Energy experts say diversity is key to securing nation’s energy supply

BOSTON, Mass., Nov. 6, 2001 – Energy executives, analysts, and thought leaders advocated this week for America to further diversify its energy resources in order to protect the nation against the possibility of catastrophic power failure.

The experts spoke this week in Boston at a roundtable discussion on “Securing Energy in Insecure Times” hosted by The Rasky/Baerlein Group, a public relations and public affairs firm active in the energy field. The event focused on key issues, policies, trends, and technologies that are shaping the energy industry post-September 11th. Massachusetts Representative Daniel Bosley, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Government Regulations, delivered the keynote address.

“These are unsettling times for all of us – times when we are forced to examine even the most basic elements of our daily lives to ensure they are viable, safe and secure,” said Larry Rasky, Chairman and CEO of The Rasky/Baerlein Group. “One of the most important questions facing us today is whether our nation can reliably sustain its power system in the event of an energy shortage or terrorist attack. We felt it was imperative to bring together leaders in the industry to examine these issues and pose alternatives for securing America’s energy supply in the days ahead.”

During the discussion, the panelists agreed that a more robust and secure energy infrastructure is dependent on a diverse, redundant, and efficient, integrated system. This would be fostered by the development of more open and competitive markets and the production of new technologies, including energy storage and distributed generation.

The roundtable discussion was led by Stephen Connors, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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