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Press Release: Forum for Ethics in the Workplace to Host Breakfast Discussion on Energy Deregulation, Thurs., Nov. 13
Date: 11/5/2008


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Forum for Ethics in the Workplace to Host Breakfast Discussion on Energy Deregulation, Thurs., Nov. 13

The Forum for Ethics in the Workplace will host a breakfast discussion on issues related to the impending spike in energy rates forecast for 2009 at 7 a.m., Thursday, November 13, in the White Pavilion at the DeSales University Center in Center Valley.

The forum features Terrance J. Fitzpatrick, general counsel at the Electric Power Generation Association and former commissioner of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, and Representative Karen D. Beyer (R), member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 131st district.

During the event, which is titled, "Absorbing the Shock: Ethical Issues Connected to Energy Deregulation." Fitzpatrick and Beyer will present their views on what should be the driving force behind the distribution and pricing of energy, how public utilities factor into the common good of society, and what business owners can do in terms of an ethical response to a possible 35% increase in electric rates.

"As deregulation nears and huge increases in electricity rates loom, there are concerns that need to be addressed in terms of how both power companies, government agencies, and local businesses should respond," said the Reverend Thomas Dailey, OSFS, managing director of the Forum. "As in many other areas, energy is not just a power issue or a business matter, but an ethical concern."

Terrance J. Fitzpatrick is general counsel at the Electric Power Generation Association, a regional trade association of major electric generating companies that supply wholesale power in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Collectively, members of the EPGA own and operate more than 145,000 megawatts of generating capacity, approximately half of which is located in the mid-Atlantic region. Fitzpatrick served as commissioner of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Before joining the Commission, he practiced utility and environmental law in the Harrisburg office of Ryan, Russell, Ogden & Seltzer LLP. From 1995 to 1997, he served as counsel to State Senator David J. Brightbill, Chairman of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, and he helped to draft the Electricity Generation Customer Choice and Competition Act.

Earlier in his career, Commissioner Fitzpatrick was an assistant counsel with the Commission and was a member of the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board. He has also served as a member of the Pennsylvania 21st Century Environment Commission and as a member of Borough Council in Hummelstown, PA. Fitzpatrick is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University and the University of Dayton School of Law.

Rep. Karen Beyer was elected to her first full term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 131st legislative district in November 2006. Beyer began her service in the House via a special election in July 2005 to fill the unexpired term of Patrick Browne, who won election to the Pennsylvania Senate.

Beyer has worked on a number of issues that affect the residents of the 131st district. Beyer created the Consumer Price Gouging Act which prohibits price gouging by any person in the chain of distribution of consumer goods and services during and within 30 days of the termination of a state of disaster emergency declared by the governor. She has been at the forefront of making cyberschools accountable for their use of public funds and led the charge on the issue of eminent domain further protecting the property rights of owners. In 2007, Beyer was named deputy whip for the House Republican Caucus and currently serves on the Education Committee, Urban Affairs Committee, in which she is chairing the sub-committee on Second Class Cities, Veterans Affairs Committee, Emergency Preparedness Committee, in which she chairs the Sub-committee on Military and Veterans Facilities, and the Liquor Control Committee. Beyer is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and a decorated veteran of the United States Air Force.

Attendees have a unique opportunity to interact with the presenters and engage with others to promote ethics in the workplace. Participants will enjoy a buffet breakfast and table discussions based on the keynote address. Registration and breakfast is $25 per person or $175 for a table of 8. Those wishing to attend can register online or send a check made out to the Forum for Ethics in the Workplace to Lore McFadden-Westwood, The Forum for Ethics in the Workplace, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA, 18034. For more information, call the Salesian Center at 610-282-1100, ext. 1244 or email.

The Forum for Ethics in the Workplace, is a partnership institution of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales University on January 1, 2006. The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture was established in 2000 to promote the interaction of faith and culture, in a mutually beneficial engagement, through academic initiatives that focus on the authentic integration of social concerns and gospel values. By its collaboration with the Forum, the Salesian Center is able to extend its mission of social engagement into the corporate world and is able to capitalize on the working relationships that the Forum has already established in the business community. The Salesian Center supports intellectual activity in research studies, dialogue events including public forums and lectures and partnership programs. For more information about the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture and the Forum for Ethics in the Workplace, click on the Salesian Center icon on the DeSales University homepage.

Press Release: Forum for Ethics in the Workplace to Host Breakfast Discussion on Energy Deregulation, Thurs., Nov. 13 | Posted on: 11/5/2008

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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