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Schneidewind Speaks on Michigan's New Energy Framework

January 21, 2009

Grand Rapids, Michigan January 21, 2009 – Varnum attorney Eric Schneidewind will be a presenter at the 2009 Michigan Forum on Economic Regulation Policy on January 30, 2009 at Michigan State University.

The Forum is a one-day conference designed specifically by the Institute of Public Utilities for the Michigan Public Service Commission, the Michigan State Legislature, the Offices of the Governor and Attorney General, consumer advocates, utility industry representatives, and other stakeholders interested in Michigan regulatory policy.

Schneidewind's presentation will focus on Michigan's new energy framework. The energy legislation signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on October 6, 2008 requires utility companies to purchase 10 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2015.

Schneidewind is co-chair of Varnum's Energy and Telecommunications Practice Team. His specialties include electrical retail wheeling, non-utility electric power marketing, cogeneration projects, waste to energy, utility scale natural gas, coal and wind generating plants. He is the former chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission, and serves as counsel to Energy Michigan, the trade group of Michigan businesses and end users advocated for competition in the electric sector.

Established in 1888, Varnum is a leading Michigan law firm providing a broad range of legal services to meet the complex needs of its clients. With more than 160 attorneys in five offices, Varnum serves as counsel to growing businesses and institutions throughout Michigan and the Midwest. Varnum's web site address is

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