Bloodworth to address growing reliance on natural gas within MISO

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) Executive Director of External Affairs Michelle Bloodworth is the latest addition to the one-day GenForum conference scheduled Aug. 18 in Columbus, Ohio.

Bloodworth will speak at GenForum/POWER-GEN Natural Gas and offer a MISO perspective on planning for the fuel, infrastructure, and coordination issues posed by coal retirements and increased use of natural gas.

GenForum is organized by PennWell’s GenerationHub. The event is scheduled at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Bloodworth joined MISO in March after serving as the senior director of market development at America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA).

She was previously the vice president of marketing, sales and communications for Energen’s Alabama Gas Corp. (Alagasco). Bloodworth worked in in multiple areas of that organization over two decades.

Bloodworth has been active in multiple trade groups, including the Council for Responsible Energy (as a founding member), the American Gas Association, the Southern Gas Association and the Southeastern Energy Society, and has served on the boards of the Energy Solutions Center, NGV America and the Gas Technology Institute’s Utilization Technology Development Program.

Bloodworth earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University and is a registered power generation, industrial and commercial gas consultant.

Other speakers on the agenda include: Commissioner Asim Haque of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO); American Electric Power Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Timothy Light; Exelon Vice President – Operations and Support Vicky Will; and Sunflower Electric Power Senior Vice President and COO Kyle Nelson.

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.

GenForum speaker and agenda updates can be found at and

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