Southern Fairfield County chapters of the League of Women Voters and tree-focused groups will sponsor an educational forum “Power Struggle: Balancing the Needs of People, Power and Trees” on Tuesday, February 28 from 7:00-9:00 PM at the Darien Town Hall (snow date March 7). The forum will consist of talks by five stakeholders:
- Joe McGee - Chair, Governor's Two Storm Panel
- Representative TBD- CL&P
- Jonathan Schrag, Deputy Commissioner for Energy of the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection;
- Eric Hammerling, Executive Director of the CT Forest and Park Association
- Chris Roy, Engineering & Operations Manager of Concord Light Plant,from the Concord, Mass. Municipal Light Plant, a municipality that has buried their power wires underground.
Kay Maxwell, former president of the League of Women Voters of the United States, will moderate.
All speakers will address from their perspectives this all- important issue of powers outages, past and future, and what can be done to reduce their frequency and duration. Audience Q&A will follow their presentations. The goal of this timely forum is to inform Connecticut residents on all aspects of this continuing problem that so profoundly affects us. The Connecticut General Assembly legislative session opens today and will be taking up legislation designed to address the reliability of our power supply. Residents will gain information and insight so that they can form educated opinions on the proposed solutions.
Handouts will be available at the forum including contact information of state officials so the attendees, armed with accurate information, can voice their opinions and suggestions based on what they learned at the forum.
This forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, and Stamford, and Greenwich Tree Conservancy, Fairfield Forestry Committee, Stamford Tree Foundation and the Tree Conservancy of Darien.
We encourage all to attend so they can learn and influence the proposed solutions to these power outages.