The Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) has announced an awards program for the best demand response programs offered in 2006. Nominations must be submitted by March 15, 2007 and the awards will be announced at the PLMA Spring Conference from April 17-18 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Blackouts, power shortages, and price spikes have been big news in the past few years. PLMA was formed as an alliance of organizations of suppliers of electricity, load-shedding systems manufacturers, consultants, research groups, and trade associations to promote the concepts and technologies of reducing demand for electricity in response to pricing signals in the marketplace. "There were a lot of innovative and creative load reduction programs being operated during the year 2006," says Elliot Boardman, executive director of PLMA. "This Awards program is a way to recognize and highlight the best of these programs."

The awards will be given based on: results (the value of demand or energy reductions during peak periods; customer satisfaction; program clarity, flexibility, and ease of participation; program management; customer education; innovative use of demand response and/or communication technology; management of program and/or customer performance information; cost effectiveness; and long-term viability.

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