General Electric (NYSE:GE) power generation official Jim Donohue will discuss the increasing penetration of natural gas in the electric power sector during the one-day PennWell GenForum conference Aug. 18 in Columbus, Ohio.
Donohue is marketing manager for GE’s Power Generation Products including combined-cycle plants, gas turbines, steam turbines, and generators. He has been involved in the power generation industry for more than 30 years in a variety of technical, commercial and product management roles. He is located in Schenectady, N.Y.
Donohue will take a look at how gas-fired technology has altered the power marketplace. Improvements in combined-cycle and simple-cycle technology as well as the resulting growth in natural gas power generation market share are expected to be discussed.
GenForum is organized by PennWell’s GenerationHub. The event is scheduled at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. GenForum leads into PennWell’s POWER-GEN/Natural Gas conference, scheduled for Aug. 18-to-20 at the same convention center.
Donohue joined GE in 1986 and has served in a number of different roles for the company. He recently completed an extended assignment in Tokyo working with Japanese utilities and the local GE team to develop proposals for several new combined-cycle projects.
Donohue earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Union College in Schenectady, New York. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York.
Donohue joins an agenda that includes:
ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) Vice President Natural Gas Practice Leonard Crook; Commissioner Asim Haque of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) Vice President of Governmental and Regulatory Strategies James Tramuto; American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Timothy Light; Exelon (NYSE:EXC) Vice President - Operations and Support Vicky Will; and Sunflower Electric Power Senior Vice President and COO Kyle Nelson; as well as Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) Executive Director of External Affairs Michelle Bloodworth.
GenForum will run from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will analyze the growing reliance on natural gas power plants in the domestic generation mix. The program will also look at the reasons behind the rise of natural gas in the power system and its impact.
POWER-GEN/Natural Gas begins shortly after the conclusion of GenForum.
GenForum speaker and agenda updates can be found at http://www.energyhubforums.com/genforum/conference.html and http://www.energyhubforums.com/genforum/speakers.html.