May 20-22, 2019 (NEW 2019 MONDAY-WEDNESDAY DATES)

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel
Phoenix, AZ
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 PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE AGENDA AT-A-GLANCE

*These preliminary topics are subject to change.

 MONDAY, MAY 20, 2019
   8:30 a.m., Golf Outing at Raven Golf Club 
   6:00-9:00 p.m., Reception, Sponsored by RMEL Champions
 
 TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019
 7:00-8:00 a.m.,  Networking Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

Welcome to Arizona
8:30-9:30 a.m. Keynote: Merril Hoge, Retired NFL Running Back, ESPN Analyst and Author of Find a Way; Three Words That Changed My Life 
  9:30–10:00 a.m., Networking Break
   Generation Track  T&D Track  Management Track
10:00-11:30 a.m. Generation Planning Panel   
Panelist #1: Vernon "Buddy" Hasten, Vice President of Engineering and Construction, Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. 
Panelist #2: Phil McLaughlin, General Manager, Resource Management, Arizona Public Service 
Panelist #3: Jill Dvareckas, Director of Development, Florida Power & Light
Moderator: Curt Brown,
Central Region Director – Power Gen Services, Black & Veatch Corp. & Chair, RMEL Generation Committee
Aging Infrastructure Panel
Panelist #1: Susan Franklin, Transmission Program Manager, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association
Panelist #2: Jack Murray,  Vice President of Transmission System Asset Management DSW, Western Area Power Administration
Panelist #3: Wesley Knuth, Manager, Asset Optimization, SRP
Moderator: Brent Gerling, Distribution Engineering and Design Supervisor - Northland, Evergy, & Vice Chair, RMEL
Distribution Committee

IT/OT Panel             
Panelist #1: James Ball,
Chief Information Security
Officer, Western Area Power Administration 
Panelist #2: Dave Webb,
Director Enterprise Technology
and CIO, Nebraska Public Power District
Panelist #3: Charles King,
Chief Information Officer,
Evergy
Moderator: Elaina Ball, 
Sr. VP & Chief Administrative Officer, El Paso Electric
Company
                                                                                                                                           
 11:30 a.m. – 12:40 p.m., RMEL Emerging Leader Awards Luncheon
12:40-1:20 p.m. Distributed Energy Resources
Dual Use Streetlight /
Communication Poles:
Developing Technical Requirements, Working with Cellular Companies, Deploying Dual Use Poles and Lessons Learned
 
Travis Johnson, Manager, Electric Distribution Standards, Xcel Energy
To be Announced
1:30-2:10 p.m. Grid Management Aspect of Renewables 
Sandip Sharma, Manager, Operations Planning, ERCOT
Maximizing PV Value to the Grid through DER Aggregation
Jeffrey J. Cook, Energy Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
EPC and Alternative Contracting Models - What Really Drives Success
James K. Needham, President, Kiewit Power Engineering
 2:10–2:40 p.m., Networking Break
2:40-3:20 p.m. Cycling - Getting to Know Your Units Capabilities 
Nick Miller, Principal Engineer, Colorado Springs Utilities
Chad Swope, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell

SPP Challenges Going Forward (DERs, Storage, etc)
Casey Cathey, Manager, Reliability Planning & Seams, SPP
The South Texas Project Performance Journey with a Consistent Leadership Model
Charles T. “Tim” Bowman, Organizational Effectiveness Director, South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company
3:30-4:10 p.m. Technical Considerations for Optimizing Steam Turbine Start Ups
Thomas Reid, Manager of Engineering, TG Advisers, Inc.
The Evolving Grid
Chris Pink, Senior Manager, Transmission Planning, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association
Excellence Now: Strategic Human Performance Systems 
Vincent Vincek, Performance Assessment Principle Specialist, ComEd
Chris Overman, Director of Safety and Human Performance, Nebraska Public Power District

  6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Reception, Sponsored by the RMEL Champions and
Networking Dinner
 
 WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2019
 7:00-7:45 a.m., Networking Breakfast
7:45-8:00 a.m. Welcome Back
8:00-9:00 a.m. Electric Utility Executive Leadership Panel
Panelist #1: Susan Gray, Sr. VP & Chief Operating Officer, UNS Energy Corporation
Panelist #2: John Coggins, Associate GM & Chief Power System Executive, SRP
Panelist #3: Daniel Froetscher, Executive VP, Operations, Arizona Public Service
Panelist #4: Ken Wilmot, Sr. VP & Chief Operating Officer, Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. 

 9:00-9:20 a.m., Networking Break
   Generation Track  T&D Track  Management Track
9:20-10:00 a.m. Battery Storage Insights from the Field
Jon R. La Follett, PhD, Energy System Integration & Storage Program Lead, Shell New Energies
Dustin R. Rogge, Microgrid Solutions Manager, Black & Veatch

EV Programs & Impacts
Speaker: To be Announced
Trends in Customer Management 
Evelene Ricci, Major Accounts Director, NV Energy
10:10-10:50 a.m. Planning and Preparing a Power Plant for Decommissioning – Lessons Learned
Steven Yazzie, O&M Manager – Engineering, SRP
Lessons Learned From SRP's Advanced Inverter Project
Juan Cardona, Principal Engineer, SRP
An Overview of APS’ Residential Rates
Leland Snook, Director, Rates & Rates Strategy, Arizona Public Service
 
11:00-11:40 a.m. Efficient Electrification
Tom Wilson, EPRI
Aligning Asset Management with Long Term System Planning
Chris Lindsey, UNS Energy Corporation
Clark Bryner, UNS Energy Corporation
SRP’s Rotational Engineering Program
Chris Janick, Senior Director, Power Delivery, SRP


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.

Who Should Attend

The Spring Management, Engineering and Operations Conference 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