Uncertainties about deregulation, Enron’s collapse and its effect on energy trading, pressure to increase lagging energy production and the energy bill debate currently before Congress have gotten the energy industry’s attention…Portland Oregon – October 21, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Uncertainties about deregulation, Enron’s collapse and its effect on energy trading, pressure to increase lagging energy production and the energy bill debate currently before Congress have gotten the energy industry’s attention. California Power Authority Chairman of the Board Dave Freeman will address utilities, businesses, local and state governments and developers on the need to track new energy technologies and stay competitive during an energy technology showcase sponsored by the Bonneville Power Administration and several other northwest energy-related organizations. The two-day conference begins on Monday, October 21 in Portland, Oregon. “All of this distracts attention from ongoing development of small-scale, high-tech energy resources even as it underscores the critical role technology will play in meeting pressing future energy needs,” said Steve Hickok, BPA Deputy Chief Executive Officer. “We hope this conference will help get people’s attention back to the future.” Despite near term support for the conventional resource options, the industry largely agrees that energy technology is undergoing a paradigm shift. How much conventionally generated energy is needed will depend on how successfully new technology products pass demonstration and deployment market tests. The Energy Technology Showcase 2002 will address new issues and opportunities involving these critical technologies. “This conference and its exhibits will get you on top of the future of major distributed energy developments and deployments, with answers to key questions about green power, integrated energy systems, and a range of innovations in conservation breakthroughs,” said Mike Weedall, BPA Vice President for Energy Efficiency. “Energy Technology Showcase 2002 will feature the latest information straight from the entrepreneurs and innovators of the next wave of energy technology.” The conference will run Oct. 21, 22 and 23 at the DoubleTree Hotel Jantzen Beach in Portland.