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PLMA Global Load Management Group Meets in St. Petersburg

International Distributed Energy Resource Projects to be Explored

During Interactive Session of Energy Industry Practitioners in St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Petersburg, Florida – September 17, 2019 PLMA, the voice of load management practitioners in the energy utility industry, announces its Global Load Management Interest Group will gain insights from three international distributed energy resource (DER) projects during the first day of the 40th PLMA Conference on Monday, November 4, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The group session will include presentations on the reuse of electric vehicle batteries for grid scale energy storage by utilities in Europe by Mark Bailey of Connected Energy, the aggregation of wind farms and other renewables in Europe by Tobias Weghorn of Next Kraftewerke, and establishing and establishing DER flexibility markets via a Decentralized Energy Exchange platform, both in Australia and the UK, by Andrew Tanner of GreenSync.

The PLMA Global Load Management Interest Group brings together energy industry professionals who are interested in developing new activities for PLMA members from outside of North America and to connect with international energy companies and technology providers interested in the work of PLMA. The group is co-chaired by Jon Hilowitz, Orange and Rockland Utilities; Scott Coe, GridOptimize, and Ross Malme, Skipping Stone.

PLMA’s national conferences presented in spring and fall provide a forum for practitioners from energy utilities, solution providers and trade allies to share dynamic load management expertise, including demand response (DR) and distributed energy resources (DER). For two decades, PLMA conferences, educational programs and networking opportunities have brought member organizations together to develop, implement and share proven practices in a peer-to-peer network – offering load management leadership for the energy industry.

“PLMA has been global thought leader in the demand response space for two decades, and we are now expanding our focus to the flexible load management space, particularly with innovation within the international energy community, ”said Jon Hilowitz of Orange and Rockland Utilities and a PLMA Global Interest Group Co-Chair.

Tobias Weghorn of Next Kraftwerke said, “The energy transition to renewable energy production is posing a challenge to system operation worldwide. One approach to effective renewables integration which has proven itself in various European markets are Virtual Power Plants. We look forward to the exchange of perspectives and best practices from two quite different energy markets.

To learn more and register for the Global Load Management Interest Group activity and the 40th PLMA Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida, visit


About PLMA. PLMA (Peak Load Management Alliance) is a non-profit association founded in 1999 that serves over 160 member organizations as the Voice of Load Management Practitioners. PLMA seeks to advance practical applications of dynamic load management and distributed energy resources by providing a forum where members educate each other and explore innovative approaches to program delivery, pricing constructs, and technology adoption. Learn more at

About Connected Energy. Connected Energy is an engineering led innovator in energy storage. Its technologies that utilise second life electric vehicle batteries are rapidly changing the way intensive energy users can access the benefits of low-cost, on-site solutions. The company provides a range of solutions from system feasibility assessments and system design, through to standard and bespoke system supply, equipment installation, maintenance and operation.

About GreenSync. Founded in 2010, GreenSync is a global energy technology company that develops software for the electricity industry, providing market-enabling solutions that can connect, coordinate and control millions of distributed energy resources to create more flexible, transactive grids.

About Next Krafterwerke. Next Kraftwerke operates one of the largest Virtual Power Plants worldwide and develops solutions for the electricity market of the future. The Germany based company aggregates 8,000 renewable distributed assets, as well as commercial and industrial electricity consumers and storage units, with an overall capacity of 7 GW. By providing ancillary services to system operators, the VPP helps to keep the grid in balance. Based on its experience in VPP operation and power trading, Next Kraftwerke developed a set of VPP-as-a-service products to empower energy companies worldwide to build a VPP of their own.

Learn more and access the Connected Devices Group archives at

Join the Activities: Participation in interest group activities is included in the conference registration fee for the 40th PLMA Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida! See more at


Call for Self-Nominations for PLMA At-Large Director Positions Ends September 16

Self-nominations are now being accepted from PLMA At-Large Representatives to run for election for one of up to four positions as a PLMA At-Large Director for the Fall 2019 - Fall 2021 term. If you plan to seek election, please complete the At-Large Director Nomination Form. The form requests that you include a brief statement of your qualifications, your goals for the organization, and initiatives that you want to champion. Self-nominations will be accepted through Monday, September 16, 2019.  You must be signed in as a At-Large Representative to access the nomination form. if the link does not work, cut and paste this url into your browser:

PLMA seeks nominations from At-Large Representatives to be At-Large Directors. All At-Large Directors' (see roster at terms expire at the conclusion of the 40th PLMA Conference in St. Petersburg.  Up to four (4) At-Large Directors will be elected to a two-year term with no term limits by current At-Large Representatives in good standing.

Job Description.  At-Large Representatives from all Associate-level and Academic-level member organizations have the opportunity to elect At-Large Directors to serve as voting members of the PLMA Board of Directors.  The current At-Large Directors and Board of Directors are listed at  PLMA has two "in-person" meetings of the Board each year, the first being the evening before the Spring Conference and the second one being the evening before the start of the Fall Conference. Although it is rare, PLMA does infrequently have an all board conference call or email that requires your member input/vote. Board members will have advanced notice of the timing and subject matter for either of these as they occur. PLMA’s Officers and Executive Committee provide on-going oversight for PLMA, then present recommendations to the entire board for final decisions. The Officers and Executive Committee members are listed at  Board policies can be accessed online at  

Nomination Process. Any PLMA At-Large Representative of an Associate-level or Academic-level member organization in good standing may self-nominate. If someone other than the  At-Large Representative from a PLMA member organization wishes to self-nominate, they must become the designated  At-Large Representative for their organization.

Election Process. The At-Large Director election will be conducted electronically before the Board meeting takes place on November 4, as well as on-site during the board meeting. At-Large Representatives may choose to vote either electronically or in person at the Board Meeting. Votes submitted in person will over-ride electronic votes submitted by the same organization. Candidates will be invited to record a brief statement for a Meet the Candidates webcast to be produced for At-Large Representatives in October. The Election Policy and By-laws are posted behind your member password at

Andrea Simmonsen
Executive Committee and Election Officer

Primary Contact: Ed Thomas, Executive Director, PLMA, [email protected]; (707) 652-5333


Pacific Gas and Electric Company Seeks Senior Customer Care Program Manager

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The Senior Program Manager will manage two key demand response program offerings from PG&E; the Capacity Bidding Program (CBP) and the Base Interruptible Program (BIP) for Aggregators.  The Senior Program Manager is responsible for translating changes in regulatory policy into corresponding changes in program rules (tariffs), managing PG&E’s relationships with more than 15 third-party Aggregators participating in these programs, ensuring that the third-party Aggregators operate in accordance with the program tariffs, and overseeing the development of processes and IT systems that enable customer enrollment, management, and performance calculations. 

The Senior Program Manager will collaborate with other program managers on interdependencies between programs, with the Demand Response Operations team to ensure customer experiences are at the core of systems development and functionality, with teams in Energy Procurement to coordinate on policy and strategy issues, with Measurement and Evaluation to measure the performances of the programs, and outside IT system vendors to ensure the availability and functionality of customer-facing systems.

To learn more and apply, visit

Contact: Wendy Brummer, [email protected]



Utility Dive and PLMA Rename Free Weekly Newsletter

In order to reflect the changing nature of the industry and the multitude of issues that demand response professionals are now dealing with, Utility Dive: Demand Response has changed its name to Utility Dive: Load Management.

Providing in-depth journalism and insight into the most impactful news and trends shaping the load management sector, Utility Dive: Load Management delivers the latest to your inbox, every week.

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  • Load Management
  • Dynamic Pricing
  • Energy Efficiency

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Navigant Publishes Utility Demand Response Program White Paper

Navigant white paper

Utility customers have little choice in their power providers, particularly in vertically integrated energy markets. Accordingly, utilities acquire their customers less because of winning customer service, service offerings, or more general forces of competition, and more due to an inelastic demand for energy. Despite a relationship often born out of necessity, the utility still has the duty and the interest to provide reliable, affordable energy and excellent customer service to its customer base.

Demand-side management (DSM) is often overlooked as a mechanism to strengthen utility relationships with commercial and industrial (C&I) customers, yet it often aligns customer preferences for incentives and low energy costs with utilities’ desire to reduce peak demand and power generation costs. This white paper explores the mechanisms by which utilities can implement or improve upon existing DSM programs, with particular focus on the nuances of implementing demand response (DR).

This white paper highlights critical insights for utilities into the implementation of future customer-focused DR programs, given the rapidly changing and distributed energy grid. Utilities with existing DR programs that are either underperforming or otherwise failing to yield desired results may look to the considerations and case studies to strengthen their existing DR portfolio and meet customer needs.

DSM programs are not only overlooked by utilities, but also by utility C&I customers who seek to lower their electricity costs. Despite proactive action on the part of many C&I customers, there is still a profound absence of knowledge about value creation opportunities through participation in one or more DR programs. This white paper is also geared at C&I customers who would like to learn about different types of DR programs and how to maximize benefits through enrollment.

Learn more at

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