POWER-GEN International Preview: The Big Show Is Coming to the Big Easy

Issue 10 and Volume 111.

By David Wagman, Managing Editor

The world’s largest exhibition and conference for the electric power generation industry. A chance to play on the Jack Nicklaus-designed, par 72 English Turn golf course, home of the 2006 Zurich Classic PGA Tournament. Technical tours that will take you inside the Waterford 3 nuclear power station and on a detailed tour of the hurricane-damaged Michoud power plant, which returned to proud service following extensive repair work.

Jackson Square faces the Mississippi River and is adjacent to St. Louis Cathedral. On horseback: the square’s namesake, Andrew Jackson, U.S. President and hero of the Battle of New Orleans.
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A keynote session focusing on some of the proactive strategies power generators are taking to meet complex environmental issues along with demand for new generating capacity. The gala Projects of the Year awards banquet and celebration. A multi-track conference program offering informative papers and dynamic panel discussions on topics related to plant performance, fossil technologies, gas turbine technologies, on-site power, emerging and renewable technologies, environmental issues and major emerging trends and more.

The inaugural Nuclear Power International conference and exhibition offering the latest updates on the next generation of nuclear power and technical sessions focusing on current operations, maintenance and upgrades to the existing nuclear fleet. A competitive power college course lineup designed to enhance your professional skills. And don’t miss your chance to win a Corvette.

Where else could all that happen (and more!) but at POWER-GEN International 2007, the Big Show in the Big Easy. Full details are online at www.power-gen.com

Keynote Address

An annual highlight is PGI’s Keynote Session, which takes place Tuesday, December 11 from 9:30-11:30 AM in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, a short shuttle ride from New Orleans’ downtown convention hotels. This year’s Keynote features Andrew Kruger, vice president of Evolution Markets; Nicholas Akins, American Electric Power executive vice president of generation; and J. Wayne Leonard, chairman and CEO of Entergy Corp., host utility for PGI 2007.

Kruger will discuss some of the proactive business strategies power generators can take to deal with environmental regulations and mandates. He has advised governments on market design for greenhouse gas emissions trading and now specializes in assisting corporations develop risk management approaches to emerging carbon trading markets. He has participated in the development of allowance emissions trading programs, open market trading regulations and various states’ emissions trading regulation development.

Map of downtown New Orleans showing POWER-GEN International hotels. Color code next to the hotel name indicates shuttle bus routes to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (in the lower left), home to PGI 2007.
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Akins will discuss AEP’s approach to fuel diversity, in particular given the company’s significant base of coal-fired generation. He will discuss key drivers behind the current investment climate for power generation assets in the United States, AEP’s pursuit of new generation projects and the company’s views on the environment and how AEP may address the possibility of carbon regulation. As executive vice president–generation, he is responsible for all generation activities, including fossil and hydro generation; nuclear generation; engineering, project and field services; fuel, emissions and logistics, and business services. Earlier in his career, he was president and chief operating officer for Southwestern Electric Power, serving some 439,000 customers in Louisiana, Arkansas and northeast Texas. While there, he had authority for distribution operations and a wide range of customer and regulatory relationships.

J. Wayne Leonard, Chairman and CEO of Entergy Corp. (official host utility for POWER-GEN International), will discuss how his company has been recovering from Hurricane Katrina. He also will discuss Entergy’s nuclear power fleet and prospects for further development of nuclear energy.

Leonard has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Entergy Corp. since 1999. As CEO he implemented a new strategy emphasizing core competencies in power development and nuclear generation, along with renewed attention to the company’s core utility business. His strategy improved the company’s financial and operational performance and established a consistent record of meeting investor expectations for delivering on commitments. Under his direction, Entergy completed the first U.S. purchase of a nuclear plant. During the first eight years of his leadership Entergy achieved the highest total shareholder return in the industry; Entergy’s average annual shareholder return was 36 percent in 2006. Governance Metrics International awarded Entergy a “perfect 10” corporate governance rating in 2004 and 2005. Entergy has been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index since 2003 for demonstrating strong financial performance and outstanding leadership in the areas of environmental and social commitment.

Learn, Play, Celebrate

Although the Tuesday morning Keynote Session is POWER-GEN International’s traditional kickoff session, the Big Show will already have been well underway. Competitive Power College pre-conference workshop courses begin Sunday morning, December 9. And on Monday your choices include the PGI Annual Golf Tournament (this year a four-person scramble at the renowned English Turn Country Club) or a power plant technical tour. Visit either the 1,164 MW Waterford 3 pressurized water reactor nuclear plant or the 918 MW Michoud power plant, both owned and operated by Entergy. Waterford 3 and Michoud are a short bus ride from downtown. These tours are sure to sell out quickly, so plan today to join one or both.

Taking part in the golf tournament or the technical tours will leave you with plenty of time to change into business attire and attend Power Engineering magazine’s second annual Projects of the Year Awards Gala and Banquet at the Sheraton Hotel. The dinner and awards ceremony recognizes the year’s most outstanding power generation projects, as selected by Power Engineering magazine’s editors. Awards for up to six categories will be presented, including best coal-fired project, best gas-fired project, best renewables project, best nuclear project, best small power plant project (less than $3 million) and best power plant IT project.

A special celebration this year will acknowledge our first annual Next Generation Scholarship Fund awardees. These students competed for scholarship money that will help them get the education they need to begin a career in the electric power generation industry. Winners were selected by a steering committee of industry leaders. The scholarship is funded by tax-deductible contributions from companies and organizations in the electric power generation industry.

The Industry’s Largest Exhibition Floor

Be on hand Tuesday, December 11 at 11:30 AM when the exhibit floor opens. You’ll have access to more than 1,100 exhibiting companies along with the chance to take part in our Corvette Giveaway. Look for your entry card in your registration material and visit each of our Corvette Giveaway sponsor booths to have your entry stamped. Once your entry is completed, bring it to the PennWell booth for your chance to win.

You’ll also want to spend time at NUCLEAR POWER International, our newest conference and exhibition. Co-located with POWER-GEN International, your PGI registration enables you to attend the highly relevant conference sessions designed for nuclear power professionals. Topics include “Technical Challenges at Existing Plants,” “Material Condition Solutions,” “Large Component Replacement and Repair,” “Large Steam Turbines for New Nuclear Unit Applications,” “IT Solutions to Nuclear Plant Problems” and the latest on the APWR, ESBWR, AWBR, AP-1000, EPR and the APR 1400 designs.

Not to be missed are PGI’s equally robust complement of 11 conference tracks. These include two tracks devoted to industry trends and competitive power generation, two tracks devoted to environmental issues and two tracks devoted to plant performance. You also will want to attend conference tracks focusing on fossil technologies, gas turbine technologies, emerging and renewable energy technologies, on-site power and highlighted issues. Mega-Sessions are also planned, including a panel discussion on gasification, synfuels and carbon capture; a session on large frame gas turbines; and a panel discussion on hardening physical and data assets, a particularly relevant topic to discuss in our host city.

Breakfast Brain-Bash

Plan also to take part in PGI’s popular Network Breakfast sessions. A fun and nourishing way to network and exchange ideas, these sessions take place on Wednesday, December 12 and Thursday, December 13 from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM. Tables will be designated for Wednesday morning discussions on topics related to environmental issues, gas turbines, distributed generation and on-site power, power industry trends, plant operations and maintenance and nuclear power issues. On Thursday, select from tables focusing on fossil technologies, renewable energy, competitive power generation, heat recovery steam generators and emerging technologies.

Win a 2007 ‘Vette!

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This year’s POWER-GEN International official car giveaway is a sleek 2007 Corvette. Entering to win is easy. Just visit the exhibit floor, have your entry card stamped by sponsoring companies. Then turn it in for your chance to drive away in style. Full details are available at www.power-gen.com.

Registration is easy. Visit www.power-gen.com and select the options that will make your visit to POWER-GEN International in New Orleans a truly rewarding experience.