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--july-2019

ACTION ITEMS: 

1.  Registration is now open for the 40th PLMA Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida on Nov. 4-6, 2019 at www.peakload.org/40th-plma-conference.  Please consider making plans to attend PLMA's 20th Anniversary Celebration. 

Member Pipeline - Current member count is 159 organizations
- New Member: none
- Lost Members: none

Leadership Changes. New DER Integration Group Cochair is: Jamie Coffel, Honeywell Smart Energy.  International Group has been renamed Global Load Management with new group cochair Jon Hilowitz, Orange and Rockland Utilities.  

40th PLMA Conference, St. Petersburg.  Over 74 abstract submissions were received and over 40 Conference Planning Group volunteers scored and ranked the abstracts. Staff has moved sponsor displays to foyer area like we had in Minneapolis with spillover to outside patio.  Leadership has invited all 6 past PLMA Chairs and previous Executive Director to attend the Conference as guests. 

Energy Central Online Community is now live at www.energycentral.com/c/em and will be announced publicly this week.  See a preview of the announcement at www.peakload.org/plma-partners-with-energy-central.

Home Page Photo Gallery updated to include candid photographs from the 39th Conference.

AESP Collaboration.  There were over 550 registrants for joint webinar.  

Load Management Wiki Page is live at www.peakload.wiki and will be announced later this month.  See a preview of the announcement at www.peakload.org/plma-launches-wiki.

NWA Study produced by PLMA with SEPA for E4TheFutre was cited by Katherine Hamilton in Congressional testimony here: https://docs.house.gov/meetings/CN/CN00/20190613/109629/HHRG-116-CN00-Wstate-HamiltonK-20190613.pdf

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are: Demand Response Fundamentals, Evolution, and Industry Leaders presentation by Michael Ohlsen and Ed Thomas; The National Potential for Load Flexibility: Value and Market Potential through 2030 report by The Brattle Group; and recordings from these webcasts: Portland General Electric and Enbala for Distributed Flexibility at ScaleIntegrated Demand-Side Management - The Journey Continues; and Indiana Michigan Power and Tendril for Residential Integrated DSM Approach.  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.  Newest posts are: PLMA Partners with Energy Central to Engage Load Management CommunityPLMA Launches Load Management EncyclopediaUplight: Simple Energy and Tendril Merge to Accelerate the Clean Energy EcosystemCall for Self-Nominations for PLMA Officer Positions Ends August 9; and Emerson Seeks Sales Manager - Utility and Energy.  Access at www.peakload.org/news 

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and here are some upcoming activities:
July 9 - Aug. 9  Officer Election Call for Nominations 
August 13-14 - PLMA Vision 2021 Leadership Retreat in Indianapolis (invitation only)
October 1-2 - Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative 2019 Members Meeting and Fall Workshop in Minneapolis (partner event)

November 4-6 - 40th PLMA Conference & 20th Anniversary Celebration, 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--june-2019

ACTION ITEMS: 

1.  Registration is now open for the 40th PLMA Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida on Nov. 4-6, 2019 at www.peakload.org/40th-plma-conference.  Please consider making plans to attend PLMA's 20th Anniversary Celebration. 

Member Pipeline - Current member count is 159 organizations
- New Member: Minnesota Power, Open Systems International, GDS Associates, Beneficial Electrification League, SolarEdge Technologies, Calico Energy, Armada Power 
- Lost Members: Omnetric, Crius Energy
 

Leadership Changes. 40th Conference Planning Group Co-chairs are: Melissa Knous, Duke Energy; Michael Ohlsen, City of Tallahassee Utilities; SaLisa Berrien, COI Energy Services. The Customer Engagement Group has added a 4th cochair: Tracy Schmidt of Tennessee Valley Authority. Dain Nestel resigned as Awards Group Co-Chair due to his new role at Portland General Electric. Amy Bryan resigned as At-Large Director due to her retirement from Jackson EMC.    

41st and 42nd PLMA Conferences.  Staff signed contracts with Scottsdale (Arizona) Plaza for April 20-24, 2020 and Marriott Baltimore Waterfront for November 9-12, 2020.  These were the top venue recommendations and preferred timing for APS, SRP and BGE.   

Online Training Promotion - Staff relaunched the online training course promotion that offers a drawing for a $100 coupon to PLMA's Land's End store.  All students who purchase and complete the online course between June 1 and August 1, 2019 are eligible.  Details at www.peakoad.org/new-intro-to-dr-online-training 

Speaker Bureau Update.  Ed Thomas presented to the Florida Alliance for Accelerating Solar and Storage Technology Readiness (FAASSTeR) on June 24 about the upcoming conference in St. Petersburg.  Brian Doyle and Jenny Roehm will co-present a Future of DER session at ACEEE Efficiency as a Resource Conference in October in Minneapolis. 

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are: Distributed Energy Growth report from Utility Dive, and recording from Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s Excess Supply Demand Response Program.  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.  Newest posts are: Energy Central Interviews PLMA Award Winners; Resideo Acquires Responsive Energy Efficiency Technology, Expands Smart-Home Comfort Offering; and Navigant Publishes DSM Overview Report.  Access at www.peakload.org/news 

Calendar of events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and here are some upcoming activities:
June 27 - Joint AESP/PLMA Webinar on IDSM
August 13-14 - PLMA Vision 2021 Leadership Retreat in Indianapolis (invitation only)
October 1-2 - Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative 2019 Members Meeting and Fall Workshop in Minneapolis.  The annual Members Meeting & Fall Workshop is a two-day collaborative forum on the latest trends affecting energy consumers and how utilities and their partners can more effectively meet and exceed the evolving expectations of today’s consumers. Hosted by Xcel Energy at their headquarters in Minneapolis, Minn., the 9th annual Members Meeting will also cover the most pertinent areas of need in consumer research and education and where our organization’s efforts can best be focused for 2019. Details at 
https://smartenergycc.org/event/2019-members-meeting-fall-workshop/
November 4-6 - 40th PLMA Conference & 20th Anniversary Celebration, 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--may-2019

ACTION ITEMS: 

1.  Registration and the Call for Presenters is now open for the 40th PLMA Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida on Nov. 4-6, 2019 at www.peakload.org/40th-plma-conference.  Please consider becoming a presenter and make plans to attend PLMA's 20th Anniversary Celebration.  In particular, help us recruit presenters and attendees from Florida and the Southeastern region.

Member Pipeline - Current member count is 159 organizations
- New Member: Minnesota Power, Open Systems International, GDS Associates, Beneficial Electrification League, SolarEdge Technologies, Calico Energy, Armada Power 
- Lost Members: Omnetric, Crius Energy

39th PLMA Conference, Minneapolis. Over 335 people participated in the conference last week. The presentation slides are at www.peakload.org/39th-Conf-Resources  behind your password and you can see who came at www.peakload.org/39th-conference-whos-coming

Future of DER Compendium. Published at www.peakload.org/future-of-der-compendium with mentions in Utility Dive, Smart Grid Today, and Energy Central.  Over 100 registrants for May 2 webcast which was positioned as an online "launch."

Award Program.  Winner announcement went out April 17 via email, social media and online media release service and presented during conference ceremony.  Each winner will be featured in a Load Management Dialogue series starting May 23.  Details at www.peakload.org/awards

Utility Dive. The Utility Dive: Demand Response weekly email newsletter that Utility Dive produces in partnership with PLMA relaunched as Utility Dive: Load Management with the May 15 issue.  Also, PLMA is sponsoring a new Utility Dive Trendline report on DER Growth.  Get a glimpse at behind a gated Utility Dive page that generates leads for PLMA marketing communications efforts at CLICK HERE.

Energy Central.  The Energy Central Energy Management Professionals online community will be relaunched as the Energy Central Load Management Professionals online community in partnership with PLMA by month-end.  A preview will be sent to all Board members ahead of the public launch.

Podcast Channels are Live. The May 2 Dialogue was the first to be offered in the traditional gotowebinar as well as the new podcast subscription format that allows listeners to receive push notifications from their favorite podcast platform.  Details at www.peakload.org/podcast 

Resource Directory Updates. Most recent additions are: Future of Distributed Energy Resources Compendium, 39th PLMA Conference Resources; and recording from Future of DER Compendium webcast.  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.  Newest posts are: Con Edison Seeks DR and NWA Team Managers; PLMA Grows to 159 Member Organizations; Honeywell Smart Grid Solutions has an Exciting Leadership Opportunity; Honeywell Announces Major Expansion of the DemandSite(tm) Energy Management Platform for Energy Providers; and Tantalus Load Management Solution Portfolio Expands with Addition of 4-Relay Load Control Switch. Access at www.peakload.org/news

Calendar of Events is at: www.peakload.org/calendar and here are some upcoming activities:
- May 23 - PLMA Load Management Dialogue: PG&E Excess Supply DR Program with PG&E and Olivine
- June 11-13 - International OpenADR Symposium: The Protocol for Distributed Energy Resources and the Future Grid (member event)
- Nov. 4-6 - 40th PLMA Conference & 20th Anniversary Celebration, 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--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

 
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