COAL-GEN conference & exhibition features new discussion groups

July 25, 2003 — The COAL-GEN 2003 conference & exhibition ( will draw thousands of coal generation industry professionals.

The Columbus, Ohio event, organized by PennWell Corp. and Power Engineering magazine, runs from Aug. 6-8 with a full day of preconference workshops and discussion groups.

Beyond the technical conference and exposition, the event features workshops, discussion groups and Mega-Sessions. The keynote session’s four speakers are Roger A. Kranenburg, CFA, of the Alliance of Energy Suppliers and Edison Electric Institute, Jacqueline F. Bird of the Ohio Coal Development Office and Ohio Air Quality Development Authority, Roger S. Ballentine of Green Strategies Inc. and Dr. E. Linn Draper Jr. of American Electric Power Co. Inc. and American Electric Power Service Corp.


The conference will begin two workshops conducted on Tuesday. These all-day workshops, titled “Troubleshooting and Analyzing Coal-fired Boiler Efficiency Problems” and “New Source Review Reform Workshop,” will be in-depth courses for power industry members seeking to sharpen their knowledge and skills.

Discussion Groups

New this year to COAL-GEN, Discussion Groups offer a less structured, non-classroom environment where specific issues can be discussed among vendors and customers. In the two discussions that will run Tuesday afternoon, industry experts will lead focused discussions and offered insight and experience on two topics: Multi-Pollutant Issues and Coal-Fired Combustion.

The Multi-Pollutant Discussion Group is led by Robert McIlvaine, President of McIlvaine Co. This forum addresses ways to meet the multitude of federal, state and local requirements for reduction of a growing number of air pollutants. The premise is that a holistic approach results in greater value for the investment than focus on single pollutant reduction projects.

The Coal-Fired Combustion Discussion Group is moderated by Rod Hatt, President of Coal Combustion Inc. It includes panelists Mike Doherty of American Electric Power and Denton Eady of Tennessee Valley Authority. This new group promotes communication on and resolution to today’s tough coal quality and combustion issues in a casually-structured environment. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions as well as expertise.

These discussion groups will continue after COAL-GEN and resume at POWER-GEN International in December in Las Vegas. Discussion group can be attended separately or consecutively.

Keynote Presentation

The COAL-GEN keynote, which runs from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday in Room C110-114, will include four speakers well-known to the coal generation industry. They are:

* Roger A. Kranenburg, CFA, Alliance of Energy Suppliers,
Edison Electric Institute;

* Jacqueline F. Bird, Director, Ohio Coal Development Office, Ohio Air Quality Development Authority;

* Roger S. Ballentine, President, Green Strategies, Inc.; and

* Dr. E. Linn Draper Jr., Chairman, President and CEO, American Electric Power Co. Inc. and American Electric Power Service Corp.

Roger Kranenburg, CFA, is Director of Business Development of EEI’s Alliance of Energy Suppliers, a division of EEI serving the needs of power producers and marketers.

In his capacity, he directs the business development activities of the alliance in advancing public policy and commercial interests of its member companies in issue areas that include: risk management, tax and finance, fossil fuel generation, renewable power, environment issues, workforce safety, rail issues, and other regulatory and legislative issues.

Key initiatives of the Alliance include: the Wholesale Market Initiative on ISOs, PXs and RTOs; the state guide to environmental siting; commercializing the EEI Master Power Trading Contract; and, the Coalition of Depreciation Equity to get the tax lives of generation assets reduced to 7 years.

Jacqueline F. Bird is the director of the Ohio Coal Development Office (OCDO), an entity within the larger Ohio Department of Development. OCDO supports the research, development and deployment of technologies, primarily in the electric power production sector, that can use coal and its byproducts economically and within environmental mandates.

Ohio’s competitive position benefits as nearly 90 percent of its electricity is produced from coal. Lower cost electricity affords Ohio business and industry an advantage in the global market place. OCDO’s work significantly improves the environment-including air, water, and solid waste media-while using Ohio’s most abundant, indigenous energy resource-coal.

Bird serves as the state’s chief advocate for the greater use of Ohio coal, its production and clean use, and the thousands of direct and indirect jobs these industries support. Bird and the dedicated staff of OCDO are responsible for the oversight of Ohio’s clean coal technology development program, one of the nation’s largest state clean coal efforts.

Roger S. Ballentine is the Founder and President of Green Strategies Inc., where he advises and represents businesses, associations, government agencies and non-profit entities on domestic and international public policy issues and business strategies, focusing on energy and environmental matters.

Ballentine previously was a senior member of the White House staff, serving President Bill Clinton as Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force and Deputy Assistant to the President for Environmental Initiatives.

Dr. E. Linn Draper Jr. is chairman, president and chief executive officer of American Electric Power Co. Inc. He is also chairman, president and chief executive officer of the American Electric Power Service Corp., the management and technology arm of the AEP System.

He became president of AEP and the Service Corporation in March 1992. He became chairman, president and chief executive officer of AEP in May 1993.

Draper is also president of Ohio Valley Electric Corporation and its subsidiary, Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corporation. OVEC provides electric energy for the U.S. Department of Energy’s uranium-enrichment facility at Piketon, Ohio.

Technical Conference

The conference itself, which begins after the keynote on Wednesday and continues through Friday, will provide information and opportunities for discussion on four tracks and twelve sessions. The tracks to be featured this year are New Generation, Environmental and Regulatory Issues, Asset Optimization and Balance of Plant issues.


Following these technical paper presentations, on Friday COAL-GEN will host Mega-Sessions.

Common to many of PennWell’s power-related conferences, Mega-Sessions provide attendees with a power-packed time block in which to tackle some of the major factors that will ultimately dramatically impact the economics of coal-fired generation and risk management strategies to deal with them. The session will address coal supply chains, marketing new coal-fired output and transmission and electric grid issues including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) Standard Market Design.

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