Women in Demand Management Interest Group

Women in Demand Management

Women in Demand Management

Women play an important role in demand management leadership and delivery. Demand management is a growing area that encompasses traditional demand response, distributed energy resources, and storage. This interest group helps to promote leadership roles by encouraging greater visibility, support, and recognition of women in the industry. The group is in the process of defining its mission, objectives, and future opportunities. As part of this process, the Group founders fielded a member survey which has been fundamental for aligning the interest group’s actions with service to the PLMA membership.

Group Leadership

Melissa Knous, Duke EnergyCo-Chair
Melissa Knous
Duke Energy
Erika Diamond, EnergyHubCo-Chair
Erika Diamond
Lenore Zeuthen, Zeuthen Management SolutionsCo-Chair
Lenore Zeuthen
Zeuthen Management Solutions

Who Should Participate in Women in Demand Management?

Women and men working in the energy demand management industry are encouraged to join this group and be party of the ongoing dynamic conversation.

  • Women – Gain knowledge and perspective on how to develop and further your career in  DSM - an industry in which we still see few women in leadership positions.  Enhance your network by getting to know other women in the field.
  • Men – Increase your understanding of the issues women face in our industry to: improve your team’s development and synergy, enhance your recruiting and management approach, and learn how to leverage the benefits of greater organizational diversity.

Upcoming Activities

Join us at the 38th PLMA Conference in Austin, Tex. November 12, 2018
All registered attendees for the Interest Group Activities are invited to attend the Interest Group Meeting.

Archived Activities

Women in DM Group  Discussion: DSM Finance
Listen to the Recording: Click Here
Presented November 1, 2018 with Erin Boyd, Apparent; Allison Hamilton, NRECA and Lenore Zeuthen, Zeuthen Management Solutions. Listen to this conversation about DSM finance with economist Erin Boyd, PhD (Senior VP, Apparent; formerly of PG&E) and rate advisor Allison Hamilton, MBA (Senior Principal, NRECA; formerly of Pepco). Hear about challenges and opportunities facing DSM today from the finance perspective. Get the inside scoop on two fascinating careers. Bolster your knowledge and understanding of how the finance side of DSM works.

Mentoring Program Launched in 2017 (this program has ended)

The Women in Demand Management Interest Group launched a pilot Mentor/Mentee program, with five sets of matched mentors and mentees! Women in DM met in Cambridge to learn more about the mentor program and take a deep dive on career building.

About the Mentoring Program:
In line with our mission to promote leadership in our industry, the Mentor/Mentee program formalizes opportunities for collaboration and learning between female PLMA participants with varying levels of experience and background in Demand Management. This includes folks with diverse backgrounds from all types of member organizations (e.g. utilities, implementation companies and technology firms). Mentors with at least 10 years of industry experience will advise Mentees who are passionate about the industry on anything from job promotions to work/life balance.

Women in Demand Management Interest Group Pre-Conference Meeting
Presented April 16, 2018 before the 37th PLMA Conference in Coronado, CA 
See 37th PLMA Resources for presentation links

Pre-Conference meeting at the 36th PLMA Conference in Cambridge, Mass. Nov. 13, 2017.
See agenda with presentation links.

Women in DM & Thermostat Joint Discussion: Integrated DSM
Listen to the Recording: Click Here
Presented October 26, 2017 with Jon Hilowitz, Orange & Rockland Utilities, and Tom Hines, Arizona Public Service; Moderated by Olivia Patterson, Opinion Dynamics, and Erika Diamond, EnergyHub. Join this one-hour interest group discussion and learn about new programs utilities are designing that integrate Energy Efficiency and Demand Response. Integrated Demand Side Management (IDSM) has been a buzz word in the industry for the last decade, but now programs and portfolios are executing to the vision.

Women in DM Business Lunch and Member Meetup, April 3, 2017
Presentations at www.peakload.org/35thresources

Women in DM 2017 Strategy Meeting
Thursday December 8, 2016, 12:30 - 1:30 EST
Join the Women in Demand Management in mapping out our activities and mission for 2017! We want your help in brainstorming the type of content and direction that most benefits you from the group. We'll discuss the suggestions we received through our 2016 survey and Fall Conference feedback, revisit our mission statement, and map out 2017 activities. This is also a great opportunity to get more involved in the group! Click Here to Register and View the Recording.

Interest Group Meet-Up
Adjacent to the 34th PLMA Conference

November 7, 2016, Delray Beach, Florida
Registration for this event has closed

Women in DM Update: The Business Case for Distributed Energy Resources
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 12:30 - 1:30 pm EST
Learn more and Register for the recording: CLICK HERE

Women in DR Update: Understanding the Storage and Demand Response Relationship
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Learn more and Register for the recording: CLICK HERE

Interest Group Meet-Up
Adjacent to the 17th PLMA Spring Conference

April 17, 2016, San Francisco, California
Registration for this event has closed.

Women in DR Quarterly Update: The Energy/Water Nexus with Agricultural Demand Response
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Learn more and Register to view the recording CLICK HERE

Interest Group Meet-Up
Adjacent to the 16th PLMA Fall Conference

November 3, 2015, 4:30-5:30pm, Charlotte, North Carolina
Registration for this event has closed.

Women in DR Quarterly Update: International Demand Response
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Learn more and Register to view the recording CLICK HERE

Interest Group Meet-Up
April 27, 2015, 4:30-5:30pm, Tucson, Arizona
Registration for this event has closed

Quarterly Update: Winter Demand Response
April 13, 2015
Register to view the recording at CLICK HERE

Quarterly Update: Innovations
December 9, 2014
Register to view the recording at CLICK HERE

Founding Group Discussion
September 9, 2014
Register to view the recording at CLICK HERE.

PLMA Interest Group membership is restricted to representatives from PLMA member organizations, but any organization is welcome to join PLMA. To add your name to this list and receive Group Communications, email [email protected].