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ULME 2019 Spring Agenda

Spring 2019 Meeting

May 14-16, 2019, Minneapolis, MN
following 39th PLMA Conference

The Utility Load Management Exchange's (ULME's) mission is to promote load control as a viable option for utility deployments in demand reduction, economic dispatch, and/or T&D reliability through a forum for utility staff members to share information on program design, marketing, vendor management, benefit-costs and technology deployments. Learn more about the structure and governance of ULME here.

If you have attended past ULME meetings you may visit the private site at ULME Home where resources and past presentations are available. Sign in required. If you aren't registered with ULME as a rep, contact [email protected] to request authorization. 



Agenda as of February 8, 2019

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 — Pre-Meeting Activity

7:00-8:00 am

Breakfast and Introductions (limited to folks registered for the PLMA Conference)

Grab your breakfast in the PLMA Sponsor lounge ahead of the crowds and follow the signs to a nearby room to gather for brief introductions.

8:00 am

Adjourn to PLMA Conference

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

2:45 - 3:15 pm

Ice Cream Social with PLMA in Sponsor Lounge

3:15 - 3:30 pm

ULME Steering Committee Chair and PLMA Chair

3:30 - 5:00 pm

DR Trends Around the Countr
Facilitated by Brian Doyle, Xcel Energy

Round table where all utility reps share the latest initiatives that are either mandated or the current darlings of their leadership. Bring an example of one thing you think your utility is the only one doing.

6:00 - 8:30 pm

Hosted Dinner
Join us in continuing a long standing ULME tradition of sharing a hosted dinner together. Everyone should plan to attend. Dress is casual. Spouse or companion welcome to join (registration required).

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CRAVE Minneapolis
LaSalle Room
825 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Thursday, May 16, 2019

8:00 - 8:30 am


8:30 - 10:00 am

Utility Presentation

10:00 - 10:15 am


10:15 - 10:45 am

Solve My Problem 1:

If you have a question or problem you'd to bring up to the group, email [email protected]. Format is 15 minutes presenting on your issue, and the remainder of the time engaging in group discussion to find answers.

10:45 - 11:45 pm

Hot Topics 1!

Small group breakouts of hot topics identified during Tuesday introductions.

11:45 - 1:00 pm


1:00 - 1:15 pm

ULME Organizational Check-In
Steering Committee: Brian Doyle, Xcel Energy, with Paul Wassink, National Grid and Shira Horowitz, ConEd

1:15 - 1:45 pm

Word Cloud Exercise!
Paul Wassink, National Grid

What are the big issues for all of you? This polling exercise will help visualize what is keeping your fellow ULME Reps awake at night, and what gets them up in the morning. Be sure to bring your cell phone or laptop so you can contribute and see what springs up.

1:45 - 2:15 pm

Utility Snapshot Panel - Program Highlights

Four utility reps will share Unusual Features or "What's Different About My Program/Market" in 5-minute presentations without slides followed by Discussion.

2:15 - 2:30 pm


2:30 - 3:45 pm

Hot Topics 2!

Small group breakouts of hot topics identified during Tuesday introductions or today's earlier discussions.

3:45 - 4:00 pm Wrap-up Discussion; Feedback; Suggestions for next meeting
Friday, May 17, 2019
  Travel Day


Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown

The meeting sessions will take place at:

Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown
35 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

A landmark of the Twin Cities skyline, the upper upscale Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown welcomes you with its outstanding location in the middle of the city. Stay within walking distance of Target Field, the theaters of Hennepin Avenue, Target Center and U.S. Bank Stadium. Our convenient hotel also has direct access to the Minneapolis Skyway system.

Questions? Contact [email protected] or call 707.771.6429

Book A Room!

Don't wait.  Lodging is not included with registration. Make sure all your attendees have time to book a room. PLMA's preferential rate of $179 a night at the Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown ends as soon as we fill the room block. Make a Reservation Here  and use the promotional code PEAK19.  The PLMA rate is good May 11-16 or until sold out.  If you receive a sold out message when trying to book, try a different set of dates, as the pre- and post-days may sell out earlier than the main conference. If that happens, access the booking window on our main webpage, choose the event dates (May 11-17, 2019), and use the promotional code PEAK19 or call the hotel directly at 1-612-339-4900 and ask for the Peak Load Management Alliance Spring 2019 Meeting room block.

Taxes, fees, and optional gratuities are not included in the preferential rate. PLMA never uses an attendee or exhibitor lodging provider. We provide you the ability to book directly, and cannot be responsible for promises made or broken by unaffiliated third parties. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for a Warning about Hotel Reservation Predators.