ICF VP Leonard Crook to lead off GenForum in Columbus

ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) Vice President Natural Gas Practice Leonard Crook will kick-off the one-day GenForum/POWER-GEN event Aug. 18 on natural gas generation in Columbus, Ohio.

Crook will offer an overview of the recent rise of natural gas-fueled power generation over the years at the expense of coal-fired power plants.

GenForum is organized by PennWell’s GenerationHub. The event is scheduled at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. GenForum leads into PennWell’s POWER-GEN/Natural Gas conference, scheduled for Aug. 18-to-20 at the same convention center.

Crook has over 30 years’ experience in North American and international natural gas markets. Prior to joining ICF, he served at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for 10 years, where he was a member of the FERC team that prepared the President’s Decision on the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation System. 

Crook’s practice at ICF has focused on the economics of gas supply, pipelines, liquefied natural gas (LNG), and gas markets, with a focus on gas supply for power generation in North America, Africa, and India.

In North America, he has advised distribution companies, independent power producers and electric utilities on gas supply strategies, and has served as lenders’ gas expert on over $4bn in project financed power and natural gas facilities in the United States. In this work he has reviewed scores of gas supply and pipeline contracts for power generators.

He has led ICF’s support for the Department of Energy (DOE) office that ensures resilience of power, gas, and petroleum infrastructure and assessed the vulnerability of energy infrastructure to sea level rise. 

Crook has a master’s degree in history and a bachelor’s degree in economics and history from the University of Memphis.

Other speakers on the agenda include: Commissioner Asim Haque of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO); American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Timothy Light; Exelon (NYSE:EXC) Vice President – Operations and Support Vicky Will; and Sunflower Electric Power Senior Vice President and COO Kyle Nelson; as well as Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) Executive Director of External Affairs Michelle Bloodworth.

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 speaker and agenda updates can be found at http://www.energyhubforums.com/genforum/conference.html and http://www.energyhubforums.com/genforum/speakers.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.