Peabody Energy VP Jacob Williams to speak on GenForum coal panel

Panel to address future of coal during dash to gas

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Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) Vice President Global Energy Analytics Jacob Williams will participate on a panel discussion on the future of coal during a dash to gas Dec. 8 at PennWell’s one-day GenForum conference in Orlando, Fla.

Williams will be part of an afternoon panel discussion that will also include Troutman Sanders Partner and Clean Air Act attorney Margaret Campbell.

Peabody is the world’s largest private sector coal company. Williams joined Peabody Energy in 1999.

Previously, Williams was vice president of generation development leading Peabody’s partnering efforts for the largest coal plant to be built in the U.S. in 30 years; the 1,600-MW Prairie State generation plantin Illinois, which started up in 2012.  Williams serves as a Board of Director on the Prairie State Board.

Prior to joining Peabody, Williams held various positions at Alliant Energy (NYSE:LNT) in power marketing and trading and generation planning. Williams has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and a MBA from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

PJM Interconnection Chief Economist Paul Sotkiewicz, Ph.D., will kick off GenForum with a keynote presentation on electric power demand.

The keynote address will be followed by a natural gas combined-cycle panel discussion featuring Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) General Manager - Power Generation Carolinas East, Julie Turner; NTE Energy Senior Vice President, Commercial Services Mike Bradley and Panda Power Funds Senior Vice President and Head of Finance Anuradha Sen.

Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA) President and CEO John E. Shelk will give a presentation on competitive generation; and Florida Public Service Commission member Eduardo Balbis will discuss the Florida energy landscape.

In the afternoon, ScottMadden Management Consultants Partner Stuart Pearman will discuss distributed generation. Pearman’s presentation will be followed by the coal power presentation.

Capping off the day will be a panel discussion on whether the nuclear power industry is in a renaissance or retreat. The nuclear panel will feature Southern Nuclear Co. Vice President for Technical Compliance for Vogtle Units 3 and 4 David Jones; NuScale Power Chief Commercial Officer Mike McGough and Nuclear Matters Leadership Council Member David Wright.

More information on the one-day GenForum is available at


Wayne Barber
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Wayne Barber

Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants.

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