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ULME 2020 Spring Agenda

Spring 2020 Meeting

April 22-23, 2020, Scottsdale, AZ
following the 41st 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.

Agenda and Resources (click on the links in green).

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 — Pre-Meeting Activity

7:30 - 9:00 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.

9:00 am

Adjourn to PLMA Conference

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

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

Lightning Round Introductions
Facilitated by Brian Doyle, Xcel Energy

Take this opportunity to get acquainted. One person from each utility will share a 1-minute highlight of what programs they are running. Then we'll go around the room and each person will introduce themselves in one minute or less, and mention one thing going really well in their program, and one thing they need help with. Be sure to share examples if you think your utility is the first or only utility doing something everyone should know about.

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 not otherwise working in the energy or utility industry is welcome to join (registration required).

Sumo Maya, Scottsdale, AZ

Sumo Maya
6560 N Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(480) 397-9520

Thursday, April 23, 2020

7:30 - 9:00 am


9:00 - 10:00 am

Using Customer Feedback AND Participation Data to Shape Program Design
Bruce Brazis, Arizona Public Service and Marilla Yaggie, Guidehouse

APS working with EnergyHub launched a brand new thermostat-based DR program in the Summer of 2019. Bruce Brazis from APS and Marilla Yaggie from Guidehouse (formerly Navigant) will present on how they tried out multiple event strategies to optimize precooling, maximize load shed, and obtain consistence response. There will be plenty of time to ask questions and give suggestions in this interactive discussion.

10:00 - 10:15 am


10:15 - 11:00 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.

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Working Lunch

1:00 - 1:15 pm

ULME Organizational Check-In
Steering Committee: Brian Doyle, Xcel Energy, with Paul Wassink, National Grid and Dana DeRemigis, Baltimore Gas and Electric

1:15 - 2:15 pm

Utility Presentation or Exercise

2:15 - 2:30 pm


2:30 - 3:45 pm

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

3:45 - 5:00 pm Wrap-up Discussion; Feedback; Suggestions for next meeting
Friday, April 24, 2020
  Travel Day


The Scottsdale Plaza Resort

The meeting sessions took place at:

The Scottsdale Plaza Resort
7200 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

An authentic Arizona experience awaits at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, where 40 lush acres and 50,000 square feet of flexible event space provide a perfect, palm-lined retreat for family getaways, business meetings and milestone celebrations. Five pools, a full-service salon and day spa, and nearby championship golf set the stage for memorable experiences framed by elegant Spanish Mission-inspired architecture, fragrant gardens filled with desert flowers, and stunning views of Camelback and Mummy Mountain.