PLMA Grows to 152 Members

Voice of Load Management Practitioners Welcomes Over 300 Energy Industry Attendees to 38th Conference in Austin, Texas

(Austin, Texas, November 13, 2018) PLMA, the voice of load management practitioners in the energy utility industry, welcomed its 152nd member organization at its Fall Board meeting yesterday, up from 42 members six years ago.  The board meeting was held in conjunction with the 38th PLMA Conference in Austin, Texas, co-hosted by Austin Energy, CPS Energy, and CLEAResult, which is being attended by over 300 representatives from energy utility and industry allies.  Welcoming remarks at the conference were provided by Lucia Athens, the City of Austin's first Chief Sustainability Officer. 

The Executive Committee elected by the Board for the 2018-2020 term are (in alphabetical order by last name):

  • Wendy Brummer, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Justin Chamberlain, CPS Energy
  • Troy Eichenberger, Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Ruth Kiselewich, ICF
  • Robin Maslowski, Navigant
  • Olivia Patterson, Opinion Dynamics
  • Christine Riker, Energy Solutions
  • Andrea Simmonsen, Idaho Power Company 

In addition, the Board voted to appoint Paul Miles of PECO, an Exelon Company, to serve as Vice Chair to replace Derek Kirchner of DTE Energy.  The other PLMA officers elected last year for the 2017-2019 term are:

  • Chair:  Michael Brown, Berkshire Hathaway, NV Energy
  • Secretary:  Joseph E. Childs, Eaton
  • Treasurer:  David Hyland, Zen Ecosystems 

At the Conference, PLMA announced 3 new publications: 

  • Joint Non-Wires Alternative Research Report – The report coproduced by PLMA and SEPA with funding from E4TheFuture details common attributes and lessons learned from 10 non-wires alternatives projects. Details at: www.peakload.org/nwa-joint-research.
  • 15th PLMA Awards Compendium – The publication includes transcripts from 2018 webcast interviews with the people behind  six award-winning load management initiatives. Details at www.peakload.org/2018-winners.
  • Future of Distributed Energy Resources Compendium – A call for abstracts now underway seeks to identify leading industry initiatives where utilities are partnering with allies to demonstrate the path to a more integrated approach to distributed energy resources.  Details at www.peakload.org/future-of-der-call-for-abstracts 

The 39th PLMA Conference will be May 13-15, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minn.  An industry-wide call for presenters will be announced in December.  PLMA’s national conferences presented in spring and fall provides a forum for practitioners from energy utilities, solution providers and trade allies to share dynamic load management expertise, including demand response (DR) and distributed energy resources (DER). For nearly two decades, PLMA conferences, educational programs and networking opportunities have brought member organizations together to develop, implement and share proven practices in a peer-to-peer network – offering load management leadership for the energy industry. 

PLMA was founded in 1999 as the Peak Load Management Alliance to be the voice of load management practitioners.  It is a community of experts and practitioners dedicated to sharing knowledge and providing resources to promote inclusiveness in the design, delivery, technology, and management of solutions addressing energy and natural resource integration.  Membership in PLMA is open to any organization interested in load management. PLMA represents a broad range of energy professionals and industries – private and publicly owned utilities, technology companies, energy and energy solution providers, equipment manufacturers, research organizations, consultants, and consumers.  Learn more at www.peakload.org.

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Media Contact:  Ed Thomas; Executive Director, PLMA; (707) 652-5333;  [email protected]