Power Steering: Hints and Highlights for PGI 2013

This year, Power-Gen International (PGI) celebrates its 25th year of service to the global power market.
Show organizers expect to draw 21,000 power professionals from more than 75 countries.

Angela Godwin, Chief Editor

This year, Power-Gen International (PGI) celebrates its 25th year of service to the global power market. Taking place November 12-14 in Orlando, PGI has for a quarter century attracted industry leaders with its remarkable education, networking and new business development opportunities.

This year, show organizers expect to draw 21,000 power professionals from more than 75 countries. If you're attending -- or thinking about attending -- be sure to check out some of the conference sessions devoted to water or wastewater treatment. Here are a few suggestions to consider.

Implications of the 316(b) Rule (Nov. 13, 9:00 am) will comprise four presentations discussing the requirements of EPA's cooling water intake rule and evaluate options for compliance.

Air & Water Quality Regulations and Impact on the Power Industry (Nov. 13, 9:30 am) is a panel discussion that will tackle a host of current and forthcoming regulatory issues, including water intake and effluent guidelines, boiler MACT, HAPS, and carbon regulations.

Effluent Guidelines (Nov. 13, 1:30 pm) will offer five presentations addressing EPA's proposed revisions to the steam electric power effluent rule and explore compliance strategies. Of particular note is a presentation by Katie Bland of Burns & McDonnell that will discuss the use of constructed wetlands to meet requirements.

On Nov. 14 at 10:00 am, panelists from Duke Energy, CH2M Hill, NV Energy, and Tennessee Valley Authority will host a mega-session called Integrated Solution to Meet CCR, ELG's and MATS Compliance. They will focus on proposed effluent limitations guidelines and their impacts on coal plants. In particular, they plan to discuss a number of significant changes -- such as segregation of flue gas desulfurization wastewater and ash pond closures -- and how they must be coordinated with other plant changes resulting from air regulations under Utility MATS.

On Monday, Nov. 11, PGI will offer a four-hour course entitled Power Plant Wastewater Treatment to Meet the Effluent Limitation Guidelines. Led by experts from CH2M Hill, the class will focus on the key water management issues facing the power industry today and those that will present challenges in the near future, from unique internal water management techniques to new and adapted wastewater treatment technologies.

The course is offered as part of PGI's "Competitive Power College" program and takes place the day before the main conference opens. PGI is authorized by the Florida Board of Professional Engineers as a continuing education provider. As such, the half-day class is worth 4 PDH credits (provided the student passes the end-of-course exam).

If you're more interested in toys than training, PGI's exhibit floor won't disappoint. More than 1,400 exhibiting companies are expected to display their latest gadgets and gizmos (check out a few of our faves on page 42).

For a full list of exhibitors, conference information, and networking opportunities, visit www.Power-Gen.com. And if you make it down to Orlando, stop by Booth 4759 and say hello!

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