Gordon keynote at energy industry conclave

Cape Wind President Delivers Keynote Speech at Power-Gen Conference in Las Vegas

Power-Gen, the largest power generation conference in the United States, drawing 16,000 domestic and international attendees and 1,100 exhibitors, opened yesterday at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada with keynote presentations from four industry leaders including Jim Gordon of Yarmouth's Cape Wind Associates.

According the industry trade journal Control Engineering, "each of the keynote presenters at POWER-GEN International 2005 will examine the major challenges and opportunities their companies expect to face in the immediate future, the strategies they are pursuing to maintain growth and profitability, and the external and internal forces that will guide execution. The companies represented in the keynote session will constitute a diverse mix of players in the power sector, ranging from large-scale utility to independent power producer to equipment manufacturer."


What Control Engineering magazine says about this conference;
"The "back-to-basics" game plan that has characterized much of the utility industry the past few years is gradually ceding ground... Renewed interest in coal, nuclear and liquefied natural gas, coupled with building momentum in renewable energy and distributed generation, present tremendous opportunity if fully realized... Stretching across this shifting playing field is the large-scale impact that widespread consolidation could have on the industry. Industry leaders will have to carefully weigh challenge against opportunity to select the most appropriate pathway to growth. Each of the keynote presenters at POWER-GEN International 2005 will examine the major challenges and opportunities their companies expect to face in the immediate future, the strategies they are pursuing to maintain growth and profitability, and the external and internal forces that will guide execution. The companies represented in the keynote session will constitute a diverse mix of players in the power sector, ranging from large-scale utility to independent power producer to equipment manufacturer. This diversity promises to provide keynote attendees with timely insight into the dynamics shaping the evolution of the power industry."

The roster of keynote speakers were;

  • Dr. Muhson Shalash, Iraqi Minister of Electricity, discussed the challenges of rebuilding Iraqâ??s electric infrastructure as the country struggles through uncertain times on the path to democracy.
  • Andrew White, CEO of General Electricâ??s Nuclear Division, discussed the renewed interest in nuclear energy in the context of tightening emission regulations, volatile fuel prices and rising electricity demand and costs.
  • Michael Niggli, President of Sempra Generation, stressed the importance of building a diverse portfolio of energy resources and the need for new liquid natural gas terminals and supplies for the United States.
  • Jim Gordon, President of Cape Wind Associates, discussed the drivers fueling the rapid growth of renewable energy and the progress in developing Americaâ??s first offshore wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The companies represented in the keynote session constituted a diverse mix of players in the power sector and provided keynote attendees with timely insight into the dynamics shaping the evolution of the electricity industry. Jim Gordon is president of Energy Management Inc. , the parent company of Cape Wind Associates.

It was a singular honor and an indication of how the energy industry cares about the proposed wind farm here that Gordon was selected as a keynote speaker.

He started EMI in 1975 and over the ensuing years built EMI into one of the most successful privately held independent power companies in America.

Gordon has recruited and managed a team of dedicated and highly motivated professionals who were able to complete the myriad and complex tasks of creating state-of-the-art power projects, and done this through a morass of ever-increasing regulatory reviews and environmental approvals.

According to the Power-Gen web site Gordon's sense of timing and grasp of political and regulatory directions allowed EMI to develop and operate some of New England's first gas fired cogeneration and independent power projects as well as the first generation of merchant electric plants in the United States. EMI is now developing Cape Wind, America's first offshore wind park. Jim Gordon is a graduate of Boston University's School of Public Communications and worked for Warner Communications Corporation prior to founding EMI.

Cape Wind's office is at 923 Route 6A, Suite G2, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675, telephone: 508-375-9495. See their web site here.

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