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, Managing Editor, Power Engineering magazine
POWER-GEN International Program Committee Chair

Featured Speakers


Mr. Victor Abate
President and CEO of Power Generation
GE Power & Water

Victor (Vic) Abate is the president & CEO of Power Generation for GE Power & Water, overseeing worldwide operations of GE’s Heavy-Duty Gas Turbine, Steam Turbine, Generator and Controls businesses. GE’s Power Generation business has the largest delivered fleet of gas turbines in the world with more than 7,400 turbines operating in 112 countries. The business has manufacturing footprints in the Americas, Europe, and Asia to serve its global customers. Vic assumed this role in April 2013, and is based in Schenectady, New York.

From 2005 to his present role, Vic is president & CEO of GE’s Renewable Energy business, one of the world’s leading suppliers of renewable energy technology. In this role, Vic led the development and launch of GE’s 1.6-100 onshore wind turbine and GE’s 2.5-120 brilliant wind turbine, both of which were recognized externally as game changing products in the industry.

Vic began his GE career in 1990 and has held several management roles in engineering, services, production, and quality. In 1996, he led the large turbine generator business as the quality leader and was subsequently appointed general manager of generator technology. In 1999, Vic assumed responsibility for leading the gas turbine volume ramp up in GE’s Power Generation segment, and in late 2000 he was appointed general manager of steam turbine technology. In 2003, he became a GE company officer as the vice president of technology for power generation, which included technology for gas, steam, wind, solar, and hydro-turbine generators, gasification technologies, and integrated gasification combined cycle.

Prior to joining GE, Vic worked for Allied Signal and Zurn Industries and was responsible for mechanical drive technology and new product development.

Originally from Williamstown, Massachusetts, Vic holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Union College, and an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He and his wife Karen have four children and reside in Saratoga Springs, New York.


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.


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.



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.
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