44th PLMA Conference

44th PLMA Conference Call for Presenters

PLMA seeks general, breakout, and pre-event session presentation proposals for the 44th PLMA Conference, which is planned for November 8-10, 2021 with the opportunity for hosted viewing sites in different regions of the U.S., depending upon prevailing COVID-19 conditions and travel restrictions at that time.

Ensuring the safety and well-being of our conference attendees is PLMA's first and foremost priority. As a result, please plan your presentation proposal with the expectation that it will work well in a live online format. 

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PLMA's Call for Presentations is open from June 2 to 23, 2021

This PLMA conference will focus on sharing knowledge among market practitioners, technology firms, and utilities/retailers active in the distributed energy resource marketplace. About 250 industry professionals are expected to attend. 

More information  coming soon on PLMA's regional "viewing sites" (now in the planning stage), where member practitioners can gather in small groups to watch and discuss conference sessions together. If you would like to help PLMA to plan the "viewing sites" with the Conference Planning Committee, have specific ideas or suggestions to offer, or would like to host a viewing site, please contact Rich Philip at [email protected].


 Tips for Submitting a Successful Proposal

PLMA is searching for exceptional perspectives that explore best practices and cutting-edge issues affecting professionals who develop, implement, and evaluate distributed energy resource initiatives. All industry professionals may submit proposals, but special consideration will be given to PLMA member organization submissions. We highly value proposals that include participation of utilities, end consumers, and market participants. Please, no sales pitches.

Presentations of any length or style will be considered, but preference will be given to 30- to 60-minute case study presentations (with up to 1/3 of time reserved for audience discussion) from utility/retailer program staff that leverage trade ally relations.

All topics and presenters will be considered with preference given to those with a specific, actionable tie to demand response and  load management issues. Sessions related to PLMA Interest Group topics are encouraged:

  • Customer Engagement
  • Connected Devices
  • Women in Demand Management
  • Global Load Management
  • Retail Pricing
  • Electric Transportation

Additional Session Topics Suggested by Past Conference Attendees include:

  • FERC 2222 update--what does it mean
  • Resiliency as a product -- resulting from grid failures in recent years
  • C&I Program Design
  • Baselines and "loading order" for multiple DERs
  • Valuation, value stacking, cost-effectiveness, business models, and funding strategies of DR and DER programs
  • Automated communication protocols and strategies
  • Advanced Rate Design
  • International DR Markets
  • Natural gas DR and strategies to collaborate with electric programs
  • Water and DR strategies
  • Thermal and battery storage as a DR resource
  • Bundling DR with Storage, Renewables, and Electric Vehicle Charging Based on Customer Segmenting
  • Integration, competition, overlap, advantages/disadvantages of behavioral DR, EVs, and storage
  • Customer-focused utility case studies and perspectives of end-use customers (residential or Commercial and Industrial)
  • iDSM and other cross-departmental integration examples with DR initiatives
  • User experiences with DERMS systems
  • DR Market experiences, including pay for performance and modeled vs. actual data
  • Starting and Scaling programs for full deployment
  • Reverse DR, DERS strategy development, strategic lead growth initiatives (i.e. valley filling vs. peak clipping)
  • Managing over-generation with demand response
  • Best practices for moving customers across the technology adoption curves
  • How utilities select and implement technologies
  • Innovative Approaches to provide new technologies to Income Qualified customers
  • Evolving utility/vendor business relationship strategies
  • Targeted/locational programs to relieve distribution/transmission constraints
  • Solutions for winter peaking utilities
  • Non-wires alternative/solution project planning and results
  • Program planning with an equity lens (race, social justice, environmental justice)

Completing your Session Proposal:

All industry professionals may submit proposals, but special consideration will be given to proposals offered by PLMA member organizations. PLMA member practitioners are invited to serve as volunteer proposal scorers. This task requires reviewing and scoring submissions based on a list of criteria including industry relevance as well as the presenter's engaging, interactive approach.

Please complete your presentation proposal by providing the following: 

  • Presentation title and one-paragraph description as it might appear in the agenda (about 150 words)
  • Presenter(s) name, title, organization as it might appear in the agenda and contact information for all presenters. Your submission is your assurance that proposed co-presenters have been notified of their inclusion.
  • Brief explanation of why the session will be thought-provoking and compelling for our core audience of distributed energy resource practitioners.

The deadline to submit your presentation proposal is June 23, 2021.

Proposal acceptance decisions will be made by the Conference Planning group by July 15, 2021.

If your submission is selected, the presenters identified in your submission will receive an invitation to present at the 44th PLMA Conference, and will receive a discounted registration code. All presenters must register for the conference to confirm their acceptance to speak. 

Presenters are responsible for their own conference registration cost, travel, and hotel expenses (if applicable). Presenters will be asked to record their presentations the week of October 18, 2021. All presenters must comply with the PLMA Presenter Policy and Code of Conduct

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Submission period ends 11:59 pm Pacific, June 23, 2021