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Robert Michaels

Monitoring the Nation's Power

Energy Economist Speaks at Federal Commission Conference

April 23, 2007


Considering his extensive background on the electrical industry, it was no surprise when Robert Michaels was invited to take part in an April 5 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Conference on market monitoring.

The veteran professor of economics at Cal State Fullerton — he has taught on campus since 1975 — spoke on the development of the concept and function of market monitoring by the federal regulatory commission as part of a daylong conference on the role and effectiveness of market monitors.

Michaels has served as an energy consultant and authored numerous articles on the electricity and natural gas industries, including a Sept. 3 opinion item on “‘Renewable’ Electricity: Creating Jobs and Destroying Wealth” in the Sept. 3 issue of the San Diego Union-Tribune. He’s testified before the California Public Utilities Commission, as well as the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Power. Most recently, he spoke on “Will Competition Keep the Lights On in Texas?” at the Texas Public Policy Foundation fifth annual Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature.
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