More than 300 on-site power industry professionals met at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa during the Electrical Generating Systems Association Spring Convention in Albuquerque, N.M.—the highest number of registrants ever for an EGSA Spring Convention.

As its theme “The Sky’s the Limit” suggested, the convention offered attendees information about the on-site power industry’s impending expansion phase. Throughout the many educational sessions, seminars, and committee meetings, the one thing attendees heard loud and clear was that demand for on-site power is expected to surge in the upcoming decade.

Don Blackman of Automatic Switch Co., Florham Park, N.J., discussed how distributed power has morphed into high nines, and how this change would affect the industry’s future. According to figures of current and planned power plants, the nation would be close to an energy standstill in five years, Blackman said, unless the industry takes drastic measures to overcome the energy shortage.

“We are very pleased with the success of this year’s Spring Convention,” says David Kellough, EGSA executive director. “With so many members and nonmembers attending and participating in the committee meetings, the association has been able to capitalize on this and push forward with many important initiatives.”

The new Market Opportunities Committee, which replaced the former Government Liaison Committee, met for the first time at the Spring Convention and expanded the focus of the Government Liaison Committee to include exploration of market opportunities not only in the government and military sector, but also with telecommunications, distributed generation, and other types of companies.

The inaugural meeting of the EGSA Past Presidents’ Council also took place at the convention. The new council is expected to provide advice and make recommendations to the board on important industry issues and matters, based on past experiences and results.

“As the numbers show, more members of the industry are becoming involved in EGSA conventions and activities,” says Kellough. “As a result, we are able to accomplish much more for the industry.”