Recently, the Connecticut legislature sent significant energy legislation to Governor M. Jodi Rell for signature. This legislation seeks to revamp the state's regulatory structure, promote energy efficiency and renewable energy, and lower electricity rates. The Senate passed Senate Bill No. 493, An Act Reducing Electricity Costs and Promoting Renewable Energy, on May 4 by a 20-14 vote, and the House passed the bill on May 5, the last day of this year's regular legislative session, by a vote of 81-40.
Proponents of the bill maintain it will benefit consumers by lowering the cost of electricity and by increasing the use of renewable energy. Opponents, concerned that the bill sets rate reduction targets that may not be achievable and may lead to higher electricity costs and additional state bureaucracy, are urging Governor Rell to veto the bill.
Once the bill reaches her desk, the governor has 15 days to sign it, veto it, or take no action, in which case the bill would become law for lack of a veto. Overriding a veto requires the support of two-thirds of the House and Senate. To access the energy bill, please see http://www.cga.ct.gov/2010/amd/s/pdf/2010SB-00493-R00SA-AMD.pdf.
Summary of Significant Provisions
The 86-page energy bill includes the following provisions:
By July 1, 2011, each EDC must file with the Authority for approval a tariff for production-based payments to owners or operators of Class I solar renewable energy source projects located in this state that are 1 MW or greater in size and connected directly to the distribution system of an EDC. Also by July 1, 2011, the Authority must complete a comprehensive solar feasibility survey of facilities owned or operated by the state with a load of 50 kWs or more.
Day Pitney will host a FERC 101 event, co-sponsored by Connecticut Power & Energy Society and EBA, on November 13 in its Hartford and Washington, DC offices.
Sebastian Lombardi will serve on a panel, "State Policies and the Markets: How the tension is playing out in PJM," at the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association's Power Markets Conference on November 8, at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Marlborough, MA.
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On September 27, partner Joseph Fagan will be speaking on a panel, "Policy v. Practical: What can the regional consumers expect from lawmakers, regulators and energy providers?," at the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association's (NECA) annual Fuels Conference in Marlborough, MA.
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Day Pitney associate Alexander W. Judd has been elected to serve as Chair of the Energy, Public Utility and Communications Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA).
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Day Pitney and the National Governors Association (NGA) hosted an invitation-only forum, held at the Downtown Harvard Club of Boston, that brought together lawyers, policymakers, cybersecurity experts and other participants to identify and discuss legal issues related to the growing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
David Doot was quoted in an article, "Energy Department Urges Pricing Shift That Could Bolster Coal, Nuclear," published in the The Wall Street Journal.