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EBC Energy Resources Program: MassDPU Initiatives, Innovations, and Reliability
June 30, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am EDT
The EBC Energy Resources Committee is pleased to welcome Angela M. O’Connor, Chairman of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. The DPU is responsible for oversight of investor-owned electric power, natural gas and water utilities in the Commonwealth; developing alternatives to traditional regulation, monitoring service quality; regulating safety in the transportation and gas pipeline areas; and for certain aspects associated with the siting of energy facilities. The mission of the Department is to ensure that utility consumers are provided with the most reliable service at the lowest possible cost; to protect the public from transportation and gas pipeline related accidents; and to ensure the residential ratepayers’ rights are protected.
Some of the issues that are being analyzed at the DPU are changes to the electric system wholesale market design, MBTA safety oversight, and creating first in the nation background checks for Transportation Network Companies (TNC’s) such as Uber and Lyft.
Chairman O’Connor will provide a brief introduction to the issues that the DPU is currently grappling with and will answer questions on the wide range of topics that the DPU oversees.
Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (1.0 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.
- Maeve Vallely Bartlett, Director, Strategic Development, AECOM
MassDPU Initiatives, Innovations, and Reliability
- Angela M. O’Connor, Chairman, Department of Department of Public Utilities, Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Angela M. O’Connor was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts as the Chairman of the Department of Public Utilities in January of 2015. Prior to being appointed by the Governor, Angela was the Executive Director, based in Boston, of TechNet for the northeast region. TechNet is a national, bipartisan CEO-led trade association founded in 1997 by a group of Silicon Valley visionaries to create a bridge for the technology industry with state and federal policymakers. O’Connor joined TechNet from the New England Power Generators Association (NEPGA) – the largest trade association in the region representing electric power generators. As the organization’s founding president, O’Connor provided strategic leadership to NEPGA and served as chief spokesperson for the owners and operators of the electric generating infrastructure in New England. O’Connor previously served as Vice President of Energy Policy at Associated Industries of Massachusetts (A.I.M.), the Commonwealth’s principal statewide employer organization. In that capacity, she represented the energy interests of A.I.M.’s 7,600 members, including a wide range of public, legislative and regulatory activities. Before joining A.I.M., O’Connor was Operations Manager for Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority PowerOptions program, the largest energy purchasing consortium in New England consisting of colleges and universities, hospitals, other non-profits, and municipalities. Earlier in her career she worked in marketing for the Boston Celtics, served as an environmental assistant to the city of Boston’s Environmental Department, and was a small business owner. She also served as chairman of the Board of Selectmen for the Town of Rockport. O’Connor is a graduate of The University of Massachusetts – Boston.
Registration: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
If registration occurs ——–>,Before June 16,After June 16,After June 28
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Discount will automatically be applied during online registration.
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Walk-in registration is accepted at the door with a $20 late fee, as described above in the table. Cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28 for a refund. No-shows will be charged. Please keep in mind that online registration for this program will close at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 29.