Platts Announces Finalists for the 9th Annual Global Energy Awards

    NEW YORK, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - Platts and principal sponsor Capgemini, along
with co-sponsor Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, today announce the finalists for the
2007 Platts Global Energy Awards. Established in 1999, the Platts Global
Energy Awards recognize innovation, leadership, and superior performance in
over a dozen categories spanning the entire energy spectrum. This year three
new awards will be featured; Green Energy Innovator of the Year, Energy
Efficiency Initiative of the Year, and Risk Management Innovator of the Year.
    "Each of this year's finalists is to be congratulated for their important
contributions as innovators and exemplary performers in their respective
industry categories," said Platts President Victoria Chu Pao. "We look forward
to announcing the winners of the Platts Global Energy Awards at the upcoming
Gala. And in recognition of the importance of energy's role in climate change,
we're pleased to be showcasing awards for Green Energy Innovator of the Year
and Energy Efficiency Initiative of the Year in this year's competition."
    Finalists in 16 categories 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,. The 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 Iberdrola of Spain, whose CEO,
Ignacio Sanchez Galan also won CEO of the Year.
    Winners of the 2007 Platts Global Energy Awards will be announced at a
gala celebration on Thursday, November 29, 2007 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. The ceremony is also co-
sponsored by Standard and Poor's, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, and
Spectra Energy.
    In advance of the awards dinner, the inaugural Platts Lecture will be
presented by Mr. Gene Sperling, former White House National Economic Advisor
and former Director of the USA's National Economic Council, who will address
the implications of climate change for the global energy industry in a lecture
entitled "Climate, Energy and the Climate for Energy." Other notable global
industry executives will join the discussion on how this topic relates to
their segment of the energy world. The Platts Lecture, sponsored by R.W. Beck
and PACCAR, will take place on November 29, 2007 at the Digital Sandbox,
located at 55 Broad Street in New York, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Additional sponsorships are still available for the Platts Lecture. Contact
Vicki Peterson at or at 970-461-1090 for more
    Accredited media may attend both events as Platts' guests with advance
registration. Television cameras are welcome.
    To make a reservation to attend the Platts Global Energy Awards and
Platts Lecture, go to For additional information
about attending the events contact Robin Mason at 631-642-2600 or
    The finalists in each category are as follows:

    CEO of the Year
    Antonio Brufau - Repsol YPF
    David Crane - NRG
    Douglas L. Foshee - El Paso Corporation
    Fulvio Conti - Enel SpA
    Gregory H. Boyce - Peabody Energy
    J. Wayne Leonard - Entergy Corporation
    Jim Rogers - Duke Energy
    Joseph L. Welch - ITC Holdings
    Lewis Hay, III - FPL Group
    Michael G. Morris - American Electric Power
    Mohamed H. Al-Mady - SABIC
    Mr. Fu Chengyu - China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC)
    Steve Malcolm - Williams

    Commercial Technology of the Year
    Black & Veatch
    Entergy Nuclear Operations/GE-Hitachi
    Shell Global Solutions International B.V. and Criterion Catalysts &
    Site Controls

    Community Development Program of the Year
    Attock Refinery Limited
    Colorado Springs Utilities
    Duke Energy
    Entergy Corporation
    Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L)
    MidAmerican Energy Company
    Pearl Group Management, LLC
    Reliance Energy Limited (REL)
    Union Fenosa
    Xcel Energy

    Downstream Business of the Year
    Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL)
    Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.
    Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC)
    Valero Energy Corporation

    Energy Company of the Year
     (all finalist companies are also a finalist for this top award of the

    Energy Efficiency Initiative of the Year
    Broward County School District
    CoalTek, Inc
    ELI Argentina
    Reliance Industries Limited (RIL)
    Southern California Edison (SCE)
    Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited - Ontario's Smart Metering
    Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited - Peaksaver Program
    Union Fenosa

    Energy Transporter of the Year
    California ISO
    ITC Holdings Corp.
    Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P.
    Northern Natural Gas Company (NNG)

    Engineering Project of the Year
    Black & Veatch - Samra Power Project
    Black & Veatch - Shidongkou Power Station
    Burns & McDonnell
    Entergy Corporation
    Nexen, Inc.

    ENR Energy Construction Project of the Year
    Alpha Petroleum Services
    Bechtel Power Corporation
    DTE/Detroit Edison/Washington Group International/Riley Power
    MidAmerican Energy Company
    Northeast Utilities
    San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
    Southern California Edison (SCE)
    Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
    Washington Group International - DTE Energy's Enrico Fermi Nuclear Power
    Zachry Construction Corporation (ZCC) & Black & Veatch

    Green Energy Innovator of the Year
    ACCIONA Energia
    American Electric Power (AEP)
    Applied Materials, Inc.
    California ISO
    Morgan Stanley
    Reliance Energy Limited (REL)
    UOP Renewable Energy & Chemicals

    Hydrocarbon Producer of the Year
    Chesapeake Energy Corporation
    China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC)
    Nexen, Inc.
    Peabody Energy
    Repsol YPF

    Industry Leadership Award
    Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
    Arch Coal
    California ISO
    Camara de Comercilizacao de Energia Electrica - CCEE (Chamber of Electric
     Energy Commercialization)
    Comverge, Inc
    Energy Curtailment Specialists, Inc.
    ITC Holdings Corp.
    Peabody Energy
    STP Nuclear Operating Company
    Xcel Energy

    Lifetime Achievement Award
    Bob McGehee - Progress Energy
    Lord Ronald Oxburgh - Climate Change Capital
    Robert G. Jones - Tennessee Valley Authority/Browns Ferry Nuclear Power
    Robert L. Parker - Parker Drilling Company
    William Macaulay - First Reserve Corporation

    Marketing Campaign of the Year
    API SpA
    E Wie Einfach/E.ON
    Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.
    Petron Corporation
    Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

    Power Company of the Year
    Entergy Corporation
    Integrys Energy Group
    MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company
    NRG Energy, Inc.
    Tenaga Nasional Berhard (TNB)

    Rising Star Award
    AED Oil Limited
    AES Andres
    Blue Source
    CoalTek, Inc
    Energy Curtailment Specialists, Inc.
    Jamshoro Joint Venture Limited
    Stream Energy
    World Energy Solutions, Inc.

    Risk Management Innovator of the Year
    Caesar Systems
    Constellation Energy
    OpenLink Financial
    Towers Perrin
    Triple Point Technology

    Fast Facts about the Platts Global Energy Awards:

    -  Platts receives around 200 nominations each year
    -  This year's nominations have come from 27 countries:
       Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China,
       Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Malaysia,
       Netherlands, Pakistan, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, Saudi
       Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the
       UK, the UAE, 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.
    -  This is the fifth year in a row that Capgemini is the principal
       sponsor of the Platts Global Energy Awards; this is the second
       consecutive year that Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is a co-sponsor.

    Capgemini is one of the world's foremost providers of Consulting,
Technology and Outsourcing services, enables its clients to transform and
perform through technologies. Capgemini provides its clients with insights and
capabilities that boost their freedom to achieve superior results through a
unique way of working, which it calls the Collaborative Business Experience.
Capgemini reported 2006 global revenues of EUR 7.7 billion (approximately
US$10 billion) and employs more than 80,000 people worldwide. More information
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technically based business consulting firm providing engineering, economic,
financial and planning solutions for the energy, water and solid waste
industries. Integrating business and financial acumen with technical and
engineering expertise, R. W. Beck works as trusted advisors providing insights
that positively impact municipal utilities, public and private sector
agencies, the financial community and other industry partners. Founded 65
years ago, R. W. Beck has more than 550 employees with 27 offices in the U.S.
and one in Singapore.

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