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From the Desk of Richard Putnicki, Executive Director, RMEL

Merry Christmas! I want to thank each and every one of you for your participation in our association in 2018. We appreciate members, attendees and especially the RMEL Board of Directors, Education Section Committee members and the RMEL Foundation Board members. If you see a name you recognize on these lists, please be sure to thank them for the important role they play in your Association. I hope you’ve had a great 2018, and I hope RMEL has been part of your success!

As we button up 2018 and pause for a minute to step back, reflect and prepare for 2019, it is also a great time to identify those rising stars in our organizations and nominate them for an RMEL Emerging Leader Award. If you have someone in mind, please take a moment and submit a nomination form. The RMEL Board will be looking for those future leaders that will continue to move our industry. Each nominee must have between 5-10 years of utility industry experience and must have demonstrated continued achievements within their respective organizations. The RMEL Emerging Leader Award winners are not only recognized with an award at the Spring Conference, but they also become a part of an important group of RMEL members that will enhance their professional network. Recipients of the award will have opportunities to participate in a variety of exclusive offerings with the RMEL membership. Each are invited to attend a special session just for the Emerging Leaders to spend an hour with our Spring keynote speakers like Mark Eaton, Tom Osborne and Commander Kirk Lippold. I hope you’ll take the time to nominate an Emerging Leader. The deadline is February 28, 2019.

How else can RMEL help you? Are you working on a specific challenge or just looking for general education for your team? We want to serve as your industry resource for training. Check out our upcoming events in 2019 and find that fit for you. If it is not there, let us know! New for 2019! You can submit topics, speakers and challenges on our Call for Presentations form. Our Education Committees thrive on current and relevant topics that our industry faces on a daily basis. We are here to serve your needs!    

The latest issue of RMEL’s Electric Energy Magazine takes an exciting look at what’s ahead for electric energy culture, communications, technology and, more specifically, what you can expect from RMEL in 2019 to help drive your future strategy. The magazine just hit mailboxes and you can check it out online.

This issue includes:

* Innovation and Ameren''s Corporate Strategy
* Three Sides to Every Story: Communication Strategies for Fast-Changing Electric Energy Industry
* Executives Harness the New Energy Paradigm and Build Toward the Future
* 2019 RMEL Events
* 2018 RMEL Foundation Scholarship Recipients

We hope you enjoy this important time with family and friends, and we are excited to kick off RMEL’s 2019 lineup of events starting with the Introduction to the Electric Utility Workshop in January.

Warmest Holiday Wishes from my Family to Yours!

Education and Upcoming Events

Don''t Miss These Upcoming RMEL Events
Introduction to the Electric Utility Workshop — January 17, 2019 (Lone Tree, CO)
Security Conference — February 6-7, 2019
Steam Generation Cycling Symposium — February 20-21, 2019 (Overland Park, KS)
Safety Roundtable — February 22, 2019 (Westminster, CO)
Transmission Conference — March 6-7, 2019 (Lone Tree, CO)
Distribution Conference — March 13-14, 2019 (Lone Tree, CO)
Safety  Conference — March 27-28, 2019 (Lone Tree, CO)
Spring Management, Engineering & Operations Conference — May 20-22, 2019 *NEW MONDAY-WEDNESDAY DATES* (Phoenix, AZ)
Transmission Symposium — June 12, 2019
Power Supply Planning for Modern Energy Solutions — June 19-20, 2019 (Lone Tree, CO)
RMEL Foundation Golf Tournament — June 26, 2019 (Littleton, CO)
Project Management Workshop — July 10-11, 2019 (Golden, CO)
Plant Management, Engineering and Operations Conference — August 7-8, 2019
Leadership Workshop — August 14-15, 2019 (Lone Tree, CO)
Safety Roundtable — August 23, 2019 (Golden, CO)
Fall Executive Leadership and Management Convention — September 16-18, 2019 *NEW MONDAY-WEDNESDAY DATES* (Kansas City, MO)
2020 Spring Conference Planning Session — October 3, 2019
Distribution Engineers Workshop — October 9-10, 2019 (Lone Tree, CO)
Renewable Planning & Operations Conference — October 23-24, 2019 (Lone Tree, CO)
Safety Roundtable — November 1, 2019 (Fort Collins, CO)

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Industry Information
Many utility tests of time varying rates have led to bill savings and lower peak loads, but California will soon be taking on the biggest test yet by putting over 20 million customers on time-of-use (TOU) rates.
As Herbie Johnson with Southern Company said, in a session at POWER-GEN International today, hydropower is a “forever asset,” and “the most positive source of PR that we have.”
  
At a mega-session during POWER-GEN International, a panel made up of utility resource planners, transmission operators and generation technology experts all seemed to come to the same conclusion: when it comes to picking energy generation technologies for the future, there is no standout technology. 
 
 
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a Report to Congress:  Ethane Storage and Distribution Hub in the United States. 
PJM Interconnection and its members are prepared to meet the forecasted winter electricity demand in the nation''s largest high-voltage power grid.
ScottMadden, Inc., one of North America’s leading management consulting firms specializing in energy, has released its latest edition of The Energy Industry Update (EIU).
On November 30, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule for the 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, with the total U.S. renewable fuel volume requirement set 3% higher than the 2018 mandate, but nearly 30% lower than the statutory volume standards set forth by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007).
 
  
Digital solutions could revolutionize energy trading if they were adopted more widely across the market. That was the message delivered today at European Utility Week in Vienna.
 
 
 
 
 
  
Public Service Electric and Gas Co.’s complex Bergen-Linden Corridor project, placed into service in June 2018, required a high degree of collaboration and attention to detail to deliver the project successfully. 


   
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Member Announcements
For the first time in Texas, electric vehicle charging stations, coupled with curriculum about electric vehicles, green energy and sustainable mobility, are available for a local school district through a new program called EVs for Schools.
  
More than 1,000 member co-op employees, directors, public officials, and utility representatives attended Basin Electric''s 2018 Annual Meeting.
 
 
 
Black Hills Corp. announced that its Wyoming electric utility subsidiary, Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power Co., doing business as Black Hills Energy, submitted its 2018 Integrated Resource Plan to the Wyoming Public Service Commission. 
El Paso Electric joins the Edison Electric Institute in marking the milestone of one million electric vehicles on U.S. roads.
KCP&L has asked to expand investment in energy saving options for low income customers and to offer all customers new innovative energy efficiency options and choices, including an online marketplace, smart home products and more low-cost business efficiency options. 
Lincoln Electric System has begun collecting data for its electric vehicle study, and it will have the help of professional and academic researchers to dig for insights, as well as national funding.
The Nebraska Public Power District plans to issue approximately $36 million of fixed-rate, tax-exempt bonds Tuesday, Dec. 11.
NextEra Energy, Inc. has completed the previously announced acquisition of Southern Company''s indirect ownership interests in the Stanton and Oleander natural gas power plants in Florida.
Salt River Project announced today a collaboration to invest in clean, green energy with zero emissions and provide 100 megawatts of solar generation to the growing Intel Chandler facility.
Electric cooperatives in 24 states will receive nearly $1.6 billion in loans from the Department of Agriculture to improve system operations, repair power lines and substations, and increase grid resiliency.
 
  
In October, lights went on for the first time in two villages nestled  deep in the jungles of northwest Guatemala. After weeks of grueling manual labor in adverse conditions far from home, line crews from Oklahoma and Colorado completed work on a project to provide the villages of Pie del Cerro and Tierra Blanca Salinas the gift of electricity.
 
 
 
 
 
While Tucson Electric Power employees volunteer year round, they’re stepping up their efforts during the holidays to support several charitable and seasonal events to make the season brighter for our community.
The City of Baldwin City is adding solar to its energy mix through an agreement with Westar Energy. 
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