CPES Policy Committee Update: March 19, 2017

This update features policy, regulatory, legislative, and regional developments in Connecticut and New England. The policy updates are compiled by the CPES New Energy Professionals Team. If you are interested in learning more about the New Energy Professionals, the Policy Committee, or if you have ideas for future policy updates, we would welcome your input and feedback. Please send comments to Kathryn Dube, CPES Executive Director, via email: kdube@ctpower.org.

This week’s features:

  • ISO New England Joins with Other Electric Grid Operators to Examine the Impact of Emerging Technologies
  • Connecticut Legislative Update
  • Energy and Technology Committee Meeting to JF bills on March 21st


ISO New England Joins with Other Electric Grid Operators to Examine the Impact of Emerging Technologies

A report from an affiliation of independent electric grid operators concludes that the future of the North American power grid depends on effectively adding renewables to the grid, the accuracy and availability of data from “behind-the-meter” resources and coordinating these distributed energy resources at the grid operator level to preserve reliability.

The report, “Emerging Technologies: How ISOs and RTOs can create a more nimble, robust electricity system,” was published March 16, 2017 by the ISO/RTO Council (IRC), an affiliation of nine non-profit independent system operators (ISO) and regional transmission organizations, including ISO New England. Collectively, IRC members serve two-thirds of electricity consumers in the United States and more than half in Canada.

In the report, the IRC defines a number of positions regarding policies, strategic approaches, worthy goals, and critical success factors members feel will either enable or hinder them in the near future.

Learn more by reading the press release, summary document, or full report.


Information about the Energy and Technology Committee, including committee meetings and public hearings, is available at: https://www.cga.ct.gov/et/

On March 16, 2017, the Energy and Technology Committee held a meeting to consider bills for Joint Favorable (JF) action.  The agenda is available at: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2017/etdata/ca/2017CA-00316-R001300ET-CA.htm

The current list of bills reported out of the Energy and Technology Committee is available at:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CommJFList.asp?comm_code=et

The Energy and Technology Committee will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 2pm in Room 2B of the LOB to JF bills. The Committee’s JF deadline is March 23, 2017.   

CPES does not take a position on these legislative proposals; this is provided for informational purposes only to CPES members.