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Generating Excitement in Big D

Issue 10 and Volume 101.

Generating Excitement in Big D

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POWER-GEN International Has a New Feature this year to celebrate its 10th anniversary–a natural

gas infrastructure program. As a nod to the intermingling of the recently deregulated natural gas industry and the soon-to-be-deregulated electric power industry, the organizers of POWER-GEN have added two full tracks of technical papers addressing the issues relevant to both industries.

Track A of the natural gas section will include a global power market overview, a look at emerging strategies, a view into merchant plants and a discussion of project finance and risk management in a global market. Track B will include sessions addressing the convergence of the natural gas and power industries, global development in natural gas delivery, natural gas supply and price stability, and new market options for natural gas producers.

The conference will have 18 full tracks of technical information regarding electric power issues, trends and statistics; environmental issues, trends and statistics; generation trends; and operating plants and technologies (see figure on page 32).

Scheduled for Dec. 9-11, 1997, in the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, local plant tours will be offered including trips to the TU Electric`s de Cordova and/or Big Brown plants. The 1997 keynote session is scheduled to include a welcoming address from John Carlson, TU Electric vice president-fossil generation, a speaker discussing industry convergence and the future energy company, a merchant power presentation from a representative of Calpine Corp., and a talk from Lou Holtz, former Notre Dame football coach, regarding competition and winning in business. The Power Engineering and Power Engineering International (PEI) “Project of the Year Awards” will be presented by Douglas J. Smith, PEI managing editor, and the Electric Light & Power “Utility of the Year” award presentation will be made by Robert Smock, publisher.

POWER-GEN International will again be held in conjunction with the Power Delivery conference and exhibition, which is in its second successful year. The Power Delivery International conference and exhibition has emerged as the high-voltage event for the growing transmission and distribution industry. Power delivery systems, like other facets of the industry, are undergoing dramatic change, and the traditional vertically integrated electric utility is transformed into separate and distinct business units. This exhibition will showcase more than 200 exhibits, capturing the cutting edge technology for this market.

The POWER-GEN ex hibition will include more than 900 companies displaying the latest products and services available to the industry. The exhibition will be divided into six pavilions, all under one roof–Synergex for small, on-site power generation; natural gas; coal; project development and finance; nuclear; and hydro.

Attendance at this year`s POWER-GEN is expected to break records, topping 14,000 industry visitors from 85 countries. Last year`s program drew 13,368 attendees. This year`s event, with the support of a comprehensive global marketing campaign conducted by the U.S. Department of Commerce`s International Buyer Program and the PennWell Energy & Utility Group, is expected to exceed all previous records for international attendance. S

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Dallas at night. Photo courtesy of Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau.