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Renewable Energy Goes Mainstream NOW in Orlando, Florida

Back in February, we announced that Renewable Energy World Conference and Expo, North America would be co-locating with Power-Gen International at the end of the year. PGI is the largest trade show for the power generation industry, attracting more than 20,000 executives from around the world to hear the latest information about the politics, economics and advances in the production and supply of power to communities. The show officially starts tomorrow but tech tours and workshops have already begun.

The three-day event runs from December 11-13 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. and includes a plethora of sessions and panel discussions by the leading authorities from all energy sectors including solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower generation. 

The conference kicks off with a keynote panel addressing “The Challenge Ahead,” looking at the future of power generation in light of President Obama’s re-election, several new nuclear power projects underway and advances in the technology to reduce emissions. The keynote speakers include Gordon Gillette, president of Tampa Electric & Peoples Gas; Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; E. James Ferland, president and CEO of The Babcock & Wilcox Company; Paul Browning, president & CEO of Thermal Products; and VADM Dennis V. McGinn (USN, Retired), president of the American Council on Renewable Energy.

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander and 2004 U.S. presidential candidate Gen. Wesley Clark will be among the featured presenters at the event. Speaking at a mega-session later in the week, he will participate on a panel discussion entitled “On the Front Lines: Renewable Energy on the Modern Battlefield.” From micro-grids capable of powering forward operating bases to systems that become part of each soldier’s toolkit, this panel will present advancements that both reduce vulnerability and increase mission effectiveness. The mega-session is set for Thursday from 10-11:30. 

“From pricing to emissions control to regulation to the future of our dependence on fossil fuels, this is the one industry event that gets into all the top issues,” said Russell Ray, committee chair for POWER-GEN.

With Renewable Energy World co-located with POWER-GEN International, this is the only event that can bring together — on a single panel — leaders from the National Gas Supply Association, the American Coal Council, the National Hydropower Association, the Solar Energy Industries Association, and the American Wind Energy Association.  This unique collection of industry leaders will come together to discuss policies that will affect power generation in 2013.

Renewable Energy World Conference and Expo’s conference program committee, which is made up of industry experts across the renewable energy spectrum, has put together an excellent conference agenda, diving deep into the specific renewable energy technologies as well as looking at transmission, integration, storage, and more.

Tonight the Project of the Year Awards will be handed out with great fanfare at an awards gala.  Finally, the best solar, wind, hydro, biomass and geothermal energy projects will be honored alongside the best coal-fired, gas-fired and nuclear energy projects of the past year.  Look for a feature story about the winners and the runners up tomorrow! 

We will try to keep updated about important events and announcements that take place this week. For a sneak peak of what attendees will see during the opening keynote session, play the video below.

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