Power Generators had cost reduction on their minds at the 2013 Electric Power Conference & Exhibition, which was last week at the Rosemont Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois. Faced with regulatory challenges and tightening margins, power generators are looking for ways to cut costs, including fuel switching and optimizing operation and maintenance (O&M) performance. Enter NAES Corporation (Issaquah, Washington). Founded by four northwest utility companies in 1980, NAES has grown to be the industry’s largest independent operations and maintenance services provider, with a portfolio of more than 202 power generation plants worldwide totaling about 59,915 MW.
The company is enjoying continued success, recently being awarded 10 Best Practices Awards, including one, “Best of the Best,” by the Combined Cycle Journal. NAES Maintenance and Construction Group is continuing to grow its air quality control systems services, with NAES Power Contractors being awarded the installation of a dry sorbent injection (DSI) system and an activated carbon injection (ACI) system at a coal-fired generating station owned by a cooperative located in the Midwest.
NAES experts chaired multiple sessions and made presentations during the conference. Mark Minniti, Sales Director for NAES Power Contractors, chaired and co-chaired three sessions: “Maximizing Craft Productivity,” “Maintenance Contracting Strategy,” and “Labor’s Role in Contracted Plant Maintenance,” moderated by NAES Power Contractors Sr. VP and Chief Commercial Officer Jake Hardy. Brian Heinbaugh, Power Plant Operations Division Director, chaired and co-chaired two sessions: “Small Flexible Power Solutions: When Size Does Matter,” and “What Does the Market Expect from Gas Plants?” Finally, Doug Machon, Senior Business Development Manager, presented “Strategic Partnering for O&M of Next-Gen Clean Energy Plants.”
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