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More than 1,400 exhibiting companies from every sector of the power generation industry will be showcasing their products and services on the exhibit floor at POWER-GEN International 2014
More than 1,400 exhibiting companies from every sector of the power generation industry will be showcasing their products and services on the exhibit floor at POWER-GEN International 2014, the world’s largest annual forum for the power sector. More than 21,000 people are expected to attend Dec. 9-11 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. To register, visit

By Russell Ray, Chairman, POWER-GEN International

It’s the largest annual forum for the power generation industry.

More than 21,000 industry professionals from around the world will gather in Orlando for POWER-GEN International, where innovative and cost-effective solutions for maintaining, operating and building new power generation will be shared Dec. 9-11 at the Orange County Convention Center.

More than 1,400 exhibiting companies from every sector of the industry will be showcasing their products and services on the exhibit floor. The exhibition opens at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday following the keynote session.

POWER-GEN International offers a wealth of networking opportunities with leading professionals and key decision makers. More than 200 speakers will share their thoughts on trends, technology and project development in 43 conference sessions. A wide range of topics, from emissions control to gas turbine design, will be discussed by high-ranking regulators, developers, power producers and industry representatives.

The keynote session on Dec. 9 will feature three high-ranking executives: Kimberly Greene, vice president and chief operating officer of Southern Co.; Mauricio Gutierrez, vice president and chief operating officer of NRG Energy; and David Walsh, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas.

Keynote Speakers
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Kim Greene Kim Greene
Mauricio Gutierrez Mauricio Gutierrez

The Plenary Session on Dec. 11 will be a rapid-fire, content-rich discussion featuring John Easton, vice president of International Programs at the Edison Electric Institute, and Mark Garnett, vice president of the European Region for Doosan Power Systems.

This year, POWER-GEN will come to Orlando with four co-located events: Nuclear Power International; the POWER-GEN International Financial Forum; Renewable Energy World North America; and the GenForum. We’re calling it Power Generation Week, featuring five conferences and three exhibitions under one roof. Altogether, more than 300 speakers will be featured in nearly 80 conference sessions during Power Generation Week.

At POWER-GEN, 36 conference sessions will be held under eight tracks: Emissions Control, On-Site Power, Plant Performance, Gas Turbine Technologies, Fossil Technologies, Environmental Issues, Demand Response and Industry Trends/Competitive Power Generation.

Here’s a sample of some of the sessions that will be offered: “Gas Turbine Design and Applications,” “Gas vs. Diesel Generator Sets,” “Steam Turbine/Generator Reliability, Availability and Efficiency,” “Quick Response Combined Cycle Power Plants,” “MATS and CO2 Compliance Strategies,” “Energy Storage Applications from a Generator’s Perspective,” “Water Intake Regulations,” and “Effluent Limitation Guidelines and Coal Combustion Residuals.”

Five mega-sessions are also scheduled. “Large Frame Gas Turbines,” “Distributed Generation: Who Gets the Benefits,” “Coal Plant Retirements,” “Integration of Real-Time Data, Analytics and Advanced Technology to Optimize Generation Assets,” and “Potential Impact of Greenhouse Gas Regulation on the Future of Power Generation.”


Technical tours of seven power generation facilities will be offered to attendees on Monday, Dec. 8.

Cape Canaveral

Some of America’s greatest innovations were realized at Cape Canaveral, home of the Kennedy Space Center. It’s fitting that this historic site is now home to one of the most advanced power plants in the world. Florida Power & Light’s Cape Canaveral Next Generation Clean Energy Center, a 1,200-MW combined cycle plant equipped with three SGT6-8000H turbines from Siemens, began commercial operation April 24, 2013. The plant was recognized by Power Engineering magazine as the Project of the Year for gas-fired projects in 2013. The deadline to register for this technical tour is Wednesday, Nov. 5. A background check is required to attend this tour.

Hines Energy Complex

Owned and operated by Duke Energy, the 1,912-MW Hines Energy Complex near Bartow, Fla., has four combined cycle units. The first unit began commercial operation in 1999 and subsequent units began operation in 2003, 2005 and 2007. The plant’s fourth power block is fueled with natural gas and light fuel oil with two GE 7FA combustion turbines, a GE D11 reheat steam turbine and two Nooter/Erikson heat recovery steam generators. Register early to reserve a seat for this tour.

Cane Island

A tour of the Cane Island Power Park is also available to attendees. The gas-fired power plant is near Intercession City in northwest Osceola County, Fla. It houses four generating units with a combined capacity of 735 MW. Unit 1 is a General Electric LM6000 PA aero-derivative simple cycle combustion turbine that is primarily used for peaking. Unit 2 is a GE Frame MS7001EA in combined cycle with a Nooter Erikson triple pressure HRSG that provides steam for a GE Fitchburg axial exhaust straight condensing turbine. Unit 3 is a GE 7241FA+e in combined cycle with a Aalborg triple pressure reheat HRSG that provides steam for a GE A10 reheat steam turbine. Unit 3 was the first combined cycle in Florida to install a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system. Unit 4 consists of a GE 7241FA+e in combined cycle with a Vogt triple pressure HRSG that provides steam for a GE A14 reheat steam turbine. Including duct firing capability, this unit will produce 300 MW.

Rooftop Solar Array

Attendees won’t have to travel far to tour the largest rooftop solar array in the southeastern U.S. The 1.1 MW photovoltaic array is on the roof of the North-South Building of the Orange County Convention Center and covers an area equivalent to five football fields. It was designed and installed by Johnson Controls. Costing more than $8 million and taking several years to construct, the project features 5,808 solar panels. The project began commercial production in February 2010. The tour will begin at the registration area in the West building.

Wind Service Training Center

The 40,000-square-foot Wind Service Training Center Orlando is near the global headquarters of Siemens’ Energy Service division and features the latest wind power innovations. The training center features two full-size nacelles, three 22-foot high climbing towers, electrical and hydraulic modules, and service cranes. The center was built to make training, safety and rescue simulations as realistic as possible. Register early to reserve a seat on this tour.

Energy Garden

Perhaps one of the most innovative anaerobic digestion projects of its kind in North America, Harvest Power’s Energy Garden provides superpowered waste management through its specially engineered design to co-digest biosolids with food wastes from local resorts, restaurants, grocery stores, hotels, sports arenas, golf courses and the food processing community. The capacity is 130,000 tons per year with 5.4MW combined heat-and-power output.

OUC Solar Farm

A 400-kW solar array owned and operated by the Orlando Utilities Commission was brought online in October 2013. Each 1-kW block represents about 112 kilowatt-hours of monthly solar production. The array was built by ESA Renewables.


Attendees of POWER-GEN and Renewable Energy World North America can also choose from 31 Competitive Power College pre-conference workshops on Sunday Dec. 7 and Monday Dec. 9.

Some of the workshop topics include “Basic Gas Turbine Metallurgy and Component Repair,” “Gas Turbine Combustion,” “Wind Project Development Fundamentals,” “Renewable Energy Venture Startup,” “Power Plant Construction Management: A Workshop for Survival,” “Root Cause Analysis for Power Generation,” “Asia Pacific Power Generation Market,” “Industrial Gas Turbines: An Introduction to Fuels, Combustion and Emissions,” “Effective Troubleshooting methods for Turbine and Generator Vibrations,” and “Project Management in Developing a Hydropower Station.”


The drawing for a 2015 Corvette will be Thursday, Dec. 11.
The drawing for a 2015 Corvette will be Thursday, Dec. 11.

A car will again be given away this year. The drawing for a 2015 Corvette will be Thursday, Dec. 11. Entering is easy. Eligible attendees must take their entry card to the booths of the sponsoring companies, have it stamped by the sponsoring exhibitors and return the card to the PennWell booth prior to the drawing. As always, you must be present to win.


Also, a golf tournament will be held Monday, Dec. 8, at Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course.

This sweeping 18-hole course features elevated tees, spacious greens and challenging water hazards. Eleven of the 18 holes boast water hazards and 97 bunkers dot the course. Rated 4 Stars by Golf Digest, the Magnolia Golf Course is a paradise for serious golfers and a thrilling challenge for players at all levels.


The POWER-GEN International Financial Forum, scheduled Dec. 10-11, features seven conference sessions, including a plenary session entitled “The State of Power Project Financing.” The keynote address will be delivered by Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association. The keynote luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10.

Financial Forum panelists will explore the financing options and strategies that work best in today’s market. They will also discuss liquidity issues, risk and return expectations, new development possibilities, and the financial and regulatory barriers to overcome in today’s tight financial market. Are there emerging new sources of financing for energy projects? What are the risks associated with certain technologies and what risks worry lenders the most? Panelists will attempt to answer these and many other questions over the course of this conference.

The Financial Forum offers a unique opportunity for project developers, lenders and others in the financial community to learn about and discuss the latest financing trends. What’s more, the Financial Forum gives financial specialists a chance to meet with the world’s leading engineering, procurement and construction firms as well as hundreds of equipment and service vendors. For more information, visit

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