PLMA Member Updates | The Voice of Load Management Professionals

This is a blog to keep members apprised of on-going association management issues.  Updates are posted monthly and at other times as necessary.

[This message is being sent as both an email and as a post to Member Update Page at www.peakload.org/member-update--april-2019

ACTION ITEMS: 

1.  Review 39th PLMA Conference agenda at www.peakload.org/39th-conference-agenda and see the over 200 professionals who have already registered at www.peakload.org/39th-conference-whos-coming.  Plan now to attend.

2. Know someone who needs DR/DER training?  Recommend they take the DR Fundamentals online course and attend the next DR Fundamentals and Evolution course at 39th PLMA Conference.  Details at www.peakload.org/dr-evolution-training--minneapolis.

Member Pipeline - Current member count is 154 organizations
- New Member: First Energy, PPL, OATI, PowerSouth Electric Cooperative, Shifted Energy
- Lost Members: Ecofactor, MessageBroadcast, United Illuminating

39th PLMA Conference, Minneapolis. A new Conference Policy has been shared with all conference sponsors, incorporated into the Code of Conduct Handbook posted at www.peakload.org/policies, and referenced online at www.peakload.org/39th-conference-attend to communicate "free times" for scheduling adjacent activities.

Award Program. For the first time, PLMA is announcing the winners ahead of the conference.  Learn more about the eight winning initiatives at www.peakload.org/awards.

Training. For the DR Fundamentals and Evolution course in Minneapolis, staff has recruited volunteer instructors.  Enerdynamics reports an uptick in online course sales recently as the online training is being cross-promoted as preparation for the in-person courses.  Details at www.peakload.org/demand-response-training. The Demand Response Training sereis was completed in Baltimore was completed with 34 Students and 4 mentors in attendance during the week.  See who came to Baltimore.

Future of DER Compendium.  A pre-publication version of the document has been reviewed by all authors and peer reviewers and is in production. Staff will publish the Compendium to the general public the week of April 22 with the announcement of a 30-minute webcast to introduce the document on Thursday, May 2 at 12:30pm Eastern. The webcast will be, in effect, an online preview of the opening panel at the 39th PLMA Conference in Minneapolis.   

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are recordings from these PLMA webcasts: Southern California Edison’s Distributed Energy Storage Virtual Power Plant Project; Utility Dive’s State of the Electric Utility Industry Survey: Implications for Load Management Practitioners; and International Interest Group Planning discussion.  Access at www.peakload.org/resources

Member News. PLMA posts news, RFPs, job postings, etc. on PLMA website at no cost as a member benefit. Aquanta Partners with ICF; Navigant Residential DR Report and Global DER Database; and Tetra Tech Seeks EE Evaluation Expert.  Access at www.peakload.org/news

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and here are some upcoming activities:
- May 2 - Dialogue: Future of DER Compendium 

- May 11 - Demand Response Fundamentals and Evolution, Minneapolis
- May 11-13 - 39th PLMA Conference, Minneapolis
- May 21-23 - CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference by Parks Associates
- June 11-13 - International OpenADR Symposium: The Protocol for Distributed Energy Resources and the Future Grid

- June 27 - PLMA-AESP Join Webcast:  Intro to IDSM with Dave Hyland and Greg Wikler  

 

[This message is being sent as both an email and as a post to Member Update Page at www.peakload.org/member-update--march-2019

ACTION ITEMS: 

1. Need demand response and distributed energy resource training or know some who does?  Take the DR Fundamentals course online and attend the next DR Training Series at BGE's offices in Baltimore on April 8-12.  Details at www.peakload.org/demand-response-training. 

2.  Review 39th PLMA Conference agenda at www.peakload.org/39th-conference-agenda and see the over 100 professionals who have already registered at www.peakload.org/39th-conference-whos-coming.  Plan now to attend.

Member Pipeline.  Current member count is 152 organizations 
- New Members: APTIM

- Lost Members: Research into Action (merged with Opinion Dynamics),Tokyo Electric Power Company, Snohomish PUD, Fairbanks Morse

Award Program.  Nomination scoring is now underway by the Award Group and winners will be announced in April.

Future of DER Compendium.  Peer Reviewers recruited from the DER Integration and Thought Leadership Groups have selected 10 article abstracts and oriented the authors on the peer review process.  Publication is planned for May.  

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are: International Trade Administration's Top Markets Report: Smart Grid; Demand Response Overviewto APS Working Group; Calif. PUC Group Report on Load Shift, and recording from these PLMA webcasts: ConEd's Brooklyn Queens NWA Project; National Grid's NWA Projects, and FERC's DR Assessment Study. Access at www.peakload.org/resources

Member NewsMost recent additions are: Con Edison Seeks (Sr.) Specialist Position for Demand Response Team and Navigant Publishes Global DER Deployment Database PLMA posts news, RFPs, job postings, etc. on PLMA website at no cost as a member benefit. Access at www.peakload.org/news.

Events by PLMA Allies.
SPEER Clean Energy Exchange, April 8-9, 2019 in Austin, Texas is the premier energy efficiency event for Texas & Oklahoma.  Interact with industry leaders, hear keynotes Jeff Butler & Katharine Hayhoe, & engage in interactive breakout sessions.  Details at click here.

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and includes these upcoming events:
March 21 - Dialogue: Industry Drive Report with Gavin Bade and Michael Brown
April 4 - Dialogue: SCE NWA Project with Max Carpenter & Rich Barone

April 8-12 - PLMA Training Course Series, Baltimore 
May 13-15 - 39th PLMA Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

[This message is being sent as both an email and as a post to Member Update Page at www.peakload.org/member-update--february-2019

ACTION ITEMS: 

1. Consider which load management initiatives from 2018 are most award-worthy and submit a 16th PLMA Award nomination before March 4, 2019.  Imagine how tough the award judges' choices would be if every PLMA member organization submitted just one nomination!  Details at www.peakload.org/awards 

2.  Review 39th PLMA Conference agenda at www.peakload.org/39th-conference-agenda and plan now to attend.   

3. Need demand response and distributed energy resource training or know some who does?  Register for courses online or coming up in April at BGE offices in Baltimore.  Details at www.peakload.org/demand-response-training. 

Member Pipeline.  Current member count is 155 organizations 
- New Members: OpenADR Alliance; Efficiency Vermont

- Lost Members: CaSA Energy 

Publications. The PLMA Annual Report and the new Thought Leadership 2018 Compendium with transcripts of 8 webcasts and conference sessions from 2018 at www.peakload.org/annual-report.  Abstracts have been accepted for The Future of DER Compendium and the editing process is now underway for publication this spring.  

Training.  BGE will host the DR Market Fundamentals and DR Program Design/Implementation courses on April 8-12, 2019 in their Baltimore offices.  All registrants are encouraged to take the new online Demand Response Fundamentals course in advance. Congratulations to George Beatty of Xcel Energy and Erin Elmiger of Threshold who each won a gift certificate to PLMA's Lands End store for completing the online course by year-end.  Details at www.peakload.org/demand-response-training 

DistribuTECH Collaboration.  About 100 people attended the Member Breakfast Meetup at Mother's Restaurant.  With Dtech 2020 back in San Antonio, we've again reserved the Ruth's Chris Steakhouse for January 28, 2020.      

Member News. PLMA posts news, RFPs, job postings, etc. on PLMA website at no cost as a member benefit. Latest updates are: Energy Dept. RFI for Building Loads; and Massachusetts Clean Peak Energy Standard Notice.  Access at www.peakload.org/news. 

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are: FERC DR Assessment Report, and Smart Home and DR webcast recording.  Access at www.peakload.org/resources 

Events by PLMA Allies.
Smart Energy Summit, Feb. 18-20 in Austin, Texas examines the changing role of utilities to help empower consumers with solutions to save energy in the home.  Details at click here.
SPEER Clean Energy Exchange, April 8-9, 2019 in Austin, Texas is the premier energy efficiency event for Texas & Oklahoma.  Interact with industry leaders, hear keynotes Jeff Butler & Katharine Hayhoe, & engage in interactive breakout sessions.  Details at click here. 

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and includes these upcoming highlights:
Feb. 21 - Dialogue: ConEd's Brooklyn Queens Project with Michael Brown

Feb. 28 - Dialogue: National Grid's NWA Projects with Rich Barone
March 4 - Award nominations end
March 7 - Dialogue: FERC Annual Report with Michael Brown
March 11 - International Group Planning Call with Scott Coe and Ross Malme
April 8-12 - PLMA Training Course Series, Baltimore 
May 13-15 - 39th PLMA Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

[This message is being sent as both an email and as a post to Member Update Page at www.peakload.org/member-update--january-2019

ACTION ITEMS:

1. Need demand response and distributed energy resource training or know some who does?  Register for courses online or coming up in April at BGE offices in Baltimore.  Details at www.peakload.org/demand-response-training.

2.  Plan now to participate in the 39th PLMA Conference set for May 13-15 in Minneapolis.  Details at www.peakload.org/39th-plma-conference .

Member Pipeline.  Current member count is 154 organizations 
- New Members: Eversource, Virtual Peaker
- Lost Members: Westar Energy (merged with KCPL), Next Energy, mClimate, E.ON, Enernex

Training. BGE will host the DR Market Fundamentals and DR Program Design/Implementation courses on April 8-12, 2019 in their Baltimore offices.  George Beatty of Xcel Energy and Erin Elmiger of Threshold each won a $100 Land's End gift card for PLMA-embroidered items in a random drawing of those who completed the new DR Fundamentals online course by Dec. 31, 2018.  Learn more about the online and Baltimore courses at www.peakload.org/demand-response-training

39th PLMA Conference, Minneapolis.  Patrik Ronnings of Xcel Energy and Jeff Haase of Great River Energy are the Conference Planning Group Co-chairs.  Over 60 session abstracts were received and scoring is now underway by over 60 volunteers.  The agenda will be announced online by February 11.  Registration is open at www.peakload.org/39th-plma-conference 

DistribuTECH Collaboration.  PLMA will host another Member Breakfast Meetup at the legendary Mother's Restaurant on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 8-9am just before the opening general  session. Details and RSVP link at www.peakload.org/calendar.  Also, Distributech has again recognized PLMA as an Association Partner with a 15% attendee registration discount to all PLMA member staff.  They also are offering an exhibitor discount to PLMA members who are first-time exhibitors.  Details at www.peakload.org/calendar

Publications.  Staff is planning to complete by end of January the 2018 Annual Member Activity Report in a style similar to last year and a Thought Leadership 2018 Compendium with transcripts of 8 webcasts and conference sessions from 2018.  Over 20 submissions were received for the Future of DER Compendium and peer review is now underway with volunteers from the DER Integration and Thought Leadership groups.

Member News. PLMA will post your company announcements, RFPs, job postings, etc. on the PLMA website at no cost. Latest updates are: CPS Energy Seeks Assessment Service, HVAC Energy Savings with Swarm Logic, and Eversource Seeks Demand Management Consultant. Access at www.peakload.org/news.

Resource Directory UpdatesThe most recent additions are: Distribution System Costs Associated with the Deployment of Photovoltaic Systems, and Distributed Energy Resources Management Systems,  Access at www.peakload.org/resources

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and includes these upcoming activities:
Jan. 24 - PLMA presenters at AESP National Conference, San Antonio
Jan. 31 - Dialogue: Smart Home & DR with Denise Ernst, Parks Associates & Rich Philip, Duke Energy
Feb 5 - Member Meet-up Breakfast at Distributech, New Orleans
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--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

 
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