State’s Public Utility Regulatory Authority

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L-R - Marissa P. Gillett, chairman of PURA and host of CT Valley Views, Susan Patricelli Regan. Submitted photo

Marissa P. Gillett is chairman of PURA (Public Utility Regulatory Authority), the department statutorily charged with regulating the rates and services of Connecticut’s investor-owned electricity, natural gas, water and telecommunication companies and is the franchising authority for the state’s cable television companies.

In the industries that are still wholly regulated, PURA balances the public’s right to safe, adequate and reliable utility service at reasonable rates with the provider’s right to a reasonable return on its investment. PURA also keeps watch over competitive utility services to promote equity among the competitors while customers reap the price and quality benefits of competition and are protected from unfair business practices.

Gillett was appointed to her position by Governor Lamont in April 2019 and has been assigned by the Governor’s Executive Order strategic objectives including making Connecticut totally carbon-free by 2040. Additionally, a critical objective is alleviating an issue that concerns the state’s residents: that Connecticut ranks as one of the most expensive for energy costs in the lower 48 states. In her interview with CT Valley Views Host Susan Patricelli Regan, Gillett outlines her position and tactics by which this challenging goal will be met.

See your local public access TV airing schedule for this informative segment or view on where all shows are always available.