PHOENIX, AZ – January 16, 2011 – Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation , will be the keynote speaker during the plenary session of EUEC 2011, the USA’s largest energy, utility and environment conference being held at the Phoenix Convention Center from January 31 through February 2, 2011. The U.S. EPA recently announced a two-year plan to set greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards under the Clean Air Act for power plants and oil refineries. McCarthy will open the plenary session at 9:00 a.m. on January 31 with a presentation about the EPA’s schedule to issue proposed regulations for power plants by July 26, 2011, and final regulations by May 26, 2012.

Representatives from the nation’s top energy agencies and organizations will also make plenary presentations about crucial issues facing the industry. Plenary presenters following McCarthy will be Frank Prager, Vice President of Environmental Policy and Services, Xcel Energy; Bryan Hannegan, Vice President of Environment and Renewables, EPRI; and Mitchell Baer, Director of Oil & Gas Analysis, U.S. DOE. Prabhu Dayal, EUEC Chair, will close the plenary session starting at 11:30 a.m. A list of plenary speakers, topics, and times is available at the EUEC website at www.euec.com.

Following the plenary session, more than 600 of the world’s leading experts will speak on diverse topics in 12-track program agenda: clean air policy, legislation and technologies; multi-pollutant control; energy and climate policy; wind, solar, and electric vehicles; carbon markets and carbon capture and storage; corporate GHG strategies; biofuels, biomass, and biogas; sustainability and reliability; energy efficiency and management; renewable energy; and operations and management. The conference ends on Wednesday, February 2.

“This conference is a unique forum where both leaders from government and industry collaborate and share ideas to move the U.S. toward energy independence and national security while reducing carbon emissions,” said Dr. Prabhu Dayal, EUEC Chairman. “It offers networking and business development opportunities with senior executives from most of the major electric utilities, reputed environmental engineering and consulting firms and related government agencies in the U.S. The technical program offers over 600 world-class expert speakers from diverse fields and backgrounds who present new technologies and ideas to comply with current regulations and plan new corporate strategies.”

Registration for the conference is open though January 31. More than 1,500 delegates are registered to date. For more information, visit www.euec.com or call (520) 615-3535.

About EUEC
EUEC is an annual energy, utility and environment conference organized jointly by a team of directors from the US EPA, US DOE, EPRI, and EEI. EUEC 2011 is the 14th annual conference, making it the largest and longest running professional networking and educational event of its kind in the United States. At EUEC over 3,000 delegates including environmental business leaders, energy executives, NGOs and government policymakers converge to collaborate on the various issues facing energy generation, the future of utility and its impact on the environment. Contact EUEC at www.euec.com, info@euec.com or (520) 615-3535. Follow EUEC on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter.