GenForum event in Columbus to tackle gas-fired power plants, pipelines, issues

Speaker roster now set for one-day session on natural gas, power generation

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Issues ranging from how combined-cycle power plants figure into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to curb carbon dioxide (CO2) to plans for additional natural gas pipelines will be discussed at the PennWell GenForum scheduled for Aug. 18 in Columbus, Ohio.

The lineup of speakers is now set for the event, which runs from roughly 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

GenForum is organized by PennWell’s GenerationHub news service, which monitors news and data about natural gas power generation issues. GenForum leads into PennWell’s POWER-GEN/Natural Gas conference, scheduled for Aug. 18-to-20 at the same convention center.

The keynote session for POWER-GEN/Natural Gas begins an hour after the close of GenForum. Discounts are available for individuals who plan to attend both events.

ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) Vice President Natural Gas Practice Leonard Crook will kickoff the one-day GenForum/POWER-GEN event. Crook will offer an overview of the recent rise of natural gas-fueled power generation over the years at the expense of coal-fired power plants.

After Crook, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Vice Chairman Asim Haque will discuss implications of shale gas development and increased development of gas power plants in Ohio, a traditionally coal-heavy state.

Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) Vice President of Governmental & Regulatory Strategies James Tramuto will then look at the increasing demand for interstate gas pipelines and whether there will   be sufficient pipeline infrastructure to serve both new units and existing customers.

One of the highlights of the event will be a panel discussion by three electric generators on how the rise of natural gas and the decline of coal-fired baseload generation is affecting their power portfolio.

Exelon (NYSE:EXC) subsidiary Exelon Generation Vice President for Power Operations Support Vicky Will; American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations Timothy Light and Sunflower Electric Power Senior Vice President and COO Kyle Nelson will  discuss the changing generation mix.

During the early afternoon, Midcontinent ISO Executive Director - External Affairs Michelle Bloodworth will discuss how the system operator is planning for the fuel, infrastructure, and coordination issues posed by coal retirements and increased use of natural gas.

Finally, General Electric (NYSE:GE) Power & Water Marketing Manager Jim Donohue will discuss Improvements in combined-cycle and simple-cycle technology as well as the resulting growth in natural gas power generation.

GenForum speaker and agenda details can be found 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.

Wayne can be reached at

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