Platts Global Energy Awards Bestows 'Company of the Year' and 'Industry Leadership' Awards on NRG Energy of Houston

    Duke Energy's Jim Rogers Gets Coveted 'CEO of the Year'

    NEW YORK, Nov. 29 /CNW/ -- Houston-based NRG Energy, the international
power generator, snared two top awards -- "Energy Company of the Year" and the
"Industry Leadership Award" -- tonight at the 9th annual Platts Global Energy
    Platts' prestigious "CEO of the Year" award went to Duke Energy's Jim
Rogers, known for his advocacy of energy efficiency.
    "Congratulations to NRG Energy and to Jim Rogers," said Platts President
Victoria Chu Pao. "NRG is a true global pioneer, and the judges were impressed
by the company's vision, sense of corporate responsibility and leadership. NRG
Energy has transformed itself into a powerhouse -- and was recognized as one
of the fastest growing companies in the Platts Top 250 awards announced
earlier this year."
    "Duke Energy's Jim Rogers has been a leader, an innovator and an
implementer. The judges honored Rogers as a leading voice and visionary for an
entire industry," she said.
    Platts, a leading global energy information service, is a division of The
McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:   MHP).
    Its annual awards showcase extraordinary accomplishments by energy
businesses and individuals worldwide. Finalists and winners are determined by
an independent international panel of judges.
    This year's "Energy Company of the Year" winner, NRG Energy, less than
two decades old, has one of the industry's most diverse portfolios, with a
breadth of interests that span geographies, fuel sources and dispatch
mechanisms. In addition to its current $16 billion environmental and
efficiency spending plans, the energy provider is the first independent power
producer in the United States in decades to apply to build a nuclear power
    As a leader in demonstrating environmental responsibility, NRG has been
spearheading innovative research and development programs, including
algae-based CO2 recycling.
    Duke Energy CEO James Rogers, winner of this year's "CEO of the Year"
award, has been a noted inspirational leader throughout his career. In
addition to his role heading the United States' third largest coal burner,
Rogers has served as chairman of the Edison Electric Institute, the national
association for investor-owned electric companies, and has led the U.S.
Climate Action Partnership, a coalition of businesses and other groups calling
for a nationwide limit on CO2 emission. Rogers' outspoken advocacy of energy
efficiency and conservation prompted his appointment as co-chair of two
pivotal organizations -- the Alliance to Save Energy and the National Action
Plan for Energy Efficiency. He has also participated in President Clinton's
Global Initiative meetings.
    More than 500 top executives from more than a dozen countries gathered in
New York City for the gala event tonight at Cipriani Wall Street. The evening
dinner and ceremony was preceded by the Platts Lecture, in which industry
leaders, market analysts, and academic scholars discussed energy
sustainability issues against the backdrop of the global debate about climate
change. Jim Rogers, together with Gene Sperling, former White House National
Economic Advisor and former Director of the National Economic Council, were
the key speakers at the event.
    The 2007 Platts Global Energy Awards were co-sponsored for the fifth year
by Capgemini and for the second year by Bracewell & Giuliani and also included
sponsors: Standard & Poor's, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company and Spectra
Energy Corporation.
    The Global Energy Awards recognize excellence and innovation by companies
and executives in more than a dozen sectors within the global energy industry.
Platts received more than 200 nominations this year from energy companies
around the world.

    The winners in each awards category are:

    Commercial Technology of the Year:
    Shell Global Solutions B.V./Criterion Catalysts & Technologies

    Community Development Program of the Year:
    Attock Refinery Limited

    Downstream Business of the Year:
    Valero Energy Corporation

    Energy Company of the Year:
    NRG Energy

    Energy Efficiency Initiative of the Year:
    Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited-Peaksaver Program

    Energy Transporter of the Year:

    Energy Engineering Project of the Year:
    Nexen Inc.

    ENR Energy Construction Project of the Year:
    Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

    Green Energy Innovator of the Year:
    Applied Materials, Inc.

    Hydrocarbon Producer of the Year:
    Chesapeake Energy Corporation

    Industry Leadership Award:
    NRG Energy

    Lifetime Achievement Award:
    Lord Ernest Ronald Oxburgh

    Marketing Campaign of the Year:
    E Wie Einfach/E.ON

    Power Company of the Year:
    MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company

    Rising Star Award:
    AED Oil Limited

    Risk Management Innovator of the Year:
    OpenLink Financial

    CEO of the Year:
    Duke Energy CEO James Rogers
    Next year's Platts Global Energy Awards Gala and events will be held
December 3, 2008 in New York City.
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