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[This message is being sent as both an email and as a post to Member Update Page at www.peakload.org/member-update--december-2018

ACTION ITEM:  Consider encouraging your associates who are PLMA members... as well as prospective members... to respond to the Call for Presenters for the 39th PLMA Conference at www.peakload.org/39th-plma-conference-call-for-presenters and/or for the Future of DER Compendium Call for Abstracts at www.peakload.org/future-of-der-call-for-abstracts

Member Pipeline.  Current member count is 157 organizations 
- New Members: TrickleStar, GridPoint, Applied Energy Group, Tetra Tech, City of Tallahassee Utilities 

39th Conference, Minneapolis. Registration for attendee and sponsors now open. 

Training. BGE will host the DR Market Fundamentals and DR Program Design/Implementation courses on April 8-12, 2019 in their Baltimore offices.  Last week PLMA launch a promotion of the online Intro to DR Fundamentals with an offer for anyone who registers & completes the course by Dec. 31 to be entered in a drawing for a $100 Land's End gift card for PLMA-embroidered items.  

New Award Group Co-Chair.  Mike Smith of National Grid has replaced Nick Corsetti of National Grid as a PLMA Awards Group Co-Chair.  The call for award nominations will launch in early January. 

Member News. PLMA will post your company announcements, RFPs, job posting, etc. on the PLMA website at no cost. Latest updates are: Tierra Resource Consultants Promotes Matthew Joyce to Director; and Itron Selected to be a Leading Technology Provider in California Distributed Energy Management Project.  See the latest member news at www.peakload.org/news.

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are: 38th PLMA Conference presentations and photo archive; and E4TheFuture-SEPA-PLMA Joint NWA Research Joint Webcast on Dec. 6, and Multi-User Microgrid Deployment white paper by Northeast Clean Energy Council and Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy.  Learn more and access at www.peakload.org/resources.

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and includes these upcoming activities:
Dec. 17 - Future of DER Compendium Call for Abstracts ends
Dec. 21 - 39th Conference Call for Presenters ends
Jan. 24 - PLMA presenters at AESP National Conference, San Antonio
April 8-12 - PLMA Training Course Series, Baltimore 
May 13-15 - 39th PLMA Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov. 4-6 - 
40th PLMA Conference, St. Petersburg, Florida

 

[This message is being sent as both an email and as a post to Member Update Page at www.peakload.org/member-update--november-2018

Member Pipeline.  Current member count is 152 organizations
- New Members: The Brattle Group, Chelan PUD, High West Energy, West Monroe Partners, Blackhawk Network, Leap, Tierra Energy Consultants, and Accenture.  

Executive Committee Election Results. 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 

Appointments.  The Board voted to confirm the appointment of Paul Miles of PECO, an Exelon Company, to serve as Vice Chair to replace Derek Kirchner of DTE Energy.  Jeff Havranek of Sensus and Amy Bryan, of Jackson EMC have been appointed by the officers to replace Katie Panek of Westar Energy and Jane Peters of Research into Action. 

New Publications.  PLMA announced 3 new publications at the Board meeting: 

  • Joint Non-Wires Alternative Research Report – The report co-produced 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 is now underway 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 

38th Conference, Austin. Over 310 people attended the conference this week.  The presentation slides will be available at www.peakload.org/38th-Conf-Resources to all PLMA member organization staff, regardless of whether or not you registered to attend the event. 

Member News. PLMA will post your company announcements, RFPs, job posting, etc. on the PLMA website at no cost. Latest updates are: PLMA Grows to 152 Members; Connected Energy Announces Major Upgrade to CNRG at 38th PLMA Conference; PLMA is Seeking Abstracts for The Future of Distributed Energy Resources Compendium; Navigant Publishes "Bring Your Own Device DSM Programs for Utilities and Retail Energy Suppliers;" New Report Tracks Projects that meet Electricity Needs without Adding Transmission Lines; Origination/Sales Manager Opening; Encycle and PhoenixET Launch Strategic Software Partnership; and IPKeys and ElectSolve Accelerate Growth Strategies. See the latest member news at www.peakload.org/news.

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are: 38th PLMA Conference Presentations; E4TheFuture-SEPA-PLMA Joint NWA Research Report; PLMA Award-Winning Initiative Compendium; SEPA-PLMA-Navigant 2018 Utility Demand Response Snapshot; and recordings of these PLMA webcasts in October: Working Together! A Joint Connected Devices/DER Integration Interest Group Discussion, Women in Demand Management Group Discussion on DSM Finance; and Integrated Demand-Side Management – The Next Frontier. Learn more and access at www.peakload.org/resources.

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and includes:
Dec. 6, 2 p.m. Eastern- Non-Wires Alternatives: Insights from the Nation’s Leading NWA Projects, A Joint E4TheFuture, SEPA & PLMA webinar
May 13-15, 2019 - 39th PLMA Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov. 4-6, 2019 - 40th PLMA Conference, St. Petersburg, Florida

 

[This message is being sent as both an email and as a post to Member Update Page at www.peakload.org/member-update--october-2018

ACTION ITEMS
1. Register for 38th PLMA Conference on Nov. 12-14 in Austin. Plan now to join the over 200 load management practitioners who have already registered to attend the 38th PLMA Conference.  There is no longer an extra charge to participate in the Interest Group meetings on Monday. Agenda, who's coming, and registration details are at www.peakload.org/38th-conference-attend.

2. Preview Introduction to Demand Response Fundamentals online course at www.enerdynamics.com/PLMA.  This new online training course developed by Enerdynamics with PLMA will be formally launched next week with a $79 retail price and a 20% discount for PLMA members on the entire Enerdynamics course catalog. This PLMA Education Planning Group activity is part of the PLMA Vision 2018 initiative.      

Member Pipeline.  Current member count is 145 organizations
- New Members: Oncor Electric Delivery, Olivine, IGS Energy; COI Energy Services, Chelan PUD, and Brattle Group.  EnerNOC is now Enel X 
- Lost Members: Puget Sound Energy and Natural Hawaiian Energy Institute.

Interest Group Online Discussions.  Anyone, member or not, is welcome to join the upcoming online discussions with the Women in Demand Management, Connected Devices, and DER Integration Interest Groups. Details at www.peakload.org/calendar.

AESP Collaboration.  A free joint AESP-PLMA webinar on Integrated Demand-Side Management is set for Nov. 8.  Details at www.peakload.org/calendar

Member News. PLMA will post your company announcements, RFPs, job posting, etc. on the PLMA website at no cost. Latest updates are: New Intro to DR Online Training, IPKeys and Electsolve Merger, Encycle and Lightstat Form Software/Hardware Partnership, and Encycle Introduces Swarm Service™ for Cloud-Based Control of HVAC Rooftop Units. See the latest Member News at www.peakload.org/news.

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are "The Future of Distributed Energy Resources" panel presentation at EEI Strategic Issues Roundtable, and recordings of PLMA webcasts in September on Distributed Energy Resource Integration Challenges, International Interest Group Update, and DERMS Software Selection. Learn more and access at www.peakload.org/resources.

Demand Response Training Series in Phoenix.  APS hosted 28 students for Program Design and Implementation followed by Market Fundamentals training at the headquarters office in Phoenix, October 8-12.  Training included lecture, mentored interactive exercises, and concluded with exams.  Volunteer mentors included Christine Riker, Energy Solutions; Michael Brown, NV Energy; Joe Childs, Eaton; Rich Philip, Duke Energy; and Dave Hyland, Zen Ecosystems.  Guest speakers were Lauren Carr, California ISO and Barry Ledford, CLEAResult. Trainers were Stuart Schare and Brett Feldman, Navigant; and Scott Coe, GridOptimize.

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and includes:
Oct. 25 - Working Together! A Joint Connected Devices/DER Integration Interest Group Discussion
Nov. 1 - Women in Demand Management Group Discussion: DSM Finance
Nov. 8 - AESP-PLMA joint webinar on Integrated Demand-Side Management
Nov. 12 - Demand Response Fundamentals and Evolution, Austin, Texas
Nov. 12-14 - 38th PLMA Conference, Austin, Texas
Nov. 14-15 - Utility Load Management Exchange Fall Meeting, Austin, Texas

 

ACTION ITEMS
1. Call for Executive Committee Self-Nominations Ends Sept. 21. Self-nominations are now being accepted from PLMA Board members interested in running for Executive Committee, for the Fall 2018 - Fall 2020 term. If you plan to seek election, please complete the Executive Committee Nomination Form. The forms requests that you include a brief statement of your qualifications, your goals for the organization, and initiatives that you want to champion. Self-nominations will be accepted through Friday, September 21, 2018 from Board members listed at www.peakload.org/plma-leadership or a designate.  

2. Consider Who You Know That Needs DR Training in Phoenix on Oct 8-12. Seating is limited to 25 seats for PLMA's DR Markets Fundamentals 16-hour course which is immediately followed by the DR Program Design & Implementation 16-hour course. The training will be in APS' Phoenix office co-hosted by Arizona Public Service and Salt River Project, and Lauren Carr from California Independent System Operator will be a guest speaker. You may use member passes to attend the course at no additional cost. Agenda and registration details are at www.peakload.org/demand-response-training.

Member Pipeline
- current member count is 142 organizations
- New Members: Powerley, Ecotagious, Ally Energy Solutions, Olivine

2018 Demand Response Snapshot. The report published by SEPA in partnership with Navigant and PLMA is now available for free download at CLICK HERE.  PLMA is proud to collaborate on this year’s report, which offers a concise glimpse of the evolving demand response industry. We used our peer-to-peer network of practitioners to help increase the survey responses by over 50% to 155 utilities, and to enhance the peer review editorial process

38th PLMA Conference, Nov. 12-14, Austin. Over 145 people have registered for the Conference already, and our Hyatt guest room block is already sold out for Wednesday night, but they still have rooms for Sunday-Tuesday nights.  There is no longer an extra registation fee to participate in the Interest Group meetings on Monday. The latest agenda, a glimpse of who's coming, and registration details are at www.peakload.org/38th-conference-attend.

Interest Group Discussions Online Sept. 27 and October 4.  The DER Integration Interest Group will meet online on September. 27 and the International Interest Group will meet online on October 4.  Both meetings are open to members and non-members alike.  Learn more and RSVP at www.peakload.org/calendar

PLMA Member Meet-up Breakfast @ E Source Forum, Sept. 26, Denver. All staff from PLMA member organizations are welcome to meet-up for networking and a brief update on PLMA activities just ahead of the opening general session on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Learn more and RSVP at CLICK HERE

EEI Strategic Issues Roundtable, Pittsburgh, Oct. 10-12. Paul Miles of PECO, an Exelon Company, and Eduardo Guerra of ConEdison will represent PLMA in a panel titled The Future of Distributed Energy Resources. Learn more at www.peakload.org/calendar.

PLMA Brand Refresh. Staff have updated the About PLMA page at www.peakload.org/about-plma.  The page is now easier to download and print as a handout to help articulate the value of PLMA membership.  

Member News. PLMA will post your company announcements, RFPs, job posting, etc. on the PLMA website at no cost. Latest updates are: Con Edison Seeks DR Specialist by Oct. 17, NARUC Innovation Awards, PLMA Executive Committee Call for Nominations, and PLMA's Leadership in Sharing Load Management Expertise. See the latest Member News at www.peakload.org/news.

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are recordings of PLMA webcasts in August on ComEd's Peak Time Savings Program and the SEPA-Navigant-PLMA DR Snapshot Report. Learn more and access at www.peakload.org/resources.

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar with these special offers:
Sept. 25-28 - E Source Forum, Denver. E Source is offering a 50% discount to PLMA utility members who are not E Source members when you register with code PLMA50.  
Oct 9-10 - Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative Members Meeting & Fall Workshop, New York
Oct. 10-11 - GridFWD 2018 - Smart Grid NW is offering a 20% discount to PLMA member staff when you mention code 20off
Oct. 15 - Smart Grid Customer Education Symposium, Houston is offering a $100 discount to PLMA member staff when you mention code PLMA100
Oct. 22-24 - Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance Conference, Atlanta is offering a $599 rate to PLMA members who use the link at CLICK HERE

 E Source Forum

SEEA Conf

 
Member Update


Call for Self-Nominations for PLMA Executive Committee Positions Ends Sept. 21

Self-nominations from PLMA Board members are now being accepted from PLMA Board members for Executive Committee members for Fall 2018 - Fall 2020 term. If you plan to seek election, please complete the Executive Committee Nomination Form. The forms requests that you include a brief statement of your qualifications, your goals for the organization, and initiatives that you want to champion. Self-nominations will be accepted through Tuesday, September 21, 2018. You must be signed in to access the form. You must be signed in as a Board Member to access the nomination form. if the link does not work, cut and paste this url into your browser: https://plma.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mcform&view=ngforms&id=2002099.  

PLMA seeks nominations from Board members for the Executive Committee. All current executive committee members (see roster at www.peakload.org/plma-leadership) terms expire at the conclusion of the 38th PLMA Conference in Austin. The PLMA Executive Committee is comprised of up to eight (8) members who are elected to a two-year term with no term limits from current Board members in good standing.

Job Description. PLMA looks to the Executive Committee to provide strategic leadership and vision to assist the Officers and Executive Director with tactical support in the operation of the Association consistent with the Board’s direction. Tasks include:

  • Review, Understand, and Comply with the duties and responsibilities of the Executive Committee as described in the PLMA By Laws, Article 6.

  • Understand, Comply with, and Assist in Enforcement of all PLMA Policies, paying special attention to the Executive Committee duties in the Fiscal Policy and Code of Conduct, which includes conflict of interest.

  • Actively Support the delivery of a Strategic Objective or other working group and participate in Strategic Planning.

  • Participate in monthly Executive Committee meetings to ensure quorum is met.

  • Participate in Conference Planning and Presentation Evaluation.

  • Review, Edit, and Discuss new or revised PLMA Policies. Be Present to vote to accept or reject policies.

  • Provide feedback on materials and reports submitted by Executive Director for review.

  • Two members of the Executive Committee are required to serve on the finance committee, as appointed by the PLMA Officers.

  • During the Officer Election year, actively participate in recruiting and ensuring that PLMA has a viable set of candidates for each Officer position.

  • Become involved in other PLMA activities as they arise

  • Proactively promote PLMA and especially its conferences and membership in PLMA.

The Executive Committee meets via conference call monthly and at other times as deemed necessary. Members must remain an employee of a PLMA member organization for the length of their term, and are expected to participate in a majority of the monthly calls and other in-person meetings. There is no compensation or travel reimbursement from PLMA. PLMA By Laws and internal policies and are posted on the Board of Directors Group Home Page at www.peakload.org/board-home-page - you must be signed in as a Board Member to access these documents.

Nomination Process. Any PLMA board member in good standing may self-nominate. If someone other than the board member from a PLMA member organization wishes to self-nominate, they must become the designed board member for their organization.

Election Process. The Executive Committee election will be conducted electronically before the Board meeting takes place on November 12, as well as on-site during the board meeting. Board members may choose to vote either electronically or in person at the Board Meeting. Votes submitted in person will over-ride electronic votes submitted by the same organization. Candidates will be invited to record a brief statement for a Meet the Candidates webcast to be produced for Board members in October. The Election Policy and By-laws are posted behind your member password at www.peakload.org/board-home-page.

Sincerely,
Joseph E. Childs
Secretary and Election Officer

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

 
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