POWERGEN International Blog

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start your POWERGEN Abstracts


The nation’s biggest power generation conference is seeking the best and brightest to deliver content sessions when POWERGEN happens November 19-21 in New Orleans.

POWER-GEN Tech Tour: Kissimmee Utility Authority Shows off 740-MW Gas-fired Plant


TCS iPower Launching Tuesday at POWER-GEN


Tata says that TCS iPower will combine engineering knowledge with artificial intelligence (AI) to provide a comprehensive solution for optimizing operations and maintenance in fossil fuel-fired thermal power plants. 

Tracking Decades in many Power Sectors: Q&A with POWER-GEN Digital Chair Scott Affelt


“The primary focus on the Digitalization Solutions and Cybersecurity track is on how power plants can benefit from the emerging opportunities of Digitalization to improve the performance and reliability of their plants. 

New CEO of GE Gas Power joins Keynote at POWER-GEN


Scott Strazik, a youthful yet 18-year company veteran recently named to head up the GE Gas Power business, will be a featured speaker during the keynote address Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the Valencia Ballroom of the Orange County Convention Center.

From Disruption comes Progress: Q&A with POWER-GEN Keynote Speaker Robert Yeager


"As power’s aging workforce continues to cause concern among leaders in the industry, digital transformation will enable us to rely more heavily on technology and train teams more efficiently. And, as power experts begin to retire, the digita...

Webcast: Where the Grid Starts & Conventional Meets Renewable


We are counting down the days to POWER-GEN International! Enjoy a little preshow webcast discussing hot topics to look forward to with #POWERGEN18 committee members- Scott Affelt of XMPLR, Chris Meickowski of Siemens, and Karen Bertram of Integrat...

From Steel to Solar: Q&A with JERA's Todd Kerschbaum


Todd Kerschbaum has worked all over the generation spectrum, helping engineer power projects using coal, natural gas, recycled waste, wind and solar resources. Now he is track chair for the first-ever All Things Solar sessions at POWER-GEN Interna...

Game Changer: Optimizing Natural Gas Generation with Energy Storage


"While gas will remain an important fuel source for a diverse generation base for years to come, it is facing competition."

POWER-GEN International Elevates the Event Buying Experience


This program will deliver a personalized experience for decision makers from electric power generating companies (including utilities and IPPs) and EPC companies that are actively sourcing new products and services. 

Why the Electricity Sector must Switch to a Cyber-first Mindset


The power sector finds itself in a dangerous position. And protecting itself will require businesses from across the whole electricity value chain to embed security into absolutely everything they do.

Flexible, On-Site and in Charge: Q&A with Pete Belmonte


Belmonte, who is vice president and national market director of power and utilities for TRC, talks about how his future was shaped by his godfather, why he thinks balance is key in the generation mix and what’s the best part of his job. He also gi...

U.S. Department of Energy To Bring $40B Cash to POWER-GEN International


After wallowing in limbo for the first part of 2018 awaiting re-authorization, the Loan Program Office (LPO) at the Department of Energy is back in business with about $40 billion burning a hole in its proverbial pocket.

Orlando Utilities Commission is Host Utility for POWER-GEN International


Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) has agreed to be host utility for the event happening December 4-6 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. OUC President Gregory D. Lee will be POWER-GEN's leadoff keynote speaker on the event's first ...

Digitalizing the Power Sector


While the “three Ds” of energy—decarbonization, decentralization, and digitalization—are all driving the global energy transition, only digitalization has truly permeated every aspect of the power sector.

How one Side of Energy fits with Another: Q&A with POWER-GEN Finance Track Chair Elias Hinckley


“This event creates a rare opportunity to connect disparate areas of the power business. Engineers and operations teams don’t typically think much about finance and finance rarely gives much thought to the real nuts and bolts of a power project. H...

Staying Vital in a World of Change: Q&A with Optimizing Plant Performance Track Chair Merrill Jones


“Optimizing plant performance has always been a topic of interest to the industry for many years but the outside factors have changed considerably in the past 10 years—making plant optimization more important than ever."

Tackling the Big Questions in Power Generation


These sessions tackle the Big Questions facing power generation now and to come. They offer many answers, but also sometimes look ahead to what the questions will be in 5, 10 and 20 years. For example....

A new Dynamic Market: Q&A with Microgrid Expert Chris Dunlap


Microgrids are surely on the rise in the U.S. and globally for various technically sound and heartfelt reasons.  This growth is spurred by resiliency fears brought on by major storms which brought down...

Elevation: Drones Rising as tools to improve Power Plant Performance


Unmanned aerial systems are all the flying rage in the utility space. Xcel Energy received federal approval to fly its drones beyond line of sight, while other utilities such as Duke Energy and Ameren are expanding what the quad-propped tools can ...