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Member Update, June 2020 

Member Pipeline - Current member count is 163 organizations
- New Members: St. John Energy, Swell Energy, EGM Inc., Kiwi Powered
- Lost Members: SolarEdge Technologies 
 

42nd Conference, Baltimore and online.  Registration is now open with same prices as 40th Conference in St. Petersburg with addition of an online-only registration option for $395 member; $795 non-member, or 2 online registrations for one member pass. Sponsor opportunities have been enhanced to include online recognition for table-top and sponsor showcase presenters. Chris Walls of BGE and Peter Bergeron of CPower will serve as Conference Planning Co-chairs.  See details at www.peakload.org/42nd-plma-conference. 

COVID-19 Impact Survey.  PLMA, in partnership with Guidehouse, conducted an online survey of Board members and At-Large Representatives to assess COVID-19 impacts on load management programs, especially for the upcoming summer months. The purpose of this survey was 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. Rich Philip of PLMA, and Brett Feldman and Debyani Ghosh of Guidehouse will discuss the findings in a webinar on June 17.  View the PLMA/Guidehouse COVID-19 Survey Summary Results and Analysis along with the recent Dialogue webcast at CLICK HERE.  

Interest Groups. The Global Load Management Interest Group presented the first HOT TOPICS Conversation with member practitioners on June 11. Access the webcast recording and keep the conversation going at www.peakload.org/hot-topic-global-supply-chain (behind your username and password). This information was sent to all Global Load Management Interest Group members, but please share the link with others in your organization who may be interested in joining the group.  A schedule for the other Interest Groups is listed in the calendar below.  The Customer Engagement Interest Group will host the next HOT TOPICS Conversation on Utility Programs for Families in COVID-19 Quarantine on July 2.  The Women in Demand Management Interest Group is planning to pilot a mentorship program later this year.  While the group has made great progress in the preparation of this initiative, they are open to information from PLMA Members with advice or suggestions from their experiences with other mentorship programs.  Contact Judy Knight at [email protected] if you have input that could help in the development of this program. 

Training.  Courses scheduled to be presented in July at Southern California Edison's offices have been postponed to the week of Sept. 14 for presentation online.  

Member Pass Expiration Extended.  All unused PLMA member conference/training passes due to expire in calendar year 2020 will be automatically extended for use through the member's expiration date in 2021 when a member renews in 2020.  This policy change is being made to offer consideration for how the pandemic has challenged travel planning.  Member organizations are encouraged to share passes that had been intended for use to travel to Scottsdale in April with staff to participate in 42nd PLMA Conference in Baltimore in November.  Member passes qualify for one in-person registration or two online registration passes for the fall conference or the DR Training Series to be presented online the week of Sept. 14.  To learn if you may attend the upcoming PLMA conference or training courses using a member pass, contact your organization's Board Member or At-Large Representative listed at www.peakload.org/plma-leadership or PLMA Member Services Director Tiger Adolf at [email protected]

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are webcast/podcast recordings from these PLMA activities: Global Supply Chain Impacts to Grid Modernization in the Age of COVID-19; National Grid and EnergyHub for National Grid ConnectedSolutions; Why Is Electricity Pricing So Difficult? Between a Rock and a Smart Meter; Arizona Public Service and EnergyHub for APS Distributed Energy Resource Aggregations.  Access at www.peakload.org/resources

Member News. PLMA posts news, RFPs, job postings, etc. on PLMA website at no cost as a member benefit. Newest posts are: Santee Cooper Issues Request for Proposal for Demand Response Program; Connected Energy (UK) Leads £31m VPP Project, San Diego Gas & Electric Announces Launch of the 2021 DRAM RFO; and PLMA Conducts Survey on COVID-19 Impacts on Utility Loads and Implications for Load Management Programs.  Access at www.peakload.org/news  

Responding to COVID-19: Federal Policy Priorities.  PLMA has recently communicated with the Alliance to Save Energy (a nonprofit, bipartisan alliance of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders advocating for enhanced energy productivity) regarding their work in Washington, DC in response to the energy efficiency and demand response job losses associated with the COVID-19 crisis. They have crafted a package of four policy priorities https://www.ase.org/responding-covid-19-pandemic for any COVID-19 economic stimulus package that may be put forward by the Congress. These proposals are designed to ensure that lawmakers understand the severe damage playing out in the energy efficiency sector and that they act accordingly to put policies in place that protect jobs and pave the way for future rebuilding. The Alliance is looking for businesses that are interested in supporting their efforts by lending their companies names to the long list of supporters. If you are interested, please contact Jason Reott of the Alliance to Save Energy at [email protected].

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and here are some other upcoming activities:
June 24 - ULME Discussion: Electric Vehicles and Demand Response
July 2 Customer Engagement Hot Topics: Utility Programs for Families in COVID-19 Quarantine

July 9 - Award Dialogue: Austin Energy 

July 16 - Award Dialogue: CPS Energy
July 23 Hot Topics: Women in DM Mentor Program
Aug. 13 - Award Dialogue: City of New York

Sept. 14-18 PLMA DR Training Series
Nov. 9-11 - 42nd PLMA Conference, Baltimore and online
May 10-12, 2021 - 43rd PLMA Conference, Scottsdale