UW News

November 29, 2004

Media Advisory: Panelists to discuss proposal for managing Northwest power grid

WHAT: Panel discussion about Grid West, a proposed nonprofit corporation that would manage key features of the Northwest’s electric-power system.

WHO: Participants from public and private utilities, government and industry.

WHEN: Dec. 2, 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Parrington Hall 309, UW campus.

DETAILS: To improve reliability and forestall market manipulation, Grid West would place a large swath of the West’s electric-transmission system under the management of a new independent regional organization intended to be accountable to all users. Decisions on going forward with planning Grid West are expected in early December.

The event is co-sponsored by the UW’s Evans School of Public Affairs, the Electric Energy Industrial Consortium (EEIC) of the Electrical Engineering Department, and the Seattle Chapter of the IEEE Power Engineering Society. It will be shown later on TVW’s “From the Forum” (information at www.tvw.org)

Sharon Nelson, head of the state attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division and former chair of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, will moderate. Panelists:

  • Kurt Conger — Grid West consultant and former policy director at the American Public Power Association, (425) 444-3149 or kconger@nrgxs.com.
  • Randall Hardy –Consultant to the Bonneville Power Administration and former BPA administrator and Seattle City Light superintendent, (206) 264-0224 or rhardy@hardyenergy.com.
  • Robert Kahn — Executive director of the Northwest Independent Power Producers Coalition, (206) 236-7200 or rkahn@nippc.org
  • Lon Peters — Economist and adviser to the Washington Public Utility Districts Association, (503) 203-1539 or lpeters@pacifier.com.
  • Aleka Scott — Manager of transmission and contracts for PNGC Power, (503) 288-1234 or aleka_scott@pngc.com


On the Web: www.rtowest.com.