GOT ENERGY PROBLEMS? CT to host regional roundtable on energy infrastructure needs

Connecticut will host an energy summit of New England’s governors on April 23 to pursue the next steps in efforts to develop and implement a cooperative strategy to address energy infrastructure challenges facing the region.

Five governors will meet at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford for a private roundtable organized by the Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG). Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is CONEG chairman.

“The cost of energy in our region is a major issue that our states need to address in a collaborative way,” Malloy said.

“The problem is greater than any one state can solve alone, and the people of all six states can share in the benefits of cost-effective solutions we can implement together,” Malloy said.

“Our goal is to build on the prosperity and promise of New England by ensuring the long-term availability of cleaner, affordable, and reliable power," he said.

Costs, natural gas, renewable sources

Issues to be discussed include the high cost of electricity in New England, the lack of infrastructure to bring natural gas to power plants, growing concerns about reliability, and the transmission challenges of integrating power from renewable energy sources into the grid.

The region’s governors first outlined a strategy for regional energy cooperation in a joint statement issued in December of 2013.

In addition to Malloy, attending will be:

— Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts

— Gov. Paul R. LePage of Maine

— Gov. Gina M. Raimondo of Rhode Island

— Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont

The governor of New Hampshire, Maggie Hassan, will not be at the event.

Northeast Regional Energy Forum

Prior to the governors’ working session, a Northeast Regional Energy Forum will take place at the Connecticut Convention Center from 8:15-10 a.m., giving energy stakeholders an opportunity to address regional infrastructure issues.

The forum will begin with panel discussion with Connecticut Consumer Counsel Elin Katz; Richard Levitan, president of Levitan & Associates Inc.; and Gordon van Welie, president and chief executive officer of ISO New England.

A second panel will feature state energy officials who will discuss state initiatives and regional collaboration that is already underway.