Energy and Environment

The Energy & Environment Program works with state officials from ERC’s 18 member jurisdictions to forge innovative policies dedicated to spurring the development of cleaner, domestic energy resources and safeguarding the environment. The Energy & Environment Committee is composed of more than 100 state officials from all levels of government. The committee meets 2-3 times per year to exchange ideas for effective legislation and programs, and to foster a cooperative, nonpartisan approach to creating regional strategies to address common energy and environmental concerns.

Committee Roster:


MarcPachecoApp Senator Marc Pacheco, President Pro Tempore, Massachusetts State Senate
Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, Deputy Majority Leader, New Jersey General Assembly

2017 Annual Meeting
Available Presentations

August 14, 2017 Energy & Environment Committee Meeting
Topic: The Offshore Wind Opportunity in the Northeast


Jim Bennett, Chief, Office of Renewable Energy Programs, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Department of the Interior

Dr. Stephanie McClellan, Director, Special Initiative on Offshore Wind, University of Delaware

Stephen Pike, CEO, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

Fred Zalcman, Head of Market Development and U.S. Government Affairs, DONG Energy

Erich Stephens, CEO, Vineyard Wind

From our Blog

U.S. to Withdraw from Paris Agreement, but Many CSG/ERC States Committed to Carbon Reductions

Among a Spate of Nuclear Plant Closings, Officials Mull Economic, Environmental Impacts

Benefits of State Clean Energy Mandates Outweigh Costs, Federal Report Finds

First-in-the Nation Offshore Wind Farm Comes Online in Rhode Island

CSG/ERC Climate Plenary Highlights Global Challenges, Local Opportunities

Large-Scale Building Retrofits Seen as Key to Meeting New York Climate Targets

CSG/ERC Seminar at Penn Addresses Carbon-Reduction Policies, Sustainable Water Infrastructure and Renewables


2016 Annual Meeting Presentations available here




2015 Annual Meeting Presentations

August 17 Energy & Environment Committee Breakfast Meeting: Energy Update 2015

Cap-and-Trade in Québec and Ontario

The Honorable Jean-Claude Lauzon, Québec Delegate General in New York
Member of Provincial Parliament Soo Wong, Ontario
Video Presentation

Implementing U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan in the Northeast

Paul Hibbard, Vice President, Analysis Group, Inc.

M. Gary Helm, Lead Market Strategist, Emerging Markets, PJM Interconnection, Inc.

Developing Meaningful Public Policy and Engagement on Controversial Energy Developments

The Honorable Andrew Younger, Minister of Environment, Nova Scotia

The Grid 2.0

Representative Jonathan Steinberg, Connecticut

August 18 Energy & Environment Committee Breakfast Meeting: Enhancing Resiliency

Susan E. Love, AICP, Climate & Sustainability Section Lead, DNREC Division of Energy & Climate

Ariana Sutton-Grier, Assistant Research Scientist, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, University of Maryland; and Ecosystem Science Adviser, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Dennis W. Doll, President and CEO, Middlesex Water Company

Senator Jorge Suarez, Puerto Rico

Site Visit to the University of Delaware’s Center for Carbon-Free Power Integration

Stephanie McClellan, Ph.D., Director, Special Initiative on Offshore Wind
Presentation: Offshore Wind: A Smart Energy Choice for Eastern States

Willett Kempton, Ph.D., Research Director, Center for Carbon-Free Power Integration
Presentation: Overview of EV Programs at University of Delaware

From Green Matters

EPA’s Clean Power Plan: A Brief Overview for the ERC Region
New England Officials See Critical Need for Boosting Natural Gas Infrastructure
New York Energy Reforms Would Bar Utilities from Owning Local Power
Key Observations from Participants in the White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness


Video: Guilford, Connecticut: A Case Study in Building Resilience

Click here to access archives from the 2014 Annual Meeting in Baltimore

Click here to access meeting materials from “Weathering the Storm: Moving Forward on Regional Resilience,” held in Boston, Massachusetts on March 7-8, 2014

Click here to access CSG/ERC 2013 Annual Meeting Presentations


Testimony of CSG/ERC before the New York Assembly’s Committee  onEnvironmental Conservation January 16, 2013
Video: Connecticut’s Microgrid Pilot: A Conversation with Connecticut DEEP Commissioner Dan Esty (Oct. 2013)

Video:  Lessons Learned in Vermont from Tropical Storm Irene (February 2013)
Part II: Perspectives from the Vermont State Legislature
CSG/ERC 2012 Annual Meeting presentations and video clips
CSG/ERC 2011 Annual Meeting presentations and video clips