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May 20-22, 2018
Keystone Resort & Conference Center
Keystone, CO
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*These preliminary topics are subject to change.

 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, 2017-2018 RMEL President

  Welcome to Keystone
8:15-9:15 a.m.   Keynote Address: Commander Kirk Lippold, United States Navy 
  9:15–10:00 a.m., Networking Break
   Generation Track  T&D Track  Management Track
10:00-11:30 a.m. Load Cycling Panel
Battery Energy Storage Panel
Tom Spence, Arizona Public Service
Michael Kendzierski, Director of Sales, Greensmith
TBD, Sempra Energy
IT/OT Convergence Panel
Steve Bukowski, El Paso Electric Company
Jon Hawkins, PNM Resources
 11:30 a.m. – 12:40 p.m., RMEL Emerging Leader Awards Luncheon
12:40-1:20 p.m. Disaster Recovery
Buddy Eller, South Texas Project
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

Mark Duvall, EPRI
 2:10–2:40 p.m., Networking Break
2:40-3:20 p.m. Selection of Reciprocating
Internal Combustion Engines for Tucson Electric

Rick Burrows, Tucson Electric Power
Paul Eiden, VP & Project Director, 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
Kim Wagie, Director, Digital Transformation & Continuous Improvement, Arizona Public Service
3:30-4:10 p.m. Flexible Generation Defined
Megan Parsons, Development Manager/Energy
 Division, Burns & McDonnell

Utah State University - EV Integration
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
 PLATED Networking Dinner
 TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2018
 6:30-7:30 a.m., Networking Breakfast
7:30-7:45 a.m.  Welcome Back
7:45-9:00 a.m.  Electric Utility Executive Leadership Panel
 9:00-9:20 a.m., Networking Break
   Generation Track  T&D Track  Management Track
9:20-10:00 a.m. Utility-Scale Renewables   Evolution of Microgrids 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 Cyber and Physical Security
New Rate Structures Approval
TBD, Arizona Public Service
11:00-11:40 a.m. TBD TBD 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