AEP’s Mark McCullough to headline GenForum event in Columbus, Ohio

American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) Executive Vice President Mark C. McCullough will headline the Aug. 23 GenForum in Columbus, Ohio.

The GenForum event, based around the theme “Preparing for the Gas-fired Grid,” is a co-located event with the PennWell POWER-GEN/Natural Gas conference at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

McCullough will deliver a kick-off address at GenForum in which he will share his perspective on the growing use of natural gas in power generation.

GenForum is organized by GenerationHub.

McCullough is responsible for the management AEP’s fossil, hydro and wind generating units, and Ohio Valley Electric Corp./Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corp.’s (OVEC/IKEC) generating assets.

McCullough has served AEP his entire career, since 1981, in a variety of positions, including region director – Ohio, Unregulated Generation, with management and P&L responsibility for more than 10,000 MW of coal-fired generation, 800 MW of gas-fired generation, and 2,600 MW of partner-operated coal-fired generation.

McCullough holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. He completed the MIT-INPO Reactor Technology Course for Utility Executives in June 2012.

McCullough is one of several confirmed speakers for the GenForum event.

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Director of Rates & Analysis Patrick Donlon will participate in a panel discussion on the regional impact.

Donlon oversees all functions of the department including electric, natural gas, telecom, and water rate cases, audits, negotiations, energy efficiency, power siting, market monitoring, forecasting and other items that fall under the jurisdiction of the PUCO.

Donlon has been with PUCO since 2012. He has previously worked as an analyst and accountant at AEP. Donlon has a master’s degree from Franklin University and a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Apex Power Group Managing Partner Michael King will be part of a panel discussion on opportunities and obstacles for increased construction of natural gas power generation.

King has been a partner with Apex since 2007 where he is responsible for all aspects of power plant development. The Apex Group has developed or is developing natural gas power plants in California, Texas and now Ohio.

King has also worked in senior posts for Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) in Indiana as well as Indianapolis Power & Light. King has also worked as an engineer for Entergy (NYSE:ETR). He holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.

Another panelist in the same discussion with King is Wärtsilä North America Market Development Analyst Joseph Ferrari. Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. It offers flexible power plants for the decentralized power generation market. Its power products in North America range from baseload power and grid stability and peaking to industrial self-generation.

Ferrari is involved with market analysis, power system modeling and evaluation, portfolio analysis, renewable integration, hybrid plant (thermal + renewable) evaluation and other issues.

Ferrari has been in his present role at Wärtsilä since the summer of 2011. He had also worked for Wärtsilä from 1997 to 2002. Ferrari also worked at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science from 1997 until 2002.

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