The New Canaan League of Women Voters joins other Fairfield County LWV chapters along with tree-focused groups in sponsoring an educational forum titled "Power Struggle: Balancing the Needs of People, Power and Trees" on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien. The snow date is Wednesday, March 7. Notices of any such change will be made on Channel 12 and at the New Canaan LWV website at

The forum will consist of a panel of speakers representing CL&P, the Governor's Two-Storm Panel, DEEP (which oversees PURA, the Public Utility Regulatory Authority), the Connecticut Forest and Park Association and others who will speak on powers outages, past and future, and what can be done to reduce their frequency and duration. A Q&A will follow their presentations.

Speakers scheduled to appear include Joe McGee, chairman of the governor's Two Storm Panel; Chris Swan, director of municipal relations and siting at Northeast Utilities; Eric Hammerling, executive director of the CT Forest and Park Association; Jonathan Schrag, deputy commissioner for energy, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; and Chris Roy, engineering and operations manager, Concord (Mass.) Municipal Light.

The Connecticut General Assembly legislative session opened Feb. 8 and will make up legislation designed to address the reliability of our power supply. Residents will gain information and insight so that they can form educated opinions on the proposed solutions.

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Handouts will be available at the forum including contact information of state officials so the attendees, armed with accurate information, can voice their opinions and make suggestions based on what they learned at the forum.

This forum is sponsored by the Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk and Stamford Leagues of Women Voters, as well as the Greenwich Tree Conservancy, the Fairfield Forestry Committee, the Norwalk Tree Alliance, the Stamford Tree Foundation and the Tree Conservancy of Darien.

For further information, contact Toddy Turrentine at