Approved by the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in December, the Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group will provide advice on ways to help disadvantaged communities benefit from proposed clean energy and pollution reduction programs, have access to clean energy technologies, and receive affordable energy services.
Formation of the group is outlined in Senate Bill 350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015. It will be made up of people from or representing disadvantaged communities.
Ten members will be chosen jointly, but approved separately by the Energy Commission and the CPUC, and a Native American representative will be selected by the Governor's tribal liaison.
"We know that California's disadvantaged communities are often the most burdened based on pollution, health and socio-economic factors," said Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott. "This advisory group will serve a critical role in helping us better understand how our energy programs can be most effective and useful to disadvantaged communities throughout the state."