CBIA's E2: Energy & Environment Council has added new leadership for 2022. 

The council is made up of business leaders who work together to drive public policy related to energy and environmental issues. 

Lee Hoffman, co-chair of Pullman & Comley’s Real Estate, Energy, Environmental, and Land Use practice, is the new E2 chair, succeeding Eversource Energy's Chuck Nicol. 

“It’s a true honor to be appointed chair of CBIA’s Energy & Environment Council,” Hoffman said. 

“I am grateful to Chuck Nicol for nominating me to this post, and I hope that I can live up to the high standards he set for this group.

“I am excited to help guide the council’s focus and direction as we keep up the fight for a better energy future for all and continue to show that environmental stewardship is not incompatible with Connecticut’s business future.”

Hoffman previously served as the chair of the council's Energy Task Force and was a member of the steering committee, and has been heavily involved with energy and environmental issues throughout his legal career. 

Additional Appointments

"We are incredibly fortunate to have a great slate of incoming chairs appointed to various roles on the E2 Council,” said CBIA associate counsel John Blair. 

“Their expertise will undoubtedly help CBIA and its members shape the state of Connecticut's energy and environment policy for years to come.”

Other appointees include Kleen Energy System's Jason Farren, Thomas Salimeno from Louriero Engineering Associates, and Weezie Nuara from Dominion Energy. 

Farren, a compliance coordinator with Middletown-based Kleen Energy, will co-chair the Air Quality Task Force. 

Salimeno, a technical practice leader for Plainville-based Loureiro Engineering, will co-chair the Water Quality Task Force. 

Nuara is the new chair of the council's Energy Task Force. She is Dominion's state policy director.

“Each of these chairs will bring a fresh and well-balanced perspective bringing their years, and in some cases decades, of experience into E2,” said CBIA government affairs associate Ashley Zane. 

“This will be increasingly invaluable as we start to see significant changes in areas like renewable energy, and the creation of a replacement system for the Transfer Act.”