The Premier LM-Focused
Event Is Back

The PROENERGY Conference is returning for 2023! Over three exciting days, join fellow power-industry professionals in Houston, Texas, to learn and share best practices for LM technology.
The encore event is set to have a full line-up, with dedicated time for networking, training, analyzing market issues, and solving technical challenges. Last year, we welcomed more than 120+ attendees from 30+ companies. Book your room for this year now, and scroll down for more details!

Event Information

  • Tuesday, Nov. 7 – Thursday, Nov. 9
  • The Westin Houston, Memorial City
  • 945 Gessner Road
    Houston, Texas 77024

Event Information

2nd Event
Centered on LM market drivers, technical challenges, and operations
3 Days
Packed with the latest LM-specific roundtables, solutions, and training
100% Focused
On topics powered exclusively by LM users

Our exclusive lineup features executives and technical experts from LM users, to plant operators, component manufacturers, and PROENERGY. You can look forward to an executive keynote, a technical keynote, and a panel session. In addition, you can choose from three tracks of technical sessions according to your interests.

Conference Program

Tuesday, November 7 | Welcome
Breakfast 7:00 - 8:00 a.m.
Training 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Registration 4:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Reception and Entertainment 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 8 | Conference Sessions
Breakfast 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
General Session: Part I* 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
General Session: Part II* 12:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Break 4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
Reception 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
Dinner and Entertainment 6:45 - 9:45 p.m.
*See below for more details on the General Session.
Thursday, November 9 | Conference Sessions, O&M Tour, VIP Event
Breakfast 7:00 - 8:00 a.m.
General Session: Part III* 8:00 - 9:45 a.m.
Break 9:45 - 10:00 a.m.
Technical Breakout Sessions** 10:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Lunch 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Travel to Generating Site & Safety Brief 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
O&M Best Practices Tour† 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Break 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
VIP Event and Dinner‡ 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
*General Session
On Wednesday and Thursday, we will feature keynote and panel sessions with distinguished guest speakers.

Part I - Wednesday Morning

Welcome and Conference Goals
Carlos Picon, Chief Commercial Officer, PROENERGY

Market Keynote
Changing Global Landscape as the Energy Transition Unfolds
Bobby Noble, Program Manager Gas Turbine R&D, EPRI

Operational Keynote
Building and Operating an Energy Transition Portfolio
Tom Long, SVP Asset Performance Management & Outage Services, Calpine Corporation

Keynote Q&A

15-Minute Break

Panel Introduction
The Growing Need for Dispatchable Generation
Rene Vijgen, Senior Technical Manager, ETN

Panel 1: Business Environment
Meeting the Market Challenge: Navigating Regulations, Market Design, and Profitability
Moderator: Landon Tessmer, VP Commercial Operations, PROENERGY
Chris Jimenez, Director of Energy Services, AEPCO
Evan Schenkel, VP, Goldman Sachs
Siraj Taj, Founder/Principal, ST Power Services Consulting
Rene Vijgen, Senior Technical Manager, ETN
Tina Lee, VP Asset Management, WattBridge
8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Part II - Wednesday Afternoon

Panel 2: Trends
Fleet and Plant Trends Through the Lens of the Level-IV Depot
Tom Christiansen, SVP, Strategic Power Systems (ORAP)
Kevin Burttschell, VP Gas Turbine Manufacturing, PROENERGY
Bob Bosse, VP Aero Products, PROENERGY

Panel 3: Resilience
Operating in Today's Market While Looking Toward the Future
Moderator: Mark Axford, President, Axford Consulting
Curtis Crews, Director Reliability Services & Risk Assessment, Texas Reliability Entity (NERC)
Bob Durham, Plant Manager, DCO Energy
Joel Stahn, VP Operations & Technical Services, Onward Energy
Aaron Sobel, SVP Human Resources, PROENERGY

15-Minute Break

Case Study
Upcycling from the Flight World
Jens-Peter Schmidt, RWE

R&D Focus
Advanced Manufacturing of LM6000 Hardware
Rob Andrews, SVP Operations, PROENERGY

12:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Part III - Thursday Morning

Panel 4: O&M
Doing More with Less, and Doing It Better Than Ever
Moderator: Scott Schwieger, General Manager, Combined Cycle Journal
Giuseppe Bonforte, Reliability Engineer, Ferrero
Pedro Juarez, Manager of Thermal Generation Assets, SMUD
More Panelists Coming Soon!
8:00 - 9:45 a.m.
**Technical Sessions
On Thursday, choose the sessions that interest you most from three tracks.
  Track 1 | Magnolia 1 & 2
in the Energy Transition
Track 2 | Magnolia 3
for Peak Performance
Track 3 | Magnolia 4
with High Technology
10 - 11 a.m. Fleet and Plant Trends Open Forum
Tom Christiansen, SVP, Strategic Power Systems
Gilbert Shupe, Senior Principal Gas Turbine Engineer, Salt River Project
Steve Worthington, Plant Manager, Arizona Public Service
Bob Bosse, VP Aero Products, PROENERGY
Kevin Burttschell, VP Gas Turbine Manufacturing, PROENERGY
SCR Life-of-System Care: Maintenance, Upgrades, and Direct Injection
Jeff Wirt, Director Catalyst Systems, Energy Link
Harry Wong, President & CEO, Energy Link
Optimizing Generator Life with BRUSH
Richard Burford, Chief Engineer, BRUSH Group
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Decarbonization with Hydrogen and Alternative Fuels
Moderator: Gus Eghneim, SVP Sustainability, PROENERGY
Mohamed El-Tablawy, Executive Director for Planning, Research & Power Projects, Egyptian Electricity Holding Company
Ramanan Krishnamoorti, Chief Energy Officer, University of Houston
Bobby Noble, Program Manager Gas Turbine Life Cycle Management, EPRI
Rene Vijgen, Senior Technical Manager, ETN
Joe Andre, VP Total Care Services, PROENERGY
Paul DiMascio, VP Engineering, PROENERGY
Power Augmentation Update and Best Practices
Don Shepherd, VP, Caldwell Energy Company
Reducing Operational Costs with Remote Operations Centers
Ben Fredericks, Plant Manager, Sky Global
Chad Hall, ROC Manager, PROENERGY
12 - 1 p.m. Supply Chain Summit: Minimizing Operational Interruptions
Ron Adams, General Manager North America, Independent Forge
Aaron Atherton, Senior Project Manager, Energy Link
John Ball, Sales Manager, Triax Industries
Ryan Oakley, General Manager, Triax Industries
Richard Burford, Chief Engineer, BRUSH Group
Glenn Duffard, VP Supply Chain, PROENERGY
Predicting Failures and Minimizing Downtime with Remote Monitoring & Diagnostics
Steve Worthington, Plant Manager, Arizona Public Service
Donovan Duncan, Manager O&M Plant Services, PROENERGY
†O&M Best Practices Tour
On Thursday afternoon, take a tour of an active LM6000 power generation site, where we will engage in an open discussion amongst peers on operating equipment and strategies. Please wear closed-toed shoes. PPE will be provided.
Thursday Afternoon
Lunch 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Board Coaches 2:00 - 2:15 p.m
Travel Time 2:15 - 2:45 p.m
Safety Briefing 2:45 - 3:00 p.m
O&M Best Practices Tour 3:00 - 5:00 p.m
‡VIP Event
Thursday evening will be an event you'll remember, with an exciting closing keynote address and a hands-on session in which you can see, touch, and hold the fruits of five years of R&D.
Thursday Evening
Break: Relax and Hydrate 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
VIP Event and Dinner

Jeff Canon, President and CEO, PROENERGY

Keynote Speaker
Ellen Smith, Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting

Rob Andrews, SVP Operations, PROENERGY
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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