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August 13-14, 2019
Western Area Power Administration
Golden, CO


*Preliminary Topics and Speakers are Subject to Change

 Tuesday, August 13, 2019
 7:30-8:00 a.m.,  Networking Breakfast
 8:00 a.m.   Welcome and Introductions
 8:30-9:15 a.m.  Key Challenges to Enhancing Grid Resilience 
Jessica Lau, Sr. Technical Project Manager, NREL 
 9:15-10:00 a.m.  Addressing Corrective Action Following National Emergency Mutual Aid Assistance
 Tiffani DeFore, Emergency Management Program Manager, Western Area Power Administration
   10:00–10:15 a.m., Networking Break
 10:15-11:00 a.m.  Carr Fire Lessons Learned and Strategies to Mitigate Severe Conditions
 Christine Henry, Supervisory Power System Dispatcher, Western Area Power Administration
 11:00-11:45 a.m.   UNS Mutual Assistance: Response in Turks & Caicos and Puerto Rico 2018
Larry Robinson, Director of Fleet, Land Resources and Transmission Maintenance, Tucson Electric Power Co.
 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.,  Networking Lunch
 1:00-1:45 p.m.  Generator Step Up (GSU) and Transmission Resilience Solutions
David Calitz, Transformer Specialist Engineer, Siemens 
 1:45-2:30 p.m.  UAS Technology for Fast Outage Recovery after Storm Damage
 Bryon Atchison, Manager, Field Services, ThinkPower
 Vinod Rajasekaren, ThinkPower
 2:30–2:45 p.m., Networking Break
 2:45-3:00 p.m.  Attendee Announcements
 3:00-4:30 p.m.  Roundtable Discussion
 Wednesday, August 14, 2019
 8:00-8:45 a.m.  Advanced Vegetation Management Techniques
 Barry Moyes, Data Acquisition Program Manager, HDR
 Randy Rhoads, COO, Pointerra

 8:45-9:30 a.m.  Bomb Cyclone Blizzard 2019 – System Impacts
Sage Williams, Maintenance Manager, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, Inc.
 9:30-9:45 a.m. Networking Break
 9:45-10:30 a.m.  Effects of Bomb Cyclone Flooding, the Storm That Keeps Giving!
Scott R Walz, T&D Construction and Maintenance Manager, Nebraska Public Power District
 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Roundtable Discussion and Wrap Up

This symposium will explore different aspects of preparing for and responding to natural disasters from the perspectives of resiliency, response and restoration.

Who Should Attend

Maintenance managers, asset management specialists, physical security specialists, transmission planners, management and senior management, engineers, consultants, regulators and project managers involved in planning, building, operating and maintaining transmission systems. Those from the financial and information technology sides of electric utilities are also encouraged to attend. Individuals with other backgrounds are also welcome to learn about the issues in this section.  This conference is an excellent source for gaining knowledge on current industry issues utilities are most concerned with.

Continuing Education Certificate
All attendees will receive a continuing education certificate worth 9.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) by RMEL, upon completion of the course. 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.