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Energy Economics Summit Sept. 4 at UW

August 28, 2008 — Experts will discuss the economics of the region's oil and gas, coal, uranium and extractive energy industries during the Energy Economics Summit Thursday, Sept. 4, at the University of Wyoming.

The summit begins at 8 a.m. in the Wyoming Union ballroom. Questions from the audience will be taken after each of the sessions.

Brent Hathaway, UW College of Business dean and Myron Allen, UW provost and vice president for academic affairs, will open the summit at 8 a.m. Rob Hurless, Gov. Dave Freudenthal's energy adviser, will discuss "Wyoming's Role in the Energy Equation" at 8:15 a.m.

Session topics, moderators and times are:

-- 8:45 a.m.: "Economics of the Oil and Gas Industry," Chuck Mason, UW's H.A. "Dave" True Jr. Chair in Petroleum and Natural Gas Economics, moderator.

-- 10 a.m.: "Economics of the Coal Industry," Tim Considine, UW School of Energy Resources energy economics professor, moderator.

-- 11:15 a.m.: "Economics of the Uranium Industry," Mark Northam, UW School of Energy Resources director, moderator.

-- 1:15 p.m.: "Economics of Renewables," Rob Ettema, UW College of Engineering and Applied Science dean, moderator.

-- 2:30 p.m.: "Sustainable Business Practices and the Energy Industry," Eric Arnould, UW Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Business Practices, moderator.

-- 3:45 p.m.: "Business Ethics and the Energy Industry," Dick McGinity, Bill Daniels Chair of Business Ethics at UW, moderator.

"The economic session moderators will lead discussions that address current economic situations, as well as what might be expected in the future from local, regional, national and even global perspectives," says Kent Noble, UW College of Business assistant dean.  "As for the panels on sustainable business practices and business ethics, the moderators won't focus on economic issues, but will instead direct a discussion generally centered on the energy industry."

The UW colleges of Business and Engineering and Applied Science, the UW School of Energy Resources and the College of Business MBA students host the summit.

For more information, contact Noble at (307) 766-3043 or e-mail

Dick McGinity, Bill Daniels Chair of Business Ethics at UW, will be among session moderators at the Energy Economics Summit.

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