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Low Carbon Fuels
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Low carbon fuels, including biomass/waste, liquid biofuels, renewable natural gas, and hydrogen, are of significant interest as a means of decarbonizing numerous industries, most notably the electric power sector. This presentation will provide an overview of the field of bioenergy, a summary of feedstock characteristics, and high-level design and project development considerations for producing/using power, heat, and solid, liquid, or gaseous biofuels. The role of bioenergy as part a suite of other decarbonization technologies will also be discussed.

The Great Public Engagement Shift
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As communities begin to reopen, we need to determine how we can provide safe and equitable engagement opportunities for all community members. Instead of returning to pre-COVID-19 meeting formats - workshops, pop-up events, open houses, event tabling - it's time to embrace this transformational moment. While we know there is not a one-size-fits-all solution for a public engagement strategy, we have discovered some common themes, amongst our 120+ strategic communications professionals, in planning for public engagement going forward. Join Emily and Sabrina as they discuss three steps to guide your planning. Placing the focus back on our communities by listening to their individual needs, keeping safety in mind, and aligning engagement strategies for greater accessibility.

Hydrogen: Utilizing Gas Turbines and Renewables
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Renewable, carbon-free power generation continues its inexorable journey in transforming and reshaping the fundamental operational dynamics of the today's utility grid.   However, the inherent volatility of renewable power, namely, when the wind doesn't blow and the sun isn't shining, necessitates a responsive, flexible and complimentary energy storage and generation solutions that can cost effectively complement rapid, intermittent load swings in a reliable secure manner. Hydrogen (H2), when oxidizes as a fuel in a gas turbine, generates no CO2 emissions.  This presentation will focus on the technical challenges with using hydrogen as a fuel for gas turbines.  Because hydrogen burns differently than natural gas, traditional OEM gas turbine combustion systems are challenged to handle meaningful variable mixtures of these fuels, which should be an important design consideration.   

2021 Distribution Engineers Workshop
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Distribution engineers and designers will have a unique opportunity to hear from a wide range of organizations during the Distribution Engineers Workshop. Preliminary topics include overhead fundamentals, underground cable and components, distribution transformers, fusing and coordination, power quality, COVID – reengaging payments and resumption of disconnects, addressing challenges in siting equipment with zero lot lines, transportation electrification strategy and programs at Salt River Project, distribution automation/power quality, ATO switches – power quality, distribution capacitor banks and AMI metering.

A Roadmap for Continuous Human Performance Improvement
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The term Human Performance Improvement is often connected with thoughts and actions aimed at improving the performance and reliability of the people doing the work. Those with experience along these lines understand that improving and sustaining human performance is less about trying to improve or change the human condition than it is about improving the conditions in which people work.   This interactive discussion will explore the role of human nature in consequential events, the value of reliable systems and processes, and a roadmap for implementing and sustaining effective human performance improvement programs.       

Technical Challenges of Integrating Renewables
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Renewable energy has profoundly different benefits and characteristics than existing conventional assets and the features that were emphasized in traditional planning. The intermittent nature of renewables stands in stark contrast to the reliable baseload/planned outage paradigm of conventional generation. This panel will discuss utility and vendor perspectives on the challenges and opportunities in grid stability, generation planning and operational strategies resulting from the ever increasing need to integrate more renewables into the existing infrastructure.

ATV & UTV Workplace Safety
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During this presentation we will discuss the importance of ATV/UTV safety and education in the workplace. The following topics will be addressed and open for discussion: *History & Evolution of ATV's & UTV's *Growth of ATV's & UTV's in the Workplace *Common Accidents & Injuries *Cargo & Tow Ratings *Vehicle Loading & Unloading *PPE *Use on Public Roads and Pavement *Responsible Operators

Virtual Workshop - Lithium Ion Energy Storage Systems
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Hydrogen and the Power Sector

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Hydrogen is a versatile fuel, feedstock, and energy carrier for a host of different applications. Hydrogen can be produced in mass quantity through multiple low carbon methods and therefore promises to yield substantial results in decarbonizing a wide range of sectors, including power generation. Jason Rowell, global technology lead for Black & Veatch’s Power Business will lead an overview of the burgeoning hydrogen market, including insight into production, storage, and transportation of hydrogen for the power sector.

GIS and Asset Management
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Knowing and Understanding Why Dogs Bite
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As a utility, many of our personnel are required to perform field work to serve our customers.  On occasion, the environment can pose a hazardous situation if not prepared.  Maybe it is a late night, and we find ourselves in situations when we are face-to-face with the "family pet".  It is not just the postman that needs to be wary of dogs.  What is the safety plan you have in place for pre-attack avoidance techniques? This webinar will offer practical and preventive measures to help prevent dog bites while in the field. 

FERC Order 2222 - Overview & Potential Impacts
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This webinar will provide an overview of FERC Order 2222 that requires ISOs/RTOs to allow DER to participate in the wholesale markets they administer. This ruling will impact both distribution and transmission networks and how they are operated traditionally. Clear frameworks should be defined to enable effective coordination between the stakeholders. The webinar will provide an overview of the order and discuss some of the coordination requirements.

Long Generation Bulk Energy Storage Series
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This webinar will provide an overview of FERC Order 2222 that requires ISOs/RTOs to allow DER to participate in the wholesale markets they administer. This ruling will impact both distribution and transmission networks and how they are operated traditionally. Clear frameworks should be defined to enable effective coordination between the stakeholders. The webinar will provide an overview of the order and discuss some of the coordination requirements.

Recording - Project Management Workshop
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Power Plant Cycling and Flexibility Series
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Increased renewables penetration, low gas prices, and fixed end-of-life dates have greatly impacted the operating strategies and practices of conventional power generating facilities. RMEL's Generation Committee will be hosting a series of four monthly virtual roundtables to facilitate discussions on topics relevant to successfully managing these changes. Each session is scheduled for 1 hour and 15 minutes and will consist of a 30-40 minute presentation, followed by an open-ended discussion by all participants. Due to the desired participant involvement, we may need to limit the attendance to ensure the discussion is productive for everyone.

Recording - November Safety Roundtable
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Recording - the UAS Toolbox
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Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) have emerged as an approachable and relatively inexpensive tool for power companies to utilize.  Positive project outcomes depend on successfully structuring the three parts of a UAS project: data collection, data organization and information analysis.  There is rapidly developing technology in each of these three areas having large impacts on how projects should be structured and managed.

Recording - ACSR Conductor Splicing Issue
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Today's utilities have a desire to create and maintain a high level of visibility into their operating environments to ensure the security and operational efficiencies of their assets and resources. With the increase of environmental events / disasters, public scrutiny and/or regulations utilities are looking for ways to enhance the condition of their assets and the associated risks. Utilities are transitioning from a reactive management approach to a more proactive and predictive based program, resulting in increased safety, decreased asset life-cycle costs, decreased network risk, and increases network reliability and full situational awareness.

Recording - Industrial Control Systems Cyber Security Series
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Learn how to make significant improvements in your overall cyber security maturity through a programmatic approach. This three-part series will "begin at the beginning" and explain a step-by-step process over three, hour-long sessions on how to reduce your exposure to potential attacks and share best practices to drive efficiency. The series will be relevant for those members who have been working on NERC CIP compliance for years as well as those who are just beginning their overall cyber security program.

Situational Awareness for Wildfires Risk Management
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Today's utilities have a desire to create and maintain a high level of visibility into their operating environments to ensure the security and operational efficiencies of their assets and resources. With the increase of environmental events / disasters, public scrutiny and/or regulations utilities are looking for ways to enhance the condition of their assets and the associated risks. Utilities are transitioning from a reactive management approach to a more proactive and predictive based program, resulting in increased safety, decreased asset life-cycle costs, decreased network risk, and increases network reliability and full situational awareness.

The Role of Hydrogen in Future Energy Systems: Seasonal Energy Storage Webinar/Roundtable
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Hydrogen is a flexible energy carrier that could enable the integration of disparate energy systems, including electricity, heating, and industrial sectors, to improve economic efficiency, reliability, flexibility, environmental performance, and resilience. Indeed, hydrogen can be produced from a variety of sources and is widely used in a variety of industrial and chemical processes. Here we explore the role of hydrogen in high or ultra-high renewable energy systems. First, we provide a short overview of the potential role of hydrogen technologies in the context of sector coupling and the integration of wind and solar photovoltaic power sources in energy systems. Then, we present the results of a case study on the techno-economic analysis of hydrogen-based seasonal energy storage in the Western U.S. power system with 24% to 61% of variable renewable power sources on an annual energy basis (up to 83.5% of renewable energy including hydro, geothermal, and biomass power sources).

Recent Changes to U.S. Coal Plant Operations and Current Compensation Practices
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This presentation will explore the ongoing shift from coal generation towards natural gas and renewables. The report, prepared by Energy Ventures Analysis for the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC), details how coal plants are managing the increasing pressure to act as load-following - or cycling-resources, particularly in states with high reliance on intermittent renewable generation. In addition to quantifying these changes, the report also examines the financial impacts on plant owners and operators and what current compensation mechanisms exist to recoup these costs while providing flexible and reliable electricity.  

Verbal Judo - De-Escalation Techniques and Situational Awareness
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In today's "new normal", the need to plan for the worst possible situation, and to provide passive techniques and tools to avoid conflict escalation is critical.  While most conversations and interactions between utility employees are uneventful, it is important to be mentally equipped to deal with a situation, should it arise.  Verbal Judo teaches you to redirect the energy of an uncooperative person rather than resisting them.

Heat Related Illness Prevention for Electric Utilities - A Collection of Learnings and Best Practices 
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Mitigating heat exposure risk begins with a high-quality training program and applying lessons learned from industry. In the RMEL August Round Table, Rayna Brown and Steven Hicks, Industrial Hygienists with Evergy, Inc. will provide insights and discuss lessons learned associated with managing heat related illness for electric utility workers in both Power Delivery and Generation. This presentation will highlight the management of heat strain on the workforce [including a field supervision emphasis], discuss the impact of cloth face cover use due to COVID-19, and outline the role nutrition can play in mitigating heat stress on the human body.

When the Open House Is Closed; A Playbook for Virtual Public Engagement Webinar
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In this hour-long session, the presenters will walk through the latest threat landscape and why industrial control systems are at significant - and growing - risk from attackers. They will then discuss the real challenges to securing these critical infrastructure systems. They will then walk through a practical approach to building a comprehensive roadmap to accelerate your cyber security journey. This approach will leverage many case studies and examples from utilities who have succeeded in dramatically improving their maturity in rapid fashion. It will conclude with practical suggestions of how to begin - regardless of where you stand in your current maturity. 

Defining the Threat Landscape and Developing an Overall Roadmap
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In this hour-long session, the presenters will walk through the latest threat landscape and why industrial control systems are at significant - and growing - risk from attackers. They will then discuss the real challenges to securing these critical infrastructure systems. They will then walk through a practical approach to building a comprehensive roadmap to accelerate your cyber security journey. This approach will leverage many case studies and examples from utilities who have succeeded in dramatically improving their maturity in rapid fashion. It will conclude with practical suggestions of how to begin - regardless of where you stand in your current maturity. 

Meeting the Needs of Your People, While Meeting the Needs of Your Business: A Path to Productivity Post COVID-19
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Research and our own experiences tell us that great organizations put people first.  Research has also shown that after a furlough or layoff it can take three to six months for employees to return to the levels of productivity they were at before the layoff occurred. Dealing with crises are no different. We only have one chance to get this right.  So how do we meet our employees "where they are," and provide the tools they need to recover and feel supported by their organization, and at the same time put plans in place to "flatten the curve" in regard to productivity loss?  Join us for our next webinar presented by Cardigan, where they help us answer these questions. 

Where Are You on the COVID-19 Learning Curve? Virtual is Vital to Our Learning Today
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As many of us are "stuck" at home and others may be "locked in place" at work, we may find we have unstructured time that creates a rare opportunity-an opportunity to engage in learning through the many venues of online or e-learning. This one-hour webinar will explore the opportunities for learning and development created by forced changes in work schedules, locations, and methods, including increased reliance on virtual meetings and e-learning. We will provide tips on how to prepare for and support employee engagement in e-learning. We will also describe criteria that will help you select quality e-learning resources that can be quickly and easily offered during this time. Sign Up to Watch This Webinar Recording

Effective Communication & Culture Strategies in Times of Uncertainty
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Many companies have crisis communication plans to address PR challenges, but few have defined processes for dealing with the cultural and emotional challenges that we are all facing with changes to our current work environment as a result of COVID-19.  Much of the workforce is now working from home, while field personnel adjust to the new challenges of maintaining the infrastructure. This new environment is cause to pay special attention to our message and how we communicate with our employees. It is critical to acknowledge the vital contributions of each person who works to keep the power on during these unprecedented circumstances.  

WATCH NOW! Services & Supplier Technology Showcases from RMEL's 2021 Spring Conference

Ampirical: The Principles of Data Fusion Applied to the Electric Power Grid
This showcase is an overview highlighting the principles of data fusion and how it applies to power grid projects.

Babcock & Wilcox Company: Chemical Looping and Energy Storage
Research and development of new technologies have played key roles in B&W’s continuing ability to service major industries. As the world moves toward a lower-carbon future, we understand that clean energy is driving the demands of today’s energy marketplace, and we are poised to respond with innovative decarbonization solutions. Since the early 2000s, we have been a leader in the development of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and other renewable energy technologies. Our presentation topic will highlight two of our latest offerings: chemical looping and the Eos energy storage system.

Black & Veatch: Improving Long-Term Wind Fleet Performance
As existing wind fleets age, performance and economics begin to decline. Assessing the remaining life and leveraging measures like life extension, repowering and optimization upgrades can result in increased and more efficient production, ensuring you maximize operating assets before it comes time to decommission.

Kiewit: Fleet Vehicle Electrification: The Convergence of Power and Infrastructure
The majority of fleet vehicle electrification projects rely on a roster of diverse stakeholders striving for a more sustainable future. In this session we’ll discuss the convergence of power and infrastructure and why clear communication and careful planning are foundational to a successful fleet electrification strategy.

S&C Electric Company: TripSaver® II Cutout-Mounted Recloser
A new lateral protection strategy using S&C’s TripSaver II Cutout-Mounted Recloser can dramatically improve the way your utility responds to 80% of faults. When a fault occurs, this Smart Grid solution eliminates momentary outages for customers on the main feeder by only blinking the affected laterals. This approach saves money for the utility and its customers while improving reliability for all.

TG Advisers: RCA Process for Flexible Operations Failure
This presentation will demonstrate the Kepner-Trego root cause analysis process. This tool can be used by power generation companies to identify the Most Probable Cause for Flexible Operations related failures.

Ulteig: The Next Generation of Field Data Capture: 360 Video and Mapping Integration
Ulteig has applied an innovative approach to the challenge of cost-effective, reliable field data capture by leveraging their experience crafting GIS-based solutions to develop a wholly new solution, which Ulteig refers to as “360 VMI.” This powerful tool combines 360 video and photos into interactive map products. When a point is selected on the map, the user can access the point within the interactive 360 video that corresponds with its precise location on the map. This has become a must-have tool for a substantial portion of our distribution and transmission line design projects.

Wärtsilä: A New Era of Resilience