EBC Rhode Island Webinar: Update from the Office of Energy Resources & Public Utilities Commission


Date: July 22, 2020


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]

This EBC Rhode Island Program will provide an update on the current energy programs and priorities of the State of Rhode Island from Nicholas Ucci of the Office of Energy Resources and from Ron Gerwatowski of the Public Utilities Commission.

A moderated discussion with the speakers will follow the presentations with ample time for Q & A from attendees.

The Office of Energy Resources (OER) is Rhode Island’s lead state agency on energy policy and programs. The mission of OER is to lead Rhode Island to a secure, cost-effective, and sustainable energy future. OER works closely with private and public stakeholders to increase the reliability and security of our energy supply, reduce energy costs and mitigate price volatility, and improve environmental quality.

The Public Utilities Commission serves as a quasi-judicial tribunal with jurisdiction, powers, and duties to implement and enforce the standards of conduct under §39-1-27.6 and to hold investigations and hearings involving the rates, tariffs, tolls, and charges, and the sufficiency and reasonableness of facilities and accommodations of railroad, ferry boats, gas, electric distribution, water, telephone, telegraph, and pipeline public utilities, the location of railroad depots and stations, and the control of grade crossings, the revocation, suspension or alteration of certificates issued pursuant to §39-19-4, appeals under §39-1-30, petitions under §39-1-31, and proceedings under §39-1-32.

Through participation in the Energy Facility Siting Board, the Commission’s chair also exercises jurisdiction over the siting of major energy facilities.

Final Agenda – EBC Rhode Island Program – Update from the Office of Energy Resources and Public Utilities Commission

Thank you to the Collaborating Organizations


Program Chair

  • Christian Capizzo, Counsel, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP


  • Ron Gerwatowski, Chairman, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission
  • Nicholas Ucci, Commissioner, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources

Attendee List

Babette Allina Rhode Island School of Design Executive Director, Government Relations
Michael Andrus BETA Group, Inc. Project Manager
John Balfe Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) Manager
KIMBERLY BELLEMORE KBConsulting and CC4ES Principal
Maija Benjamins Eversource Energy Manager, New England Off Shore Wind Siting
Todd Bianco Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission Principal Policy Associate
Karen Bradbury U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Projects Director
Stephen Brusini, Esq. Orson and Brusini Ltd. Attorney
Michelle Carpenter TurningPoint Energy Managing Director of Development
Jennifer Castor Guidehouse Senior Consultant
David Ciochetto RICRMC Principal Ocean Engineer
Dan Fefer Epsilon Associates Senior Consultant
Sean Gilson MHF Services Account Representative
Jason Gold ESS Group, Inc. Project Scientist
Derick Hopkins Wright-Pierce Sr. Project Engineer
kerri houghton Narragansett Bay Commission Sustainability Coordinator
Willem Lange WaterFurnace international Director
W. Bart Lloyd Consultant Principle
Patricia Lucarelli RIPUC Chief of Legal Services
Rick Mandile SAGE Environmental, Inc. Principal
Macky McCleary Guidehouse Director
Alison Milliman BSC Group Sr. Project Manager
Susan Moberg VHB Principal
Alan Nault RI Public Utilities Commission Chief Public Utilities Accountant
Jeremy Newberger Guidehouse, Inc. Associate Director
Leticia Pimentel Robinson & Cole Associate
Jens Ponikau NY Geothermal Foundation President
Kai Salem Green Energy Consumers Alliance Policy Coordinator
Jonathan Schaefer Robinson & Cole LLP Counsel
Amanda Schneck WaterFurnace Territory Manager
Alan Shoer Adler Pollock & Sheehan Partner
Christopher Stix Conservation Law Foundation Senior Fellow
mark tremblay HQ Energy Services Energy Marketer
Andrew Vitvitsky MIT Climate CoLab Research Associate
Hank Webster Acadia Center RI State Director & Staff Attorney
Barry Wenskowicz Narragansett Bay Commission Sustainability Engineer

The available presentations from the EBC Rhode Island Webinar: Update from the Office of Energy Resources & Public Utilities Commission completed on July 22, 2020, can be viewed below.

Presentations – EBC Rhode Island Program – Update from the Office of Energy Resources and Public Utilities Commission

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