The panelists discussing the issues included speakers, top plant executives:
|Jeff Chartier, Combustion Turbine Manager
Tri-State Generation & Transmission Assn Inc.
Chartier has years of gas turbine experience on a wide range of General Electric and Westinghouse machines. He currently manages fleet-wide O&M and capital improvements for 10 GTs at four plants
|Steve Hedge, General Manager
W A Parish Generating Station, NRG Energy Inc.
Hedge recently celebrated his 25th anniversary in the electric power business where he has worked as an engineer, plant manager, and general manager at conventional steam, combined-cycle, and peaking plants.
|Scott Takinen, Plant Manager
West Phoenix Generating Station, Arizona Public Service Co.
Takinen has more than three decades of experience at APS in the engineering and management of nuclear, coal-fired steam, and combined cycle generating plants. Currently he leads a team of 59 employees at West Phoenix, providing both power and ancillary services. Another responsibility: Generic safety and environmental issues across thecompany’s gas/oil-fired plants.
|Ozzie L. Lomax, PMP, Manager of Gas & Renewable Generation
Lomax manages 15 gas-fired powerplants (3000 MW) and the “Methane to Megawatts” facility under construction. Strategic planning and O&M budgeting for the Power Operations Division are among his responsibilities. Before joining Ameren nine years ago, Lomax spent 22 years at Kansas City Power & Light Co in various leadership and engineering positions. He sits on the advisory boards for two colleges incorporated into Southern Illinois University.
|Michael Rutledge, Manager of Plant Technical Support
Salt River Project
Rutledge’s group supports all generating facilities and other company departments with a broad spectrum of specialized technical know-how. He is a respected three-decade industry veteran.