CPES Policy Committee Update: November 22, 2016

This update features policy, regulatory, legislative, and regional developments in Connecticut and New England. The policy updates are compiled by a team recently formed with support from CPES, known as the New Energy Professionals. 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 Paul Brady, CPES Executive Director, via email: pbrady@ctpower.org.

This week’s features:

  • FERC Commission to Speak at Event on Dec. 1st
  • Former MA State Senate joins Nexamp



Regional & Industry Developments

FERC Commissioner to Keynote Final Consumer Liaison Group Meeting of 2016

The year’s final meeting of the New England Consumer Liaison Group (CLG) will take place December 1, from Noon—4:00 p.m. at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center in Boston. The group welcomes Cheryl LaFleur, Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as the keynote speaker. The panel discussion will focus on New England states’ clean energy initiatives and how mandated wind and hydro procurements impact customer bills and regional power markets. Panelists include Jim Bride, President, Energy Tariff Experts; Ron Gerwatowski, Advisor, Energy Policy and Utility Regulation; and Greg Cunningham, VP & Director, Clean Energy Climate Change, Conservation Law Foundation.

To register, visit the CLG webpage.




The 2016 Connecticut regular session ended on May 4, 2016.  The 2017 Connecticut regular session begins January 4, 2017.

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



Massachusetts Senator Ben Downing, who serves as the Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy but who did not run for re-election, announced that he is joining Nexamp, a solar energy company, as vice present of new market development.

The 2015-2016 Massachusetts formal session ended on July 31, 2016.  The 2017-2018 Massachusetts session begins January 4, 2017.

Information about the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, including hearings and bills in committee, is available at: https://malegislature.gov/Committees/Joint/J37