Staff Attorney 1 – Idealist
The State of Connecticut, Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC), has an exciting opportunity for a Staff Attorney 1 in our New Britain office, who will play a critical role in ensuring affordable, reliable, and sustainable essential services (energy, water, internet) in Connecticut.
The Staff Attorney will have the opportunity to work on and participate in cases in both administrative and judicial settings. As an attorney in an independent state agency this includes the potential to litigate cases in state and/or federal appellate courts. The Staff Attorney will also be engaged in helping develop policy and regulatory approaches on crucial consumer issues relating to grid modernization, electrification, clean energy, energy affordability, utility regulatory reform and deployment of broadband infrastructure.
This position will work on OCC’s core mission of advocating for fair and equitable electric, water, and gas utility rates and reliable, quality utility service in state, regional and federal forums.
The selected candidate may play an important role on upcoming assignments associated with PURA’s implementation of its Equitable Modern Grid Initiative and key portions of Public Act 20-5, known as the “Take Back Our Grid” Act, including but not limited to, investigations into the utilities’ preparation for and response to major storm events; a deep dive into the distribution interconnection procedures employed by the electric utilities; the development of performance based regulatory framework, and inspections and audits into the regulated electric, gas, and water utilities, and telecommunications companies.
The selected candidate may also work on water quality and regulatory issues, as well as on legal, regulatory and policy issues focused on the deployment of broadband infrastructure and equitable access to high-speed broadband.
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