Platts Announces Finalists for the 10th Annual Global Energy Awards


    NEW YORK, Oct. 1 /CNW/ -- In announcing the 2008 finalists for its annual
Platts Global Energy Awards today, Platts underscores the changing emphasis of
global energy towards long-term supply solutions with finalists in two new
categories: Sustainable Technology Innovation of the Year and Strategic Energy
Investment of the Year. Established in 1999 and referred to by past attendees
as the "Oscars of Energy," the Platts Global Energy Awards recognize
innovation, leadership, and superior performance in more than a dozen
categories spanning the entire energy industry.

    Platts further captures the industry's increased focus on future energy
supply by merging two former award categories to create the Sustainable Energy
Initiative of the Year award.

    "In the 10-year history of the Global Energy Awards, the quality of
nominations has consistently advanced with each year," said Platts President
Victoria Chu Pao. "There's no doubt the judges will have an even tougher time
reaching their decisions as they evaluate each of this year's finalists.
Congratulations to each one of the finalists for their important contributions
as exemplary performers in their respective industry categories."

    Finalists in 16 awards recognition arenas were chosen from a list of just
under 200 nominees by a panel of judges including former national regulators,
past and present heads of major energy companies, leading academics and
international energy experts.  Energy Company of the Year, based on
performance criteria beyond financials, will be selected from this overall
list of finalists. Last year's Energy Company of the Year winner was
U.S.-based NRG Energy and the CEO of the Year was Jim Rogers from Duke Energy.

    Winners of the 2008 Platts Global Energy Awards will be announced at a
gala celebration on Wednesday, December 3 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York
City. Each year more than 500 senior energy executives from around the world
gather to attend the black-tie awards ceremony. Capgemini, one of the world's
foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, is the
principal sponsor.

    In advance of the recognition dinner, the Platts Lecture, which coincides
with this year's 10th anniversary of the Platts Global Energy Awards and Gala,
will be presented by Madeleine Albright, former U.S. secretary of state. Dr.
Albright's address is entitled "Sense and Sustainability: What Strategies Will
Really Work to Create a New Energy Future?" Dr. Albright will be joined by
additional Lecture speakers that will include globally renowned industry
leaders and academics who excel in thought leadership and innovation.

    The Platts Lecture will take place on December 3 at the Deutsche Bank, 60
Wall Street in New York from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Accredited media may attend the Platts Lecture and the 10th Annual Platts
Global Energy Awards Gala and events as Platts' guests with advance
registration at or Television cameras are welcome at the evening
gala. Non-media may register at
    For sponsorship or additional event information, contact Patsy Wurster at
720-548-5583, or

    The finalists in each category include:

    CEO of the Year
    CNOOC - Fu Chengyu
    CNX Gas Corporation - Nicholas J. DeIuliis
    CPS Energy - Milton B. Lee
    Entergy Corporation - J. Wayne Leonard
    FPL Group, Inc - Lewis Hay, III
    Galp Energia - Manuel Ferreira De Oliveira
    GDF Suez - Gerard Mestrallet
    Peabody - Gregory H. Boyce
    Petrobras - Jose Sergio Gabrielli de Azevedo
    PTT Public Company Limited - Mr. Prasert Bunsumpun
    Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) - Ralph Izzo

    Commercial Technology of the Year
    EnerNOC, Inc.
    Lennox Industries
    Red Spider Technology
    Salt River Project
    Southern California Edison

    Community Development Program of the Year
    CPS Energy
    Entergy Corporation
    MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company
    Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS)
    PTT Public Company Limited
    Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)
    Reliance Infrastructure Ltd.

    Downstream Business of the Year
    GAIL (India) Ltd
    Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IndianOil)
    Mansfield Oil Company
    MOL Nyrt.

    Energy Transporter of the Year
    MidAmerican Energy Pipeline Group

    Engineering Project of the Year
    Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
    CNOOC Limited
    EnQuest Power Corp.
    Entergy Corp. / GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
    Entergy Corp. - FitzPatrick
    Exelon Generating Company

    ENR Energy Construction Project of the Year
    Black & Veatch
    Northeast Utilities
    SGT LLC - Salem Unit 2
    SGT West
    We Power & URS Washington Division
    Wisconsin Public Service

    Hydrocarbon Producer of the Year
    CNX Gas Corporation
    Patriot Coal Corporation
    Peabody Energy

    Industry Leadership Award
    Duke Energy
    EMFESZ First Hungarian Natural Gas and Energy Trading and Service LLC
    Essent N.V.
    GAIL (India) Ltd
    MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company
    Peabody Energy

    Lifetime Achievement Award
    Edison International - John E. Bryson
    EPCO, Inc - Dan Duncan
    KEMA - Walter O. Stadlin
    Nexen - Randall Gossen

    Marketing Campaign of the Year
    Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd
    Detroit Edison
    Green Mountain Energy Company
    Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IndianOil)
    MidAmerican Energy Company
    Southern California Edison
    SouthStar Energy Services LLC
    Tennessee Valley Authority
    Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited

    Power Company of the Year
    CEZ, a. s.
    CPS Energy
    Duke Energy
    Entergy Corporation
    Tenaga Nasional Berhad

    Rising Star Award
    Detectent Inc
    EMFESZ First Hungarian Natural Gas and Energy Trading and Service LLC
    Energy Curtailment Specialists, Inc.
    Galp Energia
    Kosmos Energy
    North Delhi Power Limited
    Red Spider Technology Ltd
    Stream Energy

    Risk Management Innovator of the Year
    No finalists were selected.

    Strategic Energy Investment of the Year
    GE Energy Financial Services
    National Grid
    Patriot Coal Corp.
    Peabody Energy

    Sustainable Energy Initiative of the Year
    BPCL Kochi Refinery
    Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service Geothermal Project Team
    DTE Energy - Energy Partnership & Services Group
    Hydro One Inc.
    Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
    New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority
    PG & E
    Reliance Industries Limited Hazira Manufacturing Division
    Roseville Electric
    Royal Dutch KPN Telecom
    Southern California Edison - Next Generation Smart Meters
    Southern California Edison - Photovoltaic Project
    Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Xcel Energy
    Yello Strom

    Sustainable Technology Innovation of the Year
    Fibrowatt LLC
    Orion Energy Systems, Inc.
    Sopogy, Inc.
    Virent Energy Systems, Inc.

    Fast Facts about the Platts Global Energy Awards:

    --  Platts receives around 200 nominations each year.
    --  This year's nominations have come from 23 countries:
    Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic,
France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Malaysia, Netherlands, Nigeria,
Pakistan, Portugal, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Thailand,
Turkey, the UK, and the USA.
    --  Platts is proud to count former OPEC energy ministers, national
        regulators, former heads of major energy companies and leading
        economists, academics and legislators among its judges, past and
    --  Each category in the awards has 4-6 key criteria against which the
        judges will evaluate each nomination.
    --  The Platts Global Energy Awards have been described by past entrants
        and winners as both the "World Series" and "Academy Awards" of energy.

    Capgemini ( is lead sponsor of the Platts Global
Energy Awards for the 6th consecutive year. Co-sponsors include Elster
(, Duff & Phelps (, Microsoft
(, Spectra Energy ( in its second
year, and Solarc ( For information on the co-sponsors, go to: R.W. Beck
( returns for its second year as lead sponsor of the Platts
Lecture and is joined by co-sponsors Oracle ( and Deutsche Bank

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