I have had a great couple of days chairing the O&M and Lifecycle Management Strategies for CCGT Power Plants Conference in Birmingham.
Given the decarbonisation of electricity generation, we all know that the days of gas fired power plants are numbered. No-one is certain what that number is, but they do not feature in any long term energy plans. Given this, you might think a gathering of people who work in and around gas fired power stations might be a negative affair. Not a bit of it. Instead I presided over a group of positive, energetic individuals eager to find solutions to the world’s problems. I was impressed by the capability of the group. Power engineers and managers are perfectly able to turn their skills to whatever problem requires a solution.
Based on the presentations I saw and the round table discussions I sat in on, the future energy requirements of the world are in safe hands. While there are currently many balls in the air, with myriad ideas for clean generation under consideration, we have the knowledge, experience and foresight to find the right solution for our future energy requirements.
I was delighted to be part of such a gathering of minds. I was particularly delighted to observe that while trying to make money in a challenging market and simultaneously find a solution to the modern energy crisis, this group of people are also finding time to explore improving their businesses through the application of the science of human behaviour. A topic which they all very rapidly got a pretty firm handle on too!