PLMA Groups Overview

Click on the links below for member-only access to group communication. Any employee of a PLMA member organization may join any or all PLMA Interest and Planning Groups listed below by emailing a request to

Interest Groups (in order of formation)

Women in Demand Management Interest Group
Co-chaired by Melissa Knous of Duke Energy and Erika Diamond of Energy Hub, this Group seeks to identify interest in networking, mentoring, and presentation opportunities that provide increased connection between demand response professionals and exposure to women in positions of leadership in member organizations.

Thermostat Interest Group
Co-chaired by Justin Chamberlain of CPS Energy and Olivia Patterson of Opinion Dynamics, this Group examines the costs and benefits of all types of utility-sponsored programs that leverage thermostat technology to deliver the demand response, energy efficiency, or other system benefits.

Distributed Energy Resources Integration Interest Group
Co-chaired by Richard Barone of Hawaiian Electric and John Powers of Extensible Energy, this Group addresses key economic, engineering, and customer program design aspects of Distributed Energy Resource Integration, including: Valuation of load management resources in “firming” non-dispatchable renewable resources; Program design and re-design issues for adapting DR programs; and Technology needs assessments for DER applications.

Retail Pricing Interest Group
Co-chaired by Clay Engel of Consumers Energy and Evan Pittman of Comverge, this group addresses a wide variety of rates and program types, relative to continued AMI rollouts, Customers adopting distributed generation, Customers purchasing connected appliances (Internet of Things), and Regulators pushing for pricing reform.

Customer Engagement Interest Group
Co-chaired by Andrea Simmonsen of Idaho Power Company, Meridith Nierenberg of Orange and Rockland Utilities, and Sharyn Barata of Opinion Dynamics, this Group addresses key areas of customer engagement for demand response programs.

Planning Groups:

Conference Planning Group
Co-chaired by Brad Mantz of SDGE and Mark Martinez of SCE, this Group selects the format, topics and presenters for PLMA's twice-annual conferences.

Education Planning Group
Co-chaired by Mark Martinez of Southern California Edison and Christine Riker of Energy Solutions, the group guides PLMA's Education efforts, including the Demand Response Training Series presented at least twice annually.

Thought Leadership Planning Group
Co-chaired by Rich Philip of Duke Energy, and Jason Cigarran of Itron, this Group guides PLMA's facilitation of information through PLMA's DR Dialogue web series, Resource Directory, Speakers Bureau, and White Papers.

Award Program Group
Co-chaired by Nicholas Corsetti of National Grid and Dain Nestel of CLEAResult, this Group judges the nominations for PLMA's annual awards presentation.

Training Groups

The following groups are restricted to alumni of the in-person training courses presented by PLMA:

Introduction to Demand Response Alumni Group
Evolution of Demand Response Alumni Group
DR Program Design and Implementation Alumni Group
Demand Response Markets Alumni Group

Leadership Groups

The following groups are restricted to those individuals designated to serve in the respective leadership roles, and others delegated by the designees to receive group correspondence.

Officers Group Home Page
Executive Committee Group Home Page
Board of Directors Group Home Page
At-Large Representatives Home Page