Class of 2012

2012 is an election year and a leap year! Campaigning to be elected is not much different from a publication campaigning to be selected. It’s based solely on making comparisons of the candidates and the publications. World-Gen invites comparison of its editorial platform starting with the Class of 2012,
our thirteenth Class of the millennium.

Toby Seay, president of Bechtel Power’s Communication and Transmission business line, says changes are coming for transmission on page 4. The biggest demand now is for upgrading existing transmission lines. He is looking with interest to potential wind farms along the Atlantic coast as well as off the coast of Britain.

Paul Browning, CEO of GE’s Thermal Products said the world’s energy mix has changed over the past decade on page 5. He believes that the greater use of renewable energy, in combination with natural gas, is the future of power generation. GE has invested more than $500 million to develop its
FlexEfficiency technology.

KeyBanc has 13 projects underway, and is handling eight transactions – primarily in wind and solar energy with potential output of 1,119 MW. On page 6, Andy Redinger projects a potential source of new financing could be real estate investment trust (REIT) capital.

Siemens Energy has over 7,000 employees in Latin America, nearly 1,000 working in Energy Services, Tim Frace shares on page 7. The strategy of regionalization puts the Energy Service teams in all key countries to go one-on-one with their customers and be in a position to offer other Siemens global

With more than one million power products installed, Steve Levy of Advanced Energy on page 8 is developing and field-testing technologies focused on lowering the barriers to adopting solar energy on North American utility grids.

Hitachi Power Systems America signed a licensing agreement for design and supply of fabric filter technology developed by Balcke Durr. Robert Nicolo explains Hitachi’s market participation on page 9.

Google invested nearly a billion dollars in a renewable energy portfolio of 1.7 gw’s, Rick Needham tells us on page 10. He hopes to inspire other companies and investors to participate in the clean energy revolution and together explore other possibilities.

RES Americas has been active in North America since 1997 working on more than 4,800 megawatts of renewable energy projects, Susan Reilly said on page 11. Its 360 employees provide technical expertise in wind and solar, transmission and construction.

PIC’s focus on teamwork ensures that their working environments are as safe as they can be, Dirk Rountree said on page 12. PIC’s six complementary service lines can manage an entire project lifecycle by bundling services.

Following acquisitions of Energy Recommerce and Act Solar, Power-One offers a holistic portfolio of products and solutions. Paolo Casini sees the main objective is to meet customer needs by providing panel- to-grid system solution, on page 13.

Zurich Energy offers more than 70 risk management services and 17 online tools to help mitigate losses and reduce both operational and financial risks to meet all the needs of alternative energy producers and manufacturers, Jeanne Jankowski, CEO says on page 14.

John LeFebvre of Suntech believes there is a strong immediate opportunity for solar and natural gas to work together, particularly as a bridging solution away from coal. On page 15, he anticipates new or steady solar policy support from many states.

Solar power is the fastest growing energy resource in the U.S., and its once high price tag is falling rapidly, Julia Hamm, president of SEPA, points out on page 16. Electric utilities signed power purchase agreements for less than 10 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Marvin Fertel on page 17 tells of two major imperatives at the Nuclear Energy Institute: to maintain and increase the asset value of 104 operating plants and second to ensure that we maintain and grow the capability to build new nuclear plants.

Ron Kenedi of LDK Solar said on page 17 that the cost of electricity is constantly going up – 3% to 8% annually, while solar costs are moving downward. The important point is where they merge.

It would behoove the industry to pursue a diversified fuel portfolio strategically to ensure we mitigate reliability risk and provide the best technological stability possible, Dave Dunning of Fluor said on page 18.

NERC is an international, independent, not-for-profit organization, whose mission is to ensure the reliability of the bulk power system in North America, CEO Gerry Cauley says on page 19.

OKLAHOMA Governor Mary Fallin unveiled her First Energy Plan on page 20. Her agenda is built around the belief that we must continue to improve, not replace, traditional energy sources.

Charles Dauber sees three key growing energy markets AETI is targeting for products and turnkey solutions in 2012 on page 21. North American shale plays, global energy, and utility-scale solar are markets AETI has served.

The energy industry is in a transformational state, Brian Huey says on page 22. Sprint collaborates with companies to embed wireless technology into solutions that automate meters and monitor distribution lines so that utilities can be more efficient.

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