Introducing PennWell’s APC

PennWell Corp., parent company of EL&P, has acquired the American Power Conference (APC) from Chicago’s Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).

Consider the following: PennWell Corp. has been the industry’s leading provider of electric power information for 90 years and provides industry-leading event management; IIT’s American Power Conference has a 62-year history of providing an outstanding forum for information exchange in the power industry; and EL&P, the industry’s leading magazine for 78 years, will present the APC. This remarkable combination of electric industry expertise and credentials can’t be found anywhere else.

We are now in the early transitional phase of planning the April 9-11, 2001 event with IIT’s continued involvement. Robert W. Porter, APC’s most recent director and professor, IIT, remains involved with the conference as managing director. He said, “We feel very comfortable in transferring the helm of American Power Conference to PennWell’s Global Energy Group. IIT looks forward to providing educational support, especially through its industry-oriented, sponsored student-faculty program.”

APC has traditionally been a generation-focused event. While preserving that foundation, PennWell plans to expand the conference into a three-track forum covering business issues, transmission and distribution (T&D), and power generation. Business topics will include mergers and acquisitions, transitioning to deregulation, finding new revenue sources, globalization, and divestiture strategies. T&D topics will cover reliability, power quality, technological advances, transmission coordination/control models such as ISOs, transcos, RTOs, FERC Order 2000, interconnection for merchant plants and distributed generation, and market-based pricing of transmission. Generation issues will include Midwest generating capacity, supply and demand, distributed generation, merchant plants, environmental issues, and nuclear generation.

As we plan the debut of PennWell’s APC, we welcome your involvement. To build a conference based on a foundation of strong content, a broad spectrum of industry expertise must be reflected in the conference program. We invite you to share your knowledge and expertise with us and provide ideas at this time. Encourage your organization and industry contacts to submit abstract proposals to Lisa Gasaway at e-mail, fax 918-831-9875, phone 918-831-9736. The abstract submittal deadline is Oct. 31, 2000.

Additional highlights include the return of the exhibit floor and new networking opportunities.

The exhibit floor will feature the latest products and services from the industry’s leading companies. Exhibitors will reach a unique audience of qualified buyers involved in both generation and T&D sectors. APC offers three days of networking with more than 1,000 potential customers. For information on exhibiting, contact Donna Welch at e-mail, phone 713-963-6287.

APC also has available sponsorship packages to increase your visibility at the show. Choose from corporate or individual service/event packages to get your company name in front of today’s industry leaders. For more information, contact Kathryn Tatro-Schuck at e-mail, phone 703-567-4524.

Keep posted on APC developments by checking our Web site at

As conference program committee chair, I invite you to join us in Chicago in April 2001 as we take a fresh look at Midwest and national power issues.


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