2022 RMEL Fall Convention
October 10-12, 2022
Hilton Inverness Denver
200 Inverness Drive West,
Englewood, CO 80112
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Contact RMEL if You Need a Hotel Room
(the room block deadline has passed but we are working to accommodate attendees)


9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. MDT - Golf Outing at The Club at Inverness
Sponsored by Forbes Bros, Inc.
 2:00-5:30 p.m. Next Generation Power Pioneers Pre-Convention Workshop
Full Program to be Announced
 6:00-9:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
Sponsored by United Engineers & Constructors, Inc.

 7:00-8:00 a.m. MDT,  Networking Breakfast
 8-8:15 a.m. Opening Remarks
Neal Walker, 2021 - 2022 RMEL President • President, Texas-New Mexico Power
Welcome to Denver
Robert Kenney, President, Public Service of Colorado (Xcel Energy)
 8:15-9:30 a.m. KEYNOTE: Navigating Net Zero Energy Transitions: Technology Innovation, Geopolitics, and Markets
Amy Myers Jaffe
, Energy Consultant and Leading Expert on the Geopolitics of Oil, Energy, Security and Risk and an Influential Thought Leader on Global Energy Policy and Sustainability, and Research Professor & Managing Director of the Climate Policy Lab, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University 
 9:30–9:45 a.m., Networking Break
 9:45-10:30 a.m. Enabling A Clean Reliable Energy Transition
Neva Espinoza, Vice President - Energy Supply and Low Carbon Resources, EPRI
 10:30-11:30 a.m.  PANEL: The Future of Nuclear Power - Small Nuclear Reactors
Panelist: Jeff HarperVP Strategy & Business Development, X-energy
Panelist: Diane Hughes, VP Marketing & Communications, NuScale 
Moderator: Mike Kotara, 2022 - 2023 RMEL President • President, Zachry Sustainability Solutions

 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Networking Lunch/Annual Business Meeting
 12:45-1:30 p.m. CISA and The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Landscape
Shawn Graff, Regional Director, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency
 1:30-2:15 p.m. Colorado River Hydro-Power - Avoiding Crisis
Nicholas Williams, Regional Power Manager of the Upper Colorado Basin Region, Bureau of Reclamation
 2:15-2:30 p.m. Networking Break
 2:30-3:15 p.m. PANEL: Energy Storage as an Essential Tool
Panelist: Jason Abiecunas, SVP Business Development, FlexGen
Panelist: Mark Higgins, President North America & Chief Commercial Officer, RedFlow
Panelist: Chris Janick, Senior Director - Power Delivery, Salt River Project
Panelist: David Longrie, Senior Project Manager, Colorado Springs Utilities

Moderator: Joshua Johnson, Associate Vice President - Solutions & Proposal Leader, Black & Veatch

 3:15-4:00 p.m. Analyzing the SCOTUS Decision in West Virginia v. EPA: Exploring the Impacts to Utilities
Barbara Walz, Chief Compliance Officer, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association
 6:00-9:30 p.m. Networking Dinner and RMEL Foundation Auction
8:00-9:00 a.m., Networking Breakfast
 8:00-8:15 a.m. Welcome Back and Passing of the Gavel
Neal Walker, 2021 - 2022 RMEL President • President, Texas-New Mexico Power
Mike Kotara, 2022 - 2023 RMEL President • President, Zachry Sustainability Solutions

 8:15-9:30 a.m. KEYNOTE: Exploring Employee Engagement, Retention and Productivity Challenges in the Energy Industry
Vibhas Ratanjee, Subject Matter Expert and Global Practice Leader for Leadership Development, Gallup 
 9:30-10:00 a.m. MDT, Networking Break
 10:00-10:30 a.m. RMEL Awards Presentation
 10:30-11:45 a.m.  CEO PANEL
Sponsored by Black & Veatch

Panelist: David Campbell, President & CEO, Evergy, Inc.
Panelist: Javier Fernandez, President & CEO, Omaha Public Power District
Panelist: Eric Gray, President & CEO, GE Gas Power
Panelist #4 To be Announced
Moderator: Mike Kotara, 2022 - 2023 RMEL President • President, Zachry Sustainability Solutions
 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.  Networking Lunch and Adjournment


The RMEL Fall Executive Leadership and Management Convention started in October of 1903. Since that first meeting, the Fall Convention has grown and evolved into one of the industry’s leading events for senior management. The Convention provides a relaxed forum for networking with your peers and colleagues to find and share solutions to the critical issues that keep you up at night. The primary focus of the Convention is the educational presentations, which include a vision and forecasting trends, current and future projects, lessons learned, technology, regulation, compliance, public policy, fuel strategies, workforce development and other topics selected by RMEL’s leaders. Utility executives offer their insight and thoughts on a variety of issues, trends, challenges and the direction they are leading their companies. Speakers are primarily CEOs, senior executives and other top leaders from inside the industry discussing the issues that matter most to you. Find significant value in the two day streamlined format. Make the connections you need and learn from education presentations that will benefit you and your company.

Who Should Attend

The RMEL Fall Convention attracts over 300 senior-level utility managers and executives. Find chief executives, company officers, vice presidents, general managers, decision makers and senior management of energy companies. Attendees represent the many utility ownerships including IOU, G&T, municipalities, cooperative and government agencies. Key representatives from suppliers, engineering firms, construction and manufacturers round out the one of a kind diversity only found at RMEL. Participants have responsibilities spanning the industry including generation, transmission, distribution, safety, human resources, information technology, compliance, customer service and executive leadership. Whether it’s building or operating a power plant, planning or constructing transmission and distribution systems or leading the way in safe working practices, your networking contacts will be here. The Fall Convention is a unique opportunity for industry leaders to meet and discuss issues of strategic importance to the future of their companies and the electric energy industry.

The 2022 Fall Convention will feature a variety of networking and entertaining functions including a golf outing, Guest Activity, Silent Auction and RMEL Champions Receptions.

Guest Activity
Check back soon for more details on the 2022 Guest Activity.

Silent Auction
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 

The RMEL Foundation silent auction will be Tuesday evening, October 11, 2022 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm at the Hilton Denver Inverness. There will also be a short live auction as well in which all attendees are encouraged to participate. All proceeds benefit RMEL Foundation Scholarship Program awarding students pursuing a career in the electric energy industry. Items for auction donation are welcomed and encouraged. Contact RMEL with questions at (303) 865-5544. Get full details about the RMEL Foundation as well as an auction item donation form can be found.

Continuing Education Certificate
All attendees will be mailed a continuing education certificate upon completion of the course. The continuing education certificate will award the following:

Full Convention registration: 14.0 PDHs
Tuesday only registration: 8.0 PDHs
Wednesday only registration: 6.0 PDHs