Jean-François Conil-Lacoste selected as 2014 Global Energy Awards Finalist

Winners to be made public at 11 December New York Gala

Paris / New York, 14 October 2014 – Jean-François Conil-Lacoste, Chairman of the Management Board of the European Power Exchange EPEX SPOT, has been named a finalist in the Global Energy Awards, an annual program recognizing exemplary industry leadership. The 2014 finalists, selected from nearly 250 nominations, were announced last week by program host Platts, a leading global provider of energy, petrochemicals, metals and agriculture information.

Jean-François Conil-Lacoste has been nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award, a category he perfectly fits thanks to his long-lasting contributions to the creation of the pan-European power market.

“With nominations increasingly more competitive with each passing year, being named a finalist in the Global Energy Awards program – now in its 16th year – is no small feat,” said Platts President Larry Neal.  “We look forward to announcing the winners in December and honoring the accomplishments of winners and finalists, alike.”

Established in 1999 and often described as “the Oscars” of the energy industry, the Global Energy Awards highlight corporate and individual innovation, leadership and performance excellence in 18 categories spanning the energy complex.

Conil-Lacoste has led the creation of the French Power Exchange Powernext in 2001, initiated the landmark launch of the European Power Exchange EPEX SPOT in cooperation with Leipzig-based EEX in 2008 and contributed to Price Coupling, an innovation that today serves for the implementation of the pan-European power market.

Hundreds of energy industry representatives are expected to attend the 2014 Global Energy Awards black-tie dinner gala in New York City on December 11. Preceding the Awards program, finalists and other industry executives will take part in the Platts Global Energy Outlook Forum, which features keynote speakers, round-table discussions and debate of critical issues facing the world's energy businesses and policy-makers.

The European Power Exchange EPEX SPOT SE operates the power spot markets for Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland (Day-Ahead and Intraday). Together these countries account for more than one third of the European power consumption. EPEX SPOT also acts as market operating service provider for the Hungarian Power Exchange HUPX and operates the coupling between the Czech, the Slovakian, the Hungarian and soon the Romanian markets on behalf of the local Exchanges. It is a European company (Societas Europaea) based in Paris with branches in Leipzig, Bern and Vienna. Over 220 companies from Europe are active on EPEX SPOT. 278 TWh were traded on EPEX SPOT’s power markets in the first nine months of 2014.