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Jerrold Oppenheim
Theo MacGregor

57 Middle Street
Gloucester, Mass.
01930 USA

Other Works
By Greg Palast

The Santa Fe Conference (New Mexico State University Cengter for Public Utilities)
Mar 19, 2007
Consumers are already burdened with utility bills that have as much as doubled at a time when most incomes have barely risen. Utility proposals to as much as double infrastructure investment must be reconciled with the need for affordable utility service. Key strategies include efficiency and reduction of risk. Special consideration is needed for low-income consumers.

International Brainstorm: The Regulatory State of Tomorrow, Institute of Public Administration of Canada, IPAC-SmartTape Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Dec 13, 2004
International Roundtable, December 13-14, will re-evaluate the regulatory state theories of the 1990s in light of the current state of the discipline. Issues include the role of scientific expertise and discourse, accountability in networked governance systems, and the prospects for democratization and public participation in regulatory processes. Papers will discuss the nature of the regulatory state of tomorrow and the direction research in this field should take.

Skeptics in the Pub, Gloucester, Massachusetts
Oct 16, 2012
Gasoline is way too expensive. We have enough natural gas for 100 years. Regulation just makes energy more expensive. Renewables can save us from dependence on foreign oil. Jerrold Oppenheim and Theo MacGregor debunk these and other myths and show the complications of energy policymaking.

Arkansas Public Service Commisison seminar on natural gas.
Sep 21, 2004

Edison Electric Institute forum at NARUC’s Summer Committee Meetings, Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown, 3:30 - 5:30 p. m.
Jul 10, 2004
Jerrold Oppenheim and others discuss how states are meeting the demand for additional generation resources. Preceded by an analysis of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s generation market power policies.

CAPLAW National Training Conference (Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc.), Boston
Jun 17, 2004
Panel: How to Make Energy Affordable

National Low Income Energy Conference, Hyatt Regency St. Louis
Jun 9, 2004
Copies of Democracy And Regulation will be available.

ACLU of Southern California, South Bay Chapter, Warner Grand Theatre and other locations, San Pedro
May 15, 2004
Book signing at 1-4 pm, program at 7. In celebration of Upton Sinclair's 1923 arrest for reading the First Amendment to the US Constitution to Marine Transport Workers (IWW) strikers at Liberty Hill -- which ultimately led to the founding of the ACLU of Southern California. Jerrold Oppenheim will speak in person, Greg Palast on tape. Co-sponsored by The Harry Bridges Institute, The ILWU, Amalgamated Bank, Random Lengths News, The Whale & Ale Restaurant, The Living Newspaper Theatre, The Center for the Theatre of the Oppressed, KPFK-FM, the San Pedro Alternative Media Council, and the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department.

The Santa Fe Conference, Center for Public Utilities, New Mexico State University
Mar 22, 2004
Jerrold Oppenheim responds to retail competitors: Retail gas and electricity competiton - the perpetual transition.

The objective of electric utility policy should include reliable service and affordable, stable prices for residential customers. Retail (and even wholesale) competition has not accomplished this objective anyplace in the world. Instead, it has brought higher and more volatile rates, along with catastrophic failures in customer service, redlining, and sharp increases in low-income arrearages. In addition, the merchant generation business model has failed, which threatens reliability. Future policy directions for residential electric service should include portfolio management that requires least-cost resource choices consistent with a portfolio mix that achieves rate stability. There also needs to be a mechanism that assures there will be a builder of last resort to assure supply at a reasonable price.

Northeast Climate Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Feb 21, 2004
Deregulation has not advanced efficiency or renewable initiatives and has had adverse consequences for consumers, including high and volatile prices, power shortages, and consumer frauds.

How regulation advances both efficiency and renewables and how citizens can participate in that public process.

Massachusetts Roundtable No. 80, 9:00 AM at Foley Hoag, 155 Seaport Blvd, 13th floor, South Boston
Jan 30, 2004
A residential and low-income response to proposals to further restructure the electricity industry in ways that will hurt residential and low-income consumers.

Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Renewabloe Trust Symposium, 1:00 PM at Sheraton Newton Hotel, Newton Corner
Jan 26, 2004
Despite obvious environmental benefits to clean distributed generation, there are potential economic harms to low-income consumers.