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March 21-22, 2018
Denver Marriott South
Lone Tree, CO
Room Block Deadline is February 27, 2018


*Preliminary Topics and Speakers are Subject to Change

 7:30-8:00 a.m.,  Networking Breakfast
 8:00 a.m.   Welcome and Introductions
 8:30-9:15 a.m.  A Utility Approach to Small-Cell Construction
 Jeff Bertholdi, Director, Springnet, Springfield City Utilities
 9:15-10:00 a.m.  UAV Distribution Line Inspections
 Eric Bitzko, Technical Services Supervisor, Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC)
   10:00–10:15 a.m., Networking Break
 10:15-11:00 a.m.   Developing Technical Requirements for Dual Use Streetlight Poles and Communication   Attachments to Distribution Poles
 Travis Johnson, Manager, Electric Distribution Standards, Xcel Energy
 11:00-11:45 a.m.   Best Practices in Joint Use
  Erik Nelson, Government Relations Manager, Mobilitie
 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.,  Networking Lunch
 1:00-2:30 p.m.  Distribution Vital Issues Roundtable
 Bring roundtable topics for discussion and/or send topics ahead of time to

 2:45–3:00 p.m., Networking Break
 2:45-3:00 p.m.  Attendee Announcements
 3:00-3:45 p.m.  NREL Presentation
 Dr. Murali Baggu, Manager - Energy Systems Optimization and Control Group, Power Systems Engineering Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
 3:45-4:30 p.m.  Fiberglass Cross Arm Program - Xcel Energy
 Dave Flaten, Senior Specialty Engineer, Xcel Energy
   4:30 p.m., Networking Reception
 7:00-8:00 a.m., Networking Breakfast
 8:00-9:30 a.m.  PANEL - Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles
 Panelist #1: Wendy Marine, Kansas City Power & Light
 Panelist #2: Joshua Jones, Director, Distribution Standards and Engineering Publications, PacifiCorp
Panelist #3: Nicholas Flann, PhD, Computer Science Department, Utah State University
 9:30-9:45 a.m., Networking Break
 9:45-10:30 a.m.  Disaster Recovery in Florida and Puerto Rico: Picking Up the Pieces One Pole at a Time
 Dustin Taylor, Trouble Operation Manager, Xcel Energy
 10:45-11:30 a.m.  Distribution Vital Issues Roundtable
 Bring roundtable topics for discussion and/or send topics ahead of time to

This conference focuses on overhead and underground distribution systems while incorporating new technologies. The presentations will be structured around the areas of design, operation and maintenance.  The electric utility industry is a rapidly changing industry both on the technology side and from a policy standpoint. To meet this need, the conference will drill down into the key aspects of distribution planning, regulation and environmental policy. 

Who Should Attend

The primary focus is for anyone involved with the distribution of electricity, from the substation to the customer. Personnel involved in capital projects, operations, planning, engineering, environmental regulations, safety, maintenance, design or installation are encouraged to attend.  Individuals with other backgrounds are also welcome to learn about the issues in this section.

Continuing Education Certificate
All attendees will receive a continuing education certificate worth 6.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) by RMEL, upon completion of the course. There will be 1.0 professional hour (PDH) given for attending the Member Roundtable. RMEL serves a large territory in which attendees participate in a number of accrediting organizations, each with their own requirements. Depending on the certifying body you are affiliated with, RMEL PDHs may be applied towards your recertification credit. It is the responsibility of the attendee to determine if the credits are applicable to their certifying body and how they may be applied. Use the event brochure, and agenda to determine how the content applies to your certification. The attendee is also responsible for verifying how the quantity of RMEL PDHs convert to your certifying body credits. Typically 1.0 PDH is equal to .1 CEU, but you should always verify the conversion scale.