DOE loan official Higgins to speak at GenForum in Orlando

Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) official Mark Higgins will speak during the upcoming GenForum session Dec. 12 in Orlando, Fla.

Higgins is the Deputy Director for the Technical and Project Management Division with the LPO.

In this role, Higgins provides technical management and performance monitoring of LPO’s $30bn portfolio of clean energy projects. This portfolio includes projects in renewable energy and energy efficiency, advanced technology vehicle manufacturing, advanced fossil, nuclear, and related transmission infrastructure. He also oversees the technology evaluations of new applications submitted under open LPO solicitations.

Previously Higgins was the Deputy Director for the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at DOE.

Before joining DOE, Higgins was a senior staff engineer at Bechtel Power with an industry focus on nuclear and conventional coal upgrade projects. He also worked in the aerospace industry for 13 years.

Higgins holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Higgins will speak during a panel discussion on low-carbon power supply options available to the Sun Belt. His fellow panelists will include Robert Schulte of Schulte Associates LLC and Beaufort Rosemary Managing Director Kevin Casey.

Other speakers during GenForum include ScottMadden Management Consultants Partner Todd Williams; Akin Gump Counsel Scott W. Cockerham and Nuclear Economics Consulting Group Owner Edward Kee.

The half-day Orlando GenForum, organized by GenerationHub, will focus on carbon-free and low-carbon generation options for the Sun Belt.

GenForum is scheduled for 8 a.m. through noon in Room S 310E in the Orange County Convention Center. GenForum is a co-located event with the PennWell POWER-GEN International scheduled for Dec. 13 through 15.

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