NECA Mission Statement
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 eight 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.
Community Service CommitteeChristopher Sherman, Chairperson
The goal of the Community Service Committee is to 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 Community Service Committee shall identify and present opportunities and project updates to the NECA Board of Directors at regularly scheduled meetings. The committee will identify 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.
Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Committee
Pat Stanton, Co-Chairperson
The Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Committee follows state and regional developments associated with energy efficiency and demand response policy, technologies, issues and implications. Its mission is to stay abreast of and inform the Board of Directors and members of relevant activities and technology applications that may impact the energy industry (including power supply planning, system reliability, ISO-NE Forward Capacity Market implications, etc.). Members include consultants, engineers, marketers and policy makers who are actively involved in the design, delivery and evaluation of energy efficiency and demand response resources market. Monthly Committee meetings are held to identify and discuss relevant topics of interest, organize Lunch 'N Learn teleconference events and to coordinate guest speakers for annual conferences and other events.
George Lipka, Co-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.
Finance, Investment, Risk Management CommitteeTanya Bodell, Co-Chairperson
Peter Brown, Co-Chairperson
The Finance, Investment, Risk Management 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.
Fuels CommitteeMelissa Whitten, Co-Chairperson
Scott Mueller, Co-Chairperson
The Fuels Committee informs members regarding relevant issues in the fuels markets impacting generators, end-users, and other market participants in the Northeast. The committee covers technology, regulatory and market developments in the natural gas, oil, and coal industries. 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, and related issues, including supply developments, regional pipeline and storage projects, and other issues affecting the formulation and implementation of fuel procurement strategies. Anyone interested in joining the Fuels Committee or participating in organizing the annual conference, or providing suggestions or comments on the Committee's activities, should contact either of the Co-Chairpersons.
Power Markets Committee
Sebastian Lombardi, Co-Chairperson
Michelle Gardner, 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.
Legislative CommitteeDaniel Allegretti, 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.
Renewables and Distributed Generation Committee
David O'Connor, Co-Chairperson
The Renewable Energy and Distibuted Generation 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.
Young Professionals Committee
Mimi Zhang, 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.