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Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group - Seeking New Member

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) are seeking applications from interested persons to fill a seat on the Senate Bill 350 Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group (Advisory Group). More information about the advisory group is on the Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group's web page: http://cpuc.ca.gov/dacag/.

Instructions for Applicants:

Any person interested in joining the Advisory Group should first review the SB 350 Disadvantaged Advisory Group Charter as well as the web page cited above and then transmit the following materials:

  1. Resume or curriculum vitae listing or demonstrating his/her significant industry knowledge, subject matter expertise, and experience in a disadvantaged community.
  2. Letter of interest, not to exceed two pages, that demonstrates his/her qualifications including: (i) his/her ability and willingness to meaningfully participate and provide thoughtful and actionable input, and (ii) how specifically, and perhaps uniquely, he/she hopes to contribute to the Advisory Group. The letter should include the specific geographical location(s) of the disadvantaged community the applicant represents.
  3. Applicants may also attach letters of support from other parties that describe (i) how the applicant is qualified to serve on the Advisory Group; and (ii) how specifically, and perhaps uniquely, the applicant could contribute to the Advisory Group.

Submit application to DAC-AG@cpuc.ca.gov by July 22, 2019. If you already submitted an application in June 2019, you do not need to submit another application.

Please contact Amy Mesrobian at Amy.Mesrobian@cpuc.ca.gov or (415) 703-3175 or Kristy Chew at Kristy.Chew@energy.ca.gov or (916) 654-4818 with any questions.

About the Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group

Established jointly with the California Energy Commission, the Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group advises both Commissions on how programs can be designed to benefit disadvantaged communities and effectively reach low income households, small businesses, and hard-to-reach customers (including rural and tribal communities). Program areas include renewable energy, energy efficiency, and transportation electrification.

A formal charter for the Advisory Group includes the following guiding principles:

  1. Increase the benefits of clean energy programs in disadvantaged communities (e.g. by supporting growth in local employment and small business development, as well as other non-energy benefits including reducing pollutants and health risks). 
  2. Increase access to clean energy technologies for disadvantaged communities. 
  3. Maintain or enhance the affordability of energy service in disadvantaged communities by considering potential rate impacts of any proposed program.
Creation of the Advisory Group fulfills a requirement in Senate Bill (SB) 350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015. As defined in SB 350, disadvantaged communities are the census tracts in California that are disproportionately burdened by multiple sources of pollution. Relative burden is determined by review of data on 20 pollution, health, and socio-economic factors. 



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