Formation of the Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group (DACAG) was called for in Senate Bill 350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015. The 11-member group meets several times a year to review CPUC and CEC clean energy programs and policies to ensure that disadvantaged communities, including tribal and rural communities, benefit from proposed clean energy and pollution reduction programs. Group members are either from or represent disadvantaged communities. For more information or to subscribe to a mailing list for updates, please see the DACAG homepage.


Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group: Seeking New Members

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) are seeking applications from interested persons to fill open positions on the Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group (DACAG). The DACAG advises the CPUC and the CEC regarding the development, implementation, and impacts of clean energy and transportation programs in disadvantaged communities.

The DACAG is composed of 11 members from or representing disadvantaged communities throughout the state. Members reflect the diversity of California, including the rural and urban areas; culture, language and ethnicity; experiences; backgrounds and more. While members may be employed by or may represent particular organizations, as DACAG members they represent the communities they are a part of, rather than specific interests of their employer or organization. DACAG members are appointed for 2-year terms. Generally, in-person meetings happen at varying locations across the state quarterly teleconference meetings in the months between in-person meetings. More information about the DACAG such as the Charter, current members, past meeting material, and more can be found on the CPUC’s DACAG web page and the CEC’s DACAG webpage.

Instructions for Applicants:

Any person interested in joining the DACAG must transmit the following materials to by October 15, 2022:

  1. Resume or curriculum vitae listing or demonstrating industry knowledge, subject matter expertise, work history, leadership roles, and/or personal experience showing proficiency to discuss issues related to energy, including environmental impacts, social justice, community health, economic equity, workforce opportunities and/or other factors that may affect disadvantaged communities.
  2. Letter of interest, not to exceed two pages, demonstrating the following:
    • candidate’s ability and willingness to meaningfully participate and provide thoughtful and actionable input,
    • candidate’s ideas about how they would contribute to the DACAG, and
    • specific geographical location(s) of the disadvantaged community the candidate represents and description of how the candidate will enable more voices from this community to engage.

Please note that members will be required to file financial disclosures and may be asked to refrain from participating in DACAG matters in which they have a potential conflict of interest.

Please contact Philip Voris at, (415-703-1214), Noemi Gallardo at, (916) 957-7910, or (800) 822-6228 with any questions.

Group Establishment Information

  • On March 1, 2018, the CPUC appointed the nominees to the Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group. The California Energy Commission also approved the appointments.  The two commissions also recognized the tribal representative appointed by the Governor's Tribal Liaison.
  • On December 14, 2017, the CPUC adopted the Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group and its charter.  This action, together with a similar one by the California Energy Commission on December 13, establishes the Advisory Group.
  • Read the CPUC's adopted resolution with the Advisory Group's charter.
  • On November 1, 2017, the draft resolution to establish the Advisory Group was released for public review.
  • Energy Division Draft Resolution E-4893 for the Dec. 14, 2017 Voting Meeting establishing and adopting the charter of the Advisory Group
    • Comment from Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. on Draft Resolution E-4893
    • Comment from PG&E on Draft Resolution E-4893
  • Request for Applications for Appointment to the Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group
  • The CPUC and the California Energy Commission on August 1, 2017, released a joint proposal to establish a new advisory group consisting of representatives from disadvantaged communities who will provide advice on state programs proposed to achieve clean energy and pollution reduction.