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NECA seeks to promote greater public understanding of the benefits of the competitive energy marketplace. In order to accomplish this, NECA provides a forum for the discussion of issues of common concern to all interested parties for the ultimate benefit of energy customers and the public as a whole in the Northeast.
NECA currently has ten standing committees, supporting an active thirty-member Board of Directors. Members and other participants represent all facets of the Market Place. Members include representatives of project developers, industrial users, electric generation, transmission and distribution facility owners and operators. Also, gas and electric utilities, power marketers, equipment manufacturers, consultants, legal advisors, financial institutions, state regulators, and other governmental agencies are members.
The Awards Committee solicits and selects worthy recipients for NECA's Innovation and Vanguard Awards and plans a yearly event to recognize them.Environmental Committee
Harold Blinderman, Chairperson
The Environmental Committee follows federal and state environmental regulatory developments and advances in pollution control technology. Its mission is to inform the Board of Directors and members of environmental developments that may impact the energy industry, represent NECA in environmentally-related proceedings and hearings and, when appropriate, submit formal comments pertaining to the development of environmentally-related proposals, regulations and policies. Most recently the committee has been tracking the implications of proposed greenhouse gas policies and regulations in several states, the implementation of new ambient standards for fine particulate matter, and developments in regulations and policies at the both the federal and state level regarding distributed generation resources, biomass energy projects, the Boiler MACT rule, the Clean Air Interstate Rule, and the Clean Water Act. The Committee hosts monthly meetings with presentations by industry professionals on current topics and projects. Committee members are actively involved with regulatory workgroups in several states.
Todd Griset, Co-Chairperson
Melissa Whitten, Co-Chairperson
The Finance Committee provides information to the members and the Board of Directors on important financing issues in the industry with periodic updates. It provides views on the financing impact of proposed regulation, rules and policy issues. The committee assists in arranging speakers at conferences on timely subjects.
Jane Michalek, Co-Chairperson
The Fuels Committee provides members with insight into relevant supply, demand and regulatory/legislative issues in the natural gas, petroleum products and electricity markets that impact fuel availability, reliability, and price. The Committee covers emerging fuels technology, infrastructure developments, regulatory proceedings, global trends and other impacts on the local, regional, national and international wholesale and retail energy markets. Regulatory issues in the Northeast states and at FERC are coordinated with the Regulatory and Legislative Committee.
The Fuels Committee conducts an annual conference focusing on natural gas, oil, electricity and related topics, including supply developments, regional pipeline and storage projects, and other issues affecting the formulation and implementation of fuel procurement strategies. The Fuels Committee also conducts Natural Gas 101, a bi-annual conference that provides an inexpensive but extensive and thoughtful overview of the natural gas industry and its impacts on the energy environment in the US Northeast.
Todd Schatzki, Co-Chairperson
The Power Markets Committee plays an active role in the rapidly evolving market for electric power. The objectives are to assure the development of a competitive electric generation sector of the electric power industry and a level playing field for all regional suppliers of power. As part of this principal activity, the committee examines policy developments in rapidly changing areas and will provide information and resources to regulatory bodies in the Northeast and other participants in the electric power industry.
Scott Kjellberg, Co-Chairperson
The Legislative Committee is an important resource on issues and matters of regulation and legislative affairs. It identifies and compiles publicly available information about legislative initiatives through contacts with Public Utility Commission (PUC) Legislative Coordinators throughout New England , establishing working relationships with Legislative Directors. It provides updates on regulatory proceedings and pending legislation which may affect the membership.
and Distributed Generation Committee
Adam Wade, Co-Chairperson
The Renewable Energy Committee is dedicated to increasing awareness of the benefits of renewable/clean energy and to facilitating growth of the industry in the Northeast. Members include developers, consultants, engineers, marketers, policy makers, and attorneys who are actively involved in the renewable energy market. Monthly Committee meetings feature a guest speaker to informally discuss a specific topic of interest and include a general discussion of current events in the renewable energy industry. The Committee also organizes a one-day renewable energy conference every year.
Retail Markets Committee
The mission of the retail markets committee is to educate the Board and the membership on commercial and regulatory developments in the competitive retail gas and electric markets across New England. Although competitive retail energy markets have been part of New England for over a decade, the recent growth in retail switching and competitive retail activity prompted the NECA Board to create a separate committee in 2013 to highlight and address issues affecting these markets. The committee welcomes participation and involvement from any and all NECA members with an interest in retail energy markets.
Eleni Kanatsouli, Co-Chairperson
The Young Professionals Committee is responsible for increasing NECA’s visibility amongst young energy professionals as well as individuals interested in pursuing a career in the industry. The Committee is tasked with providing educational outreach and networking opportunities to ensure that the future of the industry remains active in the Association. The Committee holds monthly meetings to identify and develop initiatives to expand the involvement of the industry’s many young talents. Those interested in joining the Committee or providing input are encouraged to contact the Chairperson.
Membership and Community Service Committee
Melissa Whitten, Co-Chairperson
The goal of the Membership and Community Service Committee is to grow membership through creating, enhancing, and demonstrating the value of NECA to new and existing members and build increased awareness of NECA’s purpose in the community. The Committee will identify, analyze, and make recommendations to the NECA Board of Directors regarding opportunities to leverage the organization’s strategic interactions and activities with organizations that complement and enhance the mission of NECA. The Committee shall find and present opportunities and project updates to the NECA Board of Directors at regularly scheduled meetings. The committee will establish and solicit requests from member companies for organizations, service partners or projects that have a broad appeal to the membership, encourage energy education, maximize the return on our investment and provide the opportunity for NECA and its member companies to develop positive relationships and recognition in the community. The Committee shall also develop new and innovative ways to attract new members, retain current membership and increase the participation of individuals and member companies in the activities of the organization.