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Thursday, February 23, 2023 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

POWERGEN International® Mega Sessions are 90-minute, high-level industry panels that tackle deeper dives into the big picture for their particular sector. These Mega Sessions can offer highly technical details, but typically they give attendees a more general, birds-eye view of the challenges and victories happening in power generation.

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What suppliers need to know about utility DE&I initiatives

February 23, 2023, 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Room W204BC, Second Level

Utilities are adopting a variety of programs and initiatives that seek to diversify their supply chains and expand opportunities for minority, disadvantaged and historically underrepresented firms. This mega-session offers insight into how utility programs are designed and implemented. And it covers key points that suppliers should consider as supplier-focused DE&I initiatives expand across the industry.

Moderator: David Wagman, Vice President-Energy Content, Clarion Events

Panelists: 

  • Eric Alemany, CEM, Senior Director-Supplier Relationship Management, New York Power Authority
  • Rita Scott, Manager Jacksonville Small Emerging Business Programs & Procurement Performance, JEA

 

 

The evolving power plant in the age of decarbonization

February 23, 2023, 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Room W205A, Second Level

The journey to clean electricity by 2035 is fostering innovation in the U.S. dispatchable power fleet. Plants must be transformed - “future-proofed” - offering decarbonized firming capacity to growing intermittent renewable penetration that is also reliable and affordable. This evolution includes operational and clean fuel flexibility from hydrogen and ammonia, as well as carbon capture, all coupled with digital intelligent data platforms.

In this robust megasession, key service solution providers including the OEMs will discuss the most cutting-edge technologies available for new and existing dispatchable power plants. Speakers on this moderated panel will also highlight the anticipated impacts of newly implemented climate legislation in the U.S. and how it will further accelerate our transition.

Moderator: Bobby Noble, Gas Turbine Programs Manager, EPRI

Panelists:

  • Pratyush Nag, Program Director, 9000HL Class Product & Business Development, Siemens Energy
  • Mark Bissonnette, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Power Generation, Mitsubishi Power Americas
  • Jeff Benoit, V.P. of Clean Energy Solutions, Power Systems Mfg., LLC
 

What will the new federal infrastructure and climate laws offer the power industry?

February 23, 2023, 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM

W206A, Second Level

With the passage of both the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the energy transformation in the U.S. will receive a major infusion of dollars in the next 10 years.

The IIJA is a generational investment in renewable energy, hydropower, nuclear, transmission, hydrogen, and carbon capture technologies. The IRA incentivizes domestic manufacturing of clean energy technology and developing technologies such as geothermal, carbon capture, clean hydrogen and biofuels.

In this Megasession, our panelists will discuss both new laws through their expertise in finance, energy planning, generation and delivery and energy industry transformation. Opportunities for alternative technologies like carbon capture, small modular reactors and advanced storage technologies will be identified, along with some of the constraints and conflicts expected to arise as a result of the energy transition.

Moderator: Gretchen Dolson, Vice President Renewables Practice Lead, HDR Inc.

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