Welcome to the Vital Issues Microsite - your navigation system and guide to resources, education and networking for your area of interest.  


RMEL’s Vital Issues Section is a community of industry professionals dedicated to sharing, networking and solutions of all issues related to the management of assets, planning, operations and workforce of the utility industry, including corporate-wide critical issues and topics that affect different management levels. Discussion may be technical but in general maintains perspective from a higher management level. This section includes demand-side management, energy efficiency and sustainability. This section also incorporates miscellaneous industry areas and fringe topics not covered in other sections.

Vital Issues Regional Events

Bring an RMEL class to your location or region. Choose from the list of ideas below (which includes some past/current RMEL offerings), and/or let us know of specific topics you'd like to focus on. RMEL has a contact list of many highly-respected instructors. We will also work with our Section Education Committees and the RMEL network to design a custom class tailored to your needs. These are not scheduled events, and are specifically designed to custom-fit your needs and timetable.   

Management Courses:
Introduction to the Electric Utility Workshop
Electric Utility Finance Risk Management Workshop
Ratemaking Workshop
Maximizing Communication Technologies (Smart Grid)
Productivity Pro - Staying organized, Managing Time
Management Skills and General Training
Project Management  
Customer Service
Operations Management - Utility Specific
Implementing a Rate Increase Without Customer Revolt
Non-Financial Manager Guide to Utility Financing for Financial Professionals
Fundamentals of Electric Utility Accounting & Finance for Financial Professionals
Rates, Cost of Service and Financial Forecasting  
HR Metrics
Earned Value Management for Project Managers
Fundamentals of Energy/Electric Forward Markets, Futures, Options and Derivatives Fundamentals  
Advanced Electric Utility Concepts Workshop Six Sigma Training

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Member Directory - RMEL members, use the directory to help you find the people and answers you’re looking for.
Registration Lists - You can also access past registration lists to find out who you’ll meet at RMEL events and obtain contact information for registrants.

RMEL Vital Issues Section Committee

Tim Mallen, Kansas City Power & Light (Chair)
Sarah LaBarre, Colorado Springs Utilities (Vice Chair)
Tyson Archie, Reliability Compliance Manager, Platte River Power Authority
Catherine Crowfoot, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Assn.
David Daly, Arizona Public Service
Jim Trask, Burns & McDonnell
Steve Yexley, Western Area Power Administration

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RMEL members, an extensive library of presentations is your knowledge bank of diverse information you can put to work today. Find management information focused on any type of job responsibility, and narrow in on critical issues at your organization.