Siemens official to discuss rise of natural gas generation during GenForum

Siemens Industry Marketing Manager/Oil & Gas Michael Welch has been added to the program for PennWell’s one-day GenForum Dec. 7 in Las Vegas, where he will participate in a panel discussion on the rising use of natural gas for power generation.

Welch will be part of a panel discussion on the promise and pitfalls of dramatically-increased reliance on natural gas for power generation.

Welch has been a manager with Siemen Industrial Turbomachinery , which is part of Siemens AG, since 1998 and has held a variety of engineering and management positions in the energy sector since 1986. He has spoken at many international electric power and energy-related professional gatherings.

Welch is based in the United Kingdom. In addition to Siemens, Welch has held positions at companies such as Alstom, Dale Power, Ruston, and ABB. He has a background in electrical engineering and has degrees from Loughborough University and King’s College Taunton.

GenForum is a one-day conference, organized by GenerationHub, which will explore how the power sector is coping with changing dynamics that include the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) and the EPA Clean Power Plan. GenForum is one of the co-located events for PennWell’s POWER-GEN International. Both events are being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Other speakers already on the program for the event include Department of Energy Loan Programs Office (LPO) Director Mark McCall; ScottMadden Management Consultants Partner Todd Williams; Peabody Energy Global Energy Analytics Vice President Jacob Williams; and NV Energy Renewable Energy Programs Director Jesse Murray.

Information on the GenForum agenda can be found at

A link to the POWER-GEN International site can be found at

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