Consumer Group Adds Pennsylvania’s DEP Secretary and Mayor of Pittsburgh to Impressive Bipartisan Speaker Lineup of Key Political, Business and Labor Leaders

Pittsburgh, PA —Today, Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) announced that Michael Krancer, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will join a growing list of key labor and business leaders as well as local, state and national public officials, to speak at the CEA 2012 Energy and Manufacturing Summit at the Circuit Center in Pittsburgh, PA on September 10, 2012 at 8:30AM ET. Krancer will join John Hanger, former DEP Secretary, the Mayor of Pittsburgh, Luke Ravenstahl, U.S. Representatives Mark Critz (D-PA-12) and Tim Murphy (R-PA-18), and a number of industry experts and public officials to discuss the importance of responsible energy production in the upcoming election, as well as its impacts on Pennsylvania’s and the nation’s future economy, manufacturing and job growth opportunities.

“We are pleased to host both John Hanger and Michael Krancer as part of our stirring lineup of speakers,” said Mike Mikus, Director of CEA Mid-Atlantic. “With Pennsylvania’s status as a key battleground state, and with these issues also impacting both Eastern Ohio along with Northern West Virginia, we look forward to engaging our speakers in a discussion about America’s energy policy and the region’s new emerging energy economy, fueled by the recent surge in shale gas production.”

Andrew Browning, Executive Vice President of CEA added: “Following the tremendous success of the Colorado and Gulf Coast Energy Summits held earlier this year, we are excited about hosting both the former and current Secretaries of the Department of  Environment and Protection at the next event in our energy and election series – the Pennsylvania Energy & Manufacturing Summit. At a time when our nation is looking for solutions to improving the economy, creating jobs and increasing energy independence, this forum will be critical in stimulating thoughtful dialogue from our speakers on the ways we can move our nation forward.”

2012 Pennsylvania Energy & Manufacturing Summit speakers include:

  • John Hanger, former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Michael Krancer, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • U.S. Representative Mark Critz (D)
  • U.S. Representative Tim Murphy (R)
  • Mayor of Pittsburgh, Luke Ravenstahl (D)
  • Pennsylvania State Rep. Eli Evankovich (R)
  • Pennsylvania State Sen. Tim Solobay (D)
  • Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald (D)
  • Beaver County Commissioner Joe Spanik (D)
  • Washington  County Commissioner Larry Maggi (D)
  • James Kunz, Business Manager, Union of Operating Engineers 66
  • Speaker TBA, U.S. Steelworkers
  • Gabe Pellathy, U.S. Steel
  • Demetri Zervoudis, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Production and Technology, Bayer MaterialScience, LLC
  • David Holt, President, Consumer Energy Alliance
  • Andrew Browning, Executive Vice President, Consumer Energy Alliance
  • Michael Whatley, Executive Vice President, Consumer Energy Alliance
  • Mike Mikus, Director, Consumer Energy Alliance Mid-Atlantic

The event will take place at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Circuit Center located at 5 Hot Metal Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203. Registration begins at 8:00AM ET with the Summit ending at 12:15PM ET.

Members of the national, state and local media are strongly encouraged to attend. The Summit is open to the public. Attendance is free, but registration is encouraged.