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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 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.

Awards Committee
Ellen Cool, Co-Chairperson
617-531-2818
egc@levitan.com

Lysa Modica, Co-Chairperson
978-392-5351
lysa.modica@woodplc.com

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
Paul Martin, Co-Chairperson

617-443-7557
paul.martin@tetratech.com

Dan Rukakoski, Co-Chairperson
413-875-1312
dprukakoski@tighebond.com

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 Committee
Todd Griset, Co-Chairperson
207-623-5300
tgriset@preti.com

Melissa Whitten, Co-Chairperson
617-778-2433
mwhitten@daymarkea.com

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.

Fuels Committee
Shaela McNulty Collins, Co-Chairperson
508-836-7315
shaelacollins@nisource.com

Jonathan Carroll, Co-Chairperson
603-231-8666
jonathan.carroll@energir.com

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.

Inclusion and Diversity Committee
Paul Belval, Co-Chairperson
860-275-0381
pnbelval@daypitney.com

Tina Bennett, Co-Chairperson
617-778-5263
tbennett@daymarkea.com

Mission

The mission of the Inclusion and Diversity Committee is to monitor and encourage greater inclusion, diversity and equity in NECA and NECA-sponsored events – among its membership, leadership, and conference speakers and moderators and in its conference planning.

Description

The Inclusion and Diversity Committee was formed by the NECA Board of Directors in recognition of the Board’s desire to further improve the inclusion, diversity and equity of NECA’s membership, leadership and speakers.  The Committee shall advise the Board on policies and practices to ensure that inclusion, diversity and equity constitute a primary focus of the Board and the organization.  The Committee shall develop best practices and quantifiable goals of inclusion , diversity and equity for NECA and its committees and shall monitor NECA’s progress towards those  goals.  The Committee shall also look for opportunities to facilitate discussions about inclusion, diversity, and equity within the Northeast energy industry within the NECA framework.  The primary function of the committee is to carry out the inclusion, diversity and equity priorities of NECA as communicated by the Board of Directors from time to time.

By Inclusion and Diversity we mean: creating a climate where diversity is recognized as a core leadership competency; where inclusion allows such diversity of individuals, thought and ideas to be fully included in the NECA community; and where NECA works towards greater inclusion for those whose voices who have been traditionally underrepresented.

Power Markets Committee
David Fixler, Co-Chairperson
617-310-6000
fixlerd@gtlaw.com

Mary Usovicz, Co-Chairperson
978-317-3434
mausovicz@gmail.com

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 Committee
Scott Kjellberg, Co-Chairperson
617-530-1314
scott.kjellberg@emeraenergy.com

Meghan Leahy, Co-Chairperson
603-502-4361
meghan.leahy@nexteraenergy.com

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
Tom Michelman, Co-Chairperson
508-665-5855
tmichelman@seadvantage.com

Courtney Feeley Karp, Co-Chairperson
617-502-6284
cfeeleykarp@klavenslawgroup.com

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
Eric Krathwohl, Co-Chairperson

617-556-3857
ekrathwohl@richmaylaw.com

Rob Munnelly, Co-Chairperson
617-589-3822
rmunnelly@davismalm.com

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.

Young Professionals Committee
Carson Robers, Co-Chairperson
617-396-7936
crobers@poweradvisoryllc.com

Nathalie Schils, Co-Chairperson
617-443-7579
nathalie.schils@tetratech.com

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.