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[Posted on behalf of the Lake Superior Binational Forum]

ELECTRIC POWER 2020: CLEAN ENERGY FOR LAKE SUPERIOR
a seminar on reducing emissions of toxic substances, especially mercury, from the Electric Utility industry.  The seminar will be held at Barker's Island Inn in Superior, Wisconsin, and is free and open to the public.

An agenda is now available for the seminar below. Please call or e-mail Jane Silberstein to register for the seminar (715) 682-1489 JSILBERSTEIN@NORTHLAND.EDU

** Electric Power 2020: Clean Energy for Lake Superior **

Sponsored by the Lake Superior Binational Forum and the United States Environmental Protection Agency

Barker's Island Inn and Conference Center
Superior, Wisconsin
June 2, 2000

Agenda (Invited speakers, not all are confirmed)

8:00 am
Registration

8:30 am
Opening and Introduction, Mary Durfee, U.S. Co-chair, Lake Superior Binational Forum
Anishinabe drummers/speaker/blessing, John Henry 
Summary of workshop agenda and objectives, Jane Reyer, Member, Lake Superior Binational Forum

9:15 am
Introductory Speakers: Current emissions from the production of electricity, with a focus on mercury; barriers and opportunities that affect our ability to meet the Binational Program's zero discharge/emissions goal; background on deregulation and the regulatory climate. 

9:15 am
Speaker One, Karl Rabago, Managing Director, Corporate Consulting, Rocky Mountain Institute

9:30 am
Speaker Two, David Michaud, Principal Environmental Scientist, Wisconsin Electric Power Company

9:45 am
Break

10:15 am
Emissions Control Technology: the current state of control technology and research, and the outlook for the future; the possible and probable reductions in toxic emissions (particularly mercury) that could be obtained within the next twenty years; the drawbacks of relying on control technology to eliminate toxic emissions; the potential impact of deregulation on the utilization of more effective control technologies; and barriers to the utilization of more effective control technologies and ways to overcome those barriers.

10:15 am
First panelist, Ramsey Chang, Ph.D., Manager, Air Emissions Control, Electric Power Research Institute

10:40 am
Second panelist, Praveen Amar, Ph.D., Director, Science and Policy, Northeast States for Coordinated Air use Management

11:05 am
Responses and questions

11:30 am
Lunch

12:45 pm
Energy Conservation: actions that could be taken (by any sector) that would result in significant reductions in electricity usage; the extent to which we could lower the use (and thus production) of electricity without a significant change in our standard of living; the potential impacts of energy conservation on reductions of toxic emissions from the production of electricity; the grid system of electricity distribution and how it affects the impact of energy conservation efforts; the potential impact of derogation on energy conservation efforts; and barriers to energy conservation and ways to overcome those barriers.

12:45 pm
First panelist, Scott Rouse, M.B.A., P.Eng., Energy Efficiency Manager, Environmental Affairs Division, Ontario Power Generation

1:10 pm
Second panelist, Bill Grant, Director of the Midwest Office of the Izaak Walton League

1:35 pm
Responses and questions

2:00 pm
Break

2:30 pm
Alternative Sources of Electricity: the alternatives to burning coal to produce electricity, and the environmental trade-offs of those alternatives; the most environmentally benign ways to produce electricity, and the extent to which they could provide for society's aggregate need or demand for electricity; options for large industries, municipalities, and electric utility companies to obtain "clean" electricity; the potential impact of deregulation on the use of alternative methods of production; and barriers to the use of alternatives and ways to overcome those barriers.

2:30 pm
First panelist, Karl Rabago, Managing Director, Corporate Consulting, Rocky Mountain Institute

2:55 pm
Second panelist, Jack Gibbons, Senior Economic Advisor, Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy and Chair, Ontario Clean Air Alliance

3:20 pm
Third panelist, David Michaud, Principal Environmental Scientist, Wisconsin Electric Power Company	

3:45 pm
Responses and questions

4:10 pm
Break

4:25 pm
Discussion/comments from participants

5:10 pm
Closing, Mary Durfee, U.S. Co-chair, Lake Superior Binational Forum
Summary and thank-yous
Anishinabe closing

5:30 pm
End

*Background Info*

ELECTRIC POWER 2020: CLEAN ENERGY FOR LAKE SUPERIOR
a seminar on reducing emissions of toxic substances, especially mercury, from the Electric Utility industry.  The seminar will be held at Barker's Island Inn in Superior Wisconsin, and is free and open to the public.

The Binational Forum is a multi-stakeholder advisory group to the federal, state, and provincial governments with jurisdiction over Lake Superior. Through the Binational Program to Restore and Protect the Lake Superior Basin, the governments of Canada, the United States, Ontario, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota have designated the Lake Superior basin as a "zero discharge demonstration zone" for nine persistent, bioaccumulative toxic substances, including mercury.  The target date to achieve zero discharge and emissions of mercury in the Lake Superior basin is 2020.

Emissions of mercury from coal-burning power plants are a significant source of mercury to Lake Superior.  The Forum's seminar will focus on possible means to reduce mercury emissions from this sector to levels consistent with the goals of the Lake Superior Binational Program.  Speakers from both an environmentalist and an industry perspective will present information on mercury control technology, alternative sources of electricity, and energy conservation.  We will discuss the potential for each to bring us closer to the zero discharge goal, barriers to their use, and ways to overcome those barriers.

CALL FOR EXHIBITORS!

Organizations, governments, and industry are invited to present displays in the accompanying Exhibitor's Hall.  Displays must present information on electricity production, the electric utility industry, the impacts of emissions from the industry, and/or achieving reductions of emissions.  Long breaks during the program will provide ample time for viewing the displays, talking with presenters, and networking.

For more information about the seminar or to register as an exhibitor, please contact Jane Silberstein, U.S. Coordinator, Lake Superior Binational Forum AT 715-682-1489 (JSILBERSTEIN@NORTHLAND.EDU) or Jane Reyer, Member, Lake Superior Binational Forum at 
218-723-8831 (JREYER@MR.NET
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