Richard T. Flanagan
I’m often asked how we select nominees to our Classes of 2000. Throughout the year, World-Gen is a media
sponsor at nine conventions and by invitation reports on company press tours where we are privileged to witness
the spellbinding passions, dedication and commitment these energy leaders and innovators bring to the industry.
They stand alone! We are pleased and proud to present the Class of 2014, our Fifteenth Class of the Millennium.
In addition to its focus on advanced technology for supercritical boilers, carbon dioxide scrubbing and oxycoal
combustion and such, Babcock &Wilcox PGG continues to look for solutions to the world’s energy needs,
Randy Data says on page 4. In the effort to develop renewables and lower carbon emissions, B&W has taken a
portfolio approach that includes involvement renewables, biomass, improved controls, small modular nuclear
reactors and chemical leaping. Randy Data also noted that the Power Generation Group he heads also has a
couple of subsidiaries under its wing. Delta Power Services, LLC, acquired in 2008, provides management and
maintenance services for fossil fuel-fired, biomass, waste-to-energy and renewable energy power plants. Diamond
Power International, Inc., established in 1903, is an industry leader in soot-blowing equipment and technology
for boiler cleaning and ash handling systems.
Amy Ericson, Alstom’s US president, said uncertainty seems like the new norm in the energy industry, making
investment in large-scale energy projects more complex, requiring evaluation of a broader range of technical,
market and political drivers. She sees this uncertainty leading to more specific questions: “Should I install scrubbers
on my plant, or retire it?; “Do we invest in new generation, or the grid?”; “Is it better to build a simple
cycle, or a combined cycle gas plant?” In approaching these critically important decisions, Ms. Ericson had three
simple recommendations on page 5: learn from the rest of the world; invest in the grid, and keep all generating
options on the table.
Mark Albenze, CEO of Siemens Energy’s Wind Power Americas Business Unit, will be overseeing projects in
North and South America. Recently announced were two projects in Texas, a project in the Pacific Northwest,
and smaller projects in Canada, Brazil, Peru, and Chile. But the standouts are in Iowa and Massachusetts. In
2004, Siemens began with an 82-meter blade and since then have moved to 92-, 101-, 108- and 113-meter
blades. On page 6, he states that Siemens now has about $100 million invested in wind power manufacturing in
the United States.
Larry White is the Vice President/After Market Services for the newly formed joint venture between
Mitsubishi and Hitachi named Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems America-Energy and Environment, Ltd.
(MHPSA). As coal-fired boiler operators consider the economic future of their units, White points out on page 7,
their owners are taking into account the advantages of firing lower cost natural gas and assessing the capital
costs required to meet increasingly restrictive air emissions regulations. That was a core component of the strategy
behind the joint venture set up by the two iconic Japanese industrial giants, which was officially sealed and
announced on February 1, 2014.
Since 2005, Soltage has been offering its solar business model. The business model stripped away the belief
that solar energy’s capital costs were barriers to implementing a turnkey Soltage™ PowerStation. Soltage evaluates
current energy consumption as part of a free on-site analysis and tailors a power station. Soltage handles
the up-front cost and risk involved with the engineering, development, and maintenance of the solar system. In
exchange, the client agrees to purchase solar electricity from Soltage and to host the solar energy generation system
on their premises. Soltage monitors the productivity and output of the PowerStation in real-time, 24 hours a
day and has service crews standing by. Installation of the Soltage™ PowerStation takes an average of six weeks
and ensures no interruption in power supply, Vanessa Stewart shares on page 8.
Conrad Burke answered us on page 9 that DuPont is the leading supplier of specialty materials for the photovoltaic
industry with the largest portfolio of products designed to deliver the highest electrical power generation
as well as reliable performance over the lifetime of solar panels. This ensures lower overall system costs and the
best investment returns for this type of energy production. Some examples of key materials from DuPont
Photovoltaic Solutions include DuPont™ Solamet® PV18x- series photovoltaic metallizations - the latest frontside
silver pastes designed to deliver higher solar cell efficiency, which improves the power output of solar panels;
DuPont™ Tedlar® polyvinyl fluoride (PVF) films- provide 30 years of proven durability and reliability for solar
panels even when exposed to harsh outdoor conditions. Dupont has 12 solar installations on its sites worldwide
representing 8.1 megawatts with a total output of 10,936,023 kilowatt hours per year.
Recurrent Energy started out as a rooftop solar developer in 2006 but shifted to utility scale solar. Sheldon
Kimber, COO traces the company’s development on page 10. 2013 was a banner year for Recurrent having
completed more than 300 megawatts of projects. Kimber sees the growing need for a more flexible distribution
infrastructure and predicts numerous energy related products to enable this flexibility. He would like to expand
Recurrent through M & A and deeper strategic partnerships where possible. World-Gen met Mr. Kimber at the
Platts’ 2013 Global Awards dinner where he won the “Strategic Vision Rising Star Individual” Award.
AEG Power Solutions Group is
a global provider of power electronics
systems and solutions for all
industrial power requirements with
two operating businesses,
Renewable Energy Solutions (RES)
and Energy Efficiency Solutions
(EES). The RES portfolio consists
of systems and solutions for solar
power plants and the EES portfolio
includes high performance uninterruptable
power supplies (UPSs),
industrial chargers, and DC systems.
On page 11, AEG’s Enrique
de la Cruz tells us about AEG PS’
global footprint which includes 22
subsidiaries, offices and competence
centers around the world with
1,600 employees, 33 in the USA.
AEG’s PS US office was established
in 2003 in Plano, TX.
Hal Romanowitz was the driving
force behind the development of
the 4,500-MW Tehachapi Renewable
Transmission Project, Tehachapi
Mountain in Kern County,
California has long been considered
the number one wind resource area
in California and the new transmission
has allowed wind resource development
to quadruple in the area in
the past five years. Romanowitz organized
early cooperative studies between Southern California
Edison and the local wind industry
to document the wind potential in
the Tehachapi area and the need
for additional transmission projects.
Beginning in 2003, the
California Public Utilities
Commission took up the issue of
transmission needs in the area and
Romanowitz became the wind
industry proponent in the series of
hearings the CPUC held documenting
the potential for 4,500 MW in
Tehachapi. Eventually, the CPUC
produced a four-phase transmission
development process and approved
Southern California Edison’s applications
to build the transmission
lines in several phases. Romanowitz
sees pumped storage as the next
challenge on page 12.
Solectria Renewables, LLC is a
US-based grid-tied photovoltaic
inverter manufacturer, offering
residential, commercial and utilityscale
inverters. In 2013, Solectria
introduced its new PVI 23TL and
PVI 28TL. These inverters are
1000 VDC transformerless string
inverters, 480 VAC with leading
peak and CEC efficiencies and also
the 23 and 28 kw.
Renewables PVI 23TL AND PVI
28TL inverters are designed to
maximize return on investment
through their lightweight design,
high efficiencies, easy installation
dual MPPT zones and wide MPPT
range. Adding two more
transformerless, three-phase string
inverters is in line with our growth
strategy, broadening our product
portfolio and keeping us at the
forefront of the PV industry,
comments Phil Vyhanek, President
of Solectria Renewables on page 13.
Tim Healy tells us on page 14
that ARB was founded in 1946.
ARB, Inc. is the legacy entity
among the group of companies that
are now part of Primoris Services
Corporation (PSC). ARB founded
PSC in 2004 as the parent
company of affiliates ARB had
either acquired or founded.
Through various subsidiaries, PSC
has grown to become one of the largest specialty contractors and
infrastructure companies in the
United States. ARB was one of the
pioneers in solar technology.
Alan Beale, President of
SolarMax US, firmly believes that
the growth in the US solar market is
just getting underway and there is
enormous opportunity for SolarMax.
Residential and commercial customers
alike are realizing that solar now
makes sound economic sense, said
Beale on page 15.
SolarMax is positioned internationally
and currently has approximately
300 employees at the headquarters
in Switzerland and at its
Clean Power Finance® is a
business-to-business financial services
and software company for the
distributed generation solar industry.
Its mission is to drive the massmarket
adoption of residential solar,
James Tong offers us on page 16.
CPF’s online solar finance
marketplace, the CPF Market®,
allows investors to deploy capital at
scale with managed risk and
In the past five years, the financial
community has made it clear
that it is unwilling to finance any
new large-scale coal-fired generating
facilities. Meanwhile, many older or
smaller units are being retired as the
costs of repairing aged equipment
and improving emissions controls far
outweigh the expected value of these
older units, ABB’s Richard Vesel
explains on page 17.
John Vernacchia said on page
18 that Eaton is committed to providing
customers with the solutions
required to maximize the effectiveness
of solar installations throughout
their entire lifecycle.
Eaton’s acquisition of Cooper
Industries significantly expanded its
electrical business and added a range
of solutions and expertise to support
reliable and safe solar power
Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA,
said on page 18 that we stand at an
exciting and critical crossroads in the
future of US wind energy.
He feels we’re spreading the
word that American wind energy is
now 43 percent cheaper than it was
in 2009, and 72 percent of the
value of U.S. wind turbines is built
right here in the USA, up dramatically
from just a few years ago.
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