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 memberservices@peakload.org.

Interest Groups (in order of formation)

Women in Demand Management Interest Group
Co-chaired by Melissa Knous of Duke Energy, Erika Diamond of Energy Hub, and Lenore Zeuthen of Zeuthen Management Solutions, 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.

Connected Devices Interest Group
Co-chaired by Justin Chamberlain of CPS Energy, Poornima Eber, of National Grid, and Olivia Patterson of Opinion Dynamics, this Group examines the costs and benefits of all types of utility-sponsored programs that leverage connected device 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, John Powers of Extensible Energy, and Matt Carlson of Aquanta, 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.

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.

International Interest Group
Co-chaired by Scott Coe of GridOptimize and Ross Malme of Skipping Stone, this group brings together members who are interested in developing new activities for PLMA members from outside of North America and to connect with international energy companies and technology providers interested in the work of PLMA.


Utility Load Management Exchange

ULME is a gathering of utility representatives interested in open and frank discussion of the industry, opportunity to share real-world lessons learned, and honestly discuss what works and what doesn't in a private setting. ULME remains an informally organized utility-only group without member dues or revenue. Meetings and web presence are currently supported under agreement with PLMA.


Planning Groups:

Conference Planning Group
Co-chaired by Scott Jarman of Austin Energy, Ricardo Luna of CPS Energy, and Teague Douglas of CLEAResult, 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 Planning Group
Co-chaired by Nicholas Corsetti of National Grid, Laurie Duhan of Baltimore Gas and Electric, and Dain Nestel of ecobee, this Group oversees the nominations and judging process for PLMA's annual awards presentation.


Training Groups

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

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