Center for Energy Policy and Management’s Energy Lecture Series Continues

WASHINGTON, PA (Jan. 29, 2013) —The Center for Energy Policy and Management (CEPM) at Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) will host The Rational Middle Energy Series, a group of short films by director/producer Gregory Kallenberg, at a public program Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the College’s Howard J. Burnett Center’s Yost Auditorium.

This program is the second of four events that will take place this academic year as part of the W&J Energy Lecture Series.

The Rational Middle Energy Series presents facts and issues pertaining to the development and use of energy, and is designed to prompt a more informed and less polarized discussion of energy among the American public. It also strives to reach feasible solutions to the energy challenges and  help the nation arrive at a cleaner energy future.

“The film helps us to better understand the choices that we must make as a nation of energy consumers and to abandon the partisan positions that we currently espouse, and sets the stage for a fact-based and respectful discussion of those issues, which is a key initiative of our Center” said Diana Stares, director of CEPM.  

The film series will be followed by a panel discussion of interested stakeholders which will model what a rational conversation about energy should involve. Panelists include Bracken Burns, former commissioner for Washington County; George Jugovic, president and chief executive officer of Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future; Tim Puko, energy and environment reporter from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; and Sylvie Tran, development manager for Shell Oil Company. The panel discussion will be moderated by John Ubinger, senior vice president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and will include audience interaction.

The program is free and open to the public, but registration is suggested.  Please register by sending an e-mail indicating your name and intention of attending to

Upcoming events presented by CEPM include a lecture March 5 by Maggie Koerth-Baker, senior editor of and author of the blog Her lecture will address the past, present and future of America’s electric infrastructure.

The Energy Lecture Series will conclude on April 8 with a lecture by Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Jeffrey Ball. He is scholar-in-residence at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance where he conducts research, writes articles and convenes roundtables on energy policy issues.