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 CONVENTION AGENDA AT-A-GLANCE 

All times are in Mountain Daylight Time

 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2021
 9-9:15 a.m. MDT  Welcome & Opening Remarks
 Paul Barham, 2020-2021 RMEL President & Chief Grid Optimization and Resiliency Officer,
 CPS Energy, Presiding
 9:15-10:30 a.m. MDT  Keynote: Seeing Around the Corner – A View of What’s to Come
 John Ellis, Technology and Futurist Keynote Speaker, Best-Selling Author, Software Expert, and   Former Global Technologist with Ford Motor Company
 Sponsored by: Black & Veatch
10:30-10:45 a.m. MDT, Break 
 10:45-11:30 a.m. MDT  Cost-Effective Resiliency-As-A-Service: A Critical Facility Microgrid Case Study at
 Salt River Project
 Dan Sowder Co-Founder and Principal, Sound Grid Partners
 Tess Williams, Co-Founder and Principal, Sound Grid Partners
 11:30-11:45 a.m. MDT, Break 
 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. MDT  Tapping Into Your Untapped Resource: Unconscious Bias
 Dr. Regina Lewis, ReginaSpeaking, LLC
12:45-1:00 p.m. MDT, Break 
 1:00-1:45 p.m. MDT  Data Mining –  From the Utility and Developer Perspective
 Dave Perrill, CEO, Compute North
 Nicole Sedlacek, CEcD, Economic Development Manager, Nebraska Public Power District
1:45-2:00 p.m. MDT, Break 
 2:00-2:45 p.m. MDT  Renewable Policy and the Implication to Energy Markets 
 Eva Liu, Manager, Market Analysis, NextEra Energy Resources
 2:45-3:00 p.m. MDT  2021 RMEL Service Awards Announcements
 3:00 p.m. MDT  Closing Comments
 Paul Barham, 2020-2021 RMEL President & Chief Grid Optimization and Resiliency Officer, CPS Energy
 
 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2021
 9:00-10:30 a.m. MDT  Roundtable: Emergency Response….it is not IF, it is WHEN
 Ruth Marks, VP, Transmission Maintenance, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association
 Art Wiese, VP Energy Delivery, Nebraska Public Power District
 John Bowerfind, COO, Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association
 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Technology Showcases
 
 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2021
 9:00-9:30 a.m. MDT  Welcome Back & Passing of the Gavel
 
Paul Barham, 2020-2021 RMEL President, Chief Grid  Optimization and Resiliency Officer,
 CPS Energy
 Neal Walker, 2021-2022 RMEL President & President, Texas New Mexico Power


 RMEL Business Meeting

 9:30-10:30 a.m. MDT  CEO Panel
 
Moderated by Neal Walker, President, Texas New Mexico Power
 Panelist: Tracey LeBeau, Administrator and CEO, Western Area Power Administration
 Panelist: Aram Benyamin, CEO, Colorado Springs Utilities 
 Panelist: Barbara Sugg, President & CEO, Southwest Power Pool
 Panelist: Gary Hoogeveen, President and CEO, Rocky Mountain Power 

 Sponsored by: Power Engineers, Inc.
 10:30-10:45 a.m. MDT, Break
 10:45-11:30 a.m. MDT  Grid Security – Physical & Cyber
 
Daniel Marvin, Director, Cyber Security, Berkshire Hathaway Energy
  11:30-11:45 a.m. MDT, Break
 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. MDT  What the Heck is Going On: A Guide to the Climate Debate in Washington
 
Phil Musser, VP, Federal Government Affairs, NextEra Energy Resources 
  12:30-12:45 p.m. MDT, Break
 12:45-1:45 p.m. MDT  Anirban Basu and the Chamber of Data
 Anirban Basu, Ph.D., Chairman & CEO, Sage Policy Group, Inc. 
  1:45-2:00 p.m. MDT, Break
 2:00-2:45 p.m. MDT  Powering Decarbonization:  Strategies for Net-Zero CO2 Emissions
 Geoffrey J. Blanford, Ph.D., Senior Technical Executive, EPRI
 2:45 p.m. MDT  RMEL Foundation Update & Auction Results 
 
Barry Ingold, Sr. VP, Generation, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association

 Closing Comments
 
Neal Walker, 2021-2022 RMEL President & President, Texas New Mexico Power

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118 Years of Success at the Fall Convention

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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.