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January 18, 2001

MEDIA ADVISORY: EXPERTS LIST — University of Washington has sources for stories on the West’s electric power drain

A number of University of Washington sources can help reporters put the current energy situation in perspective, both in terms of short-term issues and long-term effects.

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Climate change/weather
Philip Mote, research scientist, UW-based Climate Impacts Group, (206) 616-5346; Pager: (206) 994-6945, e-mail:

Marietta Millet, professor emeritus, architecture and urban planning, (206) 543-3043, e-mail:
Millet specializes in lighting inside buildings. She recently wrote a book called “Light Revealing Architecture.” She now makes her home in California but will respond to messages left at the Seattle number.

Economics/energy supply
Chen-Ching Liu, professor, electrical engineering; associate engineering dean; (206) 543-2198, e-mail:
Liu has worked with Jacques Lawarree for four years on power system economics; he can discuss both the engineering and economic aspects of the issue.

Jacques Lawarree, professor, economics; (206) 543-5632, e-mail:
NOTE: Lawarree has a particularly tight schedule currently, so e-mail is the easiest way to reach him.
Lawarree has worked with Chen-Ching Liu for four years on power system economics. He can discuss both the engineering and economic aspects of the issue. Lawarree in recent years has focused on issues of electric utility deregulation.

Richard Christie, associate professor, electrical engineering; (206) 543-9689, e-mail:
NOTE: e-mail is best for complex questions.
Christie can discuss causes of the current energy shortage in the West, how power systems are set up and interact, and the short-term outlook for prices (high for two to three years if there is not a lot of rain). He also can discuss technical feasibility and costs, and can comment on social, political and economic consequences of the current situation.

Alan Hess, finance and business economics professor, (206) 543-4579, e-mail:
Hess can discuss deregulation and its impact on financial markets.

Edward Rice, finance and business economics associate professor, (206) 543-4480, e-mail:
Rice can discuss utility deregulation in terms of utility bonds and access to capital markets.