HARTFORD, Conn. – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday rejected a call from state utility regulators for more independence, telling reporters that the regulators could resign if they required more autonomy from his administration.
Malloy’s comments stem from a letter written last month by the three commissioners of the Public Utility Regulatory Authority.
The commissioners, Art House, Jack Betkoski and Michael Caron, used much of the 19-page memo to call for independence from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Malloy consolidated the regulatory body under the agency in 2011 when DEEP replaced the old Department of Environmental Protection.
The commissioners said the arrangement creates an “insurmountable conflict of interest” as a result of the panel answering to an agency that is often a party to energy cases that come before PURA.
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