WHEREAS, energy markets in Canada and the United States are facing a major reassessment and realignment from the point of generation to end-use consumption, as competition, restructuring and deregulation are beginning to transform traditional structures; and
WHEREAS, these changes offer potential opportunities for increased efficiencies, the employment of advanced technologies, and an improvement in the regional economic development and in the rise of employment; and
WHEREAS, the issue of energy has been of primary interest to the Conference since its inception - whether regarding energy trade, economic development, employment, new technologies, renewable energy options and efficiency measures; and
WHEREAS, deregulation of the gas market in the Northeast region will bring about substantial changes in the transportation and distribution systems and offer new opportunities for both consumers and the gas industry in the region; and
WHEREAS, the Conference finds that the significance of energy to our region as an economic factor requires continued monitoring of new developments in deregulation;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT The Conference directs its Northeast International Committee on Energy (NICE) to monitor changes in the electricity market place regarding competition and deregulation;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT NICE give special attention to the evolution of the gas market, in light of new projects which will be brought forward regarding the production, transportation and distribution of natural gas in the Northeast area, leading eventually to a greater integration of the gas market in that area;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT NICE continue its discussions of appropriate exchanges of planning methodologies and energy data collection among the states and provinces, to increase our mutual understanding of the dynamics of the Eastern Canada - New England energy market;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT NICE will produce a New England - Eastern Canada energy profile as a follow up to "Energy in New England and Eastern Canada at a Glance," published in 1994, for submission to the Governors and Premiers at their next Annual Conference;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT NICE, working with the secretariats, report on its findings at the next annual meeting of the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Premiers.
ADOPTED AT THE 22ND ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF NEW ENGLAND GOVERNORS AND EASTERN CANADIAN PREMIERS, JUNE 2-4, 1997.
Governor Lincoln C. Almond
Premier Frank McKenna
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