CO2, coal retirements, increased natural gas generation among issues at GenForum

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plant for CO2, coal plant retirements and the increasing use of natural gas for electric generation will be among the topics discussed at PennWell’s first GenForum scheduled Aug. 19 in Nashville, Tenn.

The one-day event will start with Midcontinent ISO (MISO) Senior Director of Policy & Economic Studies John Lawhorn offering a look at how MISO is planning to cope with increasing coal retirements.

Alstom Managing Director North America for Environmental Controls Michael Kaplan will then discuss how the domestic generating fleet, especially fossil units, are adjusting to uncertain times.

The failure of today’s markets to properly value baseload generation, even when it’s carbon-free, will be discussed by Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) Senior Director for Policy Development Paul Genoa.

Vice presidents from three of the nation’s largest electricity producers will then hold a panel discussion built around the topic: “Coal Isn’t Dead but Gas is the Life of the Party.”

Participants in the generators panel include: American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) Executive Vice President Mark McCullough; Southern (NYSE:SO) Vice President of System Planning Jeff Burleson and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Vice President of Stakeholder Relations Joe Hoagland.

After lunch, a vice president from another major generator, an independent power producer, will deliver an address on key regulatory and market factors affecting generation. NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) Executive Vice President and Regional President Lee Davis heads a 10-state territory that extends from Ohio to New England.

“EPA and Coal Plants” is an issue that will be addressed by Bracewell & Giuliani Partner Jeffrey Holmstead. A former assistant administrator at the EPA, Holmstead will highlight some of the most important EPA standards in the pipeline, and the court battles surrounding them.

ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) Manager Jeff Archibald will tackle the subject of “Coal Retirements and the Gas Age.” Archibald will look at the current economics of building new gas units and retiring or retrofitting coal units.

“Not Your Father’s Coal-fired Generation” will provide a look at one of the nation’s newest and most technologically-advanced new coal plants. Duke Energy Indiana Technical Manager Craig Marchino will discuss Duke’s new Edwardsport Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) facility.

The one-day conference is organized by GenerationHub. Subscribers to GenerationHub (or TransmissionHub) can use this promo code to get 15% off by using the promo code GHUB15.

GenForum will be co-located with Coal-Gen, which is scheduled Aug. 20-through-22 at the Music City Center. For more details visit http://www.energyhubforums.com/genforum/conference.html.

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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 wayneb@pennwell.com.