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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 15 September 2003



H I G H L I G H T S

 

* Regional Priorities in Energy Conference

* Manufacturing Extension Partnership

* Manufacturing Czar

* Combined Heat and Power Workshop

* Brownfields 2003

* Great Lakes Congressional Update

 

 

REGIONAL PRIORITIES IN ENERGY CONFERENCE

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Leaders of the Northeast-Midwest Coalitions are circulating letters that urge energy conferees to complete the transition to competitive markets by allowing the Wholesale Power Market Platform (WMP) of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to move forward.  "The timely implementation of WMP is critical in achieving the efficient, seamless, and non-discriminatory wholesale power markets that will optimize our nation’s energy resources," states the letter.  "Delay will only serve to further injure much needed investment in generation, transmission and demand response facilities that are the foundation of our nation’s economic well-being."

 

The Senate letter is spearheaded by Senators Jon Corzine (D-NJ), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jack Reed (D-RI), Rick Santorum (R-PA), Arlen Specter (R-PA), and Paul Sarbanes (D-MD); its signature deadline is noon on Monday, September 15.  The signature deadline for the House letter, led by Reps. Mike Ferguson (R-NJ) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ), is Thursday, September 18.

 

Contacts:  Kris Sarri with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606) and Michael Beckerman with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-9496).

 

 

MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP

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The House Manufacturing Task Force, co-chaired by Reps. Jack Quinn (R-NY) and Marty Meehan (D-MA), is circulating a letter to yet-to-be-named conferees seeking restored funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). The House Commerce-Justice-State appropriation bill slashed the MEP budget by more than 60 percent, from $106.6 million in fiscal 2003.  As a public-private partnership, MEP's 60 centers provide valuable technical assistance and business support services to small manufacturers.

 

House offices wanting to sign the letter should contact Michael Beckerman at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-9496).

 

 

MANUFACTURING CZAR

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Leaders of the House Manufacturing Task Force are circulating a letter to Commerce Secretary Donald Evans regarding the creation of a new "Manufacturing Czar."  They also are inviting the Secretary to meet with Task Force members in order to discuss the new position and the state of the U.S. manufacturing industry.  The letter argues that the assistant secretary must have the teeth and muscle to make a real difference, and the position should be the focal point for manufacturing issues within the executive branch.  The signature deadline for House members is September 17.

 

Contact:  Michael Beckerman at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-9496).

 

 

COMBINED HEAT AND POWER WORKSHOP

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The fourth annual Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Roadmap Workshop will occur on 22-24 September in Chicago.  Attendees will review progress toward the goal of 92 gigawatts of cogeneration by 2010; develop market, legislative, regulatory, and education activities for the upcoming year; network with others in the CHP community across the U.S., and tour local CHP installations.

 

Click here for more information or to register online.

 

 

BROWNFIELDS 2003

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The Northeast-Midwest Institute is cosponsoring Brownfields 2003, the eighth annual national conference on brownfield cleanup and redevelopment.  The event -- scheduled for October 27-29 in Portland, Oregon -- brings together thousands of experts and practitioners for three days of innovative sessions, mobile workshops, and networking and information-sharing opportunities. Click here for free online registration.  Please register by October 10, 2003, or by September 26, 2003, for inclusion in the on-site list of participants.

 

 

GREAT LAKES CONGRESSIONAL UPDATE

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The latest issue of the Great Lakes Congressional Report is now available on the Institute's web site.  Updates on appropriations for Great Lakes programs are also available online.