For Immediate Release - April 29, 2013

AG Coakley to Host Energy Summit Focusing on Energy and Cost Competitiveness in Massachusetts

BOSTON – With a focus on the impact of historically high energy costs on competitive business in Massachusetts, a one-day Energy Summit will be held next month bringing together stakeholders to discuss cost control, energy efficiency opportunities, and address policies and innovative solutions moving forward, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.

The 2013 Energy Summit will be held on Monday, May 20 in Norwood and will unite energy and environmental experts, along with policymakers and clean energy advocates from across the state to present stories and experiences with energy costs, discuss utilization of energy efficiency and renewable resources, and look at ideas and technologies that could help Massachusetts’ businesses lower consumption and control costs now and in the future. 

“Massachusetts has been a national leader in energy policy, including deregulation for consumers and a renewable energy efficiency investment under the Green Communities Act, yet we still have some of the highest costs in the country,” AG Coakley said. “This summit will bring everyone to the table to continue this positive dialogue and establish creative solutions to maintain competitiveness for businesses and drive energy costs down for ratepayers.”

AG Coakley will be joined by state officials, Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Commissioner David Cash and Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Mark Sylvia.  In addition, the Chairmen of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy Senator Benjamin Downing and Representative John Keenan will deliver mid-day remarks.

During next month’s summit, two morning panels will focus on how energy costs impact business’ ability to be competitive, and the successes and challenges they have experienced. In the afternoon, two panels will examine the future of energy costs, including polices and innovative technology and financing solutions for the Commonwealth and the region.

  • Panel 1:  Energy Costs in Massachusetts – the Challenges and the Opportunities.
  • Panel 2:  Tackling Energy Costs in Massachusetts – Navigating the Regulatory Landscape Through Examples.
  • Panel 3:  Path Forward for Massachusetts – Potential Cost Increases/Cost Cutting Alternatives.
  • Panel 4:  Path Forward for Massachusetts – Innovative Ideas and Technologies.

The summit is open to the public and will be held at the Four Points Sheraton in Norwood from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is now open at www.mass.gov/ago/energysummit.

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