ULME 2018 Spring Agenda

Spring 2018 Meeting

April 18-19
Coronado, California
following 37th PLMA Conference

The Utility Load Management Exchange's (ULME's) mission is to promote load control as a viable option for utility deployments in demand reduction, economic dispatch, and/or T&D reliability through a forum for utility staff members to share information on program design, marketing, vendor management, benefit-costs and technology deployments.  If you have attended before you may visit the private site at ULME Home where resources and past presentations are available.  Sign in required.  If you aren't registered with ULME as a rep, contact [email protected] to request authorization.

Draft as of February 28, 2018

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - Pre-Meeting Activity

7:30-8:30 am

Breakfast and Introductions (limited to folks registered for the PLMA Conference)

Grab your breakfast in the PLMA Sponsor lounge ahead of the crowds and follow the signs to a nearby room to gather for brief introductions.

8:30 am

Adjourn to PLMA Conference

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

2:30 - 3:00 pm

Ice Cream Social with PLMA in Sponsor Lounge

3:00 - 3:15 pm

ULME Steering Committee Chair and PLMA Chair

3:15 - 5:00 pm

DR Trends Around the Country
Facilitated by Brian Doyle, Xcel Energy

Round table where all utility reps share the latest initiatives that are either mandated or the current darlings of their leadership.

6:00 - 8:30 pm

Dinner at Coronado TavernCoronado Tavern Logo
Join us in continuing a long standing ULME tradition of sharing a hosted dinner together. Everyone should plan to attend. It will be a short walk from the hotel. We will be seated for dinner at 6:00 pm sharp. Dress is casual.  Spouse or companion welcome to join (registration required).

Coronado Tavern
1310 Orange Ave. Coronado, CA 92118

Thursday, April 18, 2018

8:00 - 8:30 am


8:30 – 10:00 am

Utility Panel: California’s Demand Response Auction Mechanism
Wendy Brummer, Pacific Gas & Electric; Evan Bierman, San Diego Gas & Electric; Anna Chung, Southern California Edison;

Hear how the California IOUs are implementing the mandated Demand Response Auction Mechanism which has supported participation of third party DR providers in the CAISO day-ahead energy market since 2016.

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Solve My Problem: SoCalGas Seeking Feedback from Other Utilities Running DR Thermostat Programs
Andrew Nih, Southern California Gas

SoCalGas just concluded its first winter season where it called DR Thermostat events. SoCalGas will be sharing internal and external feedback gathered throughout the winter and seek your lessons learned and advice on how to improve its program for next winter.

10:30 - 10:45 am


10:45 am - 11:45 pm

Utility Panel: Distributed Energy Resources Use - A Convergence of Worlds from Distribution to DR
Sarah Chatterjee, NV Energy; other panelists to be invited

Topics to include:

  • Distributed Resource Plans
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Electric Storage
  • Critical Peak Pricing Strategies
  • Demand Pricing Strategies

11:45 - 1:00 pm


1:00 - 1:15 pm

ULME Organizational Check-In
Steering Committee: Brian Doyle, Xcel Energy, with Sarah Chatterjee, NV Energy and Wendy Brummer, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

1:15 - 2:00 pm

Solve My Problem 2:

2:00 - 3:30 pm


Small group breakouts of hot topics identified during Tuesday introductions.

3:30 - 4:00 pm

Wrap-up Discussion; Feedback; Suggestions for next meeting

Friday, April 20, 2017


Travel Day


Registration for the ULME Fall Meeting is open to utility representatives only. A hosted dinner, lunch, and breakfast will be provided. You are responsible for your own travel and hotel expense. CLICK HERE to register. For those of you who are not with PLMA member organizations, you are invited to try it out so you can join us at breakfast on Tuesday, prior to the ULME meeting.


Hotel del Coronado

The meeting sessions will take place at:

Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave.
Coronado, CA 92118

Located just minutes from downtown and nine miles from the San Diego International Airport, Hotel del Coronado is heralded as one of America’s most beautiful beach resorts and is a conference venue like no other. In 1958, Hotel del Coronado made Hollywood history when it became the setting for director Billy Wilder’s classic comedy, Some Like It Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. Learn more CLICK HERE.

Book A Room!

Lodging is not included with registration. Book your room soon. The Hotel del Coronado group block of rooms is quickly filling.
NOTE: It is much better to call to reserve rooms and tell them that you are with the PLMA conference. Sometimes the online Passkey will display sold out when in actuality it is not.

PLMA's preferential rate of $289 at the Hotel del Coronado ends as soon as we fill the room block. Reservations may be made online by clicking the link below or you can call the hotel directly at 619-435-6611, dial #2 (booking) and mention the event "Peak Load Management Alliance or PLMA".  As an alternative, you might consider the Glorietta Bay Inn which is right across the street. Lodging in the PLMA block includes:

  • PLMA rate three days before and three days after the event (until sold out)
  • Resort fee waived (includes all registered room guests)
  • dedicated internet access throughout the property
  • in-room TV streaming
  • unlimited 800 and local phone calls
  • in-room bottled water, coffee, tea
  • 24-hour fitness center access and classes
  • daily newspaper in lobby
  • Coronado Tennis Center court access
  • local attraction ticket discounts

Taxes, fees, and optional gratuities are not included in the preferential rate. PLMA never uses an attendee or exhibitor lodging provider. We provide you the ability to book directly, and cannot be responsible for promises made or broken by unaffiliated third parties. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for a Warning about Hotel Reservation Predators.

Getting Around

  • San Diego International Airport is the closest airport.
  • Parking: On-site self parking is available at the Del Coronado for a fee of $30 per night and valet parking is available for $40 per night. Otherwise, parking on Coronado Island can be difficult. Ride sharing is encouraged.

Ride Sharing

Ride sharing is encouraged. Parking will be at a premium. Download the app for either Uber or Lyft to your smart phone, set up your account, and take a ride.

  • Uber. If you are new to Uber, use promo code nq39p and get your first ride free.
  • Lyft. Get a $20 credit for your first ride with code ED720815


Dinner on Wednesday, and breakfast and lunch on Thursday will be provided along with some light refreshments.

PLMA will be holding events April 16-18. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Questions? Contact [email protected] or call 707.771.6429