NJIT Research Professor Herbert Tate Heads Panel Discussion for Governors Group

NEWARK, Feb. 13--Herbert Tate, research professor of energy policy studies at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), recently moderated a panel discussion at the National Governor's Association Energy Task Force meeting in Washington, D.C. The title of the discussion was "The View from the Market: Fixing the Jurisdictional Mismatch." NJIT and Cornell University were the only universities to be selected as participating members of the task force. The task force focused on developing state and national policies and positions on the continued deregulation of the electric industry; building infrastructure (a discussion of power plants and transmission lines, facilities) and energy security. More subjects included how to avoid a California situation and state and federal jurisdiction issues, including the establishment of regional transmission organizations.

Panelists were: Peter Esposito, vice president, Dynegy Inc.; Peter Flynn, president of New England Power Company and vice president of National Grid Transmission USA, and Lee Dow senior vice president strategic planning, DTE Energy .

Tate's responsibilities include identifying and procuring research and development grants and building on existing university public and private collaborations, says Donald Sebastian, Ph.D., vice president for technology development.

Tate is a special consultant on energy to the EPA Administrator, Christine Todd Whitman, particularly with respect to President George Bush's National Energy Policy, and he has been a special consultant to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), as part of the mediation team, creating the formation of a Southeastern Regional Transmission Organization (SERTO).

Tate is a member of the board of directors of Central Vermont Public Service, an electric public utility in the states of Vermont and New Hampshire. He was recently appointed to the boards of directors of IDT New Ventures Corporation, Newark, an international telecommunications company, and ALSTOM ESCA, Seattle, an international transmission equipment manufacturer.

Tate was recently appointed, through June, 2005, to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Advisory Council. The council is established by EPRI's By-laws and is comprised of individuals outside the traditional electric utility industry. EPRI relies on the council for advice on research programs organization structure, funding and governance.

Tate is the former president (1994-2001) of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU), appointed by Whitman, when she was governor of New Jersey. Tate led the BPU through a transitional structural reorganization to meet new responsibilities in the restructuring of the electric, natural gas and telecommunications industries.

Tate was a key player in the enactment of the New Jersey Energy Competition Act in 1999, which opened up both the electric and natural gas supply businesses to retail competition. He negotiated provisions of the act with constituent groups including labor unions, environmental organizations, municipal and county representatives, large and small commercial and industrial groups and associations, trade unions, gas and electric utilities, independent power producers, consumer groups, power marketers and suppliers.

(NOTE TO EDITORS: For a more detailed biography of Tate, contact the NJIT department of public relations.)


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