2002 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Keynote Presentation—“The Perspective and Affects of Energy and Industry”

February 17–21 · 2002 TMS ANNUAL MEETING · Seattle, Washington



“The Perspective and Affects of Energy and Industry”
Brett Wilcox
President and Owner, Golden Northwest Aluminum, Inc.

For years, the aluminum industry and the Pacific northwest have maintained a mutually beneficial relationship based on the region’s supply of suffucient and affordable electricity—until—power shortaged and subsequent increased pricing almost completely curtailed primiary aluminum production.

Brett Wilcox is President and Owner of Golden Northwest Aluminum, Inc., which owns and operates Northwest Aluminum Company, (an 82,000 metric ton per year primary aluminum smelter and state-of-the-art billet and forging stock producer in The Dalles, Oregon) and Goldendale Aluminum Company, (a 168,000 metric ton primary aluminum smelter near Goldendale, Washington). Brett also is Managing Member of Northwest Energy Development, LLC that is developing over 1000 megawatts of efficient natural gas and wind power generating projects to supply the Golden Northwest smelters. Brett also is active in a number of other real estate and business ventures.

Prior to founding Northwest Aluminum Company in 1985, Brett was the Executive Director of Direct Service Industries, Inc., a trade association of large aluminum and other energy-intensive companies that purchased electricity directly from the Bonneville Power Administration. He also practiced as an attorney with Preston, Ellis and Gates in Seattle, Washington, concentrating on energy and business matters.

Brett graduated from Princeton University, with an A.B. degree in Public Affairs in 1975. He received his J.D. degree from Stanford Law School in 1978. Brett is involved in numerous civic and charitable activities including Chairman of the Oregon Economic and Community Development Commission and Vice
Chairman of the Oregon Progress Board. Brett also is a member of the Boards of Reed College, Citizens for the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center, the Portland Art Museum, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Oregon Business Council and Washington Business Roundtable. Brett previously was Chairman of the Oregon Trail Coordinating Council and a member of the Governors’ Comprehensive Review of the Northwest Regional Power System, the Oregon Governor’s Task Force and the Structure and Efficiency of State Government and the Governor’s Task Force on Employee Benefits and Compensation.

Among his numerous awards and public activities are Glenn Jackson Leadership Award, the Bonneville Power Administrator’s Award for Exceptional Public Service, Oregon Governor’s Award for Statewide Economic Contribution, the first “Gold Schmidty Award” for contributions to Oregon, The Dalles Businessman of the Year Award, the U.S. Senate Productivity Award, the Council for Economic Development Award, and the Job Training Partnership Award.

Other keynote presentations by the world leaders in the energy arena will include the following:

The Perspective and Affects of Energy and Industry
Brett Wilcox
President and Owner, Golden Northwest Aluminum, Inc.

Dealing with the Energy Crises by Reducing Demand
Paul E. Norman
Senior Vice President, Power Business Line, Bonneville Power Association

Energy Policy Position of the Aluminum Association
Robin King
Vice President Public Affairs, The Aluminum Association

Aluminum and Energy--an International Perspective
Daniel Gagnier
Senion Vice President, Corporate and External Affairs, Alcan Inc.

New and Emerging Technologies
Gary L. McVay
Deputy Associate Laboratory Director Energy Sciences and Technology Division Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


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