December 27, 2018

Lamont nominates utility chair Dykes to head DEEP

Photo | Contributed
Photo | Contributed
Katie Dykes, chair of the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, talks at a recent Connecticut Power and Energy Society panel discussion about eletric grid modernization.

Katie Dykes could soon succeed her former boss, after Gov.-elect Ned Lamont on Thursday nominated her as commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Dykes was DEEP's deputy commissioner between March 2012 and late 2016, when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy nominated her as chair of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority.

During her time at DEEP, she served under commissioners Dan Esty and Rob Klee, the latter of which has been commissioner since Feb. 2014.

"Katie Dykes has long played an active role in bringing cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy to Connecticut's families and businesses," Lamont, who takes office Jan. 9, said in a statement. "She has thought carefully about how our state can address climate change and protect the environment, and I welcome her into my administration as we work to bring energy costs down and create new jobs in the green economy."

Before coming to DEEP, Dykes was deputy general counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality and as legal advisor to the general counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy.

From 2014 to 2017, the Yale Law School graduate chaired the board of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program through which Connecticut and eight other states limit pollution from power plants, generating revenue to fund renewable energy and efficiency programs.

Dykes' nomination will require approval from the state legislature.

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