Eaton Leads Gathering of Business, Private-Sector, Academic Leaders at Major Energy Management Symposium

Date: March 23, 2010

Former U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham to Keynote Atlanta Conference

CLEVELAND …Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation and several business, private-sector and academic leaders will host an in-depth, one-day energy management symposium on Monday, April 19, at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. The symposium, Energy Evolution: Transforming the Future of Power, is part of Eaton’s on-going effort to provide leaders from industry and the public sector with the tools they need to better navigate rapidly-evolving energy management challenges. Former U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham will kick off the event with a keynote address.

Secretary Abraham’s address will provide Atlanta’s top institutional and private-sector decision makers with a critical federal energy-management perspective. The keynote will be followed by four concurrent educational break-out sessions led by subject-matter experts and three concurrent panel break-out sessions. Each of the break-out sessions will feature a moderator and panelists who have developed and implemented successful energy management programs.

Georgia Power, Georgia Institute of Technology, Southface, Georgia Public Service Commission, Turner Construction, and UPS will join Eaton at the event.

Featured speakers include Deepak Divan, director, Intelligent Power Infrastructure Consortium, Georgia Institute of Technology, Jenny Taylor, fleet manager, Georgia Power, Bobby Baker, commissioner, Georgia Public Service Commission. 

“As a global power management leader, Eaton is committed to providing our business and public-sector customers with the technologies and solutions their organizations need to maximize energy efficiency and savings,” said Jerry R. Whitaker, president of Eaton’s Electrical Sector, Americas Region. “This symposium will give regional leaders clear roadmaps to help their organizations better leverage evolving energy legislation, incentives and technologies.”

Attendees will have ample opportunity to ask questions about energy-related challenges and opportunities. Potential discussion topics include increasing energy efficiency, using stimulus funds and other resources to invest in greener, safer, and more reliable technologies, and case studies on implementing and managing sustainability projects. Sessions include:

  • Renewable Energy: Making the Business of Renewable Energy Viable .
    • Educational speaker and panel moderator: John Vernacchia, manager, Alternative Solutions Energy, Eaton’s Electrical Sector
    • Panelists: 
      • Commissioner Bobby Baker, Georgia Public Service Commission
      • Dr. Bernard Kippelen, professor and associate director, Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics
      • Ervan Hancock III, manager, Renewable Development and Green Strategies, Georgia Power
      • Erin Meezan, vice president, Sustainability, InterfaceFLOR
  • Energy Efficiency: Establishing the Energy Culture and Becoming a Powerhouse .
    • Educational speaker: Paul Cody, vice president and general manager, Electrical Service and Systems Division, Eaton Corporation
    • This educational topic will be combined with the High Performance Green Buildings panel session
  • High Performance Green Buildings: Optimizing Energy in High-Performance Green Buildings .
    • Educational speaker and panel moderator: John White, manager, Energy Management and Environmental Solutions, Eaton Corporation
    • Panelists:
      • Deepak Divan, director, Intelligent Power Infrastructure Consortium, Georgia Institute of Technology
      • Brandon Jones, manager, Commercial Green Building Services, Southface
  • Hybrid and Advanced Vehicle Technology, Putting Power to Work from the Grid to the Vehicle .
    • Educational speaker and panel moderator: Dimitri N. Kazarinoff, vice president and general manager, Hybrid Power Systems Division, Vehicle Group, Eaton Corporation
    • Panelists: 
      • Tom Habetlar, president, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power Electronics Society; Georgia Institute of Technology
      • Robert Hall, environmental fleet manager, United Parcel Service Inc. 
      • Jenny Taylor, fleet manager, Georgia Power

For more information on the event and registration please visit: .

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2009 sales of $11.9 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit .

Mark Horner
(412) 893-3590