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-november-2019 

ACTION ITEMS:   
1. Plan Now for 41st PLMA Conference, April 20-22, 2020 in Scottsdale.  Registration is now open at www.peakload.org/41st-plma-conference, and the Call for Presenters is open at www.peakload.org/41st-plma-conference-call-for-presenters. Promotions to the general public will start later this week. Bruce Brazis, Arizona Public Service; Mark Gagen, Salt River Project; and Tom Hines, Tierra Resource Consultants will serve as conference co-chairs. 

Member Pipeline - Current member count is 163 organizations
- New Members: FPL, Black & Veatch Management Consulting, Apex Analytics
- Lost Members: Mosaic Power, ZOME Energy Networks
 

Election Results.  Officers and At-Large Directors elected at the board meeting for the 2019-2021 term are posted at www.peakload.org/plma-leadership 

40th PLMA Conference in St. Petersburg. Over 320 people attended. The presentations and photos are now onlne at www.peakload.org/40th-conf-resources 

Interest Group Activity. Justin Chamberlain and Olivia Patterson have stepped down as Connected Devices Interest Group Co-chairs; and Andrea Simmonsen and Sharyn Barata have stepped down as Customer Engagement Interest Group Co-chairs. 

Executive Director Search. At a very exciting time in the evolution of the energy industry, and on the heels of impressive PLMA membership growth, PLMA is launching a search for a new Executive Director who will help drive the completion of new strategic initiatives, bolster a support framework for PLMA’s volunteer leaders and expert practitioners, and build alliances with like-minded organizations that will help drive the global mission of the organization. Learn more, share with those who may be interested, or apply by November 25 at www.peakload.org/plma-exec-director-search.  

Thought Leadership.  Energy Central interviewed several conference presenters.  See details at www.energycentral.com/c/em

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are podcast recordings of "A Path Forward for Integrated DSM... and PLMA's Next 20 Years," "Eversource Energy for C&I Active-Demand Management Demonstration," "Women in Demand Management Survey and Group Discussion," and "Using Marketplaces to Drive Demand Response Adoption and Participation."  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:  PLMA Launches Executive Director Search; PLMA Grows to 164 Member Organizations and Celebrates 20th Anniversary; Smartenit Seeks VP Marketing & Business Development; RCH Companies announces formation of The Threshold Group, Inc.; PowerClerk Seeks Lead Product Manager; Tetra Tech Seeks Quantitative Analyst; and IPKeys Acquires Cyber Monitoring Leader N-Dimension.  Access at www.peakload.org/news 

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and here are some upcoming activities:
Nov. 14- Jan. 6 - Call for Presentations for 41st PLMA Conference
Jan. 28 - PLMA Member Breakfast Meet-up @ Distributech, San Antonio, Texas
April 20-22 - 41st PLMA Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona
Nov. 9-11 - 42nd PLMA Conference, Baltimore

 

[This message is being sent as both an email and as a post to Member Update Page at www.peakload.org/member-update-october-2019 

ACTION ITEMS:   
1. Register for 40th PLMA Conference.  Make plans now to attend the fall conference from November 4-6 at Vinoy Renaissance in St. Petersburg, Florida. Registration details and a look at the 250 practitioners who have already registered is at www.peakload.org/40th-conference-attend.  Our guest room block of preferred rates has sold out, but registrations are still being accepted online and the Vinoy still has guest rooms to reserve at their regular rates.   

Member Pipeline - Current member count is 162 organizations.
- New Members: Oracle, New York Power Authority
- Lost Members: JouleSmart Solutions, Doosan Gridtech 

Interest Group Activity.  The Women in Demand Management Group is conducting an online survey of all PLMA members and will share the results at an online group discussion on October 23.  The Customer Engagement Group will conduct an online group discussion on "Using Marketplaces to Drive Demand Response Adoption and Participation" on October 31.  The Global Load Management Group will present an online simulcast of its Nov. 4 group activity to encourage more international participation.  Details for all these activities are at www.peakload.org/calendar.

Thought Leadership Group Activity.  Energy Central interviewed Thought Leadership co-chairs, Rich Philip and Jenny Roehm, and Customer Engagement Group Co-Chair Andrea Simmonsen. Details at www.energycentral.com/c/em. Brian Doyle and Jenny Roehm represented PLMA in a Future of DER panel at ACEEE Energy Efficiency as a Resource Conference in Minneapolis on Oct. 16.  A South African group has requested an online presentation for Oct. 23 which will be conducted by one or more of the Global Load Management Group Cochairs.     

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are: presentation slides from ACEEE Conference noted above; webcast recordings of Using Thermal Energy Storage as a Grid Asset and Efficiency Vermont et. al. for Flexible Load Management.  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: Notice of Technology Submission Opportunity for PG&E's Residential ADR Program, SDGE Launches 2020 DRAM RFO; Energy Central Interviews Thought Leadership Group Cochairs; Kelly Murphy's Comments to California Joint Commission, Shifted Energy Signs Agreement for Grid-Interactive Water Heaters; Navigant Publishes Integrated DER Report and Non-Wires Alternatives TrackerAccess at www.peakload.org/news 

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and here are some upcoming activities:
Oct 9-30  Electronic Voting for Officers and At-Large Directors (open only to those listed at www.peakload.org/plma-leadership)
Oct 23 - Women in Demand Management Group Discussion of Survey Results
Oct 25 - PLMA Bylaw Changes webcast (open only to those listed at www.peakload.org/plma-leadership)
Oct 29-30 - GTM Power & Renewables Summit, Austin, Texas (PLMA members get 15% off; details in calendar listing) 
Oct 31 - Customer Engagement Group Discussion on Using Marketplaces
Nov. 4 - Global Load Management Group web simulcast
Nov. 4-6 - 40th PLMA Conference, St. Petersburg, Florida

 

[This message is being sent as both an email and as a post to Member Update Page at www.peakload.org/member-update-september-2019 

ACTION ITEMS:   

1. Register for 40th PLMA Conference.  Make plans now to attend the fall conference from November 4-6 at Vinoy Renaissance in St. Petersburg, Florida. Registration details and a look at the 150 who have already registered is at www.peakload.org/40th-conference-attend

Member Pipeline - Current member count is 163 organizations.
- New Members: New York Power Authority, Oracle, Smartenit
- Lost Members: Tacoma Power; Carina Technology

Interest Groups.  Connected Devices group updated their mission at www.peakload.org/connecteddevices.  Global Load Management Group is promoting its session in a news release at www.peakload.org/international-der-projects-to-be-explored. An email regarding a California working group meeting on thermal energy storage was sent to all DER Integration and Connected Device group members; see it at click here.     

Speaker Bureau.  Brian Doyle of Xcel Energy and ULME Steering Committee Co-Chair, and Jenny Roehm of Schneider Electric and PLMA Thought Leadership Co-chair will co-present at an ACEEE Conference on Efficiency as a Resource with a presentation titled “The Future of Distributed Energy Resource.”  Full agenda at click here   

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are: webcast recordings of Rocky Mountain Power for Frequency Dispatch; and Load Flexibility Potential in U.S. by 2030.  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: Pacific Gas and Electric Company Seeks Senior Customer Care Program Manager; International Distributed Energy Resource Projects to be Explored; and Call for Self-Nominations for PLMA At-Large Director Positions Ends September 16Access at www.peakload.org/news 

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and here are some upcoming activities:
Oct.10 - IDSM Path Forward Dialogue with Joel Gilbert, Apogee Interactive & PLMA Cofounder 
Oct. 21-23 - 2019 SEEA Conference in Atlanta. Mention you are PLMA member staff to receive the SEEA member rate 
Oct. 29-30 - GreentechMedia Power and Renewables Summit. Mention you are PLMA member staff to receive 15% discount
Nov. 4-6 - 40th PLMA Conference & 20th Anniversary Celebration, St. Petersburg, Florida

 

[This message is being sent as both an email and as a post to Member Update Page at www.peakload.org/member-update--august-2019 

ACTION ITEMS:  
1. Register before Sept. 4 to get Early Bird discount for 40th PLMA Conference.  
Make plans now to attend the fall conference from November 4-6 at Vinoy Renaissance in St. Petersburg, Florida. Registration details are at www.peakload.org/40th-conference-attend

Member Pipeline - Current member count is 161 organizations.
- New Members: Scott Madden, Clean Power Research, Doosan Gridtech, Public Service of Oklahoma
- Lost Members: Tendril, Simple Energy and Ecotagious have merged to form Uplight

40th PLMA Conference, St. Petersburg.  Agenda is now online at www.peakload.org/40th-conference-agenda. Staff conducted session cochair and presenter orientation webcasts.  All past PLMA chairs and the founding Executive Director have accepted the invitation to attend the 20th Anniversary Celebration on Monday evening.    

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are: Bonneville Power Administration, Portland General Electric, and Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance for Water Heater Communications.  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: Utility Dive and PLMA Rename Free Weekly Newsletter and Navigant Publishes Utility Demand Response Program White Paper. Access at www.peakload.org/news 

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and here are some upcoming activities:
Sept. 17-20 - 2019 E Source Forum in Denver (member event)

Oct. 1-2 - Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative 2019 Members Meeting and Fall Workshop in Minneapolis (partner event)
Oct. 7-9 - GridFWD 2019 in Seattle (partner event)
Oct. 21-23 -  2019 SEEA Conference in Atlanta. Mention you are PLMA member staff to receive the SEEA member rate (partner event)
Nov. 4-6 - 40th PLMA Conference & 20th Anniversary Celebration, St. Petersburg, Florida

 

[This message is being sent as both an email and as a post to Member Update Page at www.peakload.org/member-update--july-2019

ACTION ITEMS: 

1.  Registration is now open for the 40th PLMA Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida on Nov. 4-6, 2019 at www.peakload.org/40th-plma-conference.  Please consider making plans to attend PLMA's 20th Anniversary Celebration. 

Member Pipeline - Current member count is 159 organizations
- New Member: none
- Lost Members: none

Leadership Changes. New DER Integration Group Cochair is: Jamie Coffel, Honeywell Smart Energy.  International Group has been renamed Global Load Management with new group cochair Jon Hilowitz, Orange and Rockland Utilities.  

40th PLMA Conference, St. Petersburg.  Over 74 abstract submissions were received and over 40 Conference Planning Group volunteers scored and ranked the abstracts. Staff has moved sponsor displays to foyer area like we had in Minneapolis with spillover to outside patio.  Leadership has invited all 6 past PLMA Chairs and previous Executive Director to attend the Conference as guests. 

Energy Central Online Community is now live at www.energycentral.com/c/em and will be announced publicly this week.  See a preview of the announcement at www.peakload.org/plma-partners-with-energy-central.

Home Page Photo Gallery updated to include candid photographs from the 39th Conference.

AESP Collaboration.  There were over 550 registrants for joint webinar.  

Load Management Wiki Page is live at www.peakload.wiki and will be announced later this month.  See a preview of the announcement at www.peakload.org/plma-launches-wiki.

NWA Study produced by PLMA with SEPA for E4TheFutre was cited by Katherine Hamilton in Congressional testimony here: https://docs.house.gov/meetings/CN/CN00/20190613/109629/HHRG-116-CN00-Wstate-HamiltonK-20190613.pdf

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are: Demand Response Fundamentals, Evolution, and Industry Leaders presentation by Michael Ohlsen and Ed Thomas; The National Potential for Load Flexibility: Value and Market Potential through 2030 report by The Brattle Group; and recordings from these webcasts: Portland General Electric and Enbala for Distributed Flexibility at ScaleIntegrated Demand-Side Management - The Journey Continues; and Indiana Michigan Power and Tendril for Residential Integrated DSM Approach.  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: PLMA Partners with Energy Central to Engage Load Management CommunityPLMA Launches Load Management EncyclopediaUplight: Simple Energy and Tendril Merge to Accelerate the Clean Energy EcosystemCall for Self-Nominations for PLMA Officer Positions Ends August 9; and Emerson Seeks Sales Manager - Utility and Energy.  Access at www.peakload.org/news 

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and here are some upcoming activities:
July 9 - Aug. 9  Officer Election Call for Nominations 
August 13-14 - PLMA Vision 2021 Leadership Retreat in Indianapolis (invitation only)
October 1-2 - Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative 2019 Members Meeting and Fall Workshop in Minneapolis (partner event)

November 4-6 - 40th PLMA Conference & 20th Anniversary Celebration, St. Petersburg, Florida

 
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