Office Summary

Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) is divided into multiple offices and divisions, each of which specialize in the execution of different portions of PURA’s broad statutory authority and mission statement to ensure safe, adequate, and reliable utility service at reasonable rates

The Office of Utility Programs and Initiatives (OUPI) is one of PURA’s arms. OUPI is primarily tasked with overseeing the statutory and public policy programs administered by the electric utilities, such as the state’s renewable energy tariff and reliability programs, along with executing the agency’s strategic initiatives. Further, OUPI conducts comprehensive reviews of electric rate mechanisms, oversees infrastructure investments and improvements, and implements public policies. OUPI encompasses the Clean and Affordable Energy (CAE) Unit, the Reliability, Security, and Resilience (RSR) Unit and the Utility Performance and Analysis (UPA) Unit.


Director: Joshua Ryor
CAE Supervisor: Stefanie Keohane
RSR Supervisor: Stephen Capozzi


Objectives

Highlighting an integral part of our Equitable Modern Grid Framework, PURA has established objectives that govern our work in improving the state’s electric infrastructure but also support a clean energy future and access to affordable energy. 

The four main objectives of the Equitable Modern Grid Framework include:

  1. Support (or remove barriers to) the growth of Connecticut’s green economy;

  2. Enable a cost-effective, economy-wide transition to a decarbonized future;

  3. Enhance customers access to a more resilient, reliable, and secure commodity; and

  4. Advance the ongoing energy affordability dialogue in the State, particularly in underserved communities.

Below is a list of some of the statutory, public policy programs and strategic initiatives OUPI oversees:

 

Statutory + Public Policy Programs 
(Not an exhaustive list)

 

Strategic Initiatives

  • Residential Renewable Energy Solutions

  • Non-Residential Renewable Energy Solutions 

  • Shared Clean Energy Facilities (SCEF)

  • Energy Storage Solutions

  • Electric Vehicle Charging

  • Vegetation Management

  • Reliability/Maintenance Plan

  • Emergency Response Plan

  • Cybersecurity Report

  • Matching Payment Program

  • Winter Protection Plan




 
Clean and Affordable Energy (CAE) Unit

The Clean and Affordable Energy Unit's work is divided into four topic areas: clean and renewable energy, affordability, grid modernization, and rate mechanisms.



 
Reliability, Security, and Resilience (RSR) Unit

The Reliability, Security, and Resilience Unit seeks to enhance the end-product provided to utility customers, focusing on improving reliability, cyber and physical security, resilience, and emergency planning. RSR also works to increase broadband access across Connecticut. This page houses information on RSR’s work.      



 
Utility Performance and Analysis (UPA) Unit

Utility Performance and Analysis Unit leads OUPI’s cross-disciplinary work with a focus on innovative approaches to modernizing utility regulation, improving public utility performance, and realizing Connecticut’s public policy goals, including advancing the state’s ambitious greenhouse gas emission targets.


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Contact the Office of Utility Programs and Initiatives

Laura Lupoli - Administrative Case Coordinator
860-827-2631 | Laura.Lupoli@ct.gov