3rd Annual Natural Gas to Power Generation Summit 2016 Natural Gas Power Generation US 2016 9-10 May 2016 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

2016 Speakers

Natural Gas Power Generation US 2016 is bringing together the nation’s leaders in the natural gas power generation market. Join us to hear senior level decision makers discuss key issues for the development of natural gas-fired power plants in the US.

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Philip Rinaldi Philip Rinaldi
Chairman & CEO
Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC

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Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC

Philip Rinaldi is the founding partner, Chairman & CEO of Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC. In 2012, he and the Carlyle Group, created PES to acquire the Point Breeze and Girard Point oil refineries from Sunoco. These refineries process up to 335,000 barrels/day of crude oil on a 1,300 acre South Philadelphia refining complex, the largest on the Eastern Seaboard. Mr. Rinaldi also Chairs the Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team, a regional coalition organized to stimulate manufacturing by developing Philadelphia as an energy hub valorizing Marcellus shale natural gas.

Mr. Rinaldi has been an investor and/or the principal executive in a wide range of industries including: oil refining, oil exploration, phosphate mining and chemical production, coke gasification, nitrogen chemical production, zinc refining, and the production of molybdenum, rhenium, and vanadium derivatives. Mr. Rinaldi’s background includes prominent companies such as Exxon, Phibro, Tosco, Coffeyville Resources, Conserv, Seminole, and Mulberry.

In a transaction similar to PES, Mr. Rinaldi was the founding partner and CEO of Coffeyville Resources, a partnership with Pegasus Capital, which acquired a sophisticated oil refinery and coke gasification based agricultural chemical plant from Farmland Industries. Coffeyville thrived under his leadership allowing the business to be sold to Goldman Sachs and Kelso in a highly profitable private transaction. That business, now known as CVR Energy, is a successful public company.

Mr. Rinaldi is actively involved in the community. He serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Overseers at New Jersey Institute of Technology, the State’s polytechnic university, where he also endows a scholarship in memory of his parents, and where he co-founded an angel investor network to provide seed capital to start-up companies that have an affiliation with NJIT.

Mr. Rinaldi is also a member of the Drexel University Engineering Advisory Council; a Board Director and Executive Committee member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; a Board Member its CEO Council for Growth; a Board Director of the Pennsylvania State Chamber of Business & Industry, and he is joining the Board of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia.

His professional career started with Exxon gaining scientific, commercial, and managerial experiences, including overseas postings. Mr. Rinaldi co-founded Phibro Resources Corporation in 1980 as an energy and natural resource development subsidiary that Phibro agreed to fund in exchange for PRC managing their oil exploration interests in the Canadian Beaufort Sea. PRC ultimately operated ten natural resource based businesses; PRC’s executives acquired the core PRC companies in a leveraged buyout following the merger of Phibro and Salomon Brothers.

Mr. Rinaldi earned his BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1968 and 1976, respectively. As an undergraduate he served as President of Theta Chi Fraternity, President of the Inter-fraternity Council, and President of the Class of 1968. Mr. Rinaldi is a member of Omicron Kappa Delta National Leadership Honor Society, and Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Academic Honor Society.

Mike Krancer Michael Krancer
Blank Rome (former Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection)

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Blank Rome

Michael Krancer is an experienced and well-known policy and substantive thought leader in energy development and deployment. He is an experienced and valued advisor to U.S. and global energy companies of all types regarding the full range of legal, public policy, government relations, state and federal regulatory, financial, corporate, and labor matters with his 20+ years of energy industry and public policy experience at the highest corporate and policy-making levels.

Prior to rejoining Blank Rome, Mr. Krancer served as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection ("DEP") under Governor Tom Corbett. During his tenure, Mr. Krancer oversaw the environmentally responsible development of shale natural gas in Pennsylvania and was a key member of the governor’s team that attracted new and environmentally sensitive economic development to the commonwealth.

Mr. Krancer was a litigation partner with Blank Rome from 1992 to 1999. He also served as judge and chief judge and chairman of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Hearing Board ("EHB"), the state-wide trial/appellate court for environmental matters involving appeals from actions of the DEP, and he was assistant general counsel to Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s largest competitive energy providers and parent of three different utility companies. At Exelon, he was responsible for environmental health and safety matters, as well as energy policy development and government relations for the company.

As a prominent and popular speaker and writer, Mr. Krancer is widely recognized for his practical thought leadership on a wide range of energy policy issues, including the emerging, global geopolitical importance of Pennsylvania shale gas and energy resources; federal and state regulation of shale gas extraction; LNG export potential; and the future of America’s energy revolution.

In 2015, Mr. Krancer was recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in environment law in Pennsylvania. Chambers stated that he is "particularly respected for his expertise in advising clients in the energy sector" and that sources say he is "incredibly smart" and "attacks problems head-on."

Bill Nordlund Bill Nordlund
Panda Power Funds

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Panda Power Funds
Mr. Nordlund became the Managing Director of the Panda Power Funds in April 2010. Mr. Nordlund rejoined Panda Energy in November 2006 and served as a Senior Vice President responsible for investment capital raising and structuring relating to the Fund until April 2010. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President of Finance from 1997 to 1998 and Senior Vice President and General Counsel from 1993 to 1997 at Panda Energy. Prior to rejoining Panda Energy, Mr. Nordlund served as an energy consultant to a large hedge fund where he advised the fund on a number of emerging market energy portfolio acquisition and investment opportunities. From June 2002 to September 2002, Mr. Nordlund served as Head of Power Generation at ABB Equity Ventures until the company was put up for sale. From June 2000 to June 2002, Mr. Nordlund served as President and acting Chief Executive Officer of Dolphin Networks Ltd., a portfolio company of Dolphin Equity Partners engaged in the development of fiber optic cable networks. Mr. Nordlund has also served as Vice President and General Counsel at The Oxford Energy Company (a CMS Energy affiliate), an attorney at Constellation Holdings (a Baltimore Gas & Electric Company affiliate) and as a Partner at Winston & Strawn. He has approximately 30 years experience in the energy sector.

Mr. Nordlund received a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and Management Policy from Northwestern University, a Juris Doctor degree from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business Administration from Vanderbilt University.
Michael Schuster Michael Schuster
Project Developer
NTE Energy

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NTE Energy

Mike is a Project Developer at NTE Energy. He is responsible for all of NTE's project development efforts in Ohio, including site selection, permitting, public outreach, legislative and regulatory communications, financial structuring and engineering design coordination. Michael developed the Middletown Energy Center, a nominal 475MW 1x1 natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant, which is currently under construction in Middletown, Ohio. Michael continues to support the construction management of the Middletown Energy Center, while also developing NTE’s next natural gas-fired power plant project in Ohio and pursuing other development opportunities in the USA.

Michael earned his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Florida State University (FSU). After working in the finance industry for 2 years, he returned to FSU and earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Finance (MSF). During the graduate programs, Michael was a portfolio manager for the Student Investment Fund, specializing in investment strategies based on economic indicators and global economic events.

Sarah Stotz Sarah Stotz
Director of Customer Value and Product Marketing
Gas Power Systems Unit - GE Power

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GE Power
Sarah Stotz is the Director of Customer Value and Product Marketing for the Gas Power Systems unit at GE Power in Schenectady, NY. The team is focused on understanding current and future needs of customers around the world in order to ensure that GE has the simple and combined cycle gas power plant solutions for their power generation needs. Sarah has worked in engineering, marketing and business development functions across GE including the Global Research and Ventures business units.

Sarah began her career in the Navy as a Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer operating power plants and communication systems. She earned her B.S. degree in Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and her Master of Engineering Management degree from Old Dominion University. Sarah also holds MBAs from both Columbia University and from London Business School.
Kelli Joseph Kelli Joseph
Director, Market and Regulatory Affairs

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Kelli Joseph is NRG’s Director of Market and Regulatory Affairs for New York State, dealing with and representing NRG in wholesale and retail energy markets. Prior to joining NRG, she focused on grid operations and market design issues related to gas and electric interdependency at the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO). She has worked on several distributed generation projects, including the joint Government of India/Global Environment Facility Biomass Energy for Rural India (BERI) project with the UNDP’s Energy and Environment Team, and with a venture-backed waste-to-energy start-up in the United States. Kelli’s peer-reviewed research on the restructuring of India’s electricity market is published in Energy Policy, and she has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Natural Resources Policy, and Energy Policy.

Dr. Joseph speaks Hindi, Urdu, and Spanish, holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Virginia, an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Virginia, and an MBA, with a concentration in Finance from IE Business School in Spain, where she was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar.

peter-furniss Peter Furniss
Footprint Power

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Peter Furniss is Chief Executive Officer of Footprint Power LLC. Mr. Furniss co-founded Footprint Power in 2009 as a platform for transitioning older, obsolescing coal facilities to new productive lives. Footprint Power’s first project – Salem Harbor Station in Salem, MA – is well advanced with the old power plant largely demolished, the site remediated and the new 674MW CCGT scheduled to begin commercial operations in 2017. Mr. Furniss has been structuring, financing and restructuring energy and infrastructure projects and asset sales for 20 years. Previously, he worked for NRG Energy, Tamuín International (a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation) and Sithe Energies. Mr. Furniss began his professional career as an associate in the Project and Structured Finance group of Debevoise & Plimpton. He holds a B.A. (Classics) and an M.A. (Classics) from Columbia University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
John Broyles John Broyles
New York Independent System Operator
Senior Gas Electric Analyst – Grid Operations Department

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John Broyles is the Senior Gas Electric Analyst at the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), which operates New York’s high voltage transmission system, manages the state’s wholesale electricity markets, and conducts comprehensive power system planning. Mr. Broyles provides fuel assurance expertise to real-time control room operations. He joined the NYISO in November 2014 after working for several years in the natural gas industry.

His vast array of experience and understanding of the gas industry includes over 20 years of commodities trading including asset management in the natural gas markets. Mr. Broyles earned a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering at the Western New England University in Springfield, MA and a Masters in Quantitative Finance at Rutgers University, Rutgers Business School in Newark, NJ.
Ronald Brise Commissioner Ronald Brisé
Florida Public Service Commission

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Florida Public Service Commission

Ronald A. Brisé was appointed to the Florida Public Service Commission by Governor Charlie Crist in July 2010 and was reappointed by Governor Rick Scott for a term through January 2018. He served as Commission Chairman in 2012-2014.

Commissioner Brisé is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and serves in the following capacities:

  • Chair, Telecommunications Act Modernization (TeAM) Task Force
  • Board of Directors
  • Committee on Telecommunications
  • Committee on International Relations
  • Subcommittee on Utility Market Access
  • President, Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (SEARUC)
  • Board of Directors, Universal Service Administrative Company
  • Intergovernmental Advisory Committee, Federal Communications Commission
  • Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, Federal Communications Commission

He previously served on the NARUC Task Force on Federalism and Telecommunications. In addition, he is Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Utilities Diversity Council.

Before this appointment, he represented District 108 in the Florida House of Representatives for four years. During his tenure, Commissioner Brisé was named Democratic Whip and served as Vice Chairman of the Florida Conference of Black State Legislators. He gained membership on several committees which produced significant legislation that tackled many of Florida’s most relevant issues including energy, telecommunications, redistricting, appropriations and Medicaid reform. Commissioner Brisé also sponsored successful legislation expanding broadband deployment in Florida to address digital divide as well as legislation improving consumer protection for Floridian families.

Upon graduation from college, Commissioner Brisé taught science at his alma mater, Miami Union Academy. He eventually became responsible for the school’s development and fundraising operations. In 2005, he became the Chief Operating Officer at a VoIP telecommunications carrier.

Commissioner Brisé began his career in public service in North Miami as a member of the North Miami Planning Commission. His civic engagements include Board Member of the North Shore Hospital and past president of the Albert C. Pierre Community Center. He is a member of the NAACP, Leadership Florida and serves on the Board of Directors of the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida.

Commissioner Brisé received a bachelor’s degree in biology education from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama and received MBA degrees in management and marketing from American Intercontinental University in Illinois. He and his wife, JoAn, have two children, Ronald Brisé II and Elizabeth Christiane Brisé, and together are faithful members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Gary Helm Gary Helm
Lead Market Strategist for Emerging Markets
Chief Commercial Officer
PJM Connection

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Mr. Helm evaluates strategic issues for PJM Interconnection, focusing on the impact of environmental legislation/regulation, fuel supply and infrastructure, and broad economic trends on electricity markets and grid operations. Mr. Helm co-authored “Coal Capacity at Risk for Retirement in PJM: Impact of EPA Transport and Hazardous Air Pollutant Rules.” Mr. Helm was the PJM project manager for the Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative’s Gas- Electric System Interface Study. His current focus is on the potential impacts to PJM from the Clean Power Plan and other environmental regulations.

Mr. Helm has over 25 years of industry experience, and prior to joining PJM, managed air quality issues including: policy, strategy, permitting and environmental markets for a merchant generation company.

Mr. Helm earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture, a Master of Engineering degree, and a Master of Finance degree from The Pennsylvania State University.

PJM Interconnection, founded in 1927, ensures the reliability of the high-voltage electric power system serving 61 million people in all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. PJM coordinates and directs the operation of the region’s transmission grid, which includes 62,556 miles of transmission lines; administers a competitive wholesale electricity market; and plans regional transmission expansion improvements to maintain grid reliability and relieve congestion. Visit PJM at www.pjm.com.

Ken Hall Kenneth Hall
Gas Turbine Association

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Ken is presently an Engineering Director at Siemens Energy based in Orlando and lives in Merritt Island, Florida. He attended Michigan State University and Oakland University, where he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1979. He began his career in gas turbines as an engineer with Pratt & Whitney, working on development of jet engines for the F-14, F-15, F-16, and F-22. Mid-career, he moved to power generation and worked on engineering development of heavy frame gas turbines with ABB (later Alstom Power) in Switzerland. He then joined Siemens Energy in 2001 as Director of Technology Integration, where he remains today. Ken represents Siemens in the Gas Turbine Association and holds the position of board chairman. He is licensed as a Professional Engineer in the States of Georgia and Florida.

Besides his professional interests, he has been a pilot since 2002 and holds single engine land, single engine sea, and instrument ratings. He is approaching 38 years of marriage with his wife Andrea, and they have three children and two grandchildren.

Tessa Haagenson Tessa Haagenson
Policy Studies Engineer
MISO Energy

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MISO Energy
Tessa Haagenson is a Senior Engineer in the Policy & Economic Studies group at MISO. Her work at the system operator has spanned gas-electric interdependency issues, resource forecasting, production cost modeling and examination of potential power system impacts of various environmental regulations. She is also currently involved with the development of gas-electric modeling capabilities at MISO. Tessa’s academic background includes a B.S. in Environmental Studies, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and studies abroad in sustainable energy planning.
John Davies John Davies
Davies Public Affairs

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John Davies, CEO of Davies Public Affairs, is one of the most respected communication strategists and an expert on building grassroots public support for controversial projects and issues. With more than 30 years of experience, and a near flawless client success rate, he has provided strategic council and executed highly integrated communication, grassroots, and community relations programs for a myriad of clients in the energy, mining, chemical, and real estate industries in 47 states and Canada.

John has assisted power generators such as NRG, Invenergy, GenOn, Mirant Mid-Atlantic Energy, and Dominion.

Mister Davies clearly understands the art and science of public persuasion and the political nuances of what it takes to shape public opinion and organize and mobilize public support. He applies his lifelong study of human behavior and effective communications strategies to influence decision makers and help his clients achieve their strategic business goals.

John is a featured speaker at about a dozen major conferences every year. His presentations always get rave reviews and often are rated the top presentation of a conference.

Thomas Moore Thomas Moore
Mayer Brown

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Mayer Brown
Thomas Moore is a Partner in the Houston, Texas, office of Mayer Brown, LLP, an international law firm with 7 offices in the United States and 15 outside of the United States, where he serves as co-head of the firm’s global energy practice. Among other areas, his practice focuses on the development and financing of gas-fired power plants, including plants in California, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Nevada and Texas totaling more than 4000MW. He regularly negotiates power purchase agreements, tolling agreements, fuel supply agreements, EPC contracts, O&M agreements and transmission interconnection agreements for power plant sponsors.
Bob Pease Bob Pease
Senior Counsel
Bracewell LLP

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Bob Pease represents clients involved in the energy sector in Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulatory, compliance and enforcement matters involving power, gas, and crude oil, as well as Dodd Frank implementation.

Bob has more than 25 years of senior-level experience at CFTC and FERC handling energy-related policy, compliance and enforcement matters. Most recently he served as Counsel to the Director in the Division of Enforcement with the CFTC. In that capacity, Bob served as the original team lead that resulted in the CFTC’s Concept Release On Risk Controls and System Safeguards for Automated Trading. Bob also led the CFTC’s efforts to issue Dodd-Frank rules related to anti-manipulation and Disruptive Trading. Bob investigated and prosecuted traders accused of using trading algorithms to spoof the markets. Before his time with the CFTC, Bob spent more than 20 years at FERC, most recently as Director of Investigations. Bob was involved in some of the most significant investigations and enforcement cases at FERC since the enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. His experience at the CFTC and FERC enables him to bring a unique perspective to compliance and enforcement, and Dodd Frank matters before these agencies.

Bob represents energy and commodity firms in enforcement investigations before both the CFTC and FERC. He has conducted compliance training on manipulation, disruptive trading practices, high frequency and algorithmic trading, and energy trading and marketing.


  • “FERC Issues Pair of Oil Pipeline Audits,” Pipeline & Gas Journal, August 2015.
  • "What is Manipulation," Energy Bar Association Competition and Anti-Trust Committee, November 2013.
  • Keynote Speaker, Deloitte Dodd-Frank Compliance Leadership Academy, November 2013.
  • Moderator, "CFTC and FERC Enforcement - What Stakeholders Need to Know," Edison Electric Institute, CFTC.


  • J.D., Golden State University School of Law, 1981
  • B.A., Dickinson College, 1975


  • District of Columbia
Dave Magill Dave Magill
Competitive Power Ventures

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Competitive Power Ventures
Dave joined CPV in 2005 and leads CPV’s asset management business. Working closely with CPV's energy management team, Dave and the CPV asset management team currently function as the "owner for hire" for thirteen projects, responsible for strategic direction and execution, proposing and meeting financial and operational targets, buying and selling power and fuel, negotiating and managing project contracts, implementing improvement initiatives, and maintaining books, records and compliance.

Prior to joining CPV, Dave was Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at AES Corporation, and led transactions that made AES one of the five largest operators of wind power projects in the US.

From 1993 to 2003 Dave worked at PG&E National Energy Group (NEG) where he led NEG’s mergers and acquisitions group. In this position Dave was instrumental in 15 transactions totaling over $4 billion, including the $1.6 billion acquisition of the electric generating business of New England Electric Systems, Inc., the $1 billion inaugural bond offer by NEG, and the $275 million purchase of J. Makowski Company.

Dave is a graduate of Middlebury College  (BA Economics) and New York University (MS Accounting), and obtained a CPA license in New York State.
Ken Sosnick Ken Sosnick
Senior Project Manager
Concentric Energy Advisors

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Concentric Energy Advisors
Kenneth A. Sosnick, Senior Project Manager, has over 10 years of experience with natural gas, electric and oil industry matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. During Mr. Sosnick’s 10 years at FERC, he spent two years (2003-2004) as an auditor in the Office of Enforcement and eight years (2005-2013) in the Office of Administrative Litigation as an expert witness and one of the lead technical staff negotiators in more than 15 major interstate natural gas pipeline, oil pipeline, and electric utility proceedings.

While in the Office of Administrative Litigation, Mr. Sosnick applied his expertise to a variety of complex issues relating to utility ratemaking. He has concentrated on natural gas pipeline and oil/product pipeline cost of service rates, levelized rates, incremental vs. rolled-in project costs, allocation of corporate overhead costs, master-limited partnership income taxes, throughput/system rate design quantities, cost allocation and rate design, fuel recovery mechanisms, extraordinary events surcharge trackers, NGA Section 5 rate proceedings, depreciation rate calculations, Return on Equity calculations under Discounted Cash Flow methodology as well as electric formula rates and Order No. 1000 cost allocations.

After leaving FERC in 2013, Mr. Sosnick joined MRW & Associates LLC as a Senior Project Manager. As a consultant, Mr. Sosnick constructed cost of service models and evaluated cost allocation and rate design proposals in natural gas pipeline proceedings. Mr. Sosnick has specifically worked on developing the cost of service model and/or rate design model for Southern Star Central Pipeline, El Paso Natural Gas Company, Transcontinental Pipeline, Sea Robin Pipeline, Portland Natural Gas Transmission System, Inc., Florida Gas Transmission, Northern Natural Gas Company, Kinder Morgan Interstate Gas Transmission, Tennessee Gas Pipeline, Tuscarora Gas Transmission Company, and Wyoming Interstate Company.

He contributed to the multi-office taskforce for the revision of the FERC Form 2, Docket No. RM07-9-000 and served on the panel at the Open Commission meeting addressing the FERC Commissioners and any related questions.

Mr. Sosnick has previously taught at the New Mexico State University Center for Public Utilities Practical and Regulatory Training for the Natural Gas Interstate Pipeline Industry specifically addressing FERC requirements for determining “Just and Reasonable” rates.
Michael Ducker Michael Ducker
Manager – Market Research
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas Inc

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Mitsubishi Hitachi

Michael Ducker is the Manager of Market Research at Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas based in Orlando, FL. Michael and his team are responsible for strategic analysis of energy markets, including identifying market trends, market drivers and valuations for new products or enhancements to existing products, competitive benchmarking, financial modeling and dispatch studies, regulatory impact analyses, and market forecasts.

Before joining MHPSA, Michael worked for the US Department of Energy where he developed market models to evaluate advanced energy technologies being pursued by the DOE and participated on intergovernmental agency reviews and analysis of pending EPA regulations.

Michael earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the George Washington University.

Andy Buckenburger Andy Buckenburger
Portfolio Manager
Siemens Inc

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Andy Buckenberger is the Siemens Industrial Trent Portfolio Manager. He has been in the aero-derivative gas turbine, power turbine and centrifugal compressor business since 1989. After receiving a BSME degree from Trine (Tri-State) University, he began researching, designing and applying electro-mechanical fuel controls for a variety of aero-derivative gas turbine manufacturers in both power generation and oil & gas applications. A variety of career steps and increasing knowledge of products prepared him to accept a variety of roles focused on the Industrial Trent starting in 2005. Since that time his product focus has been gathering data and improving the key attributes of the Industrial Trent. Andy works from the Siemens Mt.Vernon, Ohio office.
Michael Nicoloro Michael Nicoloro
Senior VP
Sanborn Head Associates

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Sanborn Head Associates
Mike Nicoloro is a Senior Vice President at Sanborn, Head & Associates headquartered in Concord, NH and leads their Energy practice. Mike has earned engineering undergraduate and graduate degrees at Northeastern University. He has over 30 years of experience working in the natural gas sector with a concentration in LNG technologies. He has been fortunate to have played a role in siting/permitting and commissioning two LNG facilities in New England – the Yankee Gas Waterbury LNG Facility in Waterbury CT and the Omya LNG Facility located in Florence, VT - the first LNG facility to be sited in the State of VT. He is also currently involved with a small scale LNG facility for UMASS Amherst which is expected to begin construction in 2016 and also providing LNG design services for an electricity provider in connection with distributed generation.
Joan Fontaine Joan Fontaine
Sanborn Associates

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Sanborn Head Associates
Joan Fontaine has over 25 years of engineering experience with a focus in the energy sector performing mechanical and process design. She is the Vice President of Sanborn, Head & Associates, based in Westford, MA. Joan has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Lowell in MA and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Joan’s experience includes detailed design involving sizing process equipment and piping for natural gas and LNG facilities that involve regulation, metering, and instrumentation and more recently assisting power generators in evaluating LNG as a back-up fuel supply.
Ajey Chandra Ajey Chandra
VP/Managing Director
Muse, Stancil & Co.

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Mr. Ajey Chandra is a Director of the firm and the Managing Partner of the Houston office of Muse, Stancil & Co. where he also leads the Midstream and Independent Engineering practice areas for the firm. Mr. Chandra joined Muse in 2014 after 28 years of experience in various facets of the midstream industry, including operations, engineering, business development, management, and consulting. Mr. Chandra has had a wide variety of assignments covering all aspects of the energy industry during his career, and has had several long term expatriate assignments overseas, including Europe and Southeast Asia. Mr. Chandra’s operating, consulting and management experience includes working at Amoco, Purvin & Gertz, Hess and NextEra Energy Resources prior to joining Muse Stancil. Mr. Chandra has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Houston. Mr. Chandra has also attended Executive Education classes at Harvard Business School, and is a Professional Engineer in Texas.
soon Kevin Phillips
Managing Director, Joint Global Head of Power & Utilities
Jefferies LLC

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Jefferies LLC
Kevin Phillips is a Managing Director and Joint Global Head of the Power and Utilities Group. Mr. Phillips has over 14 years of investment banking experience. Prior to joining the firm, he was a Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Mr. Phillips has completed numerous advisory assignments, structured commodities transactions and debt and equity underwritings for clients including Calpine, NRG, La Paloma, Entegra, LS Power, Harbinger, Fortress, Castleton, International Power and Wayzata. Mr. Phillips holds a JD, magna cum laude, an MBA and a BSFS from Georgetown University.
Raya Prabhu Raya Prabhu
Managing Director
Goldman, Sachs & Co

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Jefferies LLC

Raya is responsible for the coverage Michigan in 2000. Raya became an R associate chartered accountant in 1997. of the midstream and downstream energy and independent power sectors within the Leveraged Finance Group. He leads the firmwide graduate recruiting team for the University of Michigan and serves on the Natural Resources Junior Banker Training Committee. Raya joined Goldman Sachs in 2005 as an associate in the Consumer Retail Group and became a vice president later that year. In 2008, he transferred to the Natural Resources Leveraged Finance Group. Raya was named managing director in 2010.

Prior to joining the firm, Raya worked at Arthur Andersen & Co. from 1994 to 1998, Salomon Smith Barney from 2000 to 2002, Steve & Barry’s University Sportswear from 2003 to 2004 and Banc of America Securities from 2004 to 2005.

Raya earned a BCom and MCom from the University of Mumbai in 1994 and 1998, respectively, with a concentration in Accounting and Finance. He earned an MBA, with distinction, from the Ross

soon Mike Roth
Ares Management

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Ares Management
In this role, Mr. Roth focuses on direct origination and structuring of flexible debt capital solutions in the Project Finance sector ranging from senior and mezzanine debt, to non-control preferred and minority equity. Prior to Ares, Mr. Roth worked at EIG Global Energy Partners from 2008 to 2011 as an Assistant Vice President where he evaluated, structured and executed mezzanine debt transactions in the power generation sector. Mr. Roth began his career at JPMorgan as a high yield credit analyst covering Real Estate, and subsequently in the structured finance group warehousing high yield securities. Mr. Roth received a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University.
soon Adil Sener
Jefferies LLC

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Adil Sener is the Head of Power Market Analytics at Jefferies based in New York. Mr. Sener has over 10 years of power markets experience. Prior to joining Jefferies, Mr. Sener was a Principal at ICF International’s Power Markets practice. For over a decade, he has supported electric utilities, IPPs, PE and developers. He provided advisory services on power market assessment, asset valuation, price forecasting, M&A due diligence, bankruptcy and restructuring. Mr. Sener holds Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the George Washington University and Master’s degree in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins University.


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