Five CEO Giants Discuss the Challenges and Opportunities in Energy

They Join All Star Speaker Roster to Help Formulate Five-Year Utility Business Strategies at 2011 EnergyBiz Leadership Forum

Dec 09, 2010, 12:22 ET from Energy Central

AURORA, Colo., Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Tom Fanning, CEO, president and chairman of Southern Company, Michael Morris, president and CEO of AEP, Lewis Hay III, chairman and CEO of NextEra Energy, Thomas Farrell II, chairman, president and CEO of Dominion Resources and Aubrey McClendon, chairman and CEO of Chesapeake Energy, have accepted invitations to join an outstanding roster of energy business leaders, government leaders, and innovators who will attempt to map out a five year strategy plan for senior utility executives attending the 2011 EnergyBiz Leadership Forum.


Collectively, these five executives represent some of the largest companies in the electric and natural gas sectors, Energy Central, a leading provider of information and events for the energy sector, announced.

This year's EnergyBiz Leadership Forum will be held February 27 to March 1, 2011 in Washington, D.C.  The theme of the forum is "Energy Game Changers –Winning Strategies for the Next Five Years."

"With so many economic, political, and technological uncertainties plaguing the energy industry over the next five years, utility executives will be challenged to devise optimal investment strategies for generation, transmission, distribution, renewables integration, and technology infrastructure," said Martin Rosenberg, EnergyBiz Leadership Forum program chairman and editor-in-chief of EnergyBiz Magazine. "Big changes are definitely around the corner. Poor decisions will be costly -- particularly for a utility industry that has suffered lackluster performance over the past two years."

"This year's outstanding forum program agenda and speaker roster will attempt to put the next five years into perspective so that utility and energy industry executives can formulate stronger strategies and minimize risk," said Rosenberg.  "It is the only conference of the year that will specifically target the energy industry game changers and their near-to mid-term impact on bottom-line performance."

In addition to Fanning, Morris, Hay, Farrell and McClendon, other notable speakers and panelists this year include: Nicholas Donofrio, EVP, Innovation and Fellow Emeritus – IBM Corporation and Senior Fellow, Kauffman Foundation; Phillip G. Harris, CEO of Tres Amigas; Dan Arvizu, Fellow Emeritus, director and chief executive, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; K.R. Sridhar, CEO of Bloom Energy; Kenneth Humphreys, CEO, FutureGen Alliance; Robert Mitchell, CEO of Trans-Elect Development, Lyndon Rive, CEO of SolarCity; and Julia Hamm, CEO and president, Solar Electric Power Association. These industry leaders will join other distinguished panel members from the energy/utility industry and government to discuss game changers in generation technology, transmission infrastructure, government and regulatory landscape, economic climate, and energy consumer trends.

For additional information on the 2011 EnergyBiz Leadership Forum agenda, registration, and sponsorship opportunities, visit

SOURCE Energy Central