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Public Meeting Notice DPU 21-50/EFSB 21-01: Joint Roundtable

Thursday, August 25, 2022
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Posted: August 9, 2022 9 a.m.

Overview of DPU 21-50/EFSB 21-01: Joint Roundtable

On July 19, 2022, the Department and Siting Board issued a Hearing Officer Memorandum announcing a jointly held virtual stakeholder roundtable to gather input on increasing the visibility of our public notices and improving public and stakeholder involvement in our proceedings. This memorandum establishes the schedule, access details, and ground rules for the roundtable.

The Department and Siting Board will conduct the joint stakeholder roundtable on August 25, 2022. The roundtable schedule is provided in Section III below. Because of ongoing COVID19 pandemic-related safety concerns, the Department and Siting Board will conduct the roundtable using Zoom videoconferencing. Any person may participate in the livestream of the roundtable by entering the link, https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87218411279, from a computer, smartphone, or tablet. No prior software download is required. For audio-only participation in the roundtable, dial (646) 558-8656 (not toll free) and then enter the Meeting ID# 872 1841 1279.

This roundtable will be available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, simplified Chinese, and Vietnamese. To access interpretation services during the roundtable, click on the “Interpretation” button (denoted by a globe icon 🌐) on the menu at the bottom of the Zoom screen and select the appropriate language. To request additional language services, contact Laurie Ellen Weisman, Hearing Officer, at laurie.e.weisman@mass.gov, Scott Seigal, Hearing Officer, at scott.seigal@mass.gov, or Donna Sharkey, Hearing Officer, at donna.sharkey@mass.gov. To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), contact Melixza G. Esenyie, ADA and Diversity Manager at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs at Melixza.Esenyie2@mass.gov or 617-626-1282.

Agenda

The Department and Siting Board have established the following agenda outline. Each topic will begin with brief presentations from designated stakeholders1. This schedule is subject to revision at the discretion of the Hearing Officers.

9:30 – 9:50 Introduction by Department and Siting Board
9:50 – 12:30 Topic 1: Improved communication with customers, community-based organizations, and local government officials to maximize public engagement in our proceedings.
12:30 – 1:15 Break for lunch
1:15 – 2:15 Topic 2: Whether all notices for agency proceedings should receive the same level of publication and outreach, or whether there should be some prioritization or variation in approach to avoid overwhelming or desensitizing readers with frequent notices. If there should be variation, discuss the types of proceedings that warrant additional publication and outreach efforts.
2:25 – 2:40 Break
2:40 – 4:00 Topic 3: The most effective methods that Distribution Companies use currently to reach customers
4:00 – 5:00 Recap and next steps

The selection of these presenters does not indicate an endorsement of the viewpoints or opinions of the presenters by the Department or Siting Board.

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