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Spring/Summer 2003
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Taming turbulence: Understanding the equations

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Engineers develop new prostate-cancer treatment plan

Conference to address state energy crisis

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Conference to address state energy crisis

Decorative initial cap T isconsin faces an energy crisis: The newest of its 15 large coal-fired plants are more than 30 years old and most are between 40 and 70 years old. The state's most recent energy policy predicts a 6300 megawatt shortfall—the equivalent of roughly 12 large centralized electrical generation plants—by 2016, and there is limited existing import capability and ongoing debate about additional transmission lines to enhance this capability.

At the same time, Wisconsin's options for new energy sources are limited: It does not allow new nuclear plant construction and new transmission lines face stiff resistance. Failing to address this future energy shortage could be staggering to the state's economy.

"The Future of Nuclear Energy in Wisconsin," Oct. 22 and 23, 2003, in Madison, will address these and other issues. The first-annual event also will introduce a year-long program of outreach and education activities to engage policymakers with this issue.

Speakers at the event include Bruce Babbitt, the former Arizona governor and former Clinton-administration secretary of the interior; and Richard A. Meserve, former chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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