-          Power projects often have colorful names, but it turns out there are limits. For instance, if Robert Simmons, partner at Panda Power Funds, had got his way, his company’s 1 GW gas-fired Hummel project in Snyder County, Pa. would have had a much racier name. He revealed his suggestion, a play on the location of the facility in the borough of Shamokin Dam, while giving an overview of the innovative combined term loan A and B financing for the project.

-          Several veteran conference goers expressed their preference for the more intimate setting of Infocast’s event in New Orleans over Las Vegas, where Platts has held its Global Power Markets conference in recent years. Besides the ease of renewing acquaintances with the leading lights of the industry, another reason could be the excellent food. Engineering adviser E3 Consulting sponsored canapes with a local flavor, including mini po’ boy sandwiches and southern fried artichoke, at a welcome reception.

-          Another attraction of the event is the opportunity for doing business on the sidelines, but tempers can fray amid the frenetic deal making. “We’re like an old married couple,” admitted two managing directors from an independent power producer, after a minor squabble.

-          One delegate was disappointed with the freebies on offer. “The swag is terrible,” he said, expressing his preference for pens with gadgets attached to them. However, he did have a good word to say for the stationery on offer at the Ballard Spahr stand.

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