individual consultations through phone and email.
  • Administration of existing energy efficiency, demand response, net metering, and pilot rate programs including assisting members with rebates and processes, rebate and incentive payment management, DER coordination and operation, member participation verification, and program data compilation, analysis, and presentation.
  • Assist with identifying energy program and service business opportunities that benefit participating members and the entire cooperative.
  • Manage existing and new energy products and service offerings, including planning, design, development, implementation, and ongoing operation.
  • Develop financing options, mechanisms, and billing processes for energy product and service offerings and coordinate implementation and auditing procedures.

CLICK HERE to read the full job description and to apply.

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