Nationally known speakers to confront changes to Midwest energy marketplace

CHICAGO, Ill., April 12, 2002 — Two nationally known speakers will head up a power conference April 16 in Chicago with discussion of how the energy marketplace is changing in the Midwest region.

The American Power Conference, which runs April 15-17, is a wide-reaching conference from Electric Light & Power magazine that covers topics such as transmission, distribution, generation and all aspects of electric utility business.

Together with advisors throughout the energy business sector, conference organizer PennWell has included several educational tracks to deliver the newest continuing education and discussion topics; networking opportunities and an exhibit floor of top energy industry products.

The energy marketplace has seen significant, unexpected changes in the last year. The lagging U.S. economy and its effects on energy players continue to take their toll. The keynote session, entitled, “Power Points: The Language of Midwestern Power,” will provide their perspectives on these changes as they uniquely apply to the Midwest region.

The speakers are James P. Torgerson, President & CEO of Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (Midwest ISO), and Terry S. Harvill, Commissioner for the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Torgerson joined the Midwest ISO in 1999 as Chief Financial Officer. Previously he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of DPL, Inc., (Dayton Power & Light) in Dayton, Ohio. DPL, Inc. is a combination gas and electric utility holding company in Western Ohio.

Prior to DPL, Torgerson served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Puget Sound Energy, Inc.; the company created by the merger of Puget Sound Power & Light Company and Washington Energy Company. As the Executive Vice President of Washington Energy Company, Torgerson was instrumental in putting together the merger.

Terry Harvill was appointed on May 14, 1998, by Illinois Governor Jim Edgar to the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Prior to assuming his current position, Harvill served as Illinois Governor Jim Edgar’s Assistant for Business and Economic Development. In this capacity, Harvill was responsible for the development of the Governor’s overall economic development strategy and issue development in the following areas: business development, regulatory operations, governmental operations, financial affairs and Chicago-related policy matters.

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