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SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR MAY 7 REGIONAL ENERGY FORUM

 SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR MAY 7 REGIONAL ENERGY FORUM
 BOSTON, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The New England Governors' Conference, Inc., has released a list of speakers who have been confirmed for its May 7 "Forum on New England's Energy Future" at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston. Representatives of business, government, environmental, consumer and public interest groups will attend the forum to discuss the region's future energy needs.
 Congressman Ronald K. Machtley from Rhode Island's First District, co-chair of the New England Congressional Energy Caucus, will address the opening session of the one-day forum. His topic will be: "The Potential for State, Regional and Federal Cooperation on Energy Policy."
 Roger Fisher, Williston Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and director of the Harvard Negotiation Project, and a senior consultant with Conflict Management, Inc., a Cambridge-based consulting firm, will be the featured luncheon speaker. The topic of his luncheon address will be "Consensus Building: What It Means, and How to Get There." Professor Fisher is a noted author and has served as a consultant on negotiation with several governments. His international best seller, "Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In," published in 14 foreign countries, has sold over a million copies worldwide. His sequel, "Getting Together," published in 1988, is described by John Kenneth Galbraith as "the last best word on resolving differences."
 Peter Boucher, Esq., of the Hartford, Conn., law firm of Halloran and Sage, and former chairman of the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control, will serve as moderator for an afternoon roundtable discussion entitled: "Energy in New England: Can We Really Build a Consensus?"
 Members of the roundtable will include:
 --Philip T. Ashton, president and CEO, Yankee Gas Services Company, chairman of the New England Gas Association (NEGA)
 --Gerald R. Browne, director of external coordination, New England Power Pool (NEPOOL)
 --William M. Cummings, assistant to the vice president, Texaco Company
 --Douglas I. Foy, executive director, Conservation Law Foundation
 --Kenneth Gordon, chairman, Maine Department of Public Utilities
 --Harold Hestnes, senior partner, Hale & Dorr
 --Alan Nogee, Energy Program Director, Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MASSPIRG)
 --Susan F. Tierney, secretary, Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs
 Topics to be discussed at the roundtable will include the cost of energy to the region, the availability of energy sources, the prudent and proper mix of energy supplies necessary to sustain the region's economy, the reliability of energy supplies, environmental concerns, and the development of energy-based technology. The roundtable and a question and answer session involving the audience will provide a freewheeling public discussion of these topics.
 The May 7 forum will form an integral part of the regional effort which is being made by the New England Governors' Conference, Inc. and energy officials from each of the six New England states to begin developing a comprehensive regional energy strategy which reflects the energy, economic, and environmental needs of New England.
 The registration fee for the energy forum is $15. Additional information on the May 7 forum may be obtained by contacting the New England Governors' Conference, Inc. at 76 Summer St., Boston.
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