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October 2, 2002
CONTACT: David Fish
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FERC Chair Highlights October 17 Event
Pat Wood, III Joins PFF Roundtable on Electricity Competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the wake of the California and Enron fiascos, Congress is debating a new energy bill and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a proposal to dramatically restructure the entire electricity sector. Are these proposals the appropriate basis for a competitive electricity market? Those and other questions will be the focus of an October 17 event sponsored by The Progress & Freedom Foundation featuring Pat Wood, III chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Anthony Alexander, president and COO of FirstEnergy, Raymond Gifford, chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, and Kenneth Gordon, special consultant to NERA and former chairman of the Maine and Massachusetts Public Utility Commissions.

Presentations by each speaker begin at 10:00 a.m., followed by a roundtable discussion entitled “Electricity Market Design: How Prescriptive Should the Rules Be?” The moderator will be Progress & Freedom Foundation Senior Fellow and Vice President for Research Thomas M. Lenard. The event, which ends at noon, will be held in the Rotunda Ballroom of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center located at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC. Registration begins at 9:30.

“There are major electricity initiatives being considered in Congress and at the FERC,” Lenard said in announcing the PFF roundtable. “We think it is important to bring together regulators from the federal and state levels, as well as private sector experts to discuss these proposals.”

Those interested in attending the presentations and roundtable discussion should contact Eileen Goulding at 202-289-8928 or Members of the media should contact David Fish at the same number or

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.



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