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Let's meet in Pittsburgh!

By Brian Wheeler
July 22 - In just a matter of weeks the coal industry will get the opportunity to come together and discuss anything and everything related to coal-fired power generation. An anticipated crowd of over 4,500 attendees and 350 exhibitors will converge upon the David L. Lawrence Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. Aug. 8-12 for COAL-GEN 2010. This year marks the 10th anniversary for the industry’s most informative event. The sessions during COAL-GEN 2010 will cover all the latest topics that affect the design, development, upgrading and operation and maintenance of coal-fired power plants. During the conference, attendees will get the chance to listen to industry leaders discuss topics ranging from “co-firing coal and biomass” to “NOx control regulation and dry SOx control technologies” to “boiler optimization innovations.”

Kicking off the stay in Pittsburgh, on Monday morning I get the privilege of hosting the technical tour at the Bruce Mansfield Power Station for Power Engineering magazine. I, along with other COAL-GEN 2010 attendees, will get to see the 2,460 MW capacity station up close, inside and out. The plant, which uses more than seven million tons of coal annually and has three separate coal-fired units, will be a great place to start off the stay in The ‘Burgh.

The keynote session on Tuesday morning provides three outstanding speakers for conference ‘goers to listen to:

Mr. James F. Woods is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal in the Office of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy. With over 30 years of experience in the power industry, he is responsible for the management and direction of the Office’s clean coal research and development programs.

Dr. Robert Wayland is the Leader of the Combustion Group for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards. Having over 20 years experience in air quality programs, Dr. Wayland manages the development of air regulations for industrial and utility combustion sources. He is also involved in the Agency’s development of multi-pollutant emissions strategy for the utility sector which includes the final Clean Air Interstate Rule.

Professor Frank Clemente, a professor of Social Science at Penn State University, is the former Director of the university’s Environmental Policy Center. Prof. Clemente has published more than 100 articles in energy related media and his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Ford Foundation.

All three speakers will have very timely topics for us all to listen and take notes to. I am excited to attend this event and expand my knowledge on not just the coal-fired generation aspect of power generation, but power generation as a whole.

I hope to see you in Pittsburgh!

For a complete list of conference activities, log onto the COAL-GEN 2010 website .
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