The first annual Total Energy USA Conference kicks off Tuesday at the George R. Brown Convention Center with an emphasis on looking at energy as a, well, total package.
I talked with John Ragan, a Houston-based executive vice president of New Jersey-based NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE: NRG) and president of NRG’s Gulf Coast region, who also serves as executive chairman of the conference, last week about his hopes and expectations for the event.
Ragan said this conference, scheduled to run through Nov. 29, will be different from many others.
“It is ground-breaking, even for the energy sector, for conventions because it’s a cross-fertilization of the energy sector and technology,” he said. “We’re trying to embrace and incorporate all the energy technologies that exist through Houston and the world.”
For example, he said, conference participants will review how oil and gas relates to electric transmission, where renewable energies fit and what are the possibilities for enhanced oil production.
Vinny Polito, Connecticut-based president of Total Energy USA, told me they’re expecting up to 2,000 people to attend the show, and the plan is to feature the convention in Houston “from now to infinity,” though satellite programs aren’t out of the question.