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May 20-22, 2018
Keystone Resort & Conference Center
Keystone, CO
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 SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018
   8:30 a.m., Golf Outing  
   6:00-9:00 p.m., Reception, Sponsored by RMEL Champions
 MONDAY, MAY 21, 2018
 7:00-8:00 a.m.,  Networking Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
Tom Kent, VP & COO, Nebraska Public Power District, & 2018 President, RMEL

Welcome to Colorado
Mark Gabriel, Administrator & CEO, Western Area Power Administration
8:30-9:30 a.m.   Keynote Address: Commander Kirk Lippold, United States Navy 
  9:30–10:00 a.m., Networking Break
   Generation Track  T&D Track  Management Track
10:00-11:30 a.m. Load Cycling Panel
Gary Ruhl, Manager – Fuels and Technical Services, Omaha Public Power District
Johnny Bofilios, Director of Business Development, Copperleaf
Brian Despard, Vice President, L.E. Peabody & Associates, Inc.

Battery Energy Storage Panel
Thomas Spence, Arizona Public Service
Dean Hubbuck, Power Supply & Rates Director, United Power 
Michael Kendzierski, Director of Sales, Greensmith

IT/OT Convergence Panel
Steve Bukowski
Jon Hawkins, Manager, Advanced Technology, PNM Resources
 11:30 a.m. – 12:40 p.m., RMEL Emerging Leader Awards Luncheon
12:40-1:20 p.m. STP’s Response during Hurricane Harvey Helps Make the Case for Nuclear
Aldo Capristo, Executive VP,
Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, STP Nuclear Operating Company
Augmented Reality for Training and Troubleshooting
David Claussen, Executive Director, System Maintenance, Westar Energy
Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Integration
Douglas Marx, Director, Smart Grid, PacifiCorp 
1:30-2:10 p.m. Constant Change: Major Environmental Policies and Electric Power
Andy Berger, Senior Manager, Environmental Policy, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association
Texas Strong:  Hurricane Harvey Response and Restoration
Deryl Tumlinson, Director, Distribution Programs and Construction Management, CenterPoint Energy
Electrification – Challenges and Opportunities 
Mark Duvall, Director, Energy Utilization, Electric Power 
Research Institute
 2:10–2:40 p.m., Networking Break
2:40-3:20 p.m. Tucson Electric Power: Modernizing with Flexible Generation
Rick Burrows, Manager, Compliance and Special Projects, Tucson Electric Power
Nelson Rosado, Manager, Fossil Power Technologies, Sargent & Lundy
Enhancing the Nation’s Resilience Against Severe Space-Weather Events
William Murtagh, Program Coordinator, NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center
Data Management & Advanced Analytics
Adrienne Manchas, Manager of Business Solutions, Arizona Public Service
3:30-4:10 p.m. Flexible Generation Defined
Megan Parsons, Development Manager/Energy
 Division, Burns & McDonnell

Decision Making in Support
of Vehicle Electrification: Lessons Learned from the DOE/PacifiCorp-funded WestSmartEV Program 
David Christensen, Executive Director, SELECT, Utah State University
FERC 2018 - An Update
William Derasmo, Partner, Troutman Sanders
  6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Reception, Sponsored by the RMEL Champions and
Networking Dinner
 TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2018
 7:00-7:45 a.m., Networking Breakfast
7:45-8:00 a.m. Welcome Back
Tom Kent, VP & COO, Nebraska Public Power District, & 2018 President, RMEL
8:00-9:00 a.m. Electric Utility Executive Leadership Panel
Panelist #1: Alice Jackson, President, Xcel Energy - Colorado 
Panelist #2: Bruce Rew, VP, Operations, Southwest Power Pool
Panelist #3: Dawn Roth Lindell, Acting Executive VP Chief Operating Officer, Western Area Power Administration
Panelist #4: Mindy Tagler, Sr. VP & CFO, Holy Cross Energy

 9:00-9:20 a.m., Networking Break
   Generation Track  T&D Track  Management Track
9:20-10:00 a.m. Reliability and Economics are Inseparable:  Insights of Managing Wind in SPP
David Kelley, Director of Seams and Market Design, SPP
Microgrids - How They are Changing the Utility Landscape!
Jason Abiecunas, Distributed Generation Service Area Leader Power, Black & Veatch
Workforce Management From the Outside-In
R. John Miner, President & Principal Consultant, Collaborative Learning Inc./Collaboration Unlimited
10:10-10:50 a.m. SCADA Integration for Maximizing Renewable Performance
Andrew Melvin, Technical Manager, Ulteig
Emerging Security Threats – The Human Side of Physical Security
Anthony Montoya
Reforming Residential Electric Rates – The Arizona Experience
Chuck Miessner, Principle Strategist, Arizona Public Service 
11:00-11:40 a.m. Utility-Scale Renewables Industry Update: Tariffs, Trends and Best Practices
Gretchen Dolson, Renewable Energy Practice Lead, HDR
Managing Outage Windows with Mobile FACTS Devices 
Casey Heier, Director of Mobile Solutions, Smart Wires, Inc. 

Innovation @ Ameren: Ameren Accelerator & Start-Up Engagement 
Eli Gerson, Innovation Business Analyst, Corporate Planning, Ameren

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