KEMA to Hold 23rd Executive Forum on Retail Energy

Key Industry Leaders to Address Market Conditions, Policies, and Opportunities in the Competitive Energy Sector

BURLINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - Nov 30, 2011) - As the leading event in the U.S. retail energy industry, KEMA's Retail Executive Forum will gather senior executives, regulators, energy buyers, investors, and other stakeholders from across North America to discuss the key business and policy issues facing retail energy markets. With the theme "Sustaining Momentum," the 23rd Executive Forum will be held April 3 and 4, 2012, at the JW Marriott in San Antonio, Texas. This year's event will focus on the unprecedented growth of competitive markets and strategies retailers must use to sustain their momentum.

"For the first time since competitive retail energy markets opened approximately 15 years ago, we can finally say that over 50 percent of this market is competitively served," said Young Kim, associate director of KEMA's Retail Energy Practice. "This is a major milestone, but it also represents a challenge: grow or die. At the Executive Forum, we will debate and discuss the initiatives and improvements necessary for the retail energy sector to stay on this growth path."

The Forum will feature more than 30 senior executives and key stakeholders throughout eight sessions, including a panel of executives from the nation's top five retail energy suppliers and a new panel entitled, "Investing in Retail Markets."

Executive Forum confirmed speakers:

  • H.B. "Trip" Doggett, president and CEO, ERCOT
  • Hon. Donna Nelson, chairman, Public Utility Commission of Texas
  • Hon. Todd Snitchler, chairman, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
  • Hon. Doug Scott, chairman, Illinois Commerce Commission
  • Hon. James Cawley, commissioner, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
  • Paul Hudson, principal, Stratus Energy Group and former Chairman, Public Utility Commission of Texas
  • Bill Massey, counsel, COMPETE Coalition; partner, Covington and Burling, LLP; and former Federal Regulatory Energy Commissioner (FERC) commissioner
  • Jim Burke, chairman and CEO, TXU Energy
  • Jason Few, president, Reliant Energy
  • John Ragan, executive vice president (EVP) & regional president, Texas, NRG Energy
  • Michael Kagan, president, Constellation NewEnergy
  • Steven Murray, president, residential markets, Direct Energy
  • Rob Snyder, chairman, founder and CEO, Stream Energy
  • Ken Hartwick, CEO, Just Energy
  • Scott White, co-founder and president, IGS Energy
  • Dan Verbanac, president, Integrys Energy Services
  • Sam Henry, president and CEO, GDF SUEZ Energy Marketing North America
  • Brandon Schwertner, CEO, Sumer Capital Partners
  • Tom Gilpin, CEO, Entrust Energy
  • Tim Healy, CEO, EnerNOC
  • Tim Enwall, founder and chief information officer, Tendril
  • Dr. J. Patrick Kennedy, founder and CEO, OSIsoft
  • Jere Thompson, co-founder and CEO, Ambit Energy
  • Julie Blunden, EVP, public policy and corporate communications, SunPower
  • Daniel Yates, founder and president, OPOWER
  • Jeff Kulick, managing director, global energy and power group, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Julie Hextell, senior vice president (SVP), FirstEnergy Solutions
  • Jay Kooper, director, regulatory affairs, Hess Corporation
  • Taff Tschamler, SVP, North American Power
  • Justin Courtney, SVP, Stephens, Inc.
  • Dennis Moran, director of energy supply, Marriott
  • Bob Manning, director of energy and industrial facilities, H-E-B
  • Steve Elsea, director of energy services, Leggett & Platt

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KEMA, which was founded in 1927, is an independent leading authority that is active worldwide in the energy value chain, and is specialized in high-grade service provision in the field of business and technical consultancy, operational support, measurement & inspections, and testing & certification. As an independent business, KEMA advises and supports government bodies as well as producers, suppliers and end-users of energy, and manufacturers of electricity transmission and distribution equipment. More than 1,700 professionals work at KEMA, which has branches and representatives in over 20 countries around the world.

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