CPES Holiday Party 2017

Paul McCary to be Honored with
Excellence in Energy Award

Paul R. McCary
Partner, Murtha Cullina

Paul R. McCary has practiced in the energy and public utility areas since 1981. He is a partner and Co-Chair of the Murtha Cullina’s Energy Industry Group and a long-time supporter of CPES. 

Beginning with early PURPA projects, he negotiated power sales agreements involving cogeneration and small power production projects. Before the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, he has handled several traditional gas and water utility rate cases and has represented merchant generators in numerous proceedings involving utility divestiture, standard service procurement and requests for proposal proceedings. He has also represented large gas and electricity consumers with respect to commodities acquisition and gas transportation agreements. On behalf of large electric users he has supported the development of behind-the-meter distributed generation facilities, sub-metering and participation in demand response programs. He was an active participant in the electric industry restructuring effort in Connecticut, representing a power marketer seeking to implement customer choice at the retail level and independent power producers seeking to design, permit, finance and construct merchant power plants.

Paul is the author of several articles concerning cogeneration, including “Cogeneration in Connecticut” which appeared in the Connecticut Bar Journal. He co-authored a chapter of a book published by the American Bar Association on evaluating competitive electricity offers. He served on the Connecticut General Assembly’s Electric Industry Restructuring Task Force. He co-authored an article on microgrids which was published in the March 2013 edition of Public Utilities Fortnightly.

Paul graduated from Western New England College School of Law in 1979 and was Editor-in-Chief of the School’s Law Review. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Leo Parskey, Associate Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. He serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut Law School teaching Energy Regulation and Policy.

Featured Speaker:

Stephen Rourke to Speak About Resource Developments and the Transformation of the New England Electric Grid

Stephen J. Rourke
Vice President, System Planning for ISO New England 

Steve has served as Vice President, System Planning for ISO New England since 2006, having previously served as the company’s Director, Reliability & Operations Services.  A former manager of the Rhode Island-Eastern Massachusetts-Vermont Energy Control center (REMVEC) in Westborough, MA, and former manager of marketing operations for Northeast Utilities/Select Energy in Berlin, CT, Rourke has over 35 years of experience in operation and planning of the New England bulk power system and operation and administration of the region’s wholesale power markets.He oversees ISO New England’s regional and interregional planning process, including development of the biennial Regional System Plan, analysis of new transmission and generation projects for New England, implementation of the FERC‑approved generator interconnection process, development of ISO findings for Transmission Cost Allocation, the execution of regional economic planning studies requested by stakeholders, and operation and support of the Forward Capacity Market in New England.Steve previously served in support of NEPOOL as Chairman of both the Reliability and Transmission committees. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Western New England University (WNEU) in Springfield, MA, and is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

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