Policy Activities & Issues

NECEC works in the six New England states and New York to advance clean energy policies and programs that create business opportunities for NECEC members and the industry at large. With state coordinators or partner organizations in Connecticut, New Hampshire (Clean Energy NH), Maine (E2Tech), Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont (REV), NECEC is actively developing and influencing energy policy that helps clean energy businesses grow, including both legislation and regulatory efforts.

Members have access to up to date information and the opportunity to provide input to  position development through our Policy Committee, which meets monthly, and an array of subject-specific working groups, which meet periodically as needed.  They include:

  • Solar
  • Energy Storage
  • Energy Efficiency and Demand Response
  • Grid Modernization
  • RI Policy and Legislation
  • CT Policy and Legislation 
  • Clean Transportation 
  • Interconnection

NECEC sets priorities on an annual basis, focusing in four market impact areas that offer business and growth opportunities for our members:  Distributed Energy Resources, Grid Scale Renewables, 21st Century Electricity System (grid modernization) and Clean Transportation. Policy priorities for 2019 include  : 

  • Distributed Energy Resource (DER)Incentives, Compensation, Net Metering, Interconnection, Targets and Regulations
  • Clean and Renewable Energy Procurements, including Offshore Wind and Class I Renewable Energy 21st Century Energy System/Grid Modernization, including deployment of advanced metering and other advanced technologies
  • Renewable Portfolio Standards
  • Energy Efficiency and Demand Response
  • Vehicle and Building Electrification

NECEC also hosts several policy-related events throughout the year.  During the legislative sessions (January through May), we hold Clean Energy Days in four of the region's state capitals, when NECEC arranges meetings and briefings between NECEC member executives and state lawmakers and administration officials.  Clean Energy Days offer the opportunity to highlight the growth of the clean energy economy and the importance of a strong policy foundation to support its continued expansion and the economic, energy and environmental benefits it provides. 

NECEC’s Emerging Trends Series (ETS) events link clean energy policy and cleantech innovation.  Held bimonthly, they present an opportunity to hear from thought leaders, policymakers and cutting edge companies about new and emerging developments in clean energy technology, businesses, and policy.    

For more information, NECEC’s public comments, testimony and reports  are posted in our Policy Portal. For updates on the latest clean energy policy, finance and innovation issues in the Northeast visit our Blog.