2022 Experience POWER, Distributed Energy Conference, and HydrogeNext Show Preview

Again, this year, Experience POWER will be co-located with the Distributed Energy Conference (DEC) and HydrogeNext, giving attendees the opportunity to learn from and network with trailblazers from the power industry, who are leading the way in the world’s energy transition. These three events cover the full energy value chain for the power industry, delivering the best content and covering cutting-edge technology that is important to power professionals. The events will be held at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Aurora, Colorado, Oct. 3–6, 2022.

Experience POWER in Its 24th Year

“Our flagship event Experience POWER was created by electricity generators, for electricity generators, and we have continued to grow our content to cover the pressing topics and industry changes as they come,” said Kayla Sparks, group show director for the Energy and Engineering Group with Access Intelligence. “This means our brand and our events have continued to grow, which is why we now also offer the co-located Distributed Energy Conference and HydrogeNext, which provide the opportunity to dive deeper into advancing sectors impacting your plant.”

“The three events provide a broad range of great educational content, from sessions focused on central power stations and grid infrastructure to distributed energy resources and the hydrogen economy,” said POWER Executive Editor Aaron Larson. “I’m particularly interested in hearing what the keynote speakers have to share, and I’m also excited to be moderating an Executive Roundtable session at the event.”

Among the keynote presenters will be Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association President and CEO Duane Highley, and Robert Chapman, senior vice president of Energy Delivery and Customer Solutions, and Chief Sustainability Officer with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Highley is expected to talk about his group’s “Responsible Energy Plan,” which will likely include details on how Tri-State is eliminating emissions at facilities in New Mexico and Colorado, while adding more than 1 GW of wind and solar power to its resource mix. Chapman is expected to cover topics such as natural gas infrastructure, low-carbon fuels, electrification, technology adoption, and much more.

DEC Connects the Entire Distributed Generation Ecosystem

DEC brings together utility-scale electricity providers with other power generators, including commercial and industrial facilities, educational institutions, cooperatives, and private enterprise to dive into real-life applications, project planning, and the business and financial aspects of distributed generation. On the agenda the first day is a session looking at how electric vehicles (EVs) are literally “driving” distributed power generation, helping decarbonize the transportation sector. Jim Auld of Florida Power & Light, Pam Frank of ChargEVC, and Ann Moore of OSIsoft will participate in that discussion, focusing on how the growth of EVs will impact the future of the power grid.

“Utilities are studying how increased power demand to charge EVs will affect power loads. Consumers are weighing the pros and cons of buying EVs. Commercial building owners, industrial sites, and even residential home builders are recognizing the need to accommodate charging infrastructure as part of their future plans,” said Darrell Proctor, senior associate editor with POWER. “I’ll be there too, offering insights from POWER into how the electrification of transportation is changing the energy landscape.”

“We’ll address key distributed power generation topics such as EV charging impacts on the grid, district energy planning, design, and implementation, going beyond the traditional methods to secure financing for distributed energy projects, and technologies for battery energy storage that have reached the commercial stage, just to name a few,” said Ellen Nyboer, show manager and senior marketing manager for the Energy and Engineering Group with Access Intelligence.

HydrogeNext: An Event for the Emerging H2 Economy

Hydrogen has been at the center of much enthusiastic discussion, due to its potential to help many industrial sectors realize their decarbonization goals and provide a sustainable source of energy. But what does the “hydrogen economy” really mean for power companies, and chemical processors—who are among the world’s largest consumers of hydrogen?

HydrogeNext is the one event designed to answer that question. It covers the full hydrogen energy value chain from production to distribution and end-use, bringing together power generation and chemical process industry professionals to collaborate and learn about the fast-paced advances being made toward a hydrogen economy.

“In October, industry leaders at the cutting edge of the energy and manufacturing sectors will convene in Denver at the HydrogeNext conference to map out their hydrogen and decarbonization goals through collaborative discussions on hydrogen storage, safety and regulatory considerations, the electrolysis evolution, practical success stories, and much more,” said Mary Page Bailey, senior associate editor with Chemical Engineering. “No matter your plant’s place in the hydrogen value chain, HydrogeNext will provide connections with key technology and business experts to provide insights about the quickly accelerating hydrogen economy.”

Connect with Leading Companies

Among the sponsors at the events are AVEVA and Caterpillar. AVEVA, a global leader in industrial software, drives digital transformation for industrial organizations managing complex operational processes. Through Performance Intelligence, AVEVA connects the power of information and artificial intelligence with human insight, to enable faster and more precise decision-making, helping industries to boost operational delivery and sustainability. Its cloud-enabled operational data management, combined with software that spans design, engineering and operations, asset performance, and monitoring and control solutions delivers proven business value and outcomes to more than 20,000 customers worldwide, supported by the largest industrial software ecosystem.

Caterpillar delivers innovative power systems engineered for exceptional durability, reliability, and value. At Caterpillar, sustainability is not a new concept. “It’s part of who we are and what we do every single day,” the company says. From alternative fuels to solar power, Caterpillar’s Electric Power division puts sustainability in action by delivering a wide range of power solutions that make customers’ operations more efficient and environmentally friendly. The company offers worldwide product support, with parts and services available globally through the Cat authorized service and dealer network.

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