An emerald anniversary for PGI

The world’s largest power industry event marks its 20th anniversary in Orlando, Florida on 2-4 December.

By Steve Blankinship, Associate Editor, Power Engineering

A lot has happened in the power generation sector during the past 20 years, and POWER-GEN International (PGI) has been there to capture and chronicle all of it. For its 20th anniversary edition in Orlando December 2-4,PGI has adopted the theme “Two Decades Strong, One Groundbreaking Event.”


POWER-GEN International’s keynote speakers (left to right): J. M. Bernhard Jr., founder, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Shaw Group; Jacques Besnainou, president of Areva Inc. and president and CEO of Areva NC Inc.; Rick Duke of NRDC; Thomas Farrell II, chairman, president and CEO of Dominion; and Jerry Paul, president and managing member of Capitol Energy and Capitol Energy Florida Services, which provide governmental consulting services.
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In the two decades since the first PGI, the world’s largest power sector event, has evolved from major to mega, with the attendance of more than 17 000 industry professionals from 76 countries; the world’s largest industry exhibit floor featuring more than 1200 companies; and more than 200 presentations in 14 tracks of educational conference sessions on current power hot topics.

There’s a full weekend of comprehensive Competitive Power College courses; networking events, including à‚— including the PGI 20th Anniversary Networking Reception, the Projects-of-the-Year Gala, Networking Roundtable Breakfasts, three topical mega sessions, a technical tour, a golf tournament, and the co-located Nuclear Power International.

Setting the Stage

Five diverse keynote speakers will set the tone for PGI’s 20th gathering at 9:30 Tuesday morning, 2 December. Leading off will be Jerry Paul, president and managing member of Capitol Energy and Capitol Energy Florida Services, which provide governmental consulting services. J. M. Bernhard Jr. is the founder, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Shaw Group. Jacques Besnainou was appointed president of Areva Inc. and president and CEO of Areva NC Inc. on 1 September.

Rick Duke joined NRDC from McKinsey & Co., where he consulted on strategy, operations and organization. Thomas Farrell II is chairman, president and CEO of Dominion.

Technical Sessions Will Be Stronger than Ever

With so many technical sessions being presented over three days, the challenge for many PGI attendees will be deciding which events to attend. One hint: The track Industry Trends: Competitive Power Generation, should offer some very topical content.

On Thursday, 4 December beginning at 9:30 A.M. three two-hour mega sessions conclude the 20th Anniversary edition of PGI. As more renewables stream onto the US grid, issues once only thought of in future terms are coming to the forefront. Integration of Renewable Energy Technologies Into the US Grid looks at how renewable energy technologies are blending à‚— and will blend à‚— into the grid.

Equally timely is another mega session à‚— Carbon Capture Readiness at Utility Scale. The panel discussion will cover carbon capture readiness and demonstration projects underway in the US and abroad for utility scale applications. It will also cover potential legislation under the new US administration and carbon trading.

A third mega session will focus of the bread-and-butter large frame gas turbine. The panel will discuss the current status of large machine performance and improvement modifications, and each major original equipment manufacturer will update fleet operating status.

Don’t forget that for the second year, Nuclear Power International is co-located with PGI. Nuclear Power International provides the nuclear power industry the perfect venue to gather and exchange information about nuclear power’s role in today’s world. Attendees of Nuclear Power International enjoy the same benefits and have access to the same programmes as PGI attendees.

Go Back to College

As if the broad array of professional sessions across 14 technical tracks don’t offer enough continuing education potential, POWER-GEN also lets you go back to school à‚— literally à‚— with seventeen eight and four-hour Competitive Power College (CPC) Courses held before PGI officially kicks off. All course materials are included in the registration fees as are coffee breaks, and registration for the full-day CCP courses includes lunch.

Everyone knows that technical sessions, professional development opportunities and dynamic plenary events are just part of the value and excitement of being at the world’s largest power event. The ability to mix, mingle and interact with industry professionals from all over the world is a major reason so many people will come to Orlando in December.

PGI’s 20th Anniversary Networking Reception takes place Wednesday, December 3, from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. in the Delegate Restaurant area, Exhibit Hall NA1 of the Orange County Convention Center. Cost is $45.00. Energy Provider programme participants and all international delegates are admitted free.

Technical Tour

As always, PGI will include a technical tour of a local power plant to let attendees see the real thing. This year’s technical tour starts at the Orange Country Convention Center on Monday at 9:30 A.M. for a bus trip to the 410 MW Crane Island gas fired plant located on 170 acres and surrounded by nearly 1000 acres of protected wetland, Cane Island is a mixture of modern gas and steam turbine technology. See you there.

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