The Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (“CMEEC”) is a
publicly directed joint action supply agency formed by the state’s municipal
electric utilities in 1976 under authority of the state’s General Statutes.
CMEEC is owned by the municipal utilities in the cities of Groton
and Norwich, the Borough
of Jewett City, and the Second (South Norwalk) and Third (East Norwalk)
Taxing Districts of the City of Norwalk, Connecticut. CMEEC also provides
all the power required by other utilities participating in CMEEC including
of Wallingford Department of Public Utilities, the Bozrah
Light and Power Company , and the Mohegan
Tribal Utility Authority.
CMEEC is responsible for the financing, acquisition and construction
of generating resources and implementation of power supply contracts for
the purpose of furnishing low-cost and reliable electric power to its Members
purchase contracts and other resources obtained by CMEEC supply power to each
of the community-owned utilities. The utilities in turn distribute the power
at retail to local homes and businesses at the lowest prices in Connecticut.
Connecticut’s municipal utilities supply electric power to over 66,000
customers including some of the largest and most prominent industries in
Sources of electric power range from fossil-fueled generators to nuclear
plants to hydroelectric stations in Connecticut to massive power dams in
Canada and New York. Power is acquired from different generating sources,
including short- and long-term contracts for different types of power purchases
and municipally-owned generating stations, and from joint ownership arrangements.
Since 1985, CMEEC has served as the Designated Bargaining Agent for
the State of Connecticut with respect to the state’s allocation of Niagara
and St. Lawrence power from the New York Power Authority.
CMEEC represents the members and participants as a single-entity participant
in the regional Independent System
Operation (ISO-New England) and the New
England Power Pool (NEPOOL). Power is transmitted to municipal utilities
under negotiated rights to interconnecting transmission systems.
The organizational structure of CMEEC is a
partnership of municipal utilities, which through their ownership of and
active participation in CMEEC provide the overall direction to CMEEC. CMEEC is
governed by a Board of Directors made up of 2 representatives from each of the
6 Connecticut municipal utilities. The Board sets policy for CMEEC and
performs other duties and responsibilities as determined by applicable State
Statutes or the bylaws of CMEEC.
CMEEC also represents the members and participants as a single-entity
member of the American Public Power Association
(APPA), the Northeast Public Power
Association (NEPPA), the National Rural
Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), and the Connecticut
Valley Electric Exchange (CONVEX) whose website provides advisories
and a current overview of our power system's reliability.