May 19, 2011 10:26 ET

Energy Leaders to "Shape the Future" at KEMA Utility of the Future Leadership Forum 2011 in Denver

In an Ever-Changing Electric Delivery Landscape, Innovative and Successful Industry Executives Gather to Stay a Step Ahead

BURLINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - May 19, 2011) - KEMA, a global provider of business and technical consulting, testing, and certification to the energy and utility industry, announced today the final agenda for the KEMA Utility of the Future Leadership Forum, which features energy and utility leaders who are driving change. At the 2011 forum, C-level executives and industry experts will gather and share insight on how to maintain flexibility, while staying ahead of the curve. The event will open with high-level perspectives from senior utility executives, followed by several open-panel discussions that offer insights from a cross-section of executive industry leaders.

KEMA's fourth annual Utility of the Future Leadership Forum will be held June 6-8, 2011, at The Four Seasons hotel in Denver, Colo. With uncertainty and risk driving changes in every sector of the industry, this elite event will enable leaders to connect with regulatory, finance, and policy experts to shape a cleaner, smarter utility future.

"Flexibility is critical for the utility of the future," said Hugo van Nispen, KEMA Managing Director, Americas. "The challenge is building for future success in the midst of dynamic change in technologies, economics, policies, and customer and regulator focus. We have gathered a phenomenal group of CEOs and senior executives from across the energy and utility industry. Together, we'll further explore the uncertainty and risk that are driving changes in every segment of the business. And we'll explore the innovations underway that are challenging old business models and the traditional roles of utilities, customers, and industry suppliers."

Opening with macro-level perspectives from utility executives Ken DeFontes, president & CEO, Baltimore Gas and Electric; David Eves, president & CEO, Public Service Company of Colorado; John Somerhalder II, chairman, president & CEO, AGL Resources; and Scott Thon, president & CEO, AltaLink, "The View from 30,000 Feet" -- the first session -- will be moderated by van Nispen.

The 2011 Utility of the Future Leadership Forum will also feature open-panel discussions among key industry executives on the road to sustainability, gas as part of the smart grid paradigm, the integration of new and ever-changing technologies, and consumer and 'prosumer' engagement. Throughout the forum, there will be high-level networking opportunities to share perspectives, collaborate, and engage in meaningful dialogue.

KEMA's Utility of the Future Leadership Series provides a view from the top on critical issues facing the energy and utility industry and its stakeholders and offers opportunities for leaders to connect with their peers as they seek to build for the future.

Senior executives are invited to join their peers in the Utility of the Future discussions to share ideas and discover opportunities to shape a more sustainable, reliable, profitable utility of the future. To register, see the full agenda and speaker list, and more,

About KEMA
Founded in 1927, KEMA ( is a global provider of business and technical consulting, operational support, measurement and inspection, testing and certification for the energy and utility industry. With world headquarters in Arnhem, the Netherlands, KEMA employs more than 1,700 professionals globally with offices and representatives in more than 20 countries. KEMA's U.S. subsidiary, KEMA Inc. is headquartered in Burlington, Mass., and serves energy clients throughout the Americas and Caribbean.

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