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DUQUESNE LIGHT COMPANY TO HOST 1993 UTILITY WOMEN'S CONFERENCE

 PITTSBURGH, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Duquesne Light Company will host the 1993 Utility Women's Conference (UWC) to be held in Pittsburgh Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Westin William Penn Hotel.
 About 100 women who serve as utility board members as well as women at the policy-making level from across the country are expected to attend.
 Keynote speaker Cheryl Romo, former editor of Public Utilities Fortnightly magazine and a freelance journalist who has written extensively on energy and utility management issues, will discuss the challenges women face in the utility industries in her dinner address Wednesday, Sept. 29, at the Duquesne Club.
 Westinghouse Electric Corp. will host a tour for conference attendees of its solid oxide fuel cell Prepilot Manufacturing Facility in Monroeville, Pa. Westinghouse is developing the cells as efficient, almost pollution-free generators of electric power. The tour will be Thursday, Sept. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m.
 In his luncheon address Wednesday, Sept. 29, Roger W. Gale, founder and president of the Washington International Energy Group, will analyze emerging trends in the utility industry and their implications for how utilities will do business in the future.
 At 8:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, Lucie J. Fjeldstad, president, Fjeldstad International, formerly vice president and general manager of Multimedia, IBM and a member of the board of PPG Industries, will discuss challenges facing utilities as regulatory concerns give way to competition with other industries.
 "Re-regulation, Reorganization and Restructuring: The Three R's of Our Modern Economy" is the topic of the luncheon address on Thursday, Sept. 30, by Charles G. Stalon, a consultant on energy regulation and formerly director of the Institute of Public Utilities, Michigan State University.
 In keeping with the theme, "meeting the competition," the confernce begins Wednesday, Sept. 29, with a panel discussion on marketing and competitive issues challenging utilities as a result of deregulation. Panelists are Deborah Dunagan, vice president, Reddy Communications, Albuquerque, N.M.; M. Kathleen Vuchetich, vice president and general manager, West Ohio Gas Company, Lima, Ohio, and Mark J. Camack, research director, Market Strategies, Southfield, Mich. Moderator is Wendell F. Holland, partner, LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby and MacCrae, New York, and a former commissioner, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
 Panelists will discuss regulatory issues and their impact on competition during the afternoon session Wednesday, Sept. 29. Panelists are Linda G. Stuntz, partner, Van Ness, Feldman and Curtis, Washington, and former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy; Lisa Crutchfield, commissioner, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, and William B. Conway, Jr., former senior counsel, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Edwyna G. Anderson, general counsel, Duquesne Light Company, is moderator for the regulatory issues panel.
 Senior managers from electric, natural gas and telecommunications companies will discuss the climate of competition, based on their own experiences, during the final panel discussion on the morning of Friday, Oct. 1. Panelists are Lorraine E. Chickering, vice president-quality, Bell Atlantic Corp., Philadelphia; Robert J. Farling, chairman, president and CEO, Centerior Energy Corp., Cleveland; James A. Carrigg, chairman, president and CEO, New York State Electric & Gas Corp., Binghamton, N.Y., and William K. McCrackin, vice chairman and chief financial officer, MCN Corp., Detroit. Moderator for the competitive issues panel is Wesley W. von Schack, chairman, president and CEO, Duquesne Light Company.
 The Utility Women's Conference has held annual meetings since 1985. Affiliation with the UWC is open to women serving on the boards of investor-owned electric, gas, water and telephone companies. Invitation to participate in meetings is extended to other utility women at the policy-making level.
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 /CONTACT: Dennis E. O'Neil of Duquesne Light, 412-393-4060/


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