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1726Clean Air Policy Forum

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  • chasmauch@aol.com
    Nov 7, 2002
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      Hello HREGers,
      Is everyone aware of this event? Anyone plan to attend?
      Charlie
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      > REGISTER NOW!
      >
      > Good Company Associates
      >
      > Presents:
      >
      > The Clean Energy Policy Forum, to be held on
      > Wednesday, December 4th, at the Austin Downtown OMNI
      > Hotel. 
      >
      > This one-day conference is designed to launch a
      > public discussion of important energy and clean air
      > issues destined for debate in the 78th Texas
      > Legislature.  It will provide leading figures from
      > state government and industry, consumer and
      > environmental advocates, an opportunity to share
      > their insights on how energy efficiency, renewable
      > energy, and new technologies like advanced meters,
      > new engines, emissions reducing fuels/devices, and
      > fuel cells can help Texas achieve clean air
      > standards.   Texas is faced with significant hurdles
      > to achieving the federal health-based air quality
      > standards in many of its major metropolitan, and
      > surrounding, areas.  Plan to participate in the
      > discussion of the upcoming legislative action.
      >
      > The registration form, hotel information, sponsors,
      > and complete schedule information are available
      > on-line at
      > www.goodcompanyassociates.com/subj/forum.php.
      > Registration is free to legislators, state agency
      > directors and their staff and very affordable to
      > others.
      >
      > Brief Summary:
      >
      > The Texas Emissions Reduction Plan's (TERP)
      > voluntary programs that were passed in the last
      > legislative session are short on funds due to a
      > court challenge and unless these programs are
      > refunded the state faces stiff penalties (e.g., loss
      > of highway funds or EPA imposed mandates).  Perhaps
      > the most important item before the legislature is
      > fully funding TERP and making that program work.
      > Even this will leave Texas cities short of the goal
      > of clean air today, and future standards and a
      > growing economy will put the clean air goals further
      > out of reach, unless the state can identify
      > additional good-sense initiatives.  Energy
      > production and consumption is the primary source of
      > air pollution in the state, so looking for ways to
      > increase efficiency, and to generate energy and
      > power from cleaner sources and technologies, has to
      > be part of the solution.  The Forum will provide the
      > audience a Sneak Preview of the upcoming clean
      > energy issues sure to be debated in the upcoming
      > Texas legislative session, which begins this
      > January.    
      >
      > Government panelists/speakers will include:
      >
      >   a.. EPA Region VI Administrator, Gregg Cooke
      >   b.. Texas Senator David Cain,
      >   c.. Texas Representatives Glen Maxey, Bill G.
      > Carter, Warren Chisum, and Debra Danburg,
      >   d.. Texas PUC Commissioner, Brett Perlman,
      >   e.. State Energy Conservation Office Director, Dub
      > Taylor,
      >   f.. Chairman of the Texas Clean Air Working Group
      > and Collin County Judge Ron Harris.   
      >   g.. UT Center for Energy and Environmental
      > Resources Chair, Dr. David Allen,
      >   h.. Texas Electric Utility Restructuring
      > Legislative Oversight Committee Policy Analyst, Mark
      > Bruce,
      >   i.. Office of Public Utility Counsel Economist,
      > Kenan Ogelman,
      > Industry panelists/speakers will include:
      >
      >   a.. Malcolm Jacobson, President of Fuel Cells
      > Texas,
      >   b.. Peter M. Holt, President of HOLT CAT,
      >   c.. Tommy Weathersbee, Manager of Oncor
      > Distribution Division,
      >   d.. Klip Weaver of TAC Americas for the Energy
      > Conservation Coalition,
      >   e.. Richard Mora, President of Landis + Gyr,
      >   f.. B.N. Tripathi, Vice President of Sempra Energy
      > Solutions
      >   g.. Beth Garza, FPL Energy, Texas Wind Coalition
      > Member,
      >   h.. Susan Cleaver, Executive Director, Cummins
      > Southern Plains,
      >   i.. Bob Casey, President of Ridge Energy  Storage
      > Group, and,
      >   j.. Dale Kornegay, President of the Houston
      > Contractors Association.
      > Consumer and environmental panelists/speakers will
      > include:
      >
      >   a.. Tom "Smitty" Smith, Public Citizen's Texas
      > Office,
      >   b.. Tim Morstad, Consumers Union,
      >   c.. Mark MacLeod, Environmental Defense, and
      >   d.. Carol Biedrzycki, Texas Ratepayers
      > Organization to Save Energy (Texas ROSE).
      > The registration form, hotel information, sponsors,
      > and complete schedule information are available
      > on-line at
      > www.goodcompanyassociates.com/subj/forum.php.
      > Registration is free to legislators, state agency
      > directors and their staff and very affordable to
      > other.
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