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March 11-12, 2020

DoubleTree DTC
Greenwood Village, CO


*Preliminary Topics and Speakers are Subject to Change

 7:30-8:00 a.m.,  Networking Breakfast
 8:00 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions
 8:30-9:15 a.m.  Overview of the ERCOT Market & ERCOT’s Planning Process
Aaron Townsend, Supervisor, Market Analysis, ERCOT 
 9:15-10:00 a.m.  Managing the Multiple Objectives of Resource Optimization 
Colton Kennedy, Manager, Corporate Planning, Omaha Public Power District
   10:00–10:15 a.m., Networking Break
 10:15-11:00 a.m.  Supporting the Distribution Grid with Energy Storage
Matthew Heimann, Power Systems Development, West Region, Siemens Energy, Inc.
 11:00-Noon  Importance of Decision Flexibility in Resource Planning
 Glen Justis, Experience on Demand
 Kevin Cox, P.E. Principal, CDG Engineers 
Noon – 1:00 p.m.,  Networking Lunch
 1:00-1:45 p.m.  Beneficial Electrification
Matt Fitzgibbon, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association
 1:45-2:45 p.m.  Intercooled Aeroderivative Gas Turbines: Challenges & Opportunities
 Jared Kool, APS
 Albert Montano, El Paso Electric Company
 2:45–3:00 p.m., Networking Break
 3:00-3:15 p.m.  Attendee Announcements
 3:15-4:30 p.m.  Roundtable Discussion
   4:30 p.m., Networking Reception
 7:00-8:00 a.m., Networking Breakfast
 8:00-8:45 a.m.  The Gas Turbine’s Path to Zero Carbon
 Kellen Walters, Mitsubishi-Hitachi
 8:45-9:30 a.m.  The Case for Carbon Capture to Extend a Coal Plant
 Hank Adair, City of Farmington
 Peter Mandelstam, COO and Chief Development Officer for Enchant Energy Corporation
 9:30-9:45 a.m., Networking Break
 9:45-10:30 a.m.  Allam Cycle 
 Mike McGroddy, Principal, 8 Rivers Capital, LLC
 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Costs and Considerations for Achieving Lofty Renewable Energy Goals
 Kyle Combes, Project Manager, Resource Planning and Market Assessments, 1898 & Co.
 Victor Aguirre, Project Manager, Resource Planning and Market Assessments, 1898 & Co.
 11:15-11:30 a.m.  Roundtable Wrap Up Discussion

Evolving RTO markets, renewables, distributed resources, and calls for increased grid resiliency present power supply planners with significant challenges to ensure flexibility and reliability while remaining cost competitive. This conference will explore current trends, relevant projects and market perspectives to gain insight to this changing industry. A roundtable discussion will provide an invaluable opportunity for open dialogue regarding challenges and best practices in meeting these challenges. 

Who Should Attend

Power supply system planners, corporate and plant engineers, project managers and vendors who have key stake shaping the generation portfolios and providing reliable power to electric customers.  Non-technical professionals in consulting, HR, asset management and finance will also benefit greatly in gaining an understanding of the issues facing the power generation industry.  

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.