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March 7-8, 2018
Denver Marriott South
Lone Tree, CO
Room Block Deadline is February 13, 2018

 PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE AGENDA AT-A-GLANCE

*Preliminary Topics and Speakers are Subject to Change

 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2018
 7:30-8:00 a.m.,  Networking Breakfast
 8:00 a.m.   Welcome and Introductions
 8:30-9:15 a.m.  Increasing Value to a Broader Set of Consumers: MWTG’s Membership in SPP 
 Lanny Nickell, VP, Engineering, Southwest Power Pool
 9:15-10:00 a.m.  FERC Under the Trump Administration
 
Randy Elliott, Regulatory Counsel, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
   10:00–10:15 a.m., Networking Break
 10:15-11:00 a.m.   Integrating Utility Scale Renewable Energy and Battery Storage 
 Daniel Neville, Director, NextERA Energy Resources
 11:00-11:45 a.m.   Generation Vital Issues Roundtable Discussion
 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.,  Networking Lunch
 1:00-1:45 p.m.  Revving Up the Latest Reciprocating Engine Technologies
 Garrett Meyer, Thermal Engineer, Black & Veatch
 1:45-2:30 p.m.  Tucson Electric Power (TEP) Sundt Generation Modernization Project
 Conrad Spencer, Director, Sundt Generation Modernization Project, Tucson Electric Power (TEP)
 2:30–2:45 p.m., Networking Break
 2:45-3:00 p.m.  Attendee Announcements
 3:00-4:30 p.m.  Generation Vital Issues Roundtable Discussion
   4:30 p.m., Networking Reception
 
 THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018
 7:00-8:00 a.m., Networking Breakfast
 8:00-8:45 a.m.  Electrification
 Francisco de la Chesnaye, EPRI
 8:45-9:30 a.m.  Arizona Public Service Microgrid Case Study
 David Morton, Energy Innovation Program Consultant, Arizona Public Service 
 9:30-9:45 a.m., Networking Break
 9:45-10:30 a.m.  Load Growth Through Economic Development
 Tim O'Brien, Omaha Public Power District
 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Generation Vital Issues Roundtable Discussion
 TBD  "Behind the Scenes" NREL Facility Tour
 Transportation will be provided.


Evolving RTO markets, renewables, distributed resources, and calls for increased grid resiliency present power supply planners with significant challenges to ensure flexibility and reliability while remaining cost competitive. This conference will explore current trends, relevant projects and market perspectives to gain insight to this changing industry. A roundtable discussion will provide an invaluable opportunity for open dialogue regarding challenges and best practices in meeting these challenges. 

Who Should Attend

Power supply system planners, corporate and plant engineers, project managers and vendors who have key stake shaping the generation portfolios and providing reliable power to electric customers.  Non-technical professionals in consulting, HR, asset management and finance will also benefit greatly in gaining an understanding of the issues facing the power generation industry.  

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.