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 MONDAY, MAY 20, 2019
   8:30 a.m., Golf Outing at Raven Golf Club 
   6:00-9:00 p.m., Reception, Sponsored by RMEL Champions
 TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019
 7:00-8:00 a.m.,  Networking Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

Welcome to Arizona
8:30-9:30 a.m. Keynote: Merril Hoge, Retired NFL Running Back, ESPN Analyst and Author of Find a Way; Three Words That Changed My Life 
  9:30–10:00 a.m., Networking Break
   Generation Track  T&D Track  Management Track
10:00-11:30 a.m. Generation Planning Panel   
Panelist #1: Vernon "Buddy"
Hasten, Vice President of Engineering and Construction, Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Download the Presentation PDF)
Panelist #2: Phil McLaughlin, General Manager, Resource Management, Arizona Public Service  (Download the
Presentation PDF
Panelist #3: Jill Dvareckas, Director of Development, Florida Power & Light (Download the Presentation PDF)
Moderator: Curt Brown,
Central Region Director – Power Gen Services, Black & Veatch Corp. & Chair, RMEL Generation Committee
Aging Infrastructure Panel
Panelist #1: Susan Franklin, Transmission Program Manager,
Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association (Download the
Presentation PDF
Panelist #2: Jack Murray,  Vice
President of Transmission System Asset Management DSW, Western Area Power Administration (Download the Presentation PDF)
Panelist #3: Wesley Knuth, Manager, Asset Optimization, SRP (Download the Presentation PDF)
Moderator: Brent Gerling, Distribution Engineering and Design Supervisor - Northland, Evergy, &
Vice Chair, RMEL
Distribution Committee

IT/OT Panel             
Panelist #1: James Ball,
Chief Information Security
Officer, Western Area Power Administration 
Panelist #2: Dave Webb,
Director Enterprise Technology
and CIO, Nebraska Public Power District
Panelist #3: Charles King,
Chief Information Officer,
Moderator: Elaina Ball, 
Sr. VP & Chief Administrative Officer, El Paso Electric
 11:30 a.m. – 12:40 p.m., RMEL Emerging Leader Awards Luncheon
12:40-1:20 p.m. Grid Management Aspect of Renewables 
Sandip Sharma, Manager, Operations Planning, ERCOT

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Dual Use Streetlight /
Communication Poles:
Developing Technical Requirements, Working with Cellular Companies, Deploying Dual Use Poles and Lessons Learned
Travis Johnson, Manager, Electric Distribution Standards, Xcel Energy

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EPC and Alternative Contracting Models - What Really Drives Success
James K. Needham, President, Kiewit Power Engineering

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1:30-2:10 p.m. Cycling - Getting to Know Your Units Capabilities 
Nick Miller, Principal Engineer, Colorado Springs Utilities
Chad Swope, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell

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SPP Challenges Going Forward (DERs, Storage, etc)
Casey Cathey, Manager, Reliability Planning & Seams, SPP

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SRP’s Rotational Engineering Program
Chris Janick, Senior Director, Power Delivery, SRP

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 2:10–2:40 p.m., Networking Break
2:40-3:20 p.m. CPS Energy’s Flexible Path Distributed Energy Resources
James Boston, Manager, Market Intelligence, CPS Energy

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Insights from the front:
Evergy’s EV Charging Network

Mark Cosby, Senior Manager, Non-Regulated Products & Services, Electrification, Evergy

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The South Texas Project Performance Journey with a Consistent Leadership Model
Charles T. “Tim” Bowman, Organizational Effectiveness Director, South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company

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3:30-4:10 p.m. Technical Considerations for Optimizing Steam Turbine Start Ups
Thomas Reid, Manager of Engineering, TG Advisers, Inc.

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Maximizing PV Value to the Grid through DER Aggregation
Jeffrey J. Cook, Energy Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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Excellence Now: Strategic Human Performance Systems 
Vincent Vincek, Performance Assessment Principle Specialist, ComEd
Chris Overman, Director of Safety and Human Performance, Nebraska Public Power District

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  6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Reception, Sponsored by the RMEL Champions and
Networking Dinner
 WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2019
 7:00-8:00 a.m., Networking Breakfast
8:00-8:15 a.m. Welcome Back
8:15-9:15 a.m. Electric Utility Executive Leadership Panel
Panelist #1: John Coggins, Associate GM & Chief Power System Executive, SRP
Panelist #2: Daniel Froetscher, Executive VP, Operations, Arizona Public Service
Panelist #3: Susan Gray, Sr. VP & Chief Operating Officer, UNS Energy Corporation
Panelist #4: Ken Wilmot, Sr. VP & Chief Operating Officer, Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. 
Moderated by Tom Kent, VP & COO, Nebraska Public Power District, & Past President, RMEL
 9:15-9:30 a.m., Networking Break
   Generation Track  T&D Track  Management Track
9:30-10:10 a.m. Battery Storage Insights from
the Field

Jon R. La Follett, PhD, Energy
System Integration & Storage Program Lead, Shell New Energies
Dustin R. Rogge, Microgrid
Solutions Manager, Black & Veatch

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The Evolving Grid
Chris Pink, Senior Manager, Transmission Planning, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association

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Collaboration: the Key for Success 
Evelene Ricci, Director of Major Accounts, NV Energy

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10:20-11:00 a.m. Planning and Preparing a Power Plant for Decommissioning – Lessons Learned
Steven Yazzie, O&M Manager – Engineering, SRP
Michael Hull, Operations and Maintenance Supervisor IV, SRP

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Lessons Learned From SRP's Advanced Inverter Project
Juan Cardona, Principal Engineer,

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An Overview of APS’ Residential Rates
Charles Miessner, Arizona Public Service
11:10-11:50 a.m. Electricity’s Growing Role in the US Energy System
Tom Wilson, Principal Technical Executive, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

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Aligning Asset Management with Long Term System Planning
Chris Lindsey, Director,
Transmission & Distribution
Planning, Tucson Electric Power
Clark Bryner, T&D Supervisor, Asset Management, Tucson Electric Power

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Trends in Electric Utility Risk Management
Glen Justis, Sr. Partner, Experience on Demand 

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The Spring Management, Engineering and Operations Conference has been a tradition since RMEL’s early beginnings. Known for providing outstanding continuing education and networking opportunities, this conference is a must attend event for engineering, operations and management personnel in the electric energy industry. With 30 presentations, this conference covers issues in generation, transmission, distribution, safety, customer service, human resources and other management topics. The timely topics and breakout structure of the conference allows attendees to customize their education experience to focus on presentations and resources that address their needs. Ample time is also provided to network with industry peers and visit with exhibitors. Maximize your time and training budget with this value priced and content rich event. Continuing education certificates are provided for the sessions attended.

Who Should Attend

The Spring Management, Engineering and Operations Conference attracts over 300 management as well as engineering and operations personnel from the many electric energy companies (utilities) and supplier and service companies that are members of RMEL. Utilities of all types of ownership participate including IOU, G&T, municipal, cooperative, and others. Companies from outside RMEL’s membership will also be in attendance. 

Continuing Education Certificate
All attendees will be mailed a continuing education certificate upon completion of the course. The continuing education certificate will award the following:

Full Convention registration: 14.0 PDHs
Monday only registration: 8.0 PDHs
Tuesday only registration: 6.0 PDHs