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Thursday, January 26, 2012

State Fills Energy Procurement Post

The state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has hired the vice president of a Waterbury-based manufacturing industry trade group to serve as the agency’s first-ever power procurement manager.

Jeff Gaudiosi of Windsor (shown at left) will start his new, $92,041-a-year job for the DEEP on Feb. 10th. Gaudiosi, 39, has worked with the Manufacturing Alliance of Connecticut (MAC) since 1997.

Gaudiosi said his new job will be a challenge “because we’re bringing the state into an area where we’ve never been before.

The procurement manager’s job was created last year as part of Public Act 11-80, sweeping energy legislation that was approved by Connecticut lawmakers.

His job involves developing plans for the efficient purchase of electric power for consumers who still buy their electricity through the state’s legacy utilities, The United Illuminating Co. and Connecticut Light & Power. In an effort to lower electric rates for the so-called “standard service” customers, Gaudiosi will be responsible for devising annual plans that make a portfolio of power contracts available to UI and CL&P.

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