PLMA Board Update

To:           Staff of Member Organizations listed at
Subject:  Member Update, February 2018

1. Review the agenda just announced for 37th PLMA Conference set for April 16-18 in Coronado, Calif. at

2.  Nominate your award-worthy program and/or encourage others to self-nominate for the 15th PLMA Awards before the March 5 deadline.  Details at

3. Note that all future PLMA email correspondence will originate from [email protected] to comply with anti-spam regulations.  Add to your favorites and get your IT folks to whitelist it if necessary.   

Pipeline - current member count is 135 organizations
- New Members: Con Edison; United Illuminating; GridOptimize, Tantalus (formerly Energate)
- Lost Members: Ameren Missouri; P.S. Oklahoma; Sunverge 

37th Conference in Coronado.  Registration and the Hotel del Coronado room block is now open; details at A DR Dialogue Conference Preview with Mark Martinez, SCE and Brad Mantz, SDG&E will be broadcast on Feb. 15.  Register at DR Dialogue: Conference Preview.  

International Interest Group Formation.  Any PLMA Board Member or At-Large Representative, or a designate, are welcome to attend a webcall to explore formation of a PLMA International Interest Group on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern.  To register, go to .  If you can't make that date/time, register anyway to demonstrate your interest and receive the meeting recording.  Scott Coe of GridOptimize and Ross Malme of Skipping Stone have expressed interest in being Group Co-chairs.  An outcome of this Feb. 13 discussion could be an in-person meeting in Coronado in April to explore development of services to benefit utilities around the world, such as international workshops, sister utilities exchanges, and on-line collaboration tools.

Member Meet-ups.  Over 70 attended the PLMA Member Meet-up @ Distributech 2018 in San Antonio.  The next Member Meet-up will be on Feb. 20 at the AESP National Conference in New Orleans.  Get details and RSVP at

Speakers Bureau.  PLMA helps place presenters as PLMA representatives for special topics, details at  On February 21, Jason Cigarran, Itron, will be presenting on the Dynamic Pricing session @ AESP Conference in New Orleans  and Rich Barone, Hawaiian Electric will represent PLMA on the DER session at Parks Assoc Smart Energy Summit in Austin.  Parks Assoc. has also provided a $500 discount for PLMA members planning to attend that event, details in the calendar link.

Website Transition. Staff moved to new association management system in Dec/Jan which resulted is adjustments in website navigation and email management as well as the need for all to reset member log-in passwords.

Feb. 1 - Dialogue: Award Winning Panel (online repeat of Distributech session)
Feb. 13 - Board member webcall to form PLMA International Interest Group 
Feb. 15 - Dialogue: Conference Preview with Mark Martinez, SCE and Brad Mantz, SDG&E
Feb. 20 - Member Meetup @ AESP Conference, New Orleans  
Feb. 21 - Dynamic Pricing session @ AESP Conference, New Orleans 
Feb 21 - DER session at Parks Assoc Smart Energy Summit, Austin 
Feb. 22 -  Dialogue: Ben Foster and Michael Lee, FERC with Michael Brown, NV Energy
April 16-18,- 37th PLMA Conference, Coronado
Nov. 12-14 - 38th PLMA Conference, Austin
May 20-22, 2019, 39th PLMA Conference, Minneapolis (tentative)