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POWER-GEN Refines Focus on the Evolving Power Industry

Issue 10 and Volume 102.

POWER-GEN Refines Focus on the Evolving Power Industry

By Ann Chambers, Associate Editor

POWER-GEN International, the Largest Gathering of Power Generation Professionals in the World, is returning to Orlando, Fla., this Dec. 9-11 in what promises to be one of the most exciting POWER-GEN events to date.

“Legislation, advanced technology and new industry regulations are constantly transforming electric power generation,” said Bob Smock, POWER-GEN International Chairman. “POWER-GEN International `98 strives to increase attendees` competitive advantage in today`s market by empowering them with the critical knowledge needed to succeed. Experts within this industry will present enlightening perspectives and valuable information for success in this dynamic market.”

The program for the technical conference has been refocused to address generation issues only, with 14 full tracks of technical papers from throughout the industry. The 1998 track topics are:

Global Power Industry Trends,

North American Power Industry,

Natural Gas Power,

Regulations & Strategies,

Environmental Technologies,

Fossil Fuel Technologies,

Gas Turbine Technologies,

Alternative Energy Technologies,

On-Site Power,

Performance Efficiency Improvement I and II,

Operations & Maintenance,

Automation & Information Technologies, and

Electrical Equipment.

The conference will kick off with a keynote session on Wednesday, Dec. 9. James C. Welsh, Kissimmee Utility Authority, will offer the welcome address and discuss “Managing Growth in the Uncertainty of the Changing Electric Utility Industry.” Adolf Hüttl, Siemens AG Power Generation Group president and Siemens Board of Directors member, will give a talk on “The United States as a Renewed Market of Opportunity.” Huettl is also expected to address the Siemens/Westinghouse merger.

Also at the keynote session, John F. Norris Jr., Duke Energy senior vice president and Duke Energy Global Asset Development Chairman and CEO, will present “The Future of Asset Ownership and Development in Domestic and International Energy Markets.” R. Sam Shepard Jr., Amoco Power Resources Corp. senior vice president, Engineering and Construction, will discuss “Transforming the Energy Value Chain.” Shepard is expected to offer comments regarding the British Petroleum/Amoco deal.

The Power Engineering and Power Engineering International “Projects of the Year Awards,” will be presented by Douglas J. Smith, program director, during the keynote session.

Competitive Edge

A new feature at this year`s POWER-GEN is the Competitive Power College pre-conference seminars. These are one-day intense educational seminars designed for utility industry managers, plant operators and engineers to learn more about competition`s impact on tomorrow`s generation. The courses will be presented by experts within the industry from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Power Division, J&H Marsh & McLennan Inc. Global Power Group, Enter Software Inc., AMS Associates, the Global Utilities Institute from the Samford University School of Business, and NewEnergy Associates. The seminars each cost $395 per attendee, and seating is limited.

Topics for the December 8 seminars include:

ASME Power Division Tutorial on Cogeneration and Independent Power,

O&M Practices/Reliability-Centered Maintenance,

Distributed Generaton`s Role in the Evolving Electric Marketplace,

Risk Management/Divestiture`s De mands on Generation Operations,

Characteristics and Applications of Cogeneration and Combined-Cycles, and

Managing Power Plants in A Competitive Environment: Global Strategies.

Another new feature for 1998 will be POWER-GEN Breakfasts on Thursday and Friday. The breakfasts will run from 7:30 to 9 a.m. with participants seated at roundtables for topical discussions and networking. Planned table topics include Generation Asset Acquisition and Sales, Environmental Technologies, Gas Turbines, Global Power Industry Markets, Merchant Plants, Distributed Generation and many others. The events cost $35 and include a full buffet breakfast.

As in recent years, there will be a POWER-GEN golf tournament. This year`s event will be held on Dec. 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Orange County National Golf Center`s Panther Lake and Crooked Cat Golf Courses.

Technical tours will also be offered on Dec. 8. A tour of Lakeland Electric`s McIntosh Power Plant is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a tour of Florida Power Corp.`s Intercession City Power Plant will run from noon to 6 p.m. The tours cost $40 and include lunch and transportation.

More than 14,000 power industry professionals are expected to attend the 1998 POWER-GEN International, which will feature more than 900 exhibitors in the trade show in addition to the 14 tracks of technical papers in this three-day technical conference. POWER-GEN International `98 is sponsored by PSI, Alstom, Penpower, and Energy Central. The conference is presented by Power Engineering magazine.

Registration information is available by telephone at (918) 831-9160 or by fax at (918) 831-9161. The e-mail address is [email protected], or visit the website at www.powergen.com. p

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The Orange County Convention Center

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Walt Disney World Park at night, one of the area`s many tourist attractions.

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More than 14,000 industry professionals are expected to attend this year`s POWER-GEN International.