AEP, Exelon, Ohio officials to address gas and power issues at GenForum

Vice presidents from American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) and Exelon (NYSE:EXC) as well as the vice chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) will be among the speakers at the upcoming GenForum on Aug. 18 in Columbus, Ohio.

PUCO Commissioner Asim Haque, AEP Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Timothy Light and Exelon Power Vice President, Operations Support Vicky Will have all agreed to be part of the one-day GenForum program organized by PennWell’s GenerationHub scheduled at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

GenForum will run from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will analyze the growing reliance on natural gas power plants in the domestic generation mix. The program will also look at the reasons behind the rise of natural gas in the power system and its impact.

GenForum leads into PennWell’s POWER-GEN/Natural Gas conference, scheduled for Aug. 18-to-20 at the same convention center.

During GenForum, Haque will offer an Ohio perspective on growing utilization of natural gas for generation. Exelon’s Will and AEP’s Light will be part of a panel discussion on generators’ perspectives on natural gas’ growing share of the power generation fleet.

Regulatory issues, gas-fired generation technology and the need for pipeline infrastructure are other issues that will be addressed at the conference.

Haque was appointed to PUCO by Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) in 2013, and currently serves as vice-chairman of the commission.

Haque, an attorney, began his professional career at Ice Miller LLP (f/k/a Schottenstein, Zox & Dunn Co. LPA) where he represented a broad spectrum of clients in energy and utility matters. After six years of practicing law at Ice Miller, Haque took a position as legal counsel for Honda North America, where he worked immediately prior to his appointment to PUCO. Haque currently serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).

AEP’s Light is responsible for energy marketing, energy trading, renewable energy, market operations, fuel procurement and commercial and financial analysis for AEP’s regulated business units.

Previously, Light was senior vice president – Fuel, Emissions and Logistics, responsible for fossil fuel purchases (coal, natural gas and fuel oil) and transportation logistics for all AEP power plants. In addition, he was responsible for emissions marketing and position management as well as the purchasing of bulk commodities needed for post-combustion emission controls and for the management of related assets including AEP’s River Operations, Cook Coal Terminal and Dolet Hills Mining.

From 2002 to August 2008, Light was vice president – Power Projects and Asset Investments at AEP. Light also has served as executive director – Business Development, primarily responsible for leading AEP’s wind energy development and acquisition program. Light had various positions at a number of the Central and South West (CSW) companies before the AEP/CSW merger in 2000. Light began his career with CSW in 1981.

Exelon’s Will leads the strategic direction and vision for Exelon Generation’s fleet of fossil, hydroelectric and renewable generating assets in the areas of maintenance, work management, human performance, training, safety, environmental and regulatory affairs. She also oversees the company’s efforts to relicense Conowingo and Muddy Run, which are hydro assets located in Maryland and Pennsylvania, respectively.

Before joining Exelon, Will held several roles at Progress Energy including director of Environmental, Health and Safety Services for the Power Operations Group in Raleigh, N.C. Previous roles included serving as director of Environmental Services and as the plant manager of the Cape Fear plant. Prior to working at Progress Energy, she held various positions of increasing responsibility in the chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries.

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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