The 2022 Spring Conference will be held in Austin, Texas May 9-11, 2022!
Register and Download the Brochure!

RMEL’s room block deadline has passed and RMEL’s room block and the entire hotel have sold out.

Here are two alternate properties where you can make a reservation:

Hyatt House Austin/Downtown
901 Neches St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 391-0000

Embassy Suites by Hilton Austin Downtown South Congress
300 South Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 469-9000

 PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE AGENDA AT-A-GLANCE

*These preliminary topics are subject to change.

 MONDAY, MAY 9, 2022
   8:00 a.m., Golf Outing at Wolfdancer Golf Club 
   6:00-9:00 p.m., Reception, Sponsored by RMEL Champions
 
 TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2022
 7:00-8:00 a.m.,  Networking Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
Jackie Sargent, General Manager & CEO, Austin Energy

Welcome to Austin
8:15-9:30 a.m. Keynote - Johnny Quinn, U.S. Olympian & Former Professional NFL Football Player
  9:30–10:00 a.m., Networking Break
   Generation Track  T&D Track  Management Track
10:00-
11:30 a.m.
PANEL
Weatherization and Seasonal Readiness
Moderator – Curt Brown, Black & Veatch
PANEL
Increased Importance of T&D Coordination
Moderator – Brent Gerling, Evergy
PANEL
Crypto Mining
Moderator – Patrick Hanrahan, Nebraska Public Power District 
 11:30 a.m. – 12:40 p.m., RMEL Emerging Leader Awards Luncheon
12:40-1:20 p.m. Emergency Operating Practices
Ryan McDonnell, CPS Energy
Non-Wire Alternative Project: Overview and Examples
Jon Grooters, Generac
Delivery Strategy
Clarice Kinsella and Jack Grauman, HDR
1:30-2:10 p.m. The Need for Fuel Flexibility in the New Energy Generation Market
Diane Fischer, Kiewit 
 
Update on CPS Energy’s Resiliency-As-A-Service Program
Brian Seiler, CPS Energy
 
Evergy’s Path for Incentivizing EV Infrastructure
Brent Gerling, Evergy
 2:10–2:40 p.m., Networking Break
2:40-3:20 p.m. Advanced Low-Carbon Fuels for Power Generation and Energy Storage Applications
Jonathan Cristiani, Black & Veatch 
Continual Reliability Program
Jake Barker, PacifiCorp
 
Luck is Not a Strategy
David Sowers, KnowledgeVine 
 
3:30-4:10 p.m. Nuclear Natrium Project: Advanced Nuclear in Coal Communities 
Chuck Tack, PacifiCorp
Case Study: Feeder Cable Testing at K.C. Airport
Joey White, Evergy
Simulating Renewables Integration for Long-term Planning
Bob Davis, nFront Consulting
 4:10-5:30 p.m. Generation Roundtable Reception T&D Roundtable Reception  
  6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Reception, Sponsored by the RMEL Champions and
Networking Dinner

 WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2022
 7:00-8:00 a.m., Networking Breakfast
8:00-8:15 a.m. Welcome Back
8:15-9:30 a.m. DAY TWO KEYNOTE: RESTORING TRUST – Brad Jones, Interim President and CEO, ERCOT
9:30-9:45 a.m., Networking Break
9:45-10:45 a.m.  SENIOR LEADERSHIP PANEL
 Panelist: Victoria Fleming, Executive Director, Renewable Origination, NextEra Energy Resources
 Panelist: Sidney Jackson, Deputy General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, Austin Energy
 Panelist: Chris Janick, Senior Director, Power Delivery, SRP
 Panelist: Lisa Lewis, Chief Administrative Officer, CPS Energy
 10:45-10:55 a.m., Networking Break
   Generation Track  T&D Track  Management Track
10:55-
11:35 a.m.
Xcel’s APM & Digital Transformation Journey
Kaitlyn Honey, Xcel Energy
Winter Storm Uri – Emergency Ops Plans
Keith Nix, TNMP
IT/OT Convergence – Why It’s So Hard and What You Can Do About It
Greg Flay, Austin Energy
11:45-
12:25 p.m.
Energy Storage Systems – Analysis, Detection, Mitigation and Code Updates
Ray Rodriguez, American Fire
 
Wildfire: Predictions, Planning, and Protection
ELynn Burkett, Western Area Power Administration
Working in New Ways: Management Practices for Engagement and Retention
Katie Werner and Katie Schultz, Black & Veatch


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 20 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.

Who Should Attend

The Spring Management, Engineering and Operations Conference historically attracts over 300 management as well as engineering and operations personnel from the many electric energy companies (utilities) and supplier and service companies that are members of RMEL. Utilities of all types of ownership participate including IOU, G&T, municipal, cooperative, and others. Companies from outside RMEL’s membership will also be in attendance. 

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
Monday only registration: 8.0 PDHs
Tuesday only registration: 6.0 PDHs