PLMA elects new leadership

The Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) elected a new slate of executive committee members at its recent board meeting ahead of its 15th Fall Conference in Philadelphia.

The members of the executive committee for the 2014-2016 terms are:

“- Michael Brown, NV Energy
“- Jason Cigarran, Comverge
“- Steve Koep, Vaughn Thermal Corp.
“- Heather Manypenny, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative
“- Paul Miles, PECO, an Exelon Company
“- Dennis Quinn, Joule Assets
“- Elody Samuelson, Consumers Energy
“- Stuart Schare, Navigant

Continuing in their officer roles through the 2015 term are:

“- Chair Paul Tyno, Buffalo Energy Advisors
“- Vice Chair Rich Philip, Duke Energy
“- Treasurer Dave Hyland, Schneider Electric
“- Secretary Joseph E. Childs, Cooper Power Systems by Eaton

PLMA looks to its 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.

“PLMA’s board elected a diverse group of highly-qualified industry professionals,” said Paul Tyno, PLMA chair. “This executive committee slate is the largest in PLMA’s history because PLMA’s member base of over 60 organizations has never been greater. The committee’s cross-section of consumer and investor-owned utilities, as well as manufacturers, service providers and consultants assure that PLMA will become an even more powerful voice of demand response practitioners.”

Michael Brown is manager of demand response and distributed energy resources at NV Energy. He manages smart grid-enabled customer solutions for energy and peak demand management. His efforts have included the design and implementation of one of the nation’s largest two-way communicating programmable thermostat programs; a large-scale home-area network program that integrates energy efficiency and demand response; a commercial building IDSM program that leverages automated communications and optimization software to obtain significant energy and peak demand savings; and an advanced demand response management system.

Jason Cigarran serves as vice president of corporate marketing and communications at Comverge. He is responsible for all of Comverge’s corporate marketing, including marketing programs, corporate communications, social and online media and brand awareness. He has more than 20 years’ experience as a marketing communications professional with information technology vendors that marketed to various sectors, including energy, health care, financial services and customer relationship management.

Steve Koep is the utility sales manager for Vaughn Thermal Corp. Prior to joining Vaughn, he was with Rheem Manufacturing, Edison Electric Institute and Apogee Interactive. With more than 25 years of experience working with the electric utility industry to develop new markets for leading-edge energy efficiency and demand response technologies, he has a well-rounded perspective on the residential demand response marketplace.

Heather Manypenny is power resources executive for New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC). She is responsible for power and transmission supply issues and processes. There have been significant and ongoing increases in demand-based charges NHEC incurs with little opportunity to influence those rates. Thus, reducing NHEC’s demands that drive those charges has become a key focus. Although load management is not new to NHEC (the first load control devices were installed around 1980), NHEC has opportunities to improve and expand its load management and demand response efforts.

As manager of marketing technical services for PECO, an Exelon company, Paul Miles has managed a team providing support to all customer classes related to energy efficiency and demand response since 2001. He played a key role in the development of PECO’s first energy efficiency and conservation plan, involving a demand response requirement to reduce system peak load by 355 MW over the top 100 hours. Today he provides oversight for PECO’s suite of Web-based customer information data systems and the remaining post Act 129 DR program, PECO’s Smart A/C Saver air conditioning cycling program.

Dennis Quinn’s background brings a long-term view of how peak load management has and can continue to play a vital role in the reliable management of our nation’s electric infrastructure. As chief operating officer and co-founder of Joule Assets, he brings a perspective as a financier of end use projects that deliver permanent energy and capacity savings, as well as actively managed load through automated deployment.

Elody Samuelson is a program manager in the smart energy customer programs area for Consumers Energy. Prior to her current role, she operated as a program manager in demand response for an implementation contractor from Pennsylvania to Colorado, supporting eight deployments in six states.

Stuart Schare is a managing director with Navigant, where he is one of the firm’s principal experts in demand response. He has worked in the electric industry since 1991 and specialized in demand response for the past decade, developing corporate demand response strategies and designing and evaluating programs.

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