Ed Thomas - Executive Director, Peak Load Management Association (PLMA)

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Ed Thomas is Executive Director of UtilityExchange.org. PLMA contracted with UtilityExchange.org in 2012 and Ed has served as PLMA's Executive Director since January 2013. UtilityExchange.org provides association management, strategic consultation, and tactical event production to help enhance learning and networking among energy and water utilities, government entities, and other like-minded companies and organizations.

Ed Thomas was Vice President, Utility and Government Services for the Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA) from May 2010 to September 2012. EGIA is a non-profit organization that serves member contractors, manufacturers and distributors focused on delivering energy and water efficiency and renewable energy solutions.

Ed previously served on the Boards of the Home Performance Resource Center and Electric & Gas Industries Association and was an adjunct professor at Skyline College in San Bruno, California. He is perhaps best known in the energy utility industry as an engaging presenter and innovative program designer.

Ed Thomas was Managing Partner of Market Development Group, a leading utility energy industry consulting firm that provided strategic and tactical program design, implementation and evaluation services, as well as event and publications management for utilities and public agencies delivering energy efficiency, renewable energy and demand response programs.

Ed was the Manager of Intermountain Energy, a subsidiary of the 30,000-member Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) in Montrose, Colorado. He was instrumental in DMEA becoming the first electric cooperative to receive a national ENERGY STAR® Award.

For MainStreet Networks, Ed helped reposition the company from an automatic meter reading manufacturer to an affinity marketer of residential Internet gateway services. For Volt VIEWtech, Ed helped reposition the company from being a demand side management program provider to a residential customer program implementer. For the Edison Electric Institute, Ed revitalized meeting activities; doubling attendance to over 2,500 for 20 annual conferences.

Ed earned a Master's of Science degree in Marketing from The American University, Washington, DC, and a Bachelor's of Science degree in Communications from Butler University. Ed served as a U.S. Navy spokesperson during Desert Storm, frequently quoted in USA Today and other national publications. Ed was a co-founder of the Timshel Theatre Company in Montrose, Colorado. He lives with his wife, Tiger Adolf, in Vallejo, California.

Ed Thomas teaches:

Evolution of Demand Response to Distributed Energy Resources (DER)

This course explains how today’s demand response initiatives are evolving to interact with an emerging future with distributed energy resources for peak load management and much more.