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October 15, 2002
CONTACT: David Fish
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FERC Chair Tops Thursday's Electricity Program
Pat Wood, III Joins Corporate and State Regulatory Officials

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Pat Wood, III, is among the featured participants in a roundtable discussion on electricity competition to be held on Thursday, October 17, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sponsored by The Progress & Freedom Foundation, the event also includes electricity experts from corporate, state regulatory and consulting capacities.

Joining the FERC chair will be Anthony Alexander, president and COO of FirstEnergy, Raymond Gifford, chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, Kenneth Gordon, special consultant to NERA and former chairman of the Maine and Massachusetts Public Utility Commissions and Jim Kerr, a member of North Carolina Utilities Commission.

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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