PLMA Member Updates | The Voice of Load Management Professionals

This is a blog to keep members apprised of on-going association management issues.  Updates are posted monthly and at other times as necessary.

[This message is being sent as both an email and as a post to Member Update Page at www.peakload.org/member-update--october-2020 

Member Update, October 2020 

Member Pipeline. Current member count is 166 organizations
- New Members: none
- Lost Members: Warranty Design

42nd Conference.  Over 200 registered to participate in the conference so far! See who at www.peakload.org/42nd-conference-whos-connectingPLMA Member Passes provide a 2-for-1 registration to the conference. See details at www.peakload.org/42nd-plma-conference. 

Training.  The "DR to DER Evolution" course will be presented online via GoToWebinar on Oct. 28-29, rather than in-person the day before the conference.  

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are a webcast/podcast recording from thee PLMA activity:  PLMA's DER Integration Interest Group: Evolving Forward; and a Whitepaper from Guidehouse titled "Capturing Value from Electric Water Heaters as a Non-Invasive DR Resource." Access at www.peakload.org/resources

Member NewsPLMA posts news, RFPs, job postings, etc. on PLMA website at no cost as a member benefit. Newest posts are: DOE Connected Communities funding program; SmartElek EVSE Receives Safety Listing; Tucson Electric Power Seeks RFI to Identify Load Management Platform Providers; FERC Opens Wholesale Markets to Distributed Resources, and The Real-World Benefits of Advanced Load Shifting.  Access at www.peakload.org/news  

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and here are some other upcoming activities:
Oct. 22 HOT TOPIC Conversation: A Sneak Peak at the 42nd PLMA Conference
Oct 27 Load Management Dialogue: Perspectives on FERC Order 2222
Oct. 28-29 DR to DER Evolution training course
Nov. 2 PLMA Board Meeting
Nov. 5 DER Strategic Initiative Session
Nov. 9-12 42nd PLMA Conference

 

[This message is being sent as both an email and as a post to Member Update Page at www.peakload.org/member-update--september-2020 

Member Update, September 2020 

Member Pipeline. Current member count is 167 organizations
- New Members: Packetized Energy
- Lost Members: Ally Energy Solutions

42nd Conference. Announced publicly that conference will be presented online only. See details at www.peakload.org/42nd-plma-conference. See the over 140 load management professionals who have already registered at www.peakload.org/42nd-conference-whos-connecting. PLMA Member Passes provide a 2-for-1 registration to the conference.

Training Courses. Registration is still open for the "DR to DER Evolution" training course to be presented on Oct. 28-29. Details at www.peakload.org/dr-evolution-training-online.  Both courses in the Demand Response Training Series offered in September, hosted by Southern California Edison, were filled to capacity and registration was closed. 

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are webcast/podcast recordings from these recent PLMA activities: A Community Choice Aggregator's Innovative Behind-the-Meter Storage Program; City of New York Department of Citywide Administrative Services for Building Operator Engagement; Burning Topics in Customer Engagement; Lessons in DER Integration from Australia; National Guidance on Benefit-Cost Analysis of Distributed Energy Resources. Access at www.peakload.org/resources

Compendium Published. Published a 2020 Thought Leadership Compendium excerpt titled, "Why is Electricity Pricing So Difficult? Between a Rock and a Smart Meter" on Sept 1, and will complement it with plans for the launch of a new Pricing Interest Group. CLICK HERE to read about it.

Member NewsPLMA posts news, RFPs, job postings, etc. on PLMA website at no cost as a member benefit. Newest posts are: GridPoint Releases Whitepaper on Aggregating Emergency Response Capacity to Stabilize the Clean Grid Transition; Presque Isle Electric & Gas (PIE&G) Chooses OATI's webSmartEnergy AMIoT™; Tetra Tech is Seeking an Energy Efficiency Project ManagerAccess at www.peakload.org/news  

Interest Groups News. 

  • Women in Demand Management has completed its Mentoring Pilot Handbook, and has paired six mentor/mentee partnerships from those who volunteered. They are now underway with the PLMA Mentoring Pilot Program!   
  • Substantial interest has also been expressed in creating a Retail Pricing Interest Group. Organizational meetings for that potential group will be set up in coming weeks.  
  • PLMA is also evaluating the demand for creating a new Interest Group that focuses on applications related to electric transportation. Contact Rich Philip at [email protected] if you're interested in either joining or leading this Electric Transportation/Mobility Interest Group.

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and here are some other upcoming activities:
Oct. 28-29 DR to DER Evolution training course, online
Nov. 2 PLMA Board Meeting, online
Nov. 5 DER Strategic Initiative Session
Nov. 9-12 42nd PLMA Conference, online

 

[This message is being sent as both an email and as a post to Member Update Page at www.peakload.org/member-update--august-2020 

Member Update, August 2020 

Member Pipeline. Current member count is 166 organizations
- New Members: Cobb EMC, Copper Labs
- Lost Members: Scottmadden, Ally Energy Solutions

42nd Conference. Announced publicly that conference will be presented online only. See details at www.peakload.org/42nd-plma-conference. 

New Mailing Address. The headquarters' mailing address for PLMA has changed to 5289 Oakbrook Drive, Plainfield, IN 46168.  Please note this for your membership renewal payments and other official correspondence.   

PLMA Opportunity to Establish a new "Retail Pricing Interest Group." Based on this Spring's very popular Load Management Dialogue titled "Electricity Pricing:  Between a Rock and a Smart Meter," PLMA is evaluating the demand for creating a new Interest Group that focuses on retail electricity pricing. Please preview the transcription of this dialogue here: PLMA Compendium excerpt. PLMA will officially publish this excerpt on August 26. Contact Rich Philip at [email protected] if you're interested in either joining or leading a new PLMA Retail Pricing Interest Group.

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are webcast/podcast recordings from these recent PLMA activities: Utility Programs for Families in COVID-19 Quarantine; Austin Energy for Austin SHINES Project; CPS Energy for Public Engagement; New PLMA Mentoring Program for All; and Dialing up TOU Rates on the Radio. Access at www.peakload.org/resources

Member NewsFormer PLMA Chair Paul Tyno has announced that he is leaving the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc. after almost seven years. He starts a new position with an energy services company soon, and will continue his work supporting Launch NY and the Emerging Cleantech Opportunity Incubator. PLMA posts news, RFPs, job postings, etc. on PLMA website at no cost as a member benefit. Newest posts are: Resideo Technologies Seeks Operations Specialist; CPS Energy FlexPOWER Bundle RFP; Entouch and Encycle Announce Agreement; Encycle Announces New Patents; Franklin Energy Announces New CEO; and APPA Seeks Assistant. Access at www.peakload.org/news  

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and here are some other upcoming activities:
Aug. 27  Dialogue: Lessons in DER Integration from Australia
Sept.15-16  Demand Response Wholesale Markets training course, online
Sept. 22-23  Demand Response Program Design and Implementation training course, online
Oct. 6-7 Virtual E Source Forum 2020
Oct. 28-29  Evolution of Demand Response to Distributed Energy Resources training course, online
Nov. 9-12  42nd PLMA Conference, online

 

[This message is being sent as both an email and as a post to Member Update Page at www.peakload.org/member-update--july-2020 

Member Update, July 2020 

Member Pipeline - Current member count is 165 organizations
- New Members: Benton PUD, EGM Inc., DemandQ
- Lost Members: none
 

42nd Conference. The agenda is now published at www.peakload.org/42nd-conference-agenda. Joyce Bodoh of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative has joined Chris Walls of BGE and Peter Bergeron of CPower to serve as Conference Planning Cochairs. Registration is open with same prices as 40th Conference in St. Petersburg. In addition, there is an online-only registration option for $395 member; $795 non-member, or two online registrations for one member pass. Sponsor opportunities have been enhanced to include online recognition for table-top and sponsor showcase presenters. See details at www.peakload.org/42nd-plma-conference  

HOT TOPIC Conversations. The Customer Engagement Group "Conversation Circle" discussion invite with link to July 2 webcast recording was emailed to all Customer Engagement Group members, plus webcast registrants. The Women in DM Group launched their new "PLMA Mentoring Program for All" (in collaboration with the Member Engagement Strategic Initiative Group), and invite anyone interested in serving as a mentor or mentee, either for the upcoming pilot or for the full program in 2021, to let them know via this 5-minute survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/P3WH9XNRegistration is also open for the next two HOT TOPICS Conversations to hosted by the Connected Devices Interest Group on July 30, and the DER Integration Group on August 6. Please refer to the PLMA Calendar for all upcoming events: https://plma.memberclicks.net/calendar.

September PLMA Training Series: (formerly Irwindale, Calif., now online). The training team is adapting the curriculum for a best-practices online presentation. The DR Market Fundamentals course is planned for Sept 15-16 and the DR Program Design and Implementation is planned for Sept. 22-23. Learn more and register at www.peakload.org/demand-response-training. 

News Coverage. The recent Load Management Dialogue webcast with National Grid is referenced in a Greentech news article at http://feeds.greentechmedia.com/~r/GreentechMedia/~3/gfhuxlwcxpM/bring-your-own-everything-programs-the-future-of-distributed-energy-integration. 

Podcast Milestone. PLMA has published its 25th episode of the Load Management Dialogue webcast series with over 2,000 downloads achieved. Learn how to access the podcasts via your preferred platform at www.peakload.org/podcast. 

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 find out if it's possible to 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 activities: COVID-19 Impacts on Utility Loads and Implications for Load Management Programs; Connected Energy (UK) Ltd for Battery Recycling in Belgium; and Retail Automated Transactive Energy System (RATES) Report.  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: Saint John Energy Water Heaters Controllers RFP; Idaho Power's EV DR Pilot RFP; Elocity receives Canadian Government Funding for Utilities' EV Impacts; and CPS Energy Recognized as a Thought Leader for Public Engagement. Access at www.peakload.org/news  

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and here are some other upcoming activities:
July 30  HOT TOPICS: Connected Devices                                                                                               
Aug. 6  HOT TOPICS: DER Integration 
Aug. 13  Award Dialogue: City of New York
Aug. 20  HOT TOPICS: Customer Engagement
Sept.15-16  Demand Response Market Fundamentals training course
Sept. 22-23  Demand Response Program Design and Implementation training course
Nov. 9-11  42nd PLMA Conference, Baltimore and online
May 10-12, 2021 43rd PLMA Conference, Scottsdale

 

[This message is being sent as both an email and as a post to Member Update Page at www.peakload.org/member-update--june-2020 

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 

 
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