A mission for the team behind POWERGEN International this year was to greatly encourage and expand the contributions of electric utilities across the U.S. and world.
We’re not going to say mission accomplished—the effort never really ends—but POWERGEN has clearly achieved some milestones when it comes to the level of electric utility participation for the event. POWERGEN 2019 will be November 19-21 in New Orleans.
This year’s conference and exhibition already has close to 30 speakers from more than 20 utilities talking on all facets of the power generation sector. This includes C-suite level leaders –such as Wednesday, Nov. 20 keynote speaker and Entergy COO Paul Hinnenkamp– to senior engineers, project directors and high-level company communicators such as Brian Bond, vice president of external affairs for Louisiana-based Southwestern Electric Power Co., talking about onshore wind in the Knowledge Hub.
Many more employees from utilities are coming to POWERGEN as attendees. The list so far has grown to represent more than 70 power generators globally, with the conference still two months out.
“If you only go to one conference a year, you should go to POWERGEN,” said Jeffrey Fleenor, a principal engineer with Kansas City Power & Light (Evergy Corp.) and repeat attendee. “Everybody is there. Covers the entire spectrum of the power generation industry.”
The esteemed roster of POWERGEN speakers spans the U.S. map, including leaders from North Carolina-based Duke Energy, Chicago-based Commonwealth Edison, Arizona’s Salt River Project, Virginia-based Dominion Energy, Wisconsin Public Service, Louisville Gas & Electric/Kentucky Utilities, Louisiana-based host utility Entergy and Houston-based NRG Energy, among others.[Native Advertisement]
And those are just the investor-owned utilities. Municipal and cooperative participants include Gainesville Regional Utilities, the city of Tallahassee and Seminole Electric Cooperative, all out of Florida, and Lincoln Electric System from Nebraska.
Outside the U.S., power generators and utility venture firms such as Quezon Power, Contour Global, EDF, Enel and Korea South-East Power help put the International in POWERGEN.
“All of us, from Clarion content directors to our fantastic advisory committee made up of power generation pros, have worked hard to up the ante on utility participation for this year’s event,” said Rod Walton, content director for POWERGEN International. “We said it before and will say it again: Utilities are both the front line facing grid customers and the end users for all the products and services offered by our exhibitors. Their experiences and lessons learned are what matter so much to how power generation evolves, improves and delivers connection in this era.”
Those speakers span the globe, distance-wise, but also will cover a world of ground within their dozens of content sessions. From power plant digital transformation and cybersecurity to gas-fired fast starts and restarts, from utility-scale wind and solar installations to the modern challenges of coal-fired power plants, the utilities represented at POWERGEN will offer real-world case studies and share hard-won victories.
The mission of POWERGEN is offer the best, tested and most relevant content centered around modern power generation in all its forms. Dozens of utility leaders will help make that as close to a reality as possible. POWERGEN’s advisory committee, which helps select and form the content sessions planned for New Orleans, includes industry thought leaders from Lincoln Electric, Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, Duke Energy, ComEd, Tampa Electric, Southern California Edison, Kissimmee Utility Authority, Evergy, Avista and American Electric Power.
And below is a list of utilities and/or power generators of all types presenting content at the event:
DTE Energy Services
Gainesville Regional Utilities
Korea South-East Power
Louisville Gas & Electric/Kentucky Utilities
Matanuska Electric Association (Alaska)
Portland General Electric
Salt River Project
Southwestern Electric Power Co.
City of Tallahassee, Fla.
Quezon Power (Philippines)
We Energies-Wisconsin Public Service.