Platts Announces Finalists for Global Energy Awards

In announcing the 2009 finalists for its annual Platts Global Energy Awards Monday, Platts underscored the changing emphasis of global energy toward both long-term and environment-conscious supply solutions, reporting a record number of entries and finalists in sustainable technologies, energy efficiency and green initiatives categories.

"Not only is it encouraging to see so many taking the lead on supply sustainability through more eco-friendly innovation, it's impressive to see a record number of total awards entries despite the very challenging global economy," said Platts President Larry Neal. "Becoming a finalist in this economic environment is no easy feat. We congratulate each of our finalists and look forward to announcing the winners in early December."

Established in 1999, the Platts Global Energy Awards has become the most recognized awards program in the industry and recognizes innovation, leadership, and superior performance in categories spanning the entire energy industry. New or updated categories for 2009 include Green Energy Initiative of the Year, Energy Efficiency Program of the Year, Deal of the Year, Infrastructure Project of the Year and Energy Producer of the Year.

Finalists in 17 performance categories were chosen from a list of over 200 nominations, based on the criteria for each category, taking into consideration the company's profile and financial performance from within the designated time-frame. The Energy Company of the Year will be selected from this overall list of finalists by the independent panel of judges including former regulators, past heads of major energy companies, leading academics and international energy experts.

Winners of the 2009 Platts Global Energy Awards will be announced Thursday, December 3, at a black-tie dinner and awards ceremony in New York City at the Cipriani Wall Street, which is expected to draw more than 500 senior energy executives from around the world. Capgemini returns as principal sponsor for the seventh year and is joined by co-sponsors Elster Integrated Solutions and SolArc.

The finalists in selected categories include:

CEO of the Year

Greg Boyce, Peabody Energy
Antonio Brufau, Repsol
Peter Duprey, ACCIONA Energy North America
Chengyu Fu, CNOOC Limited
James Hackett, Anadarko Petroleum Company
Lewis Hay, FPL Group, Inc.
Ralph Izzo, Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)
John C.S. Lau, Husky Energy, Inc.
Milton B. Lee, CPS Energy
Wayne Leonard, Entergy Corporation
Aubrey McClendon, Chesapeake Energy Corporation
Vincent de Rivaz, EDF Energy

Commercial Technology of the Year

Alter NRG
Badger Licensing L.L.C.
CNOOC Limited
EnerNOC, Inc.
InStep Software
Lennox Industries Inc.
Process Dynamics Inc.
Shell Global Solutions
Space-Time Insight

Community Development Program of the Year

AES Dominicana
Chesapeake Energy Corporation
CPS Energy
El Paso Corporation
Entergy Corporation (Low Income Assistance)
Entergy Corporation (University Funding)
Northeast Utilities
PTT Public Limited Company
Qalhat LNG
Reliance Industries Ltd.
Reliance Infrastructure Ltd.
Valero Energy Corporation

Deal of the Year

Arch Coal, Inc.
Belwind NV
Chesapeake Energy Corporation
Enel SpA
Gas Natural
Mansfield Oil Company
MOL Nyrt.
NRG Energy, Inc.
Peabody Energy
T-Power NV
Valero Energy Corporation

Energy Producer of the Year

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
CNOOC Limited
Coal India Limited
Peabody Energy
Petrobras S.A.

Engineering Project of the Year

Entergy Corporation (Automatic Load Transfer)
Entergy Corporation (University of Arkansas)
Mirant Corporation
MyCelx Technologies
Shell Global Solutions
YANSAB (Yanbu National Petrochemical Co)

ENR Energy Construction Project of the Year

Advatech LLC
Black & Veatch
City Water, Light & Power (CWLP),
FPL Group, Inc.
Pepco Energy Services, Inc.
Shell Global Solutions
SNC-Lavalin Constructors Inc.
Tetra Tech Inc.
URS Washington Division (Palo Seco)
URS Washington Division (Prairie Creek)

Industry Leadership Award

Arch Coal, Inc.
Black & Veatch Corporation
California ISO
Carbon Capture and Storage Association
Chesapeake Energy Corporation
Duke Energy
Energy Curtailment Specialists, Inc (ECS)
Entergy Corporation
MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company
Petrobras S.A.
PJM Interconnection
Southern California Edison

Infrastructure Project of the Year

ATP Oil & Gas Corporation
BP Australia
Bronzeoak Ltd.
Entergy Corporation
San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E)
Tetra Tech, Inc.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Jean-Pierre Benqu, EDF International North America
Christopher Bloch, Boyle Energy Services and Technology
Tom Casten, Recycled Energy Development (RED)
Roger Duncan, Austin Energy
Sheila Hollis, Duane Morris LLP
Bill Klesse, Valero Energy Corporation
Hardev Singh Kohli, Reliance Industries Ltd.
Lee Raymond, Exxon Mobil Corporation, retired
Larry Weyers, Integrys Energy Group

Marketing Campaign of the Year

Alliant Energy
Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.
Peabody Energy
PTT Public Limited Company
Southern California Edison
Toronto Hydro Corporation

In advance of the Platts Global Energy Awards, finalists, economists and others will join in lively debate on the viability of numerous energy sustainability solutions at the Platts Global Energy Outlook Forum on December 2nd in New York City. The Forum, "The Outlook for Sustainability: Charting a Course Amidst Economic, Geopolitical and Environmental Challenges," will feature a keynote address from U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary for Science Steven Koonin and two roundtable panels.

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