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.
Paul Belval will be co-presenting a webinar, "Developing and Financing Wind Energy Projects: Contract Provisions, Protecting Developer and Landowner Interests," for Strafford.
On June 13, Beth Barton and Harold Blinderman spoke at the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) 2019 Energy & Environment Conference in Cromwell, CT.
On June 13, Sebastian Lombardi will be moderating a panel, "Northeast Updates on Tackling Fuel Security," at the 2019 Energy Bar Association (EBA) Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
Alex Judd will be moderating a panel, "Future Cities: Building Projects from the Green Up," at the 2019 New England Energy Conference & Exposition (NEECE), a joint conference of the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association and the Connecticut Power and Energy Society being held at the Mystic Marriott in Groton, CT.
On April 4, Joe Fagan will be speaking at Natural Gas & Pipeline Issues, a 50th Anniversary Master Class presented by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and held in Washington, D.C.
Josh Cohen, chair of Day Pitney's Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice group was quoted extensively in an article, "FERC Rebuke Won't Be Last Word In PG&E Power Deals Fight," published by Law360.
David Doot, Steven Cash and James Blackburn, IV authored an article, "Risk and Opportunity with the Industrial Internet of Things," which was published in the July-August 2019 issue of The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law.
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Partners Josh Cohen and Dave Doot were quoted in an analysis article, "PG&E's Ch. 11 Brings Rift With FERC Over Power Deals," published by Law360.
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).