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CLC - Transparency Questions Remain

AG Martha Coakley &  Cape Light Compact
AG Martha Coakley & Cape Light Compact
See the Cape Light Compact Press Release dated June 13, 2014 here (copied below):

http://www.capelightcompact.org/2014/06/13/compact-continues-to-increase-transparency/

Despite the hoopla, I can't see that anything new has been added here since last March, except for the most recent Budget.

It should be noted that CLC has not merely redacted the names of the trading partners on RECs (Renewable Energy Certificates) but also the dates, amounts and contract prices of the transactions and the internal accounts into which they have been booked.  All of this information could have been disclosed. 

For that matter, there is no reason why CLC could not disclose the names of the parties with whom it completed these transactions, just as every public body routinely does.  There is no difference between the energy business and any other business from this perspective.

Note that CLC says that it wants the world to know that it has met with the Attorney General and offered to provide the AG with anything it requests....but will not be "duplicating" this same information by providing it to the DPU in the current proceeding.

Translation: CLC will provide the information to the AG privately but won't be making it available to the public by submitting it to the DPU.

As anyone can see, according to Maggie Downey, the Cape Light Compact posts much more information to its website than any public utilities. 

Ms. Downey does not mention that public utilities are not "public bodies," as defined under Massachusetts law, but private corporations; or that the Cape Light Compact steadfastly refused to provide any of this information for over three years.

Nor does Ms. Downey mention that the Cape Light Compact financial statements continue to redact all information on millions and millions of dollars of expenses, including substantial "Miscellaneous Charges" that remain a total mystery.

But, as Ms. Downey notes, it's impossible to "satisfy all critics."   



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Compact Continues to Increase Transparency

Jun 13 2014

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: June 13, 2014 

CAPE LIGHT COMPACT CONTINUES TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY

Compact makes operational information more accessible to members of the public 

Barnstable, MA – Cape Light Compact continues to increase transparency regarding its operations. In response to interest in Cape Light Compact’s programs, additional information has been added to the Compact’s website.  

“Anyone can see that we post much more information on our operations than utilities or other energy companies,” Downey said. “We don’t expect to satisfy all critics, but it is our hope that making more information available and accessible will help to diminish misconceptions and answer outstanding questions.” 

The Compact has also met with the state Attorney General’s Office in regard to questions they have received from the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates. The Compact informed the Attorney General’s Office that it will provide any information requested; however, the Compact will not be duplicating that same information in the proceeding before the Department of Public Utilities regarding the Compact’s updated Aggregation Plan. “We want to make sure that people know we are already engaged with the Attorney General’s office to clear up misunderstandings,” Downey said.  

Available information on the website includes:

  • All Compact revenues and expenditures from 1997 through 2013. The Energy Efficiency expenditures have customer names redacted in order to protect the privacy of the Compact’s customers. In addition the names of individuals and organizations that the Compact purchases Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from are also redacted to protect their privacy.
  • Compact budgets
  • Compact annual financial statements and audit documents
  • Compact meeting agendas and meeting minutes
  • Compact board meeting packets containing information provided to board members 

To locate the above items on our website, please visit www.capelightcompact.org/newinfo.

ABOUT CAPE LIGHT COMPACT

Cape Light Compact is an award-winning energy services organization operated by the 21 towns and two counties on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. The Compact’s mission is to serve its 200,000 customers through the delivery of proven energy efficiency programs, effective consumer advocacy, competitive electricity supply and green power options. For more information, visit www.capelightcompact.org

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