Gas, Nuclear

PGI keynote profile

Regaining Momentum is the theme of the 2010 Keynote Session at POWER-GEN International and NUCLEAR POWER International, which get underway in the Valencia Ballroom of the Orange County Convention Center at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The global recession slowed electric demand growth in many parts of the world. But with economic recovery underway, the power generation industry is rapidly regaining its momentum. The speakers addressing the Keynote Session will highlight ways that momentum is taking hold in four key areas: fossil generation, renewable energy, nuclear energy and transmission.

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Focusing on fossil generation will be David G. Fiorelli, president and CEO of Business Development for Tenaska, an independent power producer that is advancing coal-fired power plant development plans in the U.S. Mr. Fiorelli is responsible for new domestic business development. He is a member of the Board of Stakeholders and a member of Tenaska’s five-person Executive Committee. He also serves as a member on various management committees associated with Tenaska business units.

Mr. Fiorelli led the development of the conceptual design of the Tenaska Frontier and Gateway electric generating plants in Texas. He was the lead negotiator for the power purchase agreements for both of those plants as well as Tenaska’s Georgia, Central Alabama, Oklahoma and Virginia projects. Currently, Mr. Fiorelli leads the company’s efforts to develop advanced coal-based technologies.

Mr. Fiorelli has extensive knowledge of the energy industry through more than 30 years of experience in independent power and electric utilities. Additionally, Mr. Fiorelli has experience in areas such as technical assessment, conceptual plant design and project financial analysis.

Before joining Tenaska, in 1994, Mr. Fiorelli was with TXU (formerly Texas Utilities) for 15 years, in various positions, including public relations, regulatory, load management and customer service. Mr. Fiorelli graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering.

Addressing issues related to renewable energy will be Dr. René Umlauft, who has served as CEO of the Renewable Energy Division in the Energy Sector of Siemens AG since January 1, 2008.

Energy – in particular efficient power supplies – has been the central theme throughout Dr. Umlauft’s career. After receiving his doctorate in mechanical engineering, he joined Siemens in 1991 in Mülheim, Germany. In 1996 he moved to Berlin to head the company’s gas turbine service center. While there, he held various key positions and gathered experience in the development, construction and marketing of gas turbine power plants. He continued his rapid rise in the company: In 1998 he took over order management in Berlin and as of 2000 headed the department worldwide for the company’s gas turbine operations in Berlin, Orlando and Hamilton, Canada.

In 2002 he was named head of the Turboset subdivision at Industrial Applications. In this position in Görlitz, Germany, he was responsible for all industrial steam turbine business at Siemens AG. Later, he headed the Products Division in the Power Generation Group before being appointed to his current position as CEO of the Renewable Energy Division.

An expert in power generation, Dr. Umlauft is committed to playing an active role in numerous boards and professional associations. He is a member of the Council in the Global Wind Initiative, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Archimede Solar Energy s.r.l, member of the Managing Board of VDMA Power Systems, board member of the Forum Tiberius (International Forum for Culture and Business), member of the curatorium of the Forum for Future Energies and member of the Advisory Council of Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co KG.

Dr. Tom Sanders, manager of Global Nuclear Futures Program at Sandia National Laboratories will focus his remarks on modular nuclear technology and is currently serving as Executive Officer/Past President of the American Nuclear Society. He is a co-founder and former vice president of the American Council on Global Nuclear Competitiveness. Since 1997 he has been manager/integrator of Sandia National Laboratories Global Nuclear Materials Management and Global Nuclear Futures Initiatives.

As its leader, he led the development of topical meetings, policy papers, news articles, partnership events with other countries and non-government organizations, and caucus events on Capitol Hill to articulate that a healthy and thriving U.S. nuclear energy infrastructure is key to global proliferation risk management in the future. Dr. Sanders has authored over 100 journal articles, conference papers, magazine articles and white papers covering all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle, from fusion and fast fission breeder reactor systems to criticality safety of spent fuel transport, storage, and disposal systems.

He completed bachelor of science, master of science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Mechanical/Nuclear Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. Earlier in his career he served as a nuclear operator and supervisor on U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarines, completing patrols on the USS Kamehameha and the USS Shark. Dr. Sanders also qualified as a journeyman shipyard electrician.

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Transmission and utility integration are two critical issues for renewable energy projects. Susan Tomasky, president, AEP Transmission, will discuss this topic and her role as the AEP executive responsible for transmission operations and new transmission business ventures. Ms. Tomasky joined AEP in 1998 as the company’s EVP and General Counsel. She has held several senior executive positions at the company since that time, serving as EVP and Chief Financial Officer from 2001 to 2006, and as EVP for Shared Services from 2006 until she assumed her current role in January 2008.

Prior to joining AEP, Ms. Tomasky practiced law in Washington, D.C. as a partner at the firm of Hogan and Hartson and served as the General Counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from 1993 -1997. Prior to that, she was an associate and then partner at the D.C. legal firm Van Ness, Feldman.

In 2001 and 2002, she was named one of the world’s “50 key women in energy worldwide” by energy consultancy Rader Energy in association with Commodities Now magazine and corporate sponsors.

A native of Morgantown, West Virginia, Ms. Tomasky holds a juris doctor degree with honors from George Washington University National Law Center in Washington, D.C., where she was a member of the Law Review. She also is an honors graduate of the University of Kentucky in Lexington and has been named to the UK Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. Ms. Tomasky also is a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.