We will work with RMEL's Distribution Committee to look for windows of opportunity to reassemble & reschedule this event and the outstanding presentations that all speakers and the Distribution Committee have put together. 


*Preliminary Topics and Speakers are Subject to Change

 7:30-8:00 a.m.,  Networking Breakfast
 8:00 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions
 8:30-9:30 a.m.  Mobilization of Workforce
Laschell Crook, Evergy
   9:30–9:45 a.m., Networking Break
 9:45-10:45 a.m.  Virtual World Asset Management – A Proven Technology for Asset Management
Tony Palizzi, Fugro
 10:45-11:45 a.m.  Business Continuity Plans - How to Keep Your Business Operational in Case of an Emergency
Paul Martinez, Power System Engineer Senior, Austin Energy
 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.,  Networking Lunch
 12:45-1:45 p.m.  Emergency Operations Center – GridEX Simulation
Tiffani DeFore, Emergency Management Program Manager, Western Area Power Administration
 1:45-2:30 p.m.   Electric Vehicles; Impacts to the Grid and Society
  Angela Piner, VP, HDR
  Scott Lake, HDR

 2:30–2:45 p.m., Networking Break
 2:45-3:00 p.m.  Attendee Announcements
 3:00-4:30 p.m.  Day 1 Wrap Up and Discussion

 7:00-8:00 a.m., Networking Breakfast
 8:00-9:30 a.m.  Evaluating Fire Risk Impact to Utility ROW 
 Wade Ward, CWMS, Fire Mitigation Specialist, Arizona Public Service
 9:30-9:45 a.m., Networking Break
 9:45-11:00 a.m.  Wildfire Mitigation Planning at Rocky Mountain Power
 Joshua Jones, Director, T&D Standards Engineering, PacifiCorp
11:00 a.m. -
11:45 a.m.
 Does Data Change Customer Behavior? 
Dominick Daidone, Senior Sustainability Program Strategist, SRP 
 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., Networking Lunch
 12:45-2:15 p.m.  5G Best Practices Panel
 Moderator: Travis Johnson, Manager, Electric Distribution Standards, Xcel Energy
 Panelist #1: Mike Ludick, SRP
 Panelist #2: Scott September, Crown Castle
2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Networking Break
 2:30-3:30 p.m.  DER Integration Standard IEEE 1547 and SRP's Plans for Implementation
 Kaden MacFadyen, Engineer, SRP 
 Jon Grooters, Sales Director, Mountain Region, ACS

 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Group Discussion and Workshop Wrap Up

Distribution engineers and designers will have a unique opportunity to hear from a wide range of organizations during the Distribution Engineers Workshop. The course will cover the future of the electric utility, identifying solutions in the field, measurement technology, best practices for primary cables, specifying cables, utility emergency reaction response, arc flash considerations with distribution overcurrent protection, DERMS, load factors for EV, finance justification fundamentals, line design software and leveraging the communications network.

Who Should Attend

Engineers and designers involved in distribution will find this course helpful. In addition, supervisory or management personnel who desire a review of distribution practices and standards, or who are new to power distribution, will benefit from this course.

Continuing Education Certificate 
All attendees will receive a continuing education certificate worth 16.0 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.