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February 8, 2012

Competitive Renewable Energy Policy Forum Slated for March 14

NEWS RELEASE
February 10, 2012
For Release:    Immediately
Contact:            Allan R. Page, 845.452.7455


(Poughkeepsie, NY) “Competitive Strategies for Renewable Energy’s Future: A Leadership Forum on Energy Policy” will be conducted March 14, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Hancock Center on the campus of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.


The forum, which is sponsored by The Hudson Renewable Energy Institute and hosted by Marist College, is designed to provide an interactive day for senior executives, market participants and both state and federal policy makers to chart a dynamic course for a robust, competitive retail market for renewable energy.

            “Independent System Operators, state-based retail access programs, smart grid technologies and developments in information technology have combined to create the possibility for a truly competitive retail electric supply market – one that will create jobs and foster economic development,” said THREI Chief Executive Officer Allan R. Page. “We envision this forum as an opportunity to bring together key market participants for the dynamic dialogue that is necessary in order to  propel competitive renewable energy forward to that reality.”

            The event’s keynote address will be delivered by David Pacyna, C.E.O. of the North American Transmission & Distribution Divisions of Siemens Energy. Addressing the competitiveness of national and New York State electric markets, respectively, will be Joshua Bar-Lev, former Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at Bright Source Energy, and John Schulz, Vice President of Energy Marketing Operations for Hess Corporation. 

The forum’s luncheon will feature remarks by Dr. Lee Miringoff, Director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, who will discuss “Consumer Interest in Renewable Energy.” The afternoon will be highlighted by a panel discussion led by Dr. Dario Gill, Program Director of Smart Energy for IBM Corporation; panelists include Richard Dewey, Senior Vice President for Information Technology for the New York Independent System Operator; Raymond Wuslich, Partner in Winston & Strawn; and Charles A. Freni, Senior Vice President of Customer Services for Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation.

            The all-day summit is made possible through the sponsorship of Central Hudson; Marist College; the James J. McCann Charitable Trust; and James Ottaway, Jr., Retired Senior Vice President of Dow Jones Co.

            There is no fee to attend the “Competitive Strategies for Renewable Energy’s Future: A Leadership Forum on Energy Policy,” however, space is limited to the first 100 registrants. To register, send an email to energypolicy@cenhud.com that includes name, title, telephone number and email contact information. Participants will be notified of their admission via return email and will receive reservation confirmation and direction information once accepted.
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About The Hudson Renewable Energy Institute: THREI is a 501(C)3 non-profit corporation established to encourage development and use of renewable energy through the open market and education of consumers regarding smart energy choices. THREI  promotes the voluntary purchase of renewable supply by consumers, recognizing that a sustainable competitive marketplace is based upon customer knowledge and simplicity; provides an unbiased source of market information on renewables; encourages the production of renewable energy through competitive market mechanisms; and supports the differentiation of renewable energy as a separate source of supply.
  
About Marist College: Marist College, recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report, TIME Magazine and the Princeton Review, and by Barron's Best Buys in College Education, is noted for its leadership in the use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning process. In fact, the on-line Marist MBA program was recently recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of just 14 honor roll programs in the United States.  Founded in 1929, Marist's 150-acre campus overlooks the Hudson River in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley, midway between New York City and Albany, the state capital.  What started as a school for the training of future Marist Brothers has developed into one of the leading colleges of the arts and sciences in the Northeast.




Competitive Strategies for Renewable Energy’s Future: A Leadership Forum on Energy Policy

March 14, 2012
Hancock Center on the campus of Marist College
in Poughkeepsie, New York

Link to the Program Agenda:  http://www.threi.org/conference2012.html

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