Siemens official to join GenForum coal panel

Bruce Rising, an energy and environmental advisor and strategic business manager at Siemens Energy, has agreed to participate in a panel discussion on coal-fired power generation at the Dec. 8 PennWell GenForum in Orlando, Fla.

Rising has agreed to be part of a panel discussion on the future of coal during a dash to gas. Other members of the coal panel will include Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) Vice President Global Energy Analytics Jacob Williams and Troutman Sanders Partner and Clean Air Act attorney Margaret Campbell.

The one-day GenForum conference is organized by GenerationHub. It is co-located with PennWell’s Power-Gen International, which is happening Dec. 9-11 in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

An industry veteran who has been with Siemens since 1995, Rising is considered an expert on power generation, fuels and related issues. Rising has been involved in reviewing potential power plant retirements in the United States and Canada.

Rising also recently completed a review of carbon capture and sequestration in the energy sector. Rising is a member of the Gas Turbine Association. He has also served as an advisor to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the Advanced Coal Technology Task Force.

Rising has done work on the financial relationship between technology and markets.

Prior to joining Siemens, Rising was a regional manager for emission controls for Rolls-Royce. He has also worked as a research scientist with Battelle.

Rising holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical physics from San Diego State University- California State University. He also has a master’s degree in fuel science and engineering from Penn State University. He’s also done some work toward a doctorate in aeronautical engineering at the Ohio State University.

Power demand, DG, gas, nuclear power among GenForum speaker topics

PJM Interconnection Chief Economist Paul Sotkiewicz, Ph.D., will kick off GenForum with a keynote presentation on electric power demand.

The keynote address will be followed by a natural gas combined-cycle panel discussion featuring Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) General Manager – Power Generation Carolinas East, Julie Turner; NTE Energy Senior Vice President, Commercial Services Mike Bradley and Panda Power Funds Senior Vice President and Head of Finance Anuradha Sen.

Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA) President and CEO John Shelk will give a presentation on competitive generation; and Florida Public Service Commission member Eduardo Balbis will discuss the Florida energy landscape.

In the afternoon, ScottMadden Management Consultants Partner Stuart Pearman will discuss distributed generation. Pearman’s presentation will be followed by the coal power presentation.

Capping off the day will be a panel discussion on whether the nuclear power industry is in a renaissance or retreat. The nuclear panel will feature Southern Nuclear Co. Vice President for Technical Compliance for Vogtle Units 3 and 4 David Jones; NuScale Power Chief Commercial Officer Mike McGough and Nuclear Matters Leadership Council Member David Wright.

More information on the one-day GenForum is available at

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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