48th PLMA Conference

48th PLMA Conference Call for Presenters

PLMA seeks presentation proposals for general, breakout, and pre-event conference sessions for the 48th PLMA Conference, scheduled for November 6-8, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Click Here to Submit your Presentation Proposal

PLMA's Call for Presentations is Open from May 25 to June 16, 2023

This PLMA conference will focus on sharing insights and knowledge among load management, demand response, and DER market practitioners, including utilities, aggregators, technology innovators, manufacturers, consultants, and more. Approximately 350 industry professionals attend PLMA's conferences which are hosted around the country twice a year, once each in the spring and fall. 

Tips for Submitting a Successful Proposal
Completing your Presentation Proposal
Important Note about Conference Session Deadlines
Volunteering to Score Conference Proposals

Tips for Submitting a Successful Proposal

PLMA is searching for exceptional session proposals from across the industry that explore lessons learned and best practices from practitioners who develop, implement, and evaluate load management, DR, and DER initiatives. Any industry professional is welcome to submit a proposal, although additional consideration will be given to submissions received from PLMA member organizations. PLMA highly values proposals that include participation by utilities, consumers, and other market actors. Please, no sales pitches.

Presentations of any length or style will be considered with preference for 30- to 60-minute case study presentations in which up to 1/3 of the time is reserved for audience discussion. All topics and presenters will be considered however PLMA especially values sessions having specific, actionable ties to load management, demand response, and/or distributed energy resources, as well as its specific areas of strategy and interest, as follows:   

  • Addressing Underserved Communities
  • Advancement of Load Management for Decarbonization
  • Connected Devices
  • Customer Engagement
  • DER Innovations
  • Electric Transportation
  • Equitable Solutions in Load Management
  • Global Load Management
  • How Demographics Impact DR Program Incentives
  • Retail Pricing
  • Spark DER as a Grid Resource

Completing your Session Proposal:

Click Here to Submit your Presentation Proposal

Click the button above to go to the PLMA Presentation Proposal form which will request information about your presenters, your topic, its relevance to the PLMA audience, and learning objectives. 

Proposal acceptance decisions will be made by PLMA's Conference Planning Group on July 17, 2023.

If your submission is selected, the presenters identified in your proposal will receive an invitation to present at the 48th PLMA Conference, plus a discounted registration code. All presenters MUST register for, and plan to attend, the conference to confirm their acceptance to speak.

Presenters are responsible for their own conference registration cost, travel, and if applicable, hotel expenses.

All presenters must agree to comply with the PLMA Presenter Policy and Code of Conduct.

Important Note about Conference Session Deadlines

PLMA deeply appreciates everyone's best efforts to adhere to all conference deadlines as they make it possible to complete the conference planning process accurately and on-schedule without significantly over-taxing our volunteer leaders and staff.  

As such, ensuring your session proposal is presented at the conference is conditional upon meeting the conference speaker deadlines listed below. Missing these deadlines, or being unresponsive to session co-chairs and the PLMA staff, will unfortunately result in the removal of your session from the conference agenda.

  • September 1: All speakers and co-presenters must be registered for the conference. 
  • September 1: A current speaker bio and headshot portrait must have been sent to Monica Hammond.
  • October 14: All draft slides must have been submitted for review to your conference session co-chairs.
  • October 27: All rehearsals and presentations must have been practiced, reviewed, and finalized.

Click Here to Submit Your Presentation Proposal
Deadline to Submit: Friday, June 16, 11:59 pm PT

Volunteering to Score Presentation Proposals:

As is customary, PLMA member practitioners are invited to serve as volunteer proposal scorers. This task requires reviewing and scoring submissions based on a list of criteria that includes industry relevance and the engaging nature of the presentation's approach. If you would like to help with scoring, but have submitted a proposal, you will be able to recuse yourself from scoring that specific proposal. 

Please email Monica Hammond if you'd like to volunteer to help score 48th Conference Presentation Proposals.
This is about a four- to six-hour time commitment. Thank you!

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