The Federal Trade Commission will host a conference on April 10-12, 2007, to explore a range of energy issues of importance to American consumers and the U.S. and global economies. The three-day conference, "Energy Markets in the 21st Century: Competition Policy in Perspective," will bring together leading experts from the government, the energy industry, consumer groups, and the academic community. These experts will participate in panels that will examine such topics as the relationship between market forces and government policy in energy markets; the dependence of the U.S. transportation sector on petroleum; the effects of electric power industry restructuring on competition and consumers; what energy producers and consumers may expect in the way of technological developments in the industry; the security of U.S. energy supplies; and the Government’s role in maintaining competition and protecting energy consumers. The conference will be free and open to the public.
- Agenda [PDF] (includes links to panelist presentations)
- Speaker Biographies [PDF]
- Press Release
- Live Webcast
- Welcoming Remarks, John H. Seesel, Associate General Counsel for Energy, FTC [PDF]
- Opening Remarks, Deborah Platt Majoras, Chairman, FTC [PDF]
- Concluding Remarks, Michael A. Salinger, Director, Bureau of Economics, FTC [PDF]
- Directions to the Conference Center [PDF]
- Hotel information
- Nearby Restaurants
April 10, 2007
Lessons from History: How Did the United States Deal with the Energy Crises of the 1970s? What Did We Learn?
- Darius W. Gaskins, Jr., Chairman, Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc.
How Do Energy Markets Work within the Framework of Government Policy Choices?
- Jeff Hazle, Technical Director, National Petrochemical and Refiners Association
- Refining Capacity [PDF]
- Tyson Slocum, Director, Public Citizen's Energy Program
April 11, 2007
The Transportation Sector: Past, Present, and Future
- David Austin, Economist, Microeconomic Studies Division, Congressional Budget Office
- Fuel Economy Standards Versus a Gasoline Tax [PDF]
Savvy Consumers in the Energy Marketplace: Economic Issues
- John Anderson, President, Electricity Consumers Resource Council
- Restructured Electricity Markets: A Train Wreck Waiting to Happen? [PDF]