7EA Users Group

In the very late 1980’s, there was a well-established users group called The Northeast Frame 6 Users Group. By the early 1990’s there were several 7EA Units generating electricity in the northeastern portion of the United States (NY, NJ, RI, etc.) and a plant in Quebec, Canada. As the number of operating 7EA Units continued to grow, we eventually split-off from The Northeast Frame 6 Users Group and formed our very own, Northeast Frame 7EA Users Group. Our first Chairman of The Northeast Frame 7EA Users Group was John Snell from Linden Cogen. The 7EA fleet leader for fired hours in the mid-1990’s was a 4-unit 7EA generation facility (Ocean State Power, in RI), which eventually took over the Chairmanship of The Northeast Frame 7EA Users Group. During the late 1990’s Chairman Lane Watson organized a Conference every 6 months for the Northeast Frame 7EA Users Group and began a new question/answer exchange, which was an entirely emailed system in real-time to all Users, as information was provided. By the early 2000’s the group had continued to grow dramatically in numbers world-wide (Europe, Africa, Middle East) with 7EA Users coming to the United States twice per year for our Conference. In the early 2000’s we changed our name to the 7EA Users Group and solicited the help of Gregory Carvalho to create our web-based Forum exchange (questions/answers/emergency forums) and to also help us organize what became just an annual Conference. Fast forward to today: and we are now part of 7 user groups within the Power Users Group, Inc. forum website.

7EA Users Group Steering Committee

2021 Conference at Marriott St. Louis Grand
Front Row, L to R: Tracy Dreymala, Tony Ostlund, and Mike Vonallmen
Back Row, L to R: Guy LeBlanc, Jeff Hansen, Josh Coots, and Lane Watson
Not in photo: Dale Anderson

Steering Committee Members:

Dale Anderson – East Kentucky Power Cooperative – JK Smith Station

Info coming soon…

Committee member since 2017

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Joshua Coots – Duke Energy

Info coming soon…

Committee member since 2021

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Tracy Dreymala – Ethos Energy Group – San Jacinto Peakers

Info coming soon…

Committee member since 2013

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Jeff Hansen – ODEC

Info coming soon…

Committee member since 2021

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Guy LeBlanc, Plant Manager, IHI Power Services – West Lorain Power (2 yrs)

  • Email: guy.leblanc@westlorain.com
  • Company: IHI Power Services – 2yrs
  • Previous Experience:
    • First Energy – 20 yrs.
    • Stone & Webster – 9 yrs
  • GE frame units: 7B (2 units), 7EA (5 units)
  • Tenure in 7EA Users Group: 11 yrs

Bio coming soon…

Committee member since 2011

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Tony Ostlund – Puget Sound Energy – Frederickson, Crystal Mountain

Info coming soon…

Committee member since 2011

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Mike Vonallmen – Clarksdale Public Utilities

Info coming soon…

Committee member since 2017

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Lane Watson, Senior Account Engineer

  • Email: lane.watson@fmglobal.com
  • Company: FM Global Chemical Operations – 17 yrs
  • Previous Experience:
    • Power Systems Manufacturing – 2 yrs
    • Ocean State Power – 10 yrs
  • GE frame units: 7EA (4 units)
  • Tenure in 7EA Users Group: 27 yrs.

Lane Watson is a Senior Account Engineer with Chemical Operations based in Norwood, Massachusetts. Lane is responsible for coordinating seamless risk engineering services provided to FM Global clients around the world. Industry specialties include Chemical, Paint/Coatings, and Power Generation. Lane joined FM Global in 2003 and has worked through various Account Engineering functions including a mechanical and electrical focus, eventually becoming a property all-risk Facility Hazard Account Engineer. Prior to FM Global Lane had over 10 years of power plant experience specializing in operations, maintenance, plant improvement projects, system optimization, and performance testing. He holds a Maine and Rhode Island Stationary Engineer License and an active United States Coast Guard 3rd Engineer License. In 1993, he received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering Technology from Maine Maritime Academy.

Committee member since 1995

Mission Statement of the 7EA Users Group

7EA Users Group LLC is organized to provide an open forum through conferences and technological aids to the Owners/Operators of 7EA Combustion Turbine generator systems for effective communication, discussion, and information dissemination regarding the operation, maintenance, inspection, troubleshooting, and repair of such systems to maximize equipment performance and reliability. These purposes will be achieved through providing an opportunity at meetings, conferences, company email, and website for the open exchange of ideas between owner / operators and owner / operators with vendors.

7EA Users Group, Frame 6B Users Group and Frame 5 Users Group will be holding their conferences together at the first Legacy Turbine Users Conference in 2022.

Information coming soon…

Conference dates: August 23-27, 2021

  • Co-located with 7F, PPCUG and STUG (2021 only)
  • 193 User attendees
  • 104 Vendors represented at vendor fairs

Evening Vendor Fair: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 – 104 Exhibit booths
Lunch Vendor Fair: Wednesday, August 25, 2021 – Same exhibitors

(1 Platinum Plus, 3 Platinum and 5 Gold Sponsors)

Conference dates: October 20-22, 2020

2019 – The Galt House Hotel, Louisville, KY
Conference dates: November 3-7, 2019

2018 – Hyatt Regency Orange County, Garden Grove, CA
Conference dates: October 7-11, 2018

2017 – World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort, St. Augustine, FL
Conference dates: October 24-26, 2017

2016 – Hershey Lodge Convention Center, Hershey, PA
Conference dates: November 1-3, 2016

2015 – La Fonda on the Plaza and Inn and Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe, NM
Conference dates: November 9-12, 2015

2014 – Embassy Suites Nashville SE-Murfreesboro Hotel, Nashville, TN
Conference dates: October 21-23, 2014

2013 – Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course, Monterey, CA
Conference dates: October 22-24, 2013

2012 – Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center, Greenville, SC
Conference dates: October 23-25, 2012

2011 – El Tropicano Hotel, San Antonio, TX
Conference dates: November 1-3, 2011

2010 – Peabody Hotel, Memphis, TN
Conference dates: October 26-28, 2010

2009 – Hilton Hotel Miami Airport, Miami, FL
Conference dates: November 3-5, 2009

2008 – Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, Savanna, GA
Conference dates: November 4-6, 2008

2007 – Clarion Hotel San Francisco Airport, San Francisco, SC
Conference dates: October 7-11, 2007




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