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March 26-27, 2019
Rocky Mountain Power
Salt Lake CIty, UT


*Preliminary Topics and Speakers are Subject to Change

 TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2019
 7:30-8:00 a.m.,  Networking Breakfast
 8:00 a.m.   Welcome and Introductions
 8:30-9:15 a.m.  Virtual World Asset Management, a new paradigm for Asset and Vegetation Management
 Anthony Palizzi, Regional Manager – Power AMER, Fugro USA Land, Inc.
 9:15-10:00 a.m. Utilizing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to perform Substation Data Verification Supporting the Implementation of Advanced Distribution Management Systems
 J. Peter Gomez, Data Program Manager, Advanced Grid Intelligence & Security, Xcel Energy

   10:00–10:15 a.m., Networking Break
 10:15-11:00 a.m. Arc Flash & Electrical Safety:  Applying Calculations, Codes and Standards to Everyday Work Practices
Andrew Gordon, Engineering Manager, Power Systems Engineering, Eaton Corp.

 11:00-11:45 a.m.  Successful FRC Programs and Emerging Trends
 Bret Rich, Safety Manager, PacifiCorp
 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.,  Networking Lunch
 1:00-1:45 p.m.  Probabilistic Impact Analysis of Electric Vehicle Charging on Residential Transformers
Dr. Masood Parvania, Director, Utah Smart Energy Lab, University of Utah
 1:45-2:30 p.m.  Austin’s Experience Instituting a 5G Wireless Program
 Andrew Gallo, JD, CCEP, Director, Corporate Compliance Programs, Austin Energy
 2:30–2:45 p.m., Networking Break
 2:45-3:00 p.m.  Attendee Announcements 
 3:00-4:30 p.m.  Distribution Vital Issues Roundtable
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   4:30 p.m., Networking Reception
 7:00-8:00 a.m., Networking Breakfast
 8:00-8:45 a.m.  How One Municipal Utility Overcame the Challenges of Adding Renewable Energy to its Grid
 Terry Blalock and Bill Crowell, Stanley Consultants
 8:45-9:30 a.m.  Faulted Circuit Indicators
 William Marshall, VP, Marketing, SmartGrid Solutions
 9:30-9:45 a.m., Networking Break
 9:45-10:30 a.m.  Fusing for Wildfire Mitigation
 Nick Wainio, Product Application Engineer, Eaton
 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Distribution Vital Issues Roundtable
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The electric utility industry is rapidly changing, both on the technology side and from a policy standpoint. Utilities are partners in innovation with customers. The distribution impacts and opportunities continue to multiply. Everything is becoming more integrated, including other industries like telecommunications. This conference focuses on overhead and underground distribution systems while incorporating new technologies. The presentations will be structured around the areas of design, operation and maintenance. The conference will drill down into the key aspects of distribution planning, regulation and environmental policy. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to work together with RMEL’s diverse membership (representing all different types of electric utilities) to collectively address the power industry’s biggest distribution challenges. The conference is structured with presentations and roundtable sessions to give attendees time to discuss what’s keeping you up at night and put everything from the conference together in a unique and tangible way. This isn’t just a set of topics, but an interactive forum that allows you to benchmark your organization and continue to drive your company and the industry forward. 

Who Should Attend

The primary focus is for anyone involved with the distribution of electricity, from the substation to the customer. Personnel involved in capital projects, operations, planning, engineering, environmental regulations, safety, maintenance, design or installation are encouraged to attend.  Individuals with other backgrounds are also welcome to learn about the issues in this section.

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.