The Combustion Turbine Operations Technical Forum (CTOTF™) originally known as the Combustion Turbine Operations Task Force, traces its beginnings back to 1975, when a group of gas turbine owner-operators gathered to discuss problems with their General Electric Frame 7 machines.

Past Executive Chairmen

Chairman from Spring, 1975 – Spring, 1986
Charles (Charlie) L. Knauf Jr, PE, was the group’s founder and first chairman, a position he held until losing his “user” status by leaving Long Island Lighting Co’s GT technical group in 1984 for a...
Chairman from Spring, 1986 – Fall, 1991
Herb Allen, a Florida Power Corp. (now Progress Energy) employee, succeeded Knauf as CTOTF™ chairman
Chairman from Fall, 1991 – Fall, 2008
As chairman, Lovelace, led the transition from an EEI-sponsored organization to CTOTF™’s current independent status.  Lovelace chaired the group for 17 years. 
Chairman from Fall, 2008 – Spring, 2014
Robert G. (Bob) Kirn of TVA was elected chairman upon Lovelace’s retirement in 2008.
Now structured in the six strategic categories of Industry Issues, Generator, Electric, Instrumentation & Controls (Gen-E&IC), Operations & Maintenance and Business Practices, Combined Cycle, Regulatory & Compliance, and Combustion Turbines, CTOTF™ now provides nineteen distinct roundtables that touch all areas of plant equipment, combustion turbine manufacturers, and general business practices.

To support this expanded delivery profile, the Executive Board and Leadership Committee were created as was an expanded information and communications network. Administered by GCSI, CTOTF™’s public Website and a Users only Internet Bulletin Board Communications Service (IBBCS), together provide both a dynamic communications capability affording CTOTF™ members with rapid responses to plant performance questions and an extensive presentation library.

As an on-going initiative to capture incremental value, CTOTF™ continues to create bold new ventures that reach outside the traditional user organization. Recognizing the value of the industry’s manufacturing and services companies, CTOTF™ created its Industry Advisory Board (IAB) in 2009. Comprised of representatives from a cross-section of industry services, the IAB provides a collaborative communications platform to identify needs and solutions for the combustion turbine industry.

In reflection of the uniqueness of combustion turbine technology and in the desire to emphasize its emerging “stand alone” identity within the power generation industry, in 2008 CTOTF™ worked with Combined Cycle Journal (CCJ) to establish and host CCJ’s “Best Practice Awards”. And in 2009 CTOTF™ initiated a program to provide Professional Development Units (PDUs) to conference attendees and is actively seeking Continuing Education Unit (CEU) certification through the International Association of Continuing Education Training (IACET).


Entering into its fourth decade of continuous service, CTOTF™’s primary role as the combustion turbine industry’s premier facilitator of information and communications remains its fundamental mission