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ELECTRIC UTILITY ANNUAL MEETING CONSIDERS RETAIL WHEELING, EMF

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Retail wheeling and the status of electromagnetic field (EMF) research are two of the key topics to be discussed at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Electric Association (PEA).
 It is estimated that 400 to 500 persons will attend the meeting, scheduled for Sept. 22 and 23, at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, Pa.
 The National Energy Policy Act (EPACT) of 1992 requires regulated electric utilities to grant access to independent power producers, and others, to utility transmission systems. However, such access is solely for the purpose of wholesale transactions, traditionally regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The EPACT leaves to state regulators the responsibility to determine whether and when retail wheeling serves the public interest. Retail wheeling is defined as a transaction in which a retail customer arranges to have power transmitted from a remote generator (e.g., another utility or independent power producer) over the lines of the utility to which the customer is connected and which would otherwise be providing service.
 A panel, moderated by PEA President William A. Badger, and including a utility consultant, Joseph D. Pace, and an industry spokesman, David M. Kleppinger, Esq., representing the Industrial Energy Consumers of Pennsylvania, will debate the issue, Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 22.
 Dr. Stanley S. Sussman, program manager of EMF Health Studies for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), will report to the PEA Annual Meeting on the current state of EMF research. The bulk of EMF research conducted over the last decade has been funded by EPRI.
 Also scheduled Wednesday afternoon is an address by David W. Rolka, chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), on the implications of the EPACT for the reliability of the electric supply system in the commonwealth.
 The second session of the meeting on Thursday morning, Sept. 23, will feature a discussion of demand side management by John H. Chamberlin, executive vice president of Barakat & Chamberlin, Inc.; a presentation on education reform by Edward Donley, former chairman of Air Products & Chemicals; and an address by Gar Trusley on maximizing employee performance.
 PEA will also recognize on Thursday morning those companies winning awards in the association's annual safety contest, and will hear presentations by company personnel who won prizes in the residential committee's annual energy management contest.
 PEA is the trade association of the 11 investor-owned electric utilities in Pennsylvania. These utilities supply electric service to about 95 percent of the state's population and supply 98 percent of the electricity consumed in the commonwealth.
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 /CONTACT: Harold R. Piety, director of public information of PEA, 717-257-5865/


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