Inaugural Platts Lecture to Feature Gene Sperling on 'Climate, Energy and the Climate for Energy,' November 29 in New York

    NEW YORK, Sept. 10 /CNW/ -- Platts, a leading global provider of energy
and metals information and a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:  
MHP), today announced that the Platts Lecture Series will launch on November
29, 2007, with a presentation by Gene Sperling.  Sperling, who is a former
White House National Economic Advisor and former Director of the National
Economic Council, will address the implications of climate change for the
global energy industry in a lecture entitled "Climate, Energy and the Climate
for Energy."
    The Platts Lecture will take place at Digital Sandbox, located at 55
Broad Street in New York, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will include
presentations, lunch and roundtable discussions.  The event is expected to
draw nearly 200 attendees, including senior executives from oil, gas, coal and
electric power companies and the financial community.
    "Climate change is not just a real-world threat to our environment, it is
also now a major force in politics and the impetus behind an entire new
commercial industry," said Platts President Victoria Chu Pao. "Platts is
honored to welcome Gene Sperling, who was praised as the 'MVP of the economic
team' by President Clinton, to bring an economic and political perspective to
the discussion of global climate change."
    The Platts Lecture series aspires to raise the level of global energy
industry debate, creating the definitive forum for the examination of serious
long-term issues facing the world's energy businesses and policy-makers. R.W.
Beck, a leading provider of business and technical consulting, is principal
sponsor of this year's inaugural Platts Lecture. Additional panel participants
will include globally renowned industry leaders, politicians and academics who
excel in thought leadership and innovation.  Lectures will be held annually in
association with Platts Global Energy Awards in New York City.
    The Platts Lecture "Climate, Energy and the Climate for Energy" will be
held on the same day as the ninth annual Platts Global Energy Awards Gala.
Each year, the Platts Global Energy Awards event attracts more than 500 senior
energy executives from around the world, who gather to attend a gala dinner
and awards ceremony. The event, which recognizes global energy company
innovation, leadership, and superior performance in over a dozen categories,
will this year feature the presentation of a new award: Green Energy
Initiative of the Year.  More information is available at
    For sponsorship opportunity and details, contact Vicki Peterson at or 970-461-1090. To attend, register at the
following address: .
For additional event information: Contact Patsy Wurster at or 720-548-5583.
    About R.W. Beck:
    R. W. Beck, Inc. ( is a technically based business consulting
firm providing engineering, economic, financial and planning solutions for the
energy, water and solid waste industries. Integrating business and financial
acumen with technical and engineering expertise, R. W. Beck works as trusted
advisors providing insights that positively impact municipal utilities, public
and private sector agencies, the financial community and other industry
partners. Founded 65 years ago, R. W. Beck has more than 550 employees with 27
offices in the U.S. and one in Singapore.
    About Platts:
    Platts, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:   MHP), is a leading
global provider of energy and metals information. With nearly a century of
business experience, Platts serves customers across more than 150 countries.
From 14 offices worldwide, Platts serves the oil, natural gas, electricity,
emissions, nuclear power, coal, petrochemical and metals markets. Platts' real
time news, pricing, analytical services, and conferences help markets operate
with transparency and efficiency. Traders, risk managers, analysts, and
industry leaders depend upon Platts to help them make better trading and
investment decisions. Additional information is available at
    About The McGraw-Hill Companies:
    Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:   MHP) is a leading
global information services provider meeting worldwide needs in the financial
services, education and business information markets through leading brands
such as Standard & Poor's, McGraw-Hill Education, BusinessWeek and J.D. Power
and Associates. The Corporation has more than 280 offices in 40 countries.
Sales in 2006 were $6.3 billion. Additional information is available at

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