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Electricity markets and transmission course to be offered in Chicago

Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Released 5/1/2007

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The 2007 Transmission Business School will take place June 4-7 at the Illini Center, 200 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago. This marks the 14th offering of the annual course on electricity markets and the transmission business.

“Transmission is at the forefront of the challenges faced by rapidly evolving electricity markets,” said George Gross, the University of Illinois professor of electrical and computer engineering who is the director of the school. “Our program is designed to provide professionals with a thorough understanding of the principal issues in the industry.”

Sixteen academic and industrial specialists will discuss regional transmission organization development, emerging transmission business structures, transmission congestion management, evolving electricity markets, integration of renewable resources and other topics.

In addition to Gross, lecturers will include Janet Gail Besser, vice president of the National Grid Co.; James R. Dalrymple, vice president of the Tennessee Valley Authority; Richard Doying, vice president of Midwest ISO; Thomas J. Overbye, an Illinois professor of electrical and computer engineering; Alex Papalexopulos, president of ECCO International; Harry Sing, senior market adviser at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Joseph L. Welch, CEO of ITC Transmission; and Bruce Wollenberg, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota.

The transmission business school is coordinated through IllinoiSeminars. More information is available at