International Society of Automation News Release
Contact: Bernard H. Penney
John Hofmeister to Address Energy Availability and Affordability in ISA EXPO 2009 Opening Keynote
Research Triangle Park, NC (31 August 2009) –John Hofmeister, CEO and Founder of Citizens for Affordable Energy, and retired President of Shell Oil Company will present the opening keynote address at ISA EXPO 2009 in Houston, TX, on Tuesday 6 October. Mr. Hofmeister, whose keynote address is titled "Energy Security and Affordability in the 21st Century," will be tackling these two critical concerns for industrial operations.
As Shell President, Hofmeister launched an extensive outreach program, unprecedented in the energy industry, to discuss critical global energy challenges. The program included an 18 month, 50-city tour across the country during which Hofmeister led 250 other Shell leaders to meet with more than 15,000 business, community and civic leaders, policymakers, and academics to discuss what must be done to ensure affordable, available energy for the future.
Building on that effort, Hofmeister founded the not-for-profit, nation-wide membership association, Citizens for Affordable Energy with the stated mission to educate citizens and government officials about pragmatic, non-partisan affordable energy solutions, Environmental Protection, energy alternatives, efficiency, infrastructure, public policy, competitiveness, social cohesion, and quality of life.
In his presentation abstract Hofmeister notes "Green energy is helpful but inadequate to the demands of the future." His keynote address will not only cover supply issues, but also the impact on economic competitiveness of an aging infrastructure, as well as the importance of investing in the traditional energy base.
"There are few people in the world more qualified and insightful on the topic of energy than John Hofmeister," said ISA Director of Convention Services, Dale Lee. "We are proud to feature a keynote presentation of such critical importance being delivered by one of the world's leading subject matter experts."
The ISA EXPO 2009 conference will feature six Exchange Conference Tracks centered on key issues facing instrumentation, automation, and control professionals. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss best practices, lessons learned, and potential solutions to specific automation problems as part of the conference's technology exchange format.
For more information about ISA EXPO 2009, or to register, visit
www.isa.org/isaexpo, or call + 1 919 549 8411.
Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation (www.isa.org) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in North America. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).