International Relations Negotiation Role-Play: Monroe Energy Assistance Game I

TitleInternational Relations Negotiation Role-Play: Monroe Energy Assistance Game I
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1985
AuthorsMorgan, A, Susskind, L
Keywordsagency, agreement, agreements, BATNA, coalition, competition, consensus, consensus building, cooperation, dispute, facilitator, interests, mediator, Multiparty negotiation, negotiate, negotiation, negotiation strategies, PON, relationship, reservation price, tactics

Six-party, four-issue negotiation among representatives of consumer groups, political leaders, and public utilities to develop a statewide energy assistance plan for low-income residents.

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A federal statute requires each state to submit a plan indicating how it will use its share of a national energy assistance fund for low-income residents. The state of Monroe has been criticized for not managing its program effectively. Federal assistance funds have declining significantly, and Monroe must develop a new strategy for energy assistance. A six-member Energy Assistance Task Force including representatives of state agencies, utility companies, the legislature, and consumer groups will attempt to reach a consensus on next year’s plan. Issues that they will address include: eligibility criteria for benefits; sources of funding; level of benefits provided by the program; and method of payment of benefits. The Governor has asked the Task Force to submit a report following the session.