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PEOPLE Vital Issues Forum: Executives Discuss Industry’s Future

Unlocking New Employee Potential

Inspiring a Culture of Safety

2017 RMEL Events

Growing the Workforce: RMEL Foundation


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2016 RMEL Vital Issues Forum Summary: Leveraging Technology & Talent to Transition the Electric Energy Industry


Putting a Face on Safety

Managing the New Workforce

By Kyla Kruse, Communications

By Tom Casey,

Director, Energy


Education Council



RMEL Foundation Awards a Record Number of Scholarships

Discussion Partner Collaborative

06 Executive Director's Message 08  RMEL Mission Statement & 12 Key Benefits of RMEL Membership

45 2017 Calendar of Events


Plan Your Unique, Diverse and Trusted RMEL Community Experience

34 RMEL Foundation Silent Auction


Training Needs

2017 Events Provide Comprehensive Best Practices & Solutions

Energy Association

42 RMEL Membership Listings

Foundation Board of Directors


15  Activate Your Electric

10  Board of Directors 13  Top 30 RMEL Member




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Letter From the Executive Director



care of the electric energy workforce: the smart, talented people who exhibit agility, resiliency and intelligence when faced with any obstacle. This is the continued conversation RMEL members have all the time – specifically, we’re looking at sharing ways to keep each other safe and finding, keeping and working with high potentials to build a leadership pipeline. Inside this issue, you’ll find a roadmap of how industry leaders are working on today’s biggest challenges, along with best practices for a win-win working relationship with new workers from Tom Casey, Managing Principal, Discussion Partner Collaborative. Kyla Kruse, Communications Director, Energy Education Council, will help put a face on safety so your employees live a culture of safety beyond the workplace. RMEL programming for 2017 is outlined, and you’ll also find information about potential future employees in the industry: RMEL Foundation 2016 Scholarship winners. This is your resource, the RMEL 2017 Membership Directory (being published early next year) is your resource, and of course RMEL



conferences workshops, conferences and roundtables are here to serve member needs. The bottom line is that regulations and politics will continue to change and create uncertainty for the industry, but the workforce is evolving to stay one step ahead. Now is the time to reflect on what employees will need and how collaboration, professional development, solutions and technology can enable the best future for American power and all of its people. Workforce discussions are the most important discussions in my opinion. Please always feel free to bend my ear and let us know how RMEL can best serve your organization and your employees. Reach me at (303) 865-5544 or Sincerely,

Rick Putnicki Executive Director at RMEL




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LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY & TALENT to Transition the Electric Energy Business Model 2016 RMEL VITAL ISSUES FORUM SUMMARY



customer needs and costs with system reliability and the rising costs of regulations and aging infrastructure. Finding that balance is not a onesize-fits-all solution, and opinions differ on how to move forward. The requests of an average customer at a progressive inner-city utility are far different from those of a farmer in a rural community. Executives are continuing to find more ways to listen to their customers and provide the best experience for members of their community. A common strategy is to leverage existing AMI and other distribution automation technologies in a way that minimizes additional costs while boosting technology capabilities. There is a great opportunity to build partnerships with new competition and give more control to customers in a quick and easy format while also Introduction by Neal Walker, Vice President, Vital Issues, allowing electric utilities to RMEL and President, Texas New Mexico Power employ time-of-use and demand rate structures. One Vital Issues Forum attendee We face many uncertainties, but the 2016 Executive Vital Issues Forum suggested: “With no addidiscussion focused on what is already certain and what it’s going to take tional hardware on the systo get us to a revolutionized electric energy business model. I invite you tem, Nest and Google have created a virtual price conto take a look at the insights and discoveries summarized below. Please troller, but nobody is setting consider this article as just the beginning of the work we can do together up pricing. So when we talk to continue improving our industry. You are welcome to contact RMEL’s to them they’re not super inExecutive Director Richard Putnicki at or you can terested in that technology. Until your regulators and reach me at with questions and suggestions. your boards understand that Thank you to everyone who participated in this forum during RMEL’s there’s great value in makFall Executive Leadership and Management Convention in Summerlin, ing that transition, it’s hard. But that’s going to empower Nevada on September 12, 2016. more customer acceptance.” Virtual load controller technology, innovative data minON SEPTEMBER 12, 2016, DURING ing and trending, unmanned aircraft system line RMEL’s Fall Executive Leadership patrolling and integrated cyber and physical seand Management Convention, a curity practices are just some of the opportunities group of industry executives conutilities are jumping on as they break out of the vened to discuss the state of the walls of the past business model limitations and industry and strategies to collectively address seize this innovation and invention. This forward electric energy’s most vital issues, challenges approach is critical. and opportunities. “In the past, our competitors were people that did things like us. That’s not the case with Google REPACKAGING RATES AND or Apple anymore,” said one attendee. “It’s goTRANSFORMING OPERATIONS ing to take us and the user and some additional WITH INNOVATION, TALENT AND talent in our companies that think differently as PARTNERSHIPS well. Not in tariffs, not in logic, but in delivering Rate structures, packaging and communicasolutions that are more aligned with changing tion strategies are rapidly evolving to balance customer expectations.”


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The workforce of this industry is now leading the charge to figure out new ways to keep rates low for customers while ensuring generation, transmission and distribution reliability at all levels. There is also a refreshed approach to finding talent and encouraging ideas from non-traditional resources. Utilities are investing in their people and putting new recruitment, retention and succession planning practices into place.


Many people in the electric energy workforce are taking a hit as coal plants are shut down – it’s no longer a case of what if or when. It’s happening now. People are the top priority for RMEL member utilities. Executives are finding ways to transition employees to new jobs within in the company when it’s possible and doing their best to make a smooth transition while retiring coal plants with the least impact on the workforce, customers and utility operations. The major concerns are costs, volatility and intermittency of other generation resources. How many coal plants will be operating in 10 years? What is the regulatory outlook? Is the gas industry too volatile and what is the detailed future outlook of gas supply?


Of course as new generation is added to the system, the reliability impacts and new infrastructure requirements are increasing all while security threats continue to loom. Industry leaders are getting creative with how they communicate with the government and other utilities to take a proactive approach. They are integrating cyber and physical security more to make security a more coordinated effort. They are also discussing strategies to handle opposition to infrastructure development and changing their approach to public



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outreach. “We’ve always had Sierra Clubs and other outside agencies ‘educating’ our customers,” one attendee said. “Now there’s a salt of the earth land owner who is given a wealth of the information they didn’t have in the past. It’s a pretty solid combination. The opposition is getting smarter.” Another executive add, “There are alliances happening today that we never would have expected. We are seeing more formal opposition from smaller groups.”


The challenges continue to build up, but the solutions that RMEL members are creating at their companies and with other utilities, associates and vendor companies are also increasing. More than ever, utilities and their customers have a say in the future of this industry, and executives are putting their collective best foot forward as they leave the status quo behind and transition into a new way of doing business - the business of keeping the lights on.

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INSTEIN’S DEFINITION OF COMMERCIAL insanity is “doing something over and over again and expecting a different result.” I was reminded of this recently when meeting with a Public Utilities executive to discuss the challenges they were having recruiting, retaining, and motivating younger GenX and Millennial workers. During the meeting with the executive whom was attired in a blue short sleeve shirt, glasses that had their own zip code, and a haircut that would due justice to a Marine Corp Drill Instructor, he clearly was skeptical. He doubted my assertions that the “new worker” has different priorities and therefore how they are managed needed a reset.



Not sure what I said that prompted his outburst, “Tom I think you are wrong…. I want people who look just like me”! Unfortunately he is not alone in this regard! We all have a tendency to think the way we were developed is the best if not only way! This cascading point of view does in fact have its limitations. My Discussion Partner colleagues and I recently felt the need to regroup to insure as Advisors we were not getting intellectually lazy and out of touch with the Essential elements of both enterprise sustainability and the differentiating profile of the “new worker”. To that end, we conducted a pulse survey, which was later tested with key relationships in multiple sectors on three questions:

1. Are you doing the right things to remain edgy and how do you know? 2. Are you assuming correctly your insights are relevant and actionable? 3. Are you focused on those Leadership challenges that if not addressed will act as Strategic Restraints? Validating that our survey sample of 1600 was at least attempting to focus on the right topics, at the right time, and embedding intellectual curiosity and rigor into their leadership style, DPC refined the data points into “Core” questions as the platform for growth or potential for meltdown, resulting in two outcomes:



In respect to Enterprise Success factors, we have an emerging level of comfort that there are three Core Components as follows:

Enterprise Core Success Drivers The three Core elements DPC have identified are what tongue in cheek refer to as “Triple A” positioning. 1. ANTICIPATION Being able to identify trends real time in advance of competitors that if pursued enhance the potential for enterprise success- for example an organized process for R&D investment vs. gravitation towards the loudest advocate for their idea 2. AGILITY The ability to pursue multiple tracks in tandem proficiently, embedding flexibility, ongoing incorporation of lessons learned, and deployment of a Null Hypothesis contingency if corrections are required- for example when to exit a business line 3. ALIGNMENT Consolidation of initiatives purpose built for customers that promote their interests in a sustainable measurable manner vs. a “one off” success decision that ultimately is short lived or possibly even worse, results in disenfranchisement of enterprise wide success-for example a product that may enjoy success as a “fad” but whose success horizon is truncated For Baseball aficionados the reference to Triple A is not accidental, as is the case in the Sport, the modus operandi of “trial and error” is encouraged.

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Core Elements Incumbent Profile There is no enterprise on the Planet that is not being challenged by the dynamics of the “new worker”. During our deliberations we asked ourselves the following questions: 1. Do Boomers and Generation X have attitudes or behaviors that Millennial don’t possess or care to secure? 2. Are the differences between and among the cohorts the result of leadership deficiencies vs. gaps in attitude or proficiency? 3. Is it advisable to manage incumbents differently by cohort vs. self-awareness that career progression and aspirations are fluid? 4. Should managers manifest sensitivity to, vs. modification of various leadership style dynamics? After much deliberation and arguing, sometimes cordially, DPC has identified 3 Core elements we perceive as the Contributory Differentiators regardless of workforce demographic (Boomer, GenX, or Millennial). The three Core elements are as follows: 1. SELF SUFFICIENCY The incumbents ability to function independently, with low managerial maintenance, concomitant with willingness to take acceptable risks while always being prepared to defend decisions 2. ACCOUNTABILITY OBSESSIVE Takes assignment of tasks, and acceptance of same, as personal promises, never deferring to “the other guys fault” or “dog ate my homework” defense for inadequacy

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3. ACHIEVEMENT ORIENTED Career focused and driven to succeed through collaborative means, eradicating from their personal identity, “for me to win someone has to lose” while recognizing the definition of success in of itself is different by person vs. universal by age In a recent survey DPC conducted on drivers for engagement of the new worker with a sample size of 1200 we drew the following conclusions. (see numbers above) DPC’s observation is that to promote success, leaders need to tailor an interdiction that addresses the above or run engagement and turnover risks.

Priorities of the New Worker: Learning Opportunity Career Opportunity Incentive Compensation Management Mentoring Affiliation with Strong Employer Brand

Tips for Managing the New Worker: (Contributory Differentiators regardless of workforce demographic (Boomer, GenX, or Millennial)) Agility and adaptation drive success. New employees thrive when feeling supported and being treated with dignity. Traits of the new worker: self-sufficiency, accountability obsessive, achievement oriented


A call out to the Utilities sector is that in organizations transitioning, independent of impetus there are always incumbents whom for the moment are essential: but in the medium to long term are unlikely to be aligned with the aspired to proficiency and/or attitudinal model. The key is to keep these “legacies” productive until such time as they are displaced. Be advised that how this process is handled is of critical importance as it sends messages throughout the universe these days and to avoid apologies, it is best the incumbent is aware, feels supported and most importantly treated with dignity. The conclusion from our research is that a leadership style that is driven by a “just like me” bias is doomed to extinction. Our hypothesis is that agility and adaptation are the drivers of success as the only rule is there is no rule as it related to how to manage the new work worker. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Tom Casey, Managing Principal of Discussion Partner Collaborative and consultant in the development of organizational transformation strategies, is the author of more than 400 published works. His most recent book is “Executives Advice to The Young—Don’t Repeat My Mistakes!” The U.S. Air Force and Army veteran has a B.Ed from the University of Alaska, M.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Rivier University and is a graduate of the Yale School of Management Executive Management Program. Tom is a licensed clinical social worker in Massachusetts.



RMEL EVENT SPOTLIGHT More on Workforce Strategies at the Spring Management, Engineering and Operations Conference Join us May 21–23, 2017, at the Hilton Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. Workforce highlights at the conference will include: an Executive Panel of leaders sharing strategies on emerging issues and planning for the future; and the Young Professionals Panel discussing how to attract and retain new professionals, brain drain/ knowledge transfer and replacing the aging/retiring workforce.

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“EVERYTHING YOU ARE GOING TO DO IS GOING to affect others for the rest of your life. So if you get injured, it’s an impact that’s going to affect everybody,” says Gary Norland, a former lineman and electrical accident survivor. More than 20 years ago, he found out firsthand how contact with overhead lines can instantly change your life and lives of those you love forever. It was a Friday afternoon, and Gary and his co-workers were discussing weekend plans. However, they were working near overhead power lines. In a moment of distraction Gary leaned back, and his ear touched the electrical line. He came into contact with 12,500 volts of electricity and suffered life-changing burns and injuries. An ambulance rushed Gary to the local hospital. After meeting his immediate emergency care needs, the hospital was then going to fly Gary out to another location to receive treatment from burn unit specialists. Before the flight, his family and friends were called in to see him because the doctors didn’t think he would survive the trip. His mother, Joy Norland reflects, “I remember that day, and it was just so horrible. I knew I’d lost my boy. I just knew it.” Despite the odds, Gary did survive. However, electrical burns continue to cause damage after contact. Cells



can continue to burn even days later. “They said, you know, we’ve got to wait two weeks to see what lives and what dies,” explains Gary. Gary spent more than four straight months in the hospital. He went through an excruciating grafting process because he suffered from burns across 37 percent of his body. Gary and his family have lost count of the actual number of surgeries, but they know it totals more than 50. Before his accident, Gary was known for his incredible strength. More than 6 feet tall, Gary excelled at a variety of sports and outdoor activities. However, after his accident, he had to start all over by learning to walk again. He still has difficulty walking and sometimes needs to use a wheelchair. Despite all he has been through, Gary sees his accident as being more difficult on his loved ones. “It impacts them more than it impacts you,” he says. “If you get injured, you are going to deal with it, but what are they going to do? They didn’t have any choice in the matter, but your choices impacted them.”


From overhead power lines to household current, electrical accidents can take many shapes and forms. Equipment continues to get bigger, existing electrical infrastructure continues to age, humans continue to take chances, and it only takes one accident to change a life forever.

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Electrical accidents pose serious safety risks in the workplace. The tragic reality is that many of these accidents can be prevented, as Gary says, by people’s choices—if they take the necessary steps to be safe around electricity. Employee injuries from electric shock and fatalities from electrocution are recorded each year. Electrical injuries can be direct or indirect— from levels as low as 3 milliamperes. According to Purdue University North Central Center or Occupational Safety & Health (2007) in Electrical Safe Work Practices, “Involuntary muscular reaction from the electric shock can cause bruises, bone fractures and even death resulting from collisions or falls. Electrical fires can cause first, second, or third degree burns. Electric shock, heat and fire from arc flash, and pressure, shrapnel, and sound from arc blast are all hazards to the employee from electricity” (p.2). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS’) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, electrical power-line installers and repairers experienced a total of 127 fatalities between 2010 and 2014. The BLS also reported that 9 percent of contracted worker fatalities in 2014 were due to exposure to electricity. The Heinrich Accident Triangle and the Electrical Accident Triangle have both been used to show the relationship between recordable accidents and fatalities—showing the general relationship to be 30:1 and 10:1, respectively. As stated in Purdue University North Central Center or Occupational Safety & Health’s (2007) Electrical Safe Work Practices, “This should convince each and every one of us that we simply cannot tolerate unsafe electrical behaviors that result in injuries. The stakes are simply, ‘too high’” (p. 6-7). According to a 2009 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health report, electrocution is the cause of 12 percent of all workplace deaths among young workers. However, electrical accidents do not affect only young workers. Complacency among experienced workers is also very dangerous. A mentality of “that won’t happen to me” can



develop. In addition, shortcuts may be taken for efficiency’s sake or may even have been learned from predecessors. Statistics tell only part of the story. Accidents unfortunately do occur, and they can have deadly and tragic consequences that extend far beyond the job site. The impact of each person directly involved in an electrical accident has an exponential impact—on family, friends, co-workers, and communities. Not only can an individual lose his or her life or cause physical harm to him/herself, but he or she can lose the ability to work and draw an income, bring mental anguish to family and friends, create huge medical expenses, have to undergo related surgeries for many years, change a spouse’s work status, lose the ability to partake in hobbies once enjoyed, among other consequences.


A culture of safety must be created in the workplace in order to help prevent such accidents. Increasing electrical safety awareness and knowledge are critical steps, but technical information alone is often too faceless and distant to affect attitudes toward safety. One’s mindset is a big part of

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being safe on the job. Even if you have been doing the work tools in creating a culture of safety in the workplace in order for years, getting reinvigorated about safety helps keep to manage risk and prevent electrical accidents. life-saving focus, procedures, and technologies in the foreThe core messages of the “Safety on the Line” video are: front—giving them the importance they are due. Education is used to train apprentices and others new to • Put safety first while on the job—focus, ask the industry. Experienced professionals have a great deal of questions if needed, and don’t take shortcuts. knowledge—facts and information—about electricity. Yet, • Keep learning and looking out for one another. education is also used as a refresher for these more expe• Choosing to be safe does not only affect you. It rienced workers. Safety regulations exist to help ensure affects the lives of everyone you love. awareness of and compliance to important safety precautions in order to prevent accidents. While being safe requires • If a person survives an electrical accident, it knowledge, it is also more than knowing what steps to take. can dramatically change his or his life, and the When it comes to safety, it is not enough to only address consequences can last a lifetime. knowledge; attitudes are also vitally important. It is imporGary adds that a true culture of safety extends beyond the tant for workers to understand the importance of safety workplace. He urges others to take precautions and realize that electrical the time to not only be safe on the job accidents can happen in an instant— but also at home. “Those small shortto people just like them. It is imporcuts will add up to that big one, and tant for them to make the voluntary QUICK TIPS: then everything is going to change,” decision to put safety first. he explains. “Take the time, and do it Johnston (1994) defines attitudes Safety in the right the first time. Make sure you do in The Art and Science of Persuasion Electrical Workplace everything safe.” as “relatively enduring evaluative It only takes one Ed Cobau, Director of State responses to an idea, object, activaccident to change a Association Services & Communications ity, policy, or value,” and effective life forever. at the Illinois Municipal Electric persuasion can create a change in Put safety first while Association (IMEA) says, “The ‘Safety on the degree to which someone’s reon the job—focus, ask the Line’ DVD, featuring testimonials by sponse is favorable or unfavorable. questions when needed electrical accident survivor Gary Norland If what a person sees as reality is and don’t take shortcuts. and his family, is one of the best I’ve changed, it can result in a voluntary Preview “Safety seen yet. It really hits home and covers change in one’s attitude, and conseon the Line” videos at all of the safety messages (i.e., Safety quently, behavior as well. First!, use of PPE, focusing on the task at As the statistics reveal, electrihand, briefings, etc.) which we and our cal accidents can have tragic, even Keep learning and trainers constantly preach.” deadly, consequences. Effectively looking out for one Since the first of the “Safety on the sharing personal stories shows how another. Line” videos was released in 2013, electrical accidents happen to real Complacency, three additional videos have been people and change lives forever, fosshortcuts and attitudes in added to that series, and one more is tering an attitude change that prothe workplace can affect currently in production. There is a need motes a workplace climate where experienced and new to address attitudes along with knowlsafety is top of mind. employees alike. edge in safety training and education, and personal stories, like those in the SAFETY ON THE LINE “Safety on the Line” series, can be used Safe Electricity’s “Safety on the to help influence attitudes to promote a true culture of safety. Line” campaign series—which includes a video, posters, ar“Think about what it would be like so that it will never imticles, handouts, and more—puts a face on safety and is an pact you,” Gary advises. “If you can’t take the time to think example of how personal stories can be used to foster atwhat it would be like to have to go through something like titudinal changes toward safe work practices. Workers are that, you’re not going to make a change in your own life exposed to a real-life electrical accident experience from a that will keep you from being that person.” professional just like them. Personal stories, like that of Gary Norland, can be used as a The Energy Education Council is a 501(c)3 non-profit organizapart of training and education to foster attitudinal changes— tion dedicated to creating a safer, smarter world. Established in specifically to enhance the degree to which workers respond 1952, the Council serves as a forum for diverse utility and energy favorably toward practices and behaviors that put safety organizations to collaborate on the mutually vital issues of effirst and negatively toward taking chances with electricity. ficiency and safety. Its award-winning Safe Electricity program Enhancing positive attitudes toward safety help to encourage provides life-saving information and resources. For more inforadherence to all safety regulations as part of a culture of safemation on how Safe Electricity is addressing both utility workplace and electrical consumer safety, visit ty. As such, personal stories can be effective communication




Awards Record 36 SCHOLARSHIPS

FOR THE 2016-2017 ACADEMIC YEAR, THE RMEL Foundation has awarded scholarships to 36 deserving students pursuing careers in the electric energy industry. The RMEL Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee received nearly 400 well-qualified applications in 2016. With students applying from across the United States and pursuing many

worthwhile degrees and careers in the electric energy industry, it was very difficult for the committee to select the recipients out of such a high caliber pool of applicants. Recipients were selected based upon their goals for their future in the industry, motivation, academic achievements and service to their community and school.

Recognizing the significant contribution of the line workers and operations employees and the great need to build a pipeline of craft professionals, the RMEL Foundation Board gave more craft scholarships this year than ever before. In the past, about two craft scholarships were given each year. In 2016-2017, the Foundation gave 10 $1,500 craft scholarships. The following students were awarded with RMEL Foundation craft scholarships.

WILLIAM CHELOHA Southeast Community College


Northeast Community College


HUNTER FULLEN Northern Pioneer College

Northwest Community College

MAJOR: Energy Generation Operations

MAJOR: Utility Line

MAJOR: Electric Lineworker

MAJOR: Industrial Maintenance Operations

MAJOR: Utility Line






Southeast Community College MAJOR: Energy Generation Operations

Northeast Community College MAJOR: Utility Line

Bismarck State College

Southeast Community College MAJOR: Electrical Technology


Northeast Community College

Southeast Community College

MAJOR: Utility Line

MAJOR: Electrical Technology

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California Polytechnic State University


The University of Washington


JOSE GUERRERO New Mexico State University

California Institute of Technology

MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering


University of Nebraska, Omaha MAJOR: Architectural Engineering


Montana Tech – The University of Montana MAJOR: Electrical Engineering


The University of Saint Thomas – Minnesota MAJOR: Electrical Engineering






Kansas State University

Montana State University

Arizona State University

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering

MAJOR: Chemical Engineering




MAJOR: Electrical Engineering

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering

Colorado State University MAJOR: Engineering


Electrical Engineering MAJOR: The University of Arizona


The University of Wisconsin, Madison

CHASE RAUCKMAN The University of Wisconsin, Madison

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering

The University of Nebraska, Lincoln


Texas A&M University MAJOR: Engineering

This is the 11th year the RMEL Foundation has offered named scholarships. The named scholarship program accepts donations and provides scholarships on behalf of the donor. If your company would like to consider a scholarship please contact RMEL at (303) 865-5544.

2016 Babcock Power Scholarship MYISSA WEISS

2016 Evapco BLCT Dry Cooling Scholarship ZACHARY HEITKAMP

2016 South Dakota School of Mines Alumni Scholarship TYLER KLEINSASSER

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

University of Nebraska, Lincoln

South Dakota School Of Mines And Technology

MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering

MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering

MAJOR: Civil Engineering

Over the past 16 years the Foundation has awarded 230 scholarships totaling $573,000. The RMEL Foundation is proud to award funding to these deserving students for continued education in the electric energy industry. The scholarship donations have been established through individual and corporate donations, as well as contributions from the Silent Auction, Spring Conference Golf Outing and the RMEL Foundation Golf Tournament. To learn more about the RMEL Foundation, visit Congratulations to all of this year’s scholarship recipients.

2016 Black & Veatch Scholarship

2016 Kiewit Scholarship

2016 Ulteig Engineers Inc Scholarship




Colorado School Of Mines

Baylor University

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering

MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering

2016 Burns & McDonnell Scholarship

2016 Platte River Power Authority Roy J. Rohla Memorial Scholarship

2016 Zachry Group Scholarship




MAJOR: Electrical Engineering

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering

South Dakota State University

Colorado School of Mines

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering

University Of Wisconsin, Madison

At least two of this year’s scholarships recipients are interning at two RMEL member companies this summer. The RMEL Foundation is here to connect students to this industry. Members have access to the RMEL Foundation’s Electric Energy Career Jump Start Directory, which is a vetted list of scholarship applicants companies can use in their search for interns and job candidates. If you’d like a copy of the list, contact

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to Auction Item Donors and Bidders, Cash Donors and FoRMEL Donors for Helping Us Raise $51,953 for Scholarships at the 2016 Silent Auction Allison Salisbury


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Andy Glover

Don Gray

Joe & Jill Wolfskill

Neal Walker

Andy Ramirez

Don Lonsert

Joel Bladow

NewGen Strategies & Solutions

Angela Piner

Douglas Bennion

John Aherne

Anthony Montoya

Elaina Ball

John Clayton

Arizona Public Service

Elizabeth Lachowitzer

John Johnson

Barry and Denise Ingold

Ezra Jenkinson

John Olsen

Bill Alkema

Fred Anthony

John White

Bill England

Gary Hellard

Jon & Beth Hansen

Nick Visel Nooter/Eriksen, Inc. PacifiCorp Paul Barham Paul Compton

Blake Mertens

Gaye Lynn Schaffart

Jon Massey

Pete Hoelscher

Bob and Eileen Gresham

Glen Reeves

Karin Hollohan

Randy Renny

Brendan Harrington

Grant Grothen

Kellen Walters

Raya Roll Richard & Helen Matzke

Bret Jones

Greta Bodenham

Kelly and Tanja Harrison

Brian Larson

Hallie Shin

Ken Curry

Richard PeĂąa

Bruce & Carol Conway

High Energy Inc.

Ken Moriarty

Rick and Susie Putnicki

Bruce & Tami Akin

Holly MacFarland

Ken Wilmot

Rick Hellebuyck

Burns & McDonnell

Holly Stevenson

Kevin Noblet

Riley Horton Ron Wankner

Carl Mycoff

Hossein Tabrizi

Kim Mastalio

Casey Industrial, Inc.

Howard Calcote

Kurt Schnubel

Roy Sensenig

Chris Kilpatrick

Jack May

Kyle Bryant

Sargent & Lundy

Chris Patregnani

Jack & Holly Stevenson

Larry Covillo

Scott Heidtbrink

Colorado Rockies

James Helvig

Leon Daggett

Steve Bridges

Creden Huber

James Mitchell

Mark Aldrich

Steve Rupp

Dale Pfaff

Jason Hoskins

Mark Mansfield

Stuart & Michelle Wevik

Dan Beckmann

Jeff Arroyo

Mary Bolling

Synergy Staffing

Danae Norris

Jeff DeWitt

Matthew Hadley

Tammy McLeod

Daniel Henke

Jeff Karloff

Michael Beehler

Thomas Fallon

Darla Gavin

Jeff Oxenhorn

Michael Miketa

Tim Brossart

Darrell Thornley

Jeff Wadsworth

Michael Siedschlag

Tim Hughes

David Alexander

Jennifer Trottier

Mike Hummel

Tom Haensel

David LeBlanc

Jill Tietjen

Mike Kotara

Tom Kent

Deb Schaneman

Jim & Louisa Sharman

Mike Morris

Tom Wos

Del Worley

Jim & Sandy Galambas

Mike Rippy

Tony Lercara

Dennis & Coni Grennan

Jim Malone

Monica Sartain

Zachry Group



Plan Your Unique, Diverse and Trusted RMEL Community Experience


y hosting 30 events every year, RMEL has consistently offered valuable and practical educational programming for the diverse electric energy professionals who make up its membership. The value of RMEL is its membership. The companies and people who are part of this association develop association resources, so content is by members for members. RMEL events are easily identifiable by sections that include Generation, Transmission, Distribution, Safety and Management. Each section features core events that repeat every year at the same time, so everyone can plan ahead. Event content is designed based on current, critical topics. Section elective events are created each year based on industry need. More information on each section along with preliminary details about 2017 events are listed on the following pages: W W W. R M EL .O R G



The Safety Section is a community of industry professionals dedicated to sharing, networking and solutions of all issues related to workplace safety at production, transmission and distribution, and management facilities in the utility industry. CORE EVENT

Safety and Technical Training Conference One of the most critical areas of focus for every utility is safety. Safety concerns impact every area of the business. This twoand-a-half-day conference will include broad safety and technical training initiatives and programs, and take that focus throughout the organization to include discussions about personal efforts to stay safe. In 2017, the event will take place April 19-20 at the Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows in Lone Tree, CO. CORE EVENT

Safety Roundtables — February, April, August and November Safety Roundtables are an opportunity to discuss corporate safety issues in the electric utility industry, issues for operations and craft safety, and other electric energy safety issues. Each participant can pose questions and share information. All attendees are encouraged to bring issues for discussion and materials for sharing. 2017 Safety Roundtables will take place February 24 at TriState Generation & Transmission Association in Westminster, CO; April 20 at the Denver Marriott South in Park Meadows in Lone Tree, CO; August 25, 2017 at Western Area Power Administration in Golden, CO; and November 3 at Platte River Power Authority in Fort Collins, CO.



The Generation Section is a community of industry professionals dedicated to sharing, networking and solutions of all issues related to energy production and supply in the utility industry, including planning and development. Topics covered include renewable generation. CORE EVENT

Power Supply Planning and Projects Conference and Roundtable This conference addresses subjects related to fuel mix, fuel costs, fuel availability, renewables, fossil fuels, resource planning, plant siting, facility development, technologies and demand-side management along with regulatory and policy issues. The 2017 event is slated for March 1-2 in Lone Tree, CO. CORE EVENT

Plant Management Conference and Roundtable Topics at this event cover construction, operations, maintenance, emissions, water quality, plant personnel, fuels, planning, security, safety and technologies. Regulatory and policy issues, strategies and procedures that plant personnel can use to optimize operations and performance will also be covered. Attendees will learn about best practices to improve efficiencies, reduce costs and extend the life of their existing plants. The 2017 event will take place July 26-27.

The Transmission Section is a community of industry professionals dedicated to sharing, networking and solutions of all issues related to planning, engineering, operating and maintaining transmission facilities in the utility industry, including substations. 2017 ELECTIVE

Physical and Cyber Security Conference The Physical and Cyber Security Conference is set for January 25-26 in San Antonio, TX. Presentations will include a national level keynote address, substation recommended practices, ranking of substation criticality, CIP14, control house access, what vendors are doing to assist utilities and security officers in control rooms.

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Transmission Planning and Operations Conference

Transmission Project Management Conference

This conference addresses subjects related to planning, permitting, design, construction, technologies, renewable integration and substations. It will also cover regulatory and policy issues. In 2017, this event will take place March 8-9 at the Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows in Lone Tree, CO.

The Transmission Project Management Conference will take place August 2-3, 2017, at Western Area Power Administration’s Electric Power Training Center in Golden, CO.


Transmission Operations and Maintenance Conference The Transmission Operations and Maintenance Conference will take place June 22nd in Lone Tree, CO. This conference addresses subjects related to transmission operations and maintenance, such as TOB impacts on arc flash, NERC, retention and training, vegetation management, new technologies and asset management.


Renewable and Environmental Planning and Operations Conference Presentations at the Renewable Planning and Operations Conference will analyze planning, integration, operations and new technologies related to renewables. Presenters will also cover regulatory and policy issues. This event will take place October 18-29, 2017, at the Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows in Lone Tree, CO. This conference will explore aspects of environmental regulations related to generation, transmission and distribution.


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The Distribution Section is a community of industry professionals dedicated to sharing, networking and solutions of all issues related to planning, engineering, operating and maintaining distribution facilities in the utility industry, including distributed generation. CORE EVENT

Distribution Overhead and Underground Operations and Maintenance Conference Presenters at this event will discuss both overhead and underground distribution systems, distribution operations and maintenance topics, and substations topics. Planning may be touched on, but is not the focus of the conference. Regulatory and policy issues will also be discussed but are not the focus. In 2017, the event will take place March 15-16 at the Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows in Lone Tree, CO.

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Distribution Engineers Workshop Distribution engineers will have a unique opportunity to hear from a wide range of utilities during the Distribution Engineers Workshop October 11-12 in Lone Tree, CO. Instructors from various utilities and vendor companies will cover topics for new and seasoned engineers and designers. 2017 ELECTIVE

Distribution Overhead and Underground Design and Staking Workshop The Distribution Overhead and Underground Design and Staking Workshop will take place at the Denver Marriott South in Lone Tree, CO, April 11-13, 2017. This workshop will provide students with an overview of the tools, techniques and practices associated with the design of safe, reliable overhead and underground distribution systems. A review of electrical design formulas and the National

Electric Safety Code will be included. The course will cover single- and threephase residential and commercial design practices, including subdivisions and large commercial developments with complex loop schemes. The course concludes with an overview of essential system protection practices for designers and technicians.

The Vital Issues Section is a community of industry professionals dedicated to sharing, networking and solving all issues related to the management of assets, planning, operations and workforce of the utility industry, including corporatewide 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

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Introduction to the Electric Utility Workshop The Introduction to the Electric Utility Workshop is set for January 19, 2017, at the Denver Marriott South in Lone Tree, CO. This course is designed to acquaint nontechnical utility employees with the basics of their industry, from the generation to the distribution of electricity. The workshop will focus on five areas: an overview to electricity and electrical power systems, information about conventional production methods, alternative technologies, transmission and distribution systems, and customer service. The course places emphasis on understanding various words, terms and phrases unique to the electric power industry. Participants will gain a clear insight into how electricity works for the end-use customer.

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Spring Management, Engineering and Operations Conference 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 allow 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. The 2017 Spring Management, Engineering and Operations Conference is set for May 21-23 at the Hilton Omaha in Omaha, NE. CORE EVENT

Fall Executive Leadership and Management Convention The RMEL Fall Executive Leadership and Management Convention started in October 1903. Since that first meeting, the Fall Convention has grown and evolved into one of the industry’s leading events for senior management. The Convention provides a relaxed forum for networking with your peers and colleagues to find and share solutions to the critical issues that keep you up at night. The primary focus of the Convention is the educational presentations. Utility executives offer their insight and thoughts on a variety of issues, trends, challenges and the direction they are leading their companies. Speakers are primarily CEOs, senior executives and other top leaders from inside the industry discussing the issues that matter most to you. Find significant value in the two-day streamlined format. Make the connections you need and learn from education presentations that will benefit you and your company. The 2017 Fall Convention will take place September 17-19 at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, AZ.



Continue Discussing Issues in Your Section on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter RMEL’s trusted network is now accessible on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Join us by visiting and clicking the social network logos on the top right of the page.

Join RMEL’s social networks to: D  iscuss industry news and trends with your peers. C  onnect with RMEL members with similar interests. S  tay updated on the latest industry and RMEL news. F  ind news and pictures from recent RMEL events.

Take an In-Depth Look at Section Benefits RMEL has services and content focused on utilities’ top priorities that participants can attend year after year. The core events, electives, RMEL Course Catalog and roundtable events bring a fresh perspective to the RMEL educational experience in each section.


same time every year so you can plan ahead. At least one signature event has been established for each section, and section participants can quickly and easily identify with their events. Topics at core events evolve to stay relevant and ahead of electric energy industry trends.


From year to year, RMEL will offer new events in each section to cover the latest technologies, evolving trends and critical issues that aren’t covered at core events. These events will zero in on your top priorities at any given time and may not repeat from year to year. Electives can take the form of an RMEL conference, workshop or roundtable.


Course Catalog

These forums allow you to meet in a setting that focuses on trust and peer-to-peer sharing. RMEL roundtables serve as a catalyst for future program development. By increasing your participation in discussion forums and enhancing roundtables, you can maximize the potential of the RMEL community and network with RMEL contacts throughout the year — whether you are at an RMEL event, your desk or in the field.

Bring an RMEL workshop to your location or region. Refer to the course catalog for your section to choose a course from a listing of successful RMEL events, which will be taught by an instructor RMEL has worked with in the past. These are not scheduled events and are specifically designed to custom-fit your needs and timetable.

Core Events


Core events in each section are scheduled for the


Use this Education Edition of Electric Energy magazine to reintroduce yourself to RMEL education, and learn more about RMEL by visiting

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ADA Carbon Solutions, LLC

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99 Golder Associates, Inc.


ADA-ES, Inc.

53 City of Garden City

100 Grand Island Utilities

5 Advanced Electrical & Motor Controls, Inc.

54 City of Gillette

101 Grand Valley Rural Power Lines, Inc.

55 City of Glenwood Springs


56 City of Imperial

102 Great Southwestern Construction, Inc.


Alexander Publications

57 City of Yuma

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Altec Industries, Inc.

58 Cloud County Community College


AMEC Foster Wheeler

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104 Gunnison County Electric Association, Inc.

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Andritz Inc. (APC Division)

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Colorado Powerline, Inc.

13 Arizona Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.

63 Colorado Springs Utilities

14 Arizona Public Service

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Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.

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Austin Energy

20 AZCO INC. 21

Babcock & Wilcox Company

22 Babcock Power, Inc.

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D.C. Langley Energy Consulting, LLC

72 Delta Montrose Electric Assn.

23 Barton Malow Company

73 DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations, LLC

24 Basin Electric Power Cooperative

74 E & T Equipment, LLC

25 Bear Valley Electric Service

75 E3 Consulting

26 Beckwith Electric

76 El Paso Electric Company

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78 ElectroTech, Inc.

29 Black Hills Corporation

79 Emerson Network Power - Electrical Reliability Services

30 Black Hills Electric Cooperative 31

Boilermakers Local #101

32 Boone Electric Cooperative 33 Border States Electric 34 Bowman Consulting Group 35 Brooks Manufacturing Company 36 Burns & McDonnell 37 Butler Public Power District 38 C.I.Agent Solutions 39 Carbon Power & Light, Inc. 40 Cargill Industrial Specialties 41 Casey Industrial, Inc. 42 CB&I 43 CDG Engineers, Inc. 44 Center Electric Light & Power System 45 Chimney Rock Public Power District 46 City Light & Power, Inc. 47 City of Alliance Electric Department 48 City of Aztec Electric Department 49 City of Cody


City of Fountain


80 Emerson Process Management Power & Water Solutions

105 Hamilton Associates, Inc. 106 Hamon Research - Cottrell 107 Harris Group, Inc. 108 Hartigan Power Equipment Company 109 HDR 110 High Energy Inc. (HEI) 111 Highline Electric Assn. 112 Holy Cross Energy 113 Hubbell Power Systems 114 Hughes Brothers, Inc. 115 IBEW, Local Union 111 116 IEC Rocky Mountain 117 IMCORP 118 Incorporated County of Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities 119 Independence Power & Light 120 Innova Global, Inc. 121 Intercounty Electric Coop Association 122 Intermountain Rural Electric Assn. 123 ION Consulting 124 Irby 125 Irwin Power Services

81 The Empire District Electric Company

126 James Industries, Inc.

82 Empire Electric Association, Inc.

128 Kansas City Power & Light

83 Encompass Energy Services LLC

129 KD Johnson, Inc.

84 Energy & Resource Consulting Group, LLC

130 Kiewit

85 Energy Education Council

132 Kleinfelder

86 Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE)

133 Klute Inc. Steel Fabrication

87 Energy Reps

135 La Plata Electric Association, Inc.

88 ESC | engineering

136 Lake Region Electric Coop Inc.

89 Evans, Lipka and Associates, Inc.

137 Lamar Utilities Board

90 Evapco - BLCT Dry Cooling, Inc.

138 Laminated Wood Systems, Inc.


139 Lampson International LLC

Exponential Engineering Company

127 Kansas City Board of Public Utilities

131 Kit Carson Electric Cooperative

134 La Junta Municipal Utilities

92 Fairbanks Morse Engine

140 Las Animas Municipal Light & Power

93 Finley Engineering Company, Inc.

141 Lauren Engineers & Constructors

94 Foothills Energy Services Inc.

142 Leidos

95 Fort Collins Utilities

143 Lewis Associates, Inc.

96 Fuel Tech, Inc.

144 Lincoln Electric System

145 Llewellyn Consulting

167 New Mexico State University

192 Power Product Services

146 Longmont Power & Communications

168 Nooter/Eriksen, Inc.

193 PowerQuip Corporation

169 Norris Public Power District

194 Preferred Sales Agency, Ltd

147 Loup River Public Power District

170 Northeast Community College

195 Primary Energy

148 Loveland Water & Power

196 Provo City Power

149 Luminate, LLC

171 Northwest Rural Public Power District

150 Magna IV Engineering Inc.

172 Novinium

198 QuakeWrap, Inc.

151 Marsulex Environmental Technologies

173 NRG Reliability Solutions LLC

199 Quanta Services

174 Omaha Public Power District

152 MasTec Power Corp.

200 REC Associates

175 Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.

153 Merrick & Company

176 PacifiCorp

201 Reliability Management Group (RMG)

154 Midwest Energy, Inc.

177 Panhandle Rural Electric Membership Assn.

202 Reliable Power Consultants, Inc.

156 Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.

178 PAR Electrical Contractors, Inc. 179 Peterson Company

204 Safety One Training International, Inc.

157 Morgan County Rural Electric Assn.

180 PFES

205 San Isabel Electric Association, Inc.

158 Morgan Schaffer Inc.

181 Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Inc.

206 San Marcos Electric Utility

159 Mountain Parks Electric, Inc.

182 Pipefitters Local Union #208

207 San Miguel Power Assn.

160 Mountain States Utility Sales

183 Platte River Power Authority

208 Sangre De Cristo Electric Assn.

161 Mountain View Electric Association, Inc.

184 PNM Resources

209 Sargent & Lundy

162 Mycoff, Fry & Prouse LLC

185 Poudre Valley Rural Electric Assn.

210 Savage

186 Powder River Energy Corp.

211 Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

187 Power & Industrial Services Corp

212 Sega Inc.

188 Power Contracting, LLC

213 Sellon Forensics Inc.

189 POWER Engineers, Inc.

214 Siemens Energy Inc.

190 Power Equipment Specialists, Inc.

215 Sierra Electric Cooperative, Inc.

191 Power Pole Inspections

216 Solomon Associates

155 Missouri River Energy Services

163 NAES Corp. 164 Navopache Electric Cooperative, Inc. 165 Nebraska Public Power District 166 NEI Electric Power Engineering, Inc.

197 PSM (Power Systems Mfg., LLC)

203 RRC Power and Energy

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Since 1912, Sturgeon Electric has been one of the region’s top specialty contractors providing quality electric utility construction including overhead and underground distribution, transmission, substations, service and maintenance and emergency restoration. STURGEON ELECTRIC COMPANY, INC. | 303.286.8000 | STURGEONELECTRIC.COM MYR GROUP INC. AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES ARE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYERS. M/F/DISABLED/VETERAN ©2016 MYR GROUP INC.

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217 South Central PPD

226 SPX Transformer Solutions, Inc.

235 Sundt Construction

218 Southeast Colorado Power Assn.

227 SRP

219 Southeast Community College

236 Sunflower Electric Power Corporation

220 Southern Pioneer Electric Company

228 St. George Energy Services Department

221 Southwest Generation

229 Stanley Consultants, Inc.

238 Switchgear Solutions, Inc.

222 Southwest Public Power District

230 Stantec Consulting

239 System One

223 Southwest Transmission Cooperative, Inc.

231 STEAG SCR-Tech, Inc.

240 T & R Electric Supply Co., Inc.

232 Storm Technologies Inc.

241 Technically Speaking, Inc.

224 Southwire Company

233 Sturgeon Electric Co., Inc.

242 Tenaska Marketing Ventures

225 Springfield Municipal Light & Power

234 Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative

243 Tetra Tech

237 Surveying And Mapping, LLC

244 TIC - The Industrial Company 245 Towill, Inc. 246 Trachte, Inc. Buildings & Shelters 247 Trans American Power Products, Inc. 248 TRC Engineers, Inc. 249 Trees, Inc. 250 Tri-State Generation and Transmission Assn. 251 Trinidad Municipal Light & Power 252 TurbinePROS 253 U.S. Water 254 UC Synergetic 255 Ulteig Engineers, Inc. 256 United Power, Inc. 257 Universal Field Services, Inc. 258 University of Idaho Utility Executive Course College of Business and Economics 259 UNS Energy Corporation 260 Utility Telecom Consulting Group, Inc. 261 Valmont Utility, Valmont Industries, Inc. 262 Vanderbilt University 263 Victaulic 264 Wärtsilä North America, Inc. 265 Westar Energy 266 Western Area Power Administration 267 Western Industrial Contractors, Inc. 268 Western Line Constructors Chapter, Inc. NECA 269 Westmark Partners LLC 270 Westwood Professional Services 271 Wheat Belt Public Power District 272 Wheatland Electric Cooperative 273 Wheatland Rural Electric Assn. 274 White River Electric Assn., Inc. 275 Wichita State University 276 Wilson & Company, Engineers & Architects 277 Wyoming Municipal Power Agency 278 Xcel Energy 279 Y-W Electric Association, Inc. 280 Yampa Valley Electric Association, Inc. 281 Zachry Group

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2017 Calendar of Events JULY




Plant Management, Engineering and Operations Conference & Vital Issues Roundtable



Introduction to the Electric Utility Workshop Lone Tree, CO


Physical and Cyber Security Conference San Antonio, TX



Distribution Overhead and Underground Line Staking Workshop Austin, TX


Safety and Technical Training Conference & Roundtable Lone Tree, CO




Spring Management, Engineering and Operations Conference

Lone Tree, CO

Omaha, NE



Transmission Planning and Operations Conference & Roundtable




Lone Tree, CO

Distribution Overhead and Underground Operations and Maintenance Conference Lone Tree, CO

Transmission Project Management Workshop

Distribution Engineers Workshop Lone Tree, CO


Safety Roundtable August 2017 Golden, CO

Fall Executive Leadership and Management Convention

Westminster, CO

Power Supply Planning and Projects Conference & Roundtable




Safety Roundtable February 2017


Lone Tree, CO





Location TBD

2018 Spring Management, Engineering and Operations Conference Planning Session

Tucson, AZ


Renewable Planning and Operations & Environmental Conference Lone Tree, CO



Safety Roundtable - November 2017 Fort Collins, CO

Transmission Operations & Maintenance Conference

RMEL Foundation Golf Tournament Littleton, CO

CONTINUING EDUCATION CERTIFICATES Continuing education certificates awarding Professional Development Hours are provided to attendees at all RMEL education events. Check the event brochure for details on the number of hours offered at each event.

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(770) 810-9698 (913) 458-2000

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Border States Electric


(701) 293-5834

ERG Consulting


(203) 843-0600



(800) 666-9688


(303) 688-5816

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(913) 928-7000

Laminated Wood Systems, Inc.


(402) 643-4708

MasTec Power Corp


(303) 542-6960

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems


(908) 605-2800

Nebraska Public Power District


(402) 564-8561

Northeast Community College


(402) 371-2020



POWER Engineers


(208) 788-3456

(303) 696-8446

Great Southwestern Construction, Inc. Kiewit



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(336) 789-2171

Southeast Community College


(402) 761-8394

Stanley Consultants, Inc.


(303) 799-6806

Sturgeon Electric Co. Inc.


(303) 286-8000

T & R Electric Supply Co., Inc.


(800) 843-7994

Total Western


(562) 220-1450

Trees Inc.


(866) 865-9617



(877) 363-5702

Ulteig Engineers, Inc.


(877) 858-3449

Utility Executive Course


(208) 885-6265


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