The Editor interviews Tricia Caliguire, Special Counsel in the Environmental & Energy Group of McCarter & English, LLP. Ms. Caliguire represents clients in the energy, utility and environmental sectors.
Editor: You served as chief counsel to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and as policy advisor for energy in the administration of Governor Chris Christie. As a former government insider, can you please describe the policymaking process?
Caliguire: When I started in Governor Christie’s Office of Policy and Planning we went through a pretty long and involved listening process. We met with a variety of stakeholders who had interest in energy and environmental issues and talked about the issues that were important to them and some of the obstacles they'd experienced in trying to do business in the state. The governor was very interested in promoting New Jersey as a place to live, a place to work, and a place where businesses could come in and expand. He talked early on about energy as a tool of economic development, and how innovative policies surrounding the costs and the delivery of energy can help existing companies grow as well as attract new businesses from other parts of the country or the world.
One initiative started with the governor directing the Board of Public Utilities to revise the Energy Master Plan with an emphasis on promoting economic development, energy reliability and environmental protection. Stakeholder outreach followed.