Three Companies Snag New Platts Global Energy Awards

    NRG Energy, Duke Energy CEO Get Awards for Company, Exec of the Year

    NEW YORK, Nov. 30 /CNW/ -- As part of the prestigious Global Energy
Awards presented last night, Platts announced winners in newly-created award
categories: OpenLink Financial for "Risk Management Innovator of the Year;"
Applied Materials Inc. for "Green Energy Innovator of the Year;" and Toronto
Hydro and its Peaksaver program as "Energy Efficiency Initiative of the Year."
    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.
    "This year's award winners in these newly-created categories underscore
the growing trend toward and significance of sustainability, as well as an
international diversity of leadership," said Victoria Chu Pao, Platts
    OpenLink Financial, winner of the Risk Management Innovator of the Year
Award, won the award for its creativity in developing energy risk software
products based on unique service-oriented risk architecture. Its software,
said the judges, has the in-depth capability to handle the complexities of the
energy markets.
    The panel bestowed the "Green Energy Innovator of the Year "award to
Applied Materials, Inc. because of its breaking of a technological barrier to
the full application of solar energy. The company developed a commercially-
viable thin-film technology as a viable alternative to the global shortage of
"feedstock" silicon for solar wafers.
    Canada-based Toronto Hydro, winner of the Energy Efficiency Initiative of
the Year award, showed conservation savvy with its application of wireless
thermostat control to help curb energy use in hot weather. This was in direct
response to the Ontario government's challenge to its citizens to cut peak
electricity demand by five percent.
    In addition to these new awards, other important accolades were announced
at the awards ceremony last night. NRG Energy, a leading international
diversified company headquartered in Houston, won the "company of the year"
award yesterday at the Awards ceremony. At the same ceremony, Jim Rogers,
known for advocacy of energy efficiency, garnered the acclaimed "CEO of the
Year" award. Platts "Lifetime Achievement Award" was bestowed on Lord Oxburgh
of Liverpool, former Shell Transport and Trading Chair, an executive, academic
and scientist also known for his role in and advocacy of industry innovation
and climate change issues.
    The Global Energy Awards are judged by an international panel of energy
industry experts and veterans -- including former and current top corporate
executives, regulators, leading, academics, government advisors and seasoned

    The winners last night, in each category, were:

    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:
    James Rogers, Duke Energy

    The finalists and winners in 17 categories exemplify the spirit of
innovation and an enduring commitment to employees, customers, shareholders,
the environment, and the energy industry as a whole. Platts received more than
200 nominations this year from energy companies around the world.
    Next year's Platts Global Energy Awards Gala and events will be held on
December 3, 2008.

    About Platts:

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global provider of energy and commodities information. With nearly a century
of business experience, Platts serves customers across more than 150
countries. From 14 offices worldwide, Platts serves the oil, natural gas,
electricity, nuclear power, coal, petrochemical, emissions, and metals
markets. Platts' real time news, pricing, analytical services, and conferences
help markets operate with transparency and efficiency. Traders, risk managers,
analysts, and industry leaders depend upon Platts to help them make better
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