Nearly 200 industry experts will present new solutions and innovations for the future in 36 conference sessions broken up in 12 tracks offering full conference attendees a chance to earn 10 PDH credit hours.

The conference sessions are organized into multiple concurrent session tracks:

  • Digital Power Plant
  • Energy Storage
  • Emissions Control
  • Gas Turbine Technologies
  • Industry Trends / Competitive Power Generation
  • On-Site Power
  • Plant Performance
  • Power Project Financing 





GenForum brings together power generation executives who operate, plan, build, regulate and invest in power generation systems in North America.

This forum is one day of interaction and collaboration on the business of power generation. You’ll gain insight from case studies of successful business models, regional planning strategies, financing trends and practical lessons learned from new construction and upgraded power projects occurring in the United States and Canada.

Attend GenForum to:

Immerse yourself in critical content 
GenForum focuses on the most critical issues facing our industry today. Delivered by the power  industry’s heaviest hitters, the presentations, discussions and conversations will help you to maximize efficiency, reduce costs / risk and leverage your industry resources.

Gather intelligence about ongoing generation trends and projects in North America 
Presenters will share lessons learned from power generation projects that are currently under way, or that have ended successfully and unsuccessfully. For every project completed, there are a multitude of lessons and experiences to share — GenForum is the place to hear them!

Nowhere else can you get power generation content so regionally focused. GenForum is the event of the year for generation executives in North America.  Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the discussions that are shaping the generation industry in North America.



Changes in regulation, technology and utility business models are creating new opportunities for distributed energy systems that leverage renewable technologies, energy storage, CHP, and demand response. In this track, experts examine new technologies, new projects, and trends affecting the market for microgrids, storage and virtual power plants.
Investments in emissions reduction can cost more than original plant. As a result, performance and compliance expectations are increasing. In this track, we’ll be examining efforts to improve compliance, control costs, plan for the future, enhance performance, and improve technology.
These sessions cover a wide range of gas turbine-related topics, including technology advancements, simple cycle and combined cycle considerations, fuel flexibility, and operation and maintenance issues. In addition, major gas turbine OEMs will participate in a mega-session showcasing their latest innovations.
Power professionals examine regulatory changes and economic forces impacting the global power generation market. In particular, panelists will discuss how technology, project development, system reliability, and asset management strategies are evolving to adapt to these market drivers.
This track features discussions about market-leading trends, technologies, and case studies from industry experts related to products ranging from 50kW to 10MW in capacity. Featured technologies include gas and diesel reciprocating engines, micro-turbines, combined heat and power, distributed generation, microgrids, and emergency backup power.
Panelists explore ways to improve and optimize the performance and reliability of existing fossil-fired power generation assets.  Topics include: gas and steam turbines, boilers, heat recovery steam generators, automation/optimization and maintenance.
Financing experts explore the financing options and strategies that work best in today’s power generation market. Among other things, panelists will examine liquidity issues, risk and return expectations, new development possibilities, and the financial and regulatory barriers to overcome in today’s tight financial market.

2015 Keynote Session - open to all registered attendees and exhibitors


Tuesday, December 8, 2015 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Paradise Ballroom, Westgate Hotel

Open to all registered attendees and exhibitors

Welcome Address

Russell Ray, Chief Editor, Power Engineering magazine
POWER-GEN International Program Committee Chair

Featured Speakers


Mr. Joe Mastrangelo
President and CEO, Gas Power Systems
GE Power

Joe Mastrangelo is the president & CEO of Gas Power Systems for GE Power, overseeing global operations of GE’s Gas Turbine, Steam Turbine, Generator and Controls businesses. GE’s Gas Power Systems business has the largest installed fleet of gas and steam turbines in the world with more than 13,500 units representing over 1.5 million megawatts of installed capacity in more than 130 countries, and a manufacturing footprint in the Americas, Europe, and Asia to serve its global customers. Joe assumed this role in September 2015 and is based in Schenectady, New York.
Over the past 16 years, Joe built broad operating experience across the energy value chain, leading mechanical, electrical and systems technology businesses. Prior to this role, Joe was Chief Executive Officer of GE’s Power Conversion business, which applies the science and systems of power conversion, including process controls, automation systems and high-efficiency power electronics, motors and generators, to help increase the efficiency of the world’s energy infrastructure. Joe also spent over 10 years with GE Oil & Gas, in a progression of leadership roles in finance, quality and commercial operations, culminating in being named a GE Corporate Officer in 2008 while leading GE’s Turbomachinery business.

POWER-GEN International Keynote Session  

Mr. Steve Berberich
President and Chief Executive Officer
California ISO

Steve Berberich is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Independent System Operator (ISO). The ISO is one of the world’s largest transmission organizations, managing the electric grid and wholesale power markets for 30 million Californians.

2015 marks Mr. Berberich’s 10th year with the ISO and his fourth year as CEO. During his tenure, he has navigated the ISO through a series of major changes underway in the energy industry. He is a key voice in transforming the power grid to lower its reliance on fossil fuels, and driving energy policy to foster new ways to produce and consume electricity.
Recognized as one of the nation’s 10 most influential energy leaders, Mr. Berberich has overseen the integration of more renewable energy than any other region in the world. Most recently, Mr. Berberich directed the deployment of the nation’s first Energy Imbalance Market, which welcomed five additional western states into the ISO’s bulk power markets.

He has served in a series of executive capacities at the ISO, including Vice President of Technology, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Berberich brings more than 25 years of experience from fields such as utility leadership, business consulting, financial services, banking and finance. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in finance and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tulsa.



Mr. Stuart R. Hemphill
Senior Vice President, Power Supply and Operational Services
Southern California Edison

As senior vice president of Power Supply and Operational Services at Southern California Edison (SCE), Hemphill is responsible for overseeing the development and operation of the company’s hydroelectric, solar, and natural gas generating
plants; the procurement of conventional and renewable power contracts; and the planning, management, and dispatch of SCE’s overall resource portfolio. He is also responsible for supply chain, supplier diversity, corporate real estate, logistics, warehousing, and transportation services.

Previously, Hemphill was acting chief financial officer of SCE in addition to these duties. He also held positions of senior vice president of Power Supply, senior vice president of Power Procurement, and vice president of Renewable and Alternative Power.  He held management positions at Edison International and SCE in the strategic planning, resource planning, and business development organizations.

Hemphill serves on the Boards of the California Power Exchange, The Huntington Library, AbilityFirst, and the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House. Hemphill earned an MBA at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at California State University, Fullerton.


POWER-GEN International Keynote Session  

Steven L. Edwards
Chairman, President & CEO
Black & Veatch

Since joining Black & Veatch in 1978, Steven L. Edwards has been responsible for a variety of global projects and business lines. He joined the company¹s Board of Directors in 2012. Edwards was named Chief Operating Officer in March 2013 in a transition role before becoming Chairman, President and CEO on 27 November 2013, succeeding Len C. Rodman. Edwards¹ previous role was Executive Vice President responsible for business development and operations for Black & Veatch¹s engineering, procurement and construction business in energy. Additional previous roles include Director of Engineering and Procurement, Manager of Projects, and Director of Americas region. He has also held project management responsibilities for a variety of major power generation projects in Asia and the Americas. He is a registered professional engineer and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri in 1978.


POWER-GEN International Keynote Session  

Mr. Robert C. Flexon
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dynegy Inc.

Since 2011, Mr. Flexon has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Dynegy Inc., overseeing the energy company’s turnaround.  Prior to joining Dynegy, Mr. Flexon served as the Chief Financial Officer of UGI Corporation, a distributor and marketer of energy products and services. In 2009, he served as President and CEO of Foster Wheeler’s U.S. subsidiary and then Chief Executive Officer of Foster Wheeler, a global engineering and construction contractor and power equipment supplier. Mr. Flexon served five years at NRG Energy, Inc. in various executive level positions including Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Flexon also has held key finance and accounting positions with Hercules, Inc. and Atlantic Richfield Company.  

Mr. Flexon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Villanova University and serves on the Board of Neighborhood Centers, the largest not-for-profit in Texas.


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