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Mega-sessions giving extra texture at POWERGEN 19

Sometimes in New Orleans you might hear a little Cajun-French phrase called “lagniappe.” Pronounced “lan-yap,” it reportedly means “a little extra.”

And that’s exactly what POWERGEN International is giving attendees with their Wednesday Afternoon Mega-sessions midway through the conference. The concurrent 90-minute sessions are offering lan-yapping of the highest order and focused on some of the most important prospects facing the power generation industry these days.

All three sessions start at 3 p.m. CT Wednesday, November 20 and run until 4:30 p.m. upstairs in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in downtown New Orleans. The key subjects are microgrids, the major power generation capital projects and an executive panel talking across all sectors to give the highest-level insights possible on energy storage, EPC trends and the future of turbine technologies.

That’s some serious lan with extra yap on the side. Go big or go home in NOLA.

But, seriously, please don’t go home or you’ll miss the deep dives into a what’s what of great power generation topics lead an esteemed group of who’s who in the business. “The Microgrid Experience in Safety, Security and Resiliency” will feature Brian Miller, strategic team lead for microgrids with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, moderating a panel that includes two utility experts, Jason Handley of Duke Energy and Kevin Chen, of ComEd in Chicago, as well as Scott Manson, principal engineer at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories.

The microgrid Mega-session will talk about the MUSH (military, university, schools and hospitals) market for grid resiliency projects, as well as projects for energy security in the wake of major weather events. Milestone microgrids such as Duke’s McAlpine in North Carolina and ComEd’s Bronzeville project likely could be highlighted.

In another Mega-session, who better than leaders from wide-ranging market intelligence firm Industrial Info Resources to offer a good, deep focus on capital projects and construction trends happening over the next few years. Of course, 2020 is an election year, and what will be its impact on electrons both on industrial and North American power projects? Come listen to IIR’s analyst Michael Bergen and top researcher Britt Burt to find out what’s possible.

And there’s one more. “Across All Sectors: Power Generation Leaders Offer High-Level Insights” is a exactly what it says: Executives telling what they know, which is plenty. Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas CEO Paul Browning will detail MHPS’ plans for gas-fired turbines and maybe hydrogen, while Mario Azar, the president of engineering, procurement and construction firm Black & Veatch Power, will offer perceptions on the direction of both conventional and renewable projects. Jacqueline DeRosa, vice president of battery systems at Ameresco, can speak to deep insights about energy storage.

So that’s three excellent groups, having three different, detailed and excellent leadership conversations, all at 3 p.m. CT in New Orleans on Wednesday, November 20. Ninety minutes of extra texture for those attending POWERGEN International this year, which already has about 70 other content sessions on gas-fired turbines, digital transformation, coal-fired generation, optimizing plant performance, energy storage, infrastructure and renewables.

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