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The Flexible Power Symposium 2020 is a Virtual Experience that will take you to a virtual conference, complete with a stage, conference room, virtual music and networking opportunities. You’ll even get the chance to take a virtual tour of the Benndale Plant in Mississippi! Take a trip to the renewable energy future.



Get the Latest

Technology and time wait for no one and nothing, not even during a pandemic.  It’s critical to maintain momentum in the race to reach our renewable energy future, but that requires continual information sharing and innovative ideas. This event keeps the conversation going and will offer the latest information on flexible power integration. It doesn’t matter if the next great ideas and the greatest minds are located oceans away from you, you now have access to them through this virtual event.




Your attendee profile will connect you to this virtual community in a way that will improve networking, perhaps even more than some in-person events. Your LinkedIn profile matches you with other attendees with similar experience and interests to give your opportunities to network through video chats and other interactive options throughout the event.  It’s never been this easy to strike up a conversation and exchange ideas.



Take a break

When was the last time you enjoyed the entertainment of a live digital band? Did you even know there was such a thing? In this time of virtual experiences and social distancing, it’s time to expand your horizons and your recreational repertoire. Our time together, so to speak, will also include games and trivia to allow you to show off and even win some prizes. 



Get Proof

The Flexible Power Symposium 2020 offers breakout sessions and panel discussions where you can hear directly from the customer themselves. Find out why they sought the expertise of Wärtsilä and how they are leveraging integrated energy systems. Hear what has transpired from consultation to results.


Event Agenda
This day of virtual collaboration begins at 10am (EDT) and ends at 4pm (EDT). Read more


The 13th Annual Flexible Power Symposium 2020: A Virtual Experience makes the world a much smaller place by bringing innovation, information and networking opportunities to you. There are no travel fees or hotel reservations to make. Just fill out your registration form and get ready to maximize a virtual experience that will allow you to explore the latest developments and network with people all over the country and beyond. This year’s theme will be “Flexibility and Reliability for a Renewable Energy Future” which will be explored through a virtual tour, expert discussion on thermal generation and energy storage integration as well as a virtual expo. Take advantage of our Focus Sessions where attendees will also get an opportunity to hear from consultants and customers before they start procurement and construction on power plant projects. Customers will also talk about their experiences years after operating and maintaining plants designed and sourced by Wärtsilä. We may not be able to be together this year, but we can continue to collaborate without losing momentum to the road to our renewable energy future.



December 8

More speakers pending. Check back for updates

10:00 am – 10:15 am (EDT)

Sushil Purohit
President of Wärtsilä Energy, Executive Vice President

Sushil Purohit is the President of Wärtsilä & EVP. As a member of the Global Energy Business Management Team, Sushil brings an innovative expertise in assessing profit and loss of new energy infrastructure and services. He will start our event with remarks about the resilience and sustainability built into the power of Wärtsilä’s smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions.

Introductory Keynote
10:15 am – 10:45 am (EDT)

Andrew Vesey
Vesey Global, LLC

Vesey recently served as President and CEO, Board Member of Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 23,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California.

The Role of Flexibility in a Renewable Energy Future
10:45 am – 11:45 am (EDT)

Jyrki Leno, Matti Rautkivi

Subject matter experts share their insights on the complexities of merging today’s technologies with renewable energy resources. This panel will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of existing energy systems scenarios as well as exciting developments that could benefit the utility sector in the near future.

The Path to 100% and the future of Thermal Generation
11:45 am – 12:45 pm (EDT)

Jussi Heikkinen

Although technology is rapidly changing, there is no storage capability to compensate for long durations without renewable energy. Therefore, thermal generation fills the gap to reach 100% faster, cheaper and more efficiently in the modelling for California. We’ll explain the process that could save five years and $8 billion.

The Voice of the Customer: Reliability and Relationship
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm (EDT)

Phil Rutkowski

A gathering of Wartsila customers join this panel to discuss each of their cases. From markets across the US each will tell their individual story of working with Wartsila from construction all the way through operation. Attendees are encouraged to ask question to understand each customers experience.


  • Cliff Lange –
    Manager of Wholesale Marketing and QSE
  • Rob McGarrah
    City of Tallahassee Gas and Electric Utility
    General Manager
  • Steve Royall –
    Pacific Gas and Electric
    Director, Northern California
Break - Games and Trivia
1:45 pm – 2:00 pm (EDT)
Breakout Sessions
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (EDT)
  • Session 1 – Integrating Energy Storage Solutions
    Energy storage solutions are growing. Curious about the right solution to optimize your energy? Delve into the latest in energy storage and energy management technology, plus hear directly from customers as storage optimization and integration continues to improve.
  • Session 2 – Wärtsilä Project Implementation – EPC, Contracts, Risks and Benefits
    Join this focus session where attendees will get the chance to hear from consultants and Wärtsilä customers. Respected engineering firms will explain the importance of a design, business cases, risks, warranties and the assessments you need to know before you build. Customers will share their experiences, recommendation and answer your questions.
  • Session 3 – Wärtsilä Lifecycle Support and O&M
    The dynamics of operating and maintaining a power plant are a dominant factor to determine which generating technology to utilize. This session will focus on Wartsila’s support encompassing our technology, software and service expertise during the lifecycle of the asset, and the operation of Wartsila engines. Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and comment on this informative program.
  • Session 4 – Wärtsilä Technology Virtual Expo and Plant Tour
    Despite the distance, attendees are able to see the latest in Wärtsilä technologies. In this Virtual Expo, Wartsila’s product portfolio is showcased including closer looks at modular block and data center solutions to name a few. Attendees will have access to Wärtsilä’s full portfolio and be able to ask questions about functionality and timelines.
Committed to Reliability - Closing Comments
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm (EDT)

Mikael Backman

Mikael Backman is Wärtsilä’s Head of Energy Business in North America and the Caribbean with more than 25 years of experience in international and domestic energy markets. His involvement in origination, development, sale, delivery and power generation assets around the world will help us cast our vision on the renewable energy future.


There is no doubt we have looked forward to our annual gatherings as a time to learn from each other and network, but this year brings extenuating circumstances. The health and safety of Wärtsilä customers, attendees, partners and employees has always been our top priority and that tradition continues.

In an effort to maintain social distancing standards and continue our tradition of information sharing, the 13th Annual Flexible Power Symposium will be a virtual experience.  We know it isn’t the same as being face-to-face in the same room with your colleagues, but we didn’t want to miss an opportunity to share the latest technologies or market trends with you.

We look forward to seeing you in person again as soon as it is safe for everyone to travel and interact without cause for concern.

Meanwhile, you can learn more about Wärtsilä’s response to COVID-19.


Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers.