Katie Dykes

Co-Chair Executive Steering Committee, Commissioner Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection


Katie Scharf Dykes is the Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Commissioner Dykes was appointed by Governor Ned Lamont in January 2019.

DEEP is the state agency charged with conserving, improving and protecting the state’s natural resources and environment, providing first-rate outdoor recreation opportunities, and bringing cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy to Connecticut’s residents and businesses.  DEEP is focused on integrating energy and environmental policies and helping Connecticut to build a sustainable and prosperous 21st-century economy.

Katie served as the Chair of Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA).  She was nominated by Governor Dannel P. Malloy to serve as a PURA Commissioner on October 27, 2016.  Katie previously served as Deputy Commissioner for Energy at Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP).  She had held that position since March 2012.  PURA, which operates under the leadership of three Commissioners, is statutorily charged with regulating the rates and services of Connecticut’s investor owned electricity, natural gas, water and telecommunication companies and is the franchising authority for the state’s cable television companies.
Katie served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Inc. (RGGI) from 2014 to 2017.  RGGI is a multi-state effort focused on reducing carbon emissions from electric generating facilities.  She also represented Governor Malloy on the Board of Managers of the New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE).

Katie joined CT DEEP in March 2012, after prior service as Deputy General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality and as a Legal Advisor to the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy.  She is a graduate of Yale College and the Yale Law School.

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