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Enviro-Mich message from Tom Stanton <stanton7@pilot.msu.edu>

Special Announcement

Electric Utility Deregulation:  
Developing a Regional Response

East Lansing, June 12.  After 100 years of monopoly in the power
consumers will soon be allowed greater choice of electric service

The advent of deregulation promises the potential for large changes for
communities across the country -- including the Lansing area.  A special
speaker and local panelists will share their insights and concerns in an
effort to engage our community in a dialogue about this highly "charged"
issue and historical occasion.  

This free forum will be held on Monday June 23 from 10am - 12pm at the
Kellogg Center auditorium.  The Kellogg Center is located at 55 Harrison
in East Lansing.  The keynote address will be delivered by David
Director of The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), a non-profit
organization providing education and assistance to state utility
on electric utility planning, regulation, and restructuring.  

A number of panelist, representing business, government, utility, and
public interests, will have the opportunity to respond to Moskovitz and
questions from the audience.  Invited panelists include representatives
from Board of Water and Light, Consumers Energy, Cities of East Lansing
Lansing, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Environmental
Council, State of Michigan, Tri-County Electric Cooperative, and
Citizens Action.  The event will be moderated by Jon Coleman, Executive
Director of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission.

There is no charge for this session but please call (517)393-0342 to
pre-register by June 13.  The event is being coordinate by Tri-County
Regional Planning Commission and Urban Options.  For more information,
Urban Options at (517)337-0422 or TCRPC at (517)393-0342.

Afternoon Event --- Same LocatioN!
An special forum will also be held during the afternoon.  This is a
separate event, co-sponsored by Protect Michigan and the Institute of
Public Utilities, Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, MSU.

This event features several presentations including
1pm     Evolution of the electric utility industry
Dr. Harry Trebing, Professor Emeritus and Senior fellow, Institute of
Public Utilities
3pm     Toward a new regulatory framework:  Legislative and regulatory
initiatives for the power industry
Bill Spratley, WASA Consultants, formerly Ohio Consumer Counsel
5pm     Dinner          
6-7:30  The social costs and benefits of electric utility restructuring
David Moskovitz, The Regulatory Assistance Project

For registration information, contact Michelle Wilsey at (517)

9:30 AM         Members of the media are invited to speak to David
Moskovitz and
panelist before the formal presentation begins at 10am.  

full details of related conference online at
http://ermisweb.cis.state.mi.us, especially note schedule for Tuesday
June 24 (David Moskovitz lectures all day) and June 25 (four experts on
wind, solar, biomass, and renewable policy from National Renewable
Energy Laboratory, plus American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
on energy efficiency techology, lecturing all day).

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