The path to achieving decarbonization goals and ultimately a net-zero Commonwealth faces a challenge: The arduous and lengthy process of upgrading the local and regional electric grid and permitting new energy infrastructure. The recently passed Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law lay the financial incentives and support to expand ambitious infrastructure investments that can usher in a clean energy future. But projects typically encounter an uncertain fate on the ground, including a maze of litigation and unnecessary permitting delays that are making climate goals increasingly difficult to meet.
The permitting reform challenge involves balancing critical review processes that ensure equitable stakeholder participation with the urgency to upgrade current infrastructure and install the next generation equipment. As Massachusetts considers reforms designed to streamline energy infrastructure regulation, join the State House News Service for an important panel discussion on this critical policy issue with Massachusetts energy leaders, advocates, and key legislators.
- 8 a.m. | Networking and light refreshments
- 9:00 a.m. | Welcome remarks from Steve Woerner: President, National Grid New England
- 9:05 a.m. | Keynote remarks from Michael Judge: Undersecretary of Energy, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
- Panel discussion
- Rep. Jeffrey Roy: House Chair, Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy
- Lizzi Weyant: Deputy Executive Director for Public Affairs and Advocacy, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
- Elizabeth Turnbull Henry: President, Environmental League of Massachusetts
- Reihaneh Irani-Famili: VP Clean Energy Development and Infrastructure Investment, National Grid New England
- Dwaign Tyndal: Executive Director, Alternatives for Community & Environment
- Colin A. Young: Reporter, State House News Service (moderator)