BURLINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - Jan 16, 2012) - KEMA is gathering energy industry executives, senior financial analysts, government officials, and other energy and utility stakeholders to examine innovative, real-world approaches to manage the uncertainty and risk that are driving changes in every segment of the utility industry. KEMA's fifth annual Utility of the Future Leadership Forum, "Pathway to excellence," will be held May 14-16, 2012, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The 2012 Forum features one and one-half days of discussions on the challenges utilities are facing and the innovations they are putting forward to build for the future. The emerging pathways are as diverse as the companies and leaders attending the event. Whichever route taken, the forum provides ample opportunities for networking and meeting in small groups to help organizations prepare for their path.

"Our annual leadership Forum is a truly unique opportunity for chief executive officers (CEOs) and other energy executives to gather and have an engaging dialogue and debate about the future of our industry," said Hugo van Nispen, KEMA's president and managing director of the Americas. "Every year we come away with new insights and lessons that can have immediate impact on our businesses, customers, the industry at large, and the environment."

Some of the currently featured speakers are as follows:

  • Bill Andrew, CEO, Delaware Electric Coop
  • Bob Balzar, vice president, TVA
  • Doyle Beneby, president and CEO, CPS Energy
  • Ricardo Perez Botelho, president, Energisa, Brasil
  • Tucker Carlson, journalist
  • Randy P. Gaines, vice president Engineering, Housekeeping, Laundry Operations Americas, Hilton Worldwide
  • Robert A. Hawsey, associate laboratory director for Renewable Electricity and End Use Systems, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Laura Ipsen, senior vice president and general manager of Smart Grid, Cisco Systems
  • Val Jensen, vice president, Marketing & Environmental Programs, ComEd
  • Jason Mendenhall, executive vice president, Switch/Cloud
  • Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment
  • Martin Rosenberg, editor-in-chief, EnergyBiz Magazine
  • Dennis Sadlowski, CEO, International Battery
  • Susan N. Story, president and CEO, Southern Company Services, Inc.
  • Throop Wilder, president and CEO, 24M Technologies
  • Michael Yackira, president and CEO, NV Energy

Senior executives are invited to join their peers in the Utility of the Future discussion to share ideas and discover opportunities that will help shape a more sustainable, reliable, and profitable utility of the future. To register and learn more information, visit: http://www.kema.com/UtilityFuture2012.

About KEMA
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 1,800 professionals work at KEMA, which has branches and representatives in over 20 countries around the world.

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