State officials had planned to waive the usual prohibition on back channel communication between regulators and parties.
Four municipalities have passed resolutions calling on state lawmakers to pass community choice aggregation legislation.
The Republican governor has vetoed clean energy bills and rejected regional efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
A leader at the state’s only biogas plant says lax enforcement of the law has limited the potential for energy production.
State energy officials are considering several approaches to ensure investments are spread equitably across the state.