The 2021 Spring Conference will be held virtually May 18-20, 2021!

The Spring Management, Engineering and Operations Conference has been a tradition since RMEL’s early beginnings. Known for providing outstanding continuing education and networking opportunities, this conference is a must attend event for engineering, operations and management personnel in the electric energy industry. With 30 presentations, this conference covers issues in generation, transmission, distribution, safety, customer service, human resources and other management topics. The timely topics and breakout structure of the conference allows attendees to customize their education experience to focus on presentations and resources that address their needs. Ample time is also provided to network with industry peers and visit with exhibitors. Maximize your time and training budget with this value priced and content rich event. Continuing education certificates are provided for the sessions attended.

Preliminary Program Information

ALL TIMES ARE IN MOUNTAIN DAYLIGHT TIME
*Topics and Presenters Subject to Change

GENERAL SESSIONS
TUESDAY & THURSDAY, MAY 18 & 20
 
TUESDAY, May 18th
9:15-10:15 a.m. MDT
  Keynote: Former U.S. Navy SEAL Rear Admiral Scott Moore
TUESDAY, May 18th

  Senior Leadership Panel
THURSDAY, May 20th
9:15-10:15 a.m. MDT
  Keynote: Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych., CEO & Founder, MyWorkplaceHealth
THURSDAY, May 20th

  General Session Speaker: The Outlook for the U.S. Economy and Energy
     
BREAKOUT SESSIONS
TUESDAY & THURSDAY, MAY 18 & 20, 10:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. 
 
    GENERATION TRACK  T&D TRACK  MANAGEMENT TRACK
  TUESDAY, MAY 18th,
10:30-11:15 a.m. MDT
The People Side of Plant Closure and Decommissioning
Panelist # 1 – Tim Osborn, Craig Station Plant Manager, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association
Panelist # 2 – Robert McLeroy, Former Nucla Station Plant Manager, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association
Panelist # 3 – Brian Rychener, Escalante Station Plant Manager, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association
Moderator – Barry Ingold, Sr. Vice President, Generation, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Assn.

 
Moving Beyond Average Reliability Metrics
Christopher McCarthy, Senior Vice President-Sales Enablement, Brian Levite, Regulatory Affairs Director and Dave Koepp, Regional Vice President, S&C Electric Company
Nation State Threats to the Electric Power System
Anthony Montoya, Senior Subject Matter Expert – Grid Operations, Centauri Corp.
 
  TUESDAY, MAY 18th,
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. MDT
Causes and Costs of ERCOT Rolling Blackouts in February 2021
Thomas Popik, Chairman and President, Foundation for Resilient Societies
Using Asset Risk Management Practices to Improve Resiliency
Tom Myers, Principal Asset Management Consultant, HDR 
PNM’s  Road to Digital, Challenges, Success, and a Brighter Future
Jason Jones, Director of Generation Engineering, PNM Resources
Edwin Elmendorp, Information Architect, Kinsmen Group

  TUESDAY, MAY 18th,
12:30-1:15 p.m. MDT
Economics of Hydrogen in Power Generation
Jason Rowell, AVP and Global Technology Portfolio Manager, Black & Veatch
CPS Energy’s Resiliency Service Pilot
Brian Seiler, P.E., Product Development Analyst. Technology & Product Innovation, CPS Energy
EV’s – Leadership Opportunities for Utilities
Karl Popham, Manager, Electric Vehicles & Emerging Tech, Austin Energy

  THURSDAY, MAY 20th,
10:30-11:15 a.m. MDT
Generation Flexibility
Michael Caravaggio, Senior Program Manager, EPRI
Grid Enhancing Technologies
Bruce Tsuchida, Principal, Brattle
NextEra Renewables Presentation
John Di Donato, Vice President, Development and Origination, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC
  THURSDAY, MAY 20th,
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. MDT
Resource Adequacy
TBD, WECC
Life Cycle Planning of T&D Assets
Christopher Lyles, VP of Asset Planning & Management, Western Area Power Administration
OPPD’s Diversity & Inclusion Program
Martha Sedky, Vice President, Human CapitalOmaha Public Power District
  THURSDAY, MAY 20th,
12:30-1:15 p.m. MDT
Upcoming NERC Cold Weather Standard
Gerry Huitt,, Energy Supply Reliability Standards, Policy, and Compliance, Xcel Energy
Utah’s Wildland Fire Protection Program
Jake Barker, Director, Area and Transmission Planning, PacifiCorp
CPS Energy’s Flexible Path & FlexPOWER Bundle: A Strategic Approach to Integrated Resource Plan Implementation
Krista Davis, Director, Energy Supply & Market Operations Strategy, CPS Energy
 
NETWORKING ROUNDTABLES & TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASES
WEDNESDAY, MAY 19th

More details will be available soon!


Continuing Education Certificates
All attendees will be emailed a continuing education certificate upon completion of the Spring Conference.