Friday, November 20, 2015 -
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New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable

Raab Associates presents the 148th New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable, “New England Pipeline and Transmission Infrastructure: Recent Developments & Recent Studies.” The Roundtable will feature two panels on New England Pipeline and Transmission Infrastructure - topics critical to the future reliability, cost, and environmental footprint of New England’s electric grid and energy systems. Sign up here for live webstreaming. 

Panel I: New England Pipeline and Transmission Infrastructure - Recent Developments

The first panel will look at a few recent infrastructure-related developments and will feature Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing, Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications Utilities, and Energy. Senator Downing will discuss the bevy of current legislative proposals related to infrastructure and renewable energy development that would impact both Massachusetts and the region. Connecticut DEEP Deputy Commissioner for Energy, Katie Scharf Dykes, will discuss the three-state (CT, MA, & RI) RFP for renewables and transmission expected to be issued ahead of this Roundtable. Deputy Commissioner Dykes will also provide an update on current activities related to regional pipeline and transmission infrastructure in Connecticut.

Panel II: New England Pipeline and Transmission Infrastructure - Recent Studies

The second panel will review and discuss recent important studies related to regional infrastructure issues. The panel will feature Analysis Group's soon-to-be released study for the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office on resource alternatives for meeting New England's electric reliability needs through 2030. Paul Hibbard, Vice President at Analysis Group, will present the study.

Next, Tanya Bodell, Executive Director of ENERGYZT, will present her firm's recently completed study for GDF Suez North America on alternative winter reliability solutions for New England energy markets. Richard Levitan, President of Levitan & Associates, will kick-off the panel by summarizing several key gas pipeline-related studies that have been issued over the past year, including the major study led by Levitan on gas availability for the U.S. DOE-Funded Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative (EIPC), and two studies by ICF International on the proposed Access Northeast and NED pipeline projects. Richard's presentation will explore both the reliability and economic aspects of additional gas capacity and supply. Melissa Hoffer and Rebecca Tepper, Chief and Deputy Chief of the Energy and Environment Bureau, MA Attorney General's Office, and Joe Dalton, Regulatory Affairs Director for GDF SUEZ Energy North America, will also be available along with their respective consultants to field questions about these studies.

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