2014 Keynote Session - open to all registered attendees and exhibitors

Powering Innovation and Efficiency

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Valencia Ballroom, Orange County Convention Center – West Halls
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. David Walsh
President and CEO | Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas

Dave Walsh was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc. on April 1, 2014.  Mr. Walsh has responsibility for all aspects of the business in the Western Hemisphere.  Mr. Walsh is a corporate officer of MHPSA’s parent company, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd., in Japan.

Prior to his appointment as President & CEO, he served as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Projects and Services.  Mr. Walsh joined the company in 2001, and initially established the service and manufacturing business for Mitsubishi in the Western Hemisphere.

Previously, Mr. Walsh had been a senior executive at Westinghouse in both power generation and industrial service roles responsible for global plant based service activities, and later their power joint ventures in China.

Mr. Walsh received his BS Commerce degree from the University of Virginia and did Graduate Study, Finance at Northwestern University.

Mr. Walsh is a Board Member of Enterprise Florida, and has been a Board Member of the Seminole County Foundation for Public Education, and on the Seminole State College of Florida Foundations Board.


Mr. Mauricio Gutierrez
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer | NRG Energy

In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Mauricio Gutierrez is responsible, as he describes it, for "making sure the trains run on time." He holds top responsibility for ensuring that NRG's entire electric generating and thermal fleets operate at top levels of safety, performance and environmental sustainability. NRG operates the largest competitive generation fleet in the U.S. and second largest overall with roughly 150 generating plants with capacity greater than 52,000 megawatts, enough electricity to supply 42 million homes.

Mauricio also leads NRG's engineering and construction activities related to new generation and repowering projects. By overseeing commodities trading through increasingly volatile energy commodity markets, he helps maximize NRG's financial performance.

At NRG, he has also held the positions of executive vice president, Commercial Operations and senior vice president, Commodities Trading. He joined NRG in 2004.

Mauricio began his career as a senior consultant and project manager at Mexico City-based DTP Consultores, working on various energy and infrastructure projects in Mexico. When the U.S. merchant energy industry started to emerge, he joined Dynegy's management program and served in various positions, including managing director for the Southeast and Texas regions, senior trader for East Power and asset manager.


Ms. Kimberly S, Greene
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer | Southern Company

As chief operating officer, Kim Greene is responsible for oversee­ing the Southern Company system’s operations, which includes genera­tion, transmission, engineering and construction services, system plan­ning, and research and environmen­tal affairs, as well as Southern Power and Southern Wholesale Energy.

Greene began her career at Southern Company in 1991, progressing through various areas of engineering, operations and finance. She spent eight years at Southern Company subsidiary Southern Energy Inc., now NRG, working in the areas of finance, structuring, trading and asset management.

In 2007, Greene joined the Tennessee Valley Authority as chief financial officer and chief risk officer. Her responsibilities included overseeing budgeting, plan­ning and reporting of nearly $12 billion in revenue and expenses, designing and implementing new wholesale rate designs, and developing enterprise risk manage­ment processes. While at TVA, she also served as group president of strategy and external relations and as chief generation officer, responsible for more than 30,000 megawatts of coal, natural gas, hydro and renewable power generation.

In 2013, Greene returned to Southern Company as president and CEO of Southern Company Services. In that role, she was responsible for over­seeing the company’s information technology, human resources, supply chain management, marketing and program management, as well as Southern LINC Wireless, Southern Company’s wireless telecommunica­tions provider, and Southern Telecom, the company’s wholesale fiber optic network provider.

A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Greene earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering science and mechanics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She earned a mas­ter’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a master’s degree in business administration from Samford University. In 2011, Greene completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Greene is a member of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Board of Directors and recently served as EPRI Board chair. She serves as a member of the executive advisory council of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. In addition, she serves as a member of the advisory boards for the University of Tennessee College of Engineering and the University of Alabama at Birmingham master of safety engineering program.



Bob Perciasepe
President | Center for Climate and Energy Solutions


Bob Perciasepe is President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, a leading, independent voice for practical policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change.
Mr. Perciasepe has been an environmental policy leader in and outside government for more than 30 years, most recently as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and has built a reputation for bringing stakeholders together to solve issues.

While Mr. Perciasepe served as Deputy Administrator from 2009 to 2014, EPA developed carbon emissions standards for power plants, set stricter auto emissions and mileage standards, and increased protections for the nation’s streams and rivers.  Mr. Perciasepe was previously assistant administrator for both the agency’s water and clean air programs, leading efforts improve the safety of America’s drinking water and lower sulfur levels in gasoline to reduce smog.
Mr. Perciasepe served as chief operating officer of the National Audubon Society, one of the nation’s oldest conservation organizations, from 2004 to 2009. He has also held top positions in state and municipal government -- as Secretary of the Environment for the state of Maryland and as a senior planning official for the city of Baltimore.
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