Tuesday, December 8, 2015 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Paradise Ballroom, Westgate Hotel
Open to all registered attendees and exhibitors
Russell Ray, Managing Editor, Power Engineering magazine
POWER-GEN International Program Committee Chair
Mr. Victor Abate
Victor (Vic) Abate is the president & CEO of Power Generation for GE Power & Water, overseeing worldwide operations of GE’s Heavy-Duty Gas Turbine, Steam Turbine, Generator and Controls businesses. GE’s Power Generation business has the largest delivered fleet of gas turbines in the world with more than 7,400 turbines operating in 112 countries. The business has manufacturing footprints in the Americas, Europe, and Asia to serve its global customers. Vic assumed this role in April 2013, and is based in Schenectady, New York.
From 2005 to his present role, Vic is president & CEO of GE’s Renewable Energy business, one of the world’s leading suppliers of renewable energy technology. In this role, Vic led the development and launch of GE’s 1.6-100 onshore wind turbine and GE’s 2.5-120 brilliant wind turbine, both of which were recognized externally as game changing products in the industry.
Vic began his GE career in 1990 and has held several management roles in engineering, services, production, and quality. In 1996, he led the large turbine generator business as the quality leader and was subsequently appointed general manager of generator technology. In 1999, Vic assumed responsibility for leading the gas turbine volume ramp up in GE’s Power Generation segment, and in late 2000 he was appointed general manager of steam turbine technology. In 2003, he became a GE company officer as the vice president of technology for power generation, which included technology for gas, steam, wind, solar, and hydro-turbine generators, gasification technologies, and integrated gasification combined cycle.
Prior to joining GE, Vic worked for Allied Signal and Zurn Industries and was responsible for mechanical drive technology and new product development.
Originally from Williamstown, Massachusetts, Vic holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Union College, and an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He and his wife Karen have four children and reside in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Mr. Steve Berberich
Steve Berberich is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Independent System Operator (ISO). The ISO is one of the world’s largest transmission organizations, managing the electric grid and wholesale power markets for 30 million Californians.
2015 marks Mr. Berberich’s 10th year with the ISO and his fourth year as CEO. During his tenure, he has navigated the ISO through a series of major changes underway in the energy industry. He is a key voice in transforming the power grid to lower its reliance on fossil fuels, and driving energy policy to foster new ways to produce and consume electricity.
He has served in a series of executive capacities at the ISO, including Vice President of Technology, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Berberich brings more than 25 years of experience from fields such as utility leadership, business consulting, financial services, banking and finance. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in finance and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tulsa.
Steven L. Edwards
Mr. Stuart R. Hemphill
Previously, Hemphill was acting chief financial officer of SCE in addition to these duties. He also held positions of senior vice president of Power Supply, senior vice president of Power Procurement, and vice president of Renewable and Alternative Power. He held management positions at Edison International and SCE in the strategic planning, resource planning, and business development organizations.
Hemphill serves on the Boards of the California Power Exchange, The Huntington Library, AbilityFirst, and the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House. Hemphill earned an MBA at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at California State University, Fullerton.