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Michael Lamb, Senior Vice President Transmission at Xcel Energy and President and Transco, will be presenting at the upcoming Transmission & Distribution Summit

Marcus Evans is proud to announce Michael Lamb, Senior Vice President Transmission at Xcel Energy and President and Transco, as a Keynote speaker at the Transmission & Distribution Summit that will take place on the November 4-6 2019 at the The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO.
Michael Lamb is senior vice president, Transmission at Xcel Energy and is responsible for all aspects of Xcel Energy’s current and future electric transmission system including lines and T&D substations across 10 states. He also serves as president of the Xcel Energy Transco and several transmission-only subsidiary companies engaged in competitive transmission growth opportunities. Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, Xcel Energy has regional headquarters in Denver, CO; Eau Claire, WI; and Amarillo, TX. Xcel Energy has one of the fastest growing investor-owned utility transmission systems in the country with over 20,000 miles of lines and 1,200 substations.
Previous roles include:
• Vice President ETO & Operating Services responsible for ensuring strategic alignment across Generation, Distribution, Transmission, Gas, Customer Care, and Supply Chain and leading major change initiatives effectively aligning people, process, technology, and data components to maximize value. He also led a portfolio of innovation efforts including drones, robotics, and advanced analytics.
• Assistant CIO responsible for all components of IT infrastructure including emerging technologies, network, distributed environments, enterprise architecture, and cyber security;
• Executive Director Utility Innovations responsible for initiating Xcel Energy’s smart grid effort;
• General Manager Distribution Engineering and Emergency Response leading 300 emergency first responders and support personnel and guiding the utility through severe weather events;
• General Manager Delivery Engineering and Design leading 700 employees across eight states.
Michael earned an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, holds both a bachelor of electrical engineering and a bachelor of science in economics from the University of Minnesota, and is a graduate of the Minnesota Executive Program at the Carlson School of Management.
He has served or is actively serving on several non-profit and other community or faith based Boards including: Common Bond Communities, St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, City of Maple Grove Economic Development Commission, the Salvation Army, the Maple Grove Lacrosse Association, and JDRF Minnesota.

At the upcoming Transmission & Distribution Summit, Michael will be presenting a session entitled “Grid Transformation and the Material Changes We Face.”

Join him in this discussion to learn about the opportunities and to help create the future:
• Industry goals, what hasn’t changed and what has changed?
• How does grid history and the present inform our future?
• How climate change and other key drivers are creating the need to change
• How can we mitigate the risks and take advantage of the opportunities?

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Nominations open for The Maritime Standard Awards 2019

Dubai, UAE: Nominations are now open for The Maritime Standard Awards 2019, which will take place at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai on Monday, October 21st. As always, the event will reward and recognise high achievers within the shipping and maritime sectors in a glittering, high quality ceremony attended by key decision makers from across the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent.

This is the sixth time that the Awards have been staged by The Maritime Standard to celebrate success, quality and innovation within the region’s maritime industry. It is expected around 29 different awards will be presented on the night, the majority of which will be selected by an eminent panel of independent judges. A full list of categories, and how to enter, can be found on the website:

Nominations are invited from companies active in shipping, ports and other segments of the maritime market in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. Clive Woodbridge, Editor of The Maritime Standard, and Chairman of the judging panel says, “We are expecting another record number of entries and, if last year is anything to go by, it will be extremely difficult to separate them. The level of quality and innovation in the region is at an all-time high and that is reflected in intense competition for all these awards.”

TMS Awards judging panel comprises several eminent executives, all renowned experts in their fields with many years of experience in various aspects of the maritime industry. The judges are drawn from across the region and independently assess the nominations and submit marks based on predetermined criteria to ensure a transparent and fair process.

This year The Maritime Standard is pleased to confirm that the judges will be: Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, Abu Dhabi Ports; Abdullah Bin Damithan, Chief Commercial Officer, DP World; Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi, Chief Executive, ADNOC Logistics & Services; Ali Shehab, Acting CEO, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC); Capt. Anoop Kumar Sharma, Chairman and Managing Director, The Shipping Corporation of India; Capt. Jitendra Misra, Managing Director, Emarat Maritime; Capt. S.R. Patnaik, Director and Chief Executive Officer, International Shipping and Logistics; Rajiv Agarwal, Managing Director and CEO of Essar Ports; Ruwan Waidyaratne, Chairman of CASA and Managing Director of Hayley’s Advantis Limited and Clive Woodbridge, Editor, The Maritime Standard.

The deadline for submitting nominations is 9th August 2019. Clive Woodbridge adds: “Taking the time to put together a persuasive case for your company, while bearing in mind the criteria set out for each category, is vital. This year we are opening nominations a little earlier than we have in the past so please use that time wisely!”

For more information about the Awards and how to nominate, please visit the website:

The Maritime Standard swings into 2019

24th March 2019, Dubai, UAE: Dubai-based publisher, conferences and awards organiser, The Maritime Standard (TMS), aims to build further on a highly successful 2018 with a number of significant new initiatives in the year ahead. The company made a number of key announcements at a special networking event held at the fashionable Dubai Hills golf club in the presence of many of the regional maritime sector’s top executives and experts.

The TMS networking reception at Dubai Hills golf club was attended by several leading figures from the ports and shipping sector in the UAE, and further afield, with executives flying in from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The guest of honour was DP World UAE managing director and chief executive, Mohammed Al Muallem. Praising the contribution of TMS over the past few years, he concluded: “We are grateful for the contribution that Trevor and his team have made to promoting the maritime business in this part of the world. It is a pleasure to witness their well-earned success.”

Trevor Pereira, managing director, said, “It was tremendous to have so many of our friends and loyal supporters as our guests at this special reception. We were able to set out some exciting new developments and initiatives which will help our publications and events go from strength to strength.”

Read the full Press Release

BP scales back exploration plans off N.S., gives up half its offshore area

Halifax, January 16, 2019 – The Canadian Press: BP Canada is scaling back its oil and gas exploration plans off Nova Scotia, giving up half the offshore area included in its exploration licence.

The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board said Tuesday the energy giant is surrendering 50 per cent of the area included in its licence — a consolidation of four offshore parcels roughly 300 kilometres southeast of Halifax.
Read the full article and quotes from NRG Expert analyst Edgar van der Meer at:

Does the UK really need fracked gas?

London, January 10, 2019: NRG Expert senior analyst Edgar van der Meer spoke to Power-Technology magazine about the current situation of shale gas ‘fracking’ in the UK. Proponents of fracking in the UK argue the controversial gas extraction method can boost the UK’s energy security and reduce its reliance on imports. Critics, however, claim fracking is unnecessary, dangerous and contradictory to the government’s climate change targets. So, who is right? Heidi Vella investigates. Read the full article here:

NRG Expert Senior Analyst Edgar van der Meer shares insights about the 2019 UK energy market with Smarter Business Group

London, 10th January 2019: Senior analyst Edgar van der Meer discusses the state of the energy markets in the UK and how they relate to small businesses. He takes a look at what will shape the markets for the year ahead, and how this will impact business customers. Read the full article here:

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