28-29 October conference on 'Ethics and Changing Energy Markets'

06/29/04

Organized by University of Notre Dame and Carnegie Mellon University with IEEE-USA, IEEE Power Engineering Society, ASCE, ASME, and NSPE

The 28-29 October conference on "Ethics and Changing Energy Markets: Issues for Engineers, Managers and Regulators" will explore the interplay of ethical, market and regulatory issues arising in the shift from regulated to competitive markets in the electric and gas utility industries. News events involving energy markets, such as the California crisis and the Enron corporate disasater, have shaken public confidence in deregulated systems. Decisions of questionable ethical basis may have helped precipitate some of these calamities; adherence to high standards of ethics will be essential in restoring confidence in the markets. The origins of these problems and the best practices to avoid their repetition will be explored. Participants will debate the identification and resolution of ethical problems faced by energy participants from plan engineers to CFOs and CEOs.

Confirmed speakers include: Honorable Patrick Wood, chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Vernon Smith, Nobel Laureate economist; Bethany McLean, "Fortune" magazine writer and co-author of "The Smartest Guys in the Room"; and leaders of the energy industry.

The conference will be held at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Organized by the University of Notre Dame and Carnegie Mellon University, the conference is sponsored by IEEE-USA, the IEEE Power Engineering Society, ASCE and NSPE.

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