For Immediate Release: February 21, 2018
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Energy Commission Approves
Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group Members

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission today approved 10 members of a new advisory group that will help ensure benefits of the 21st century grid reach low-income households and hard-to-reach customers such as those in tribal and rural communities.

The Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group will advise the Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on ways to help disadvantaged communities benefit from proposed clean energy and pollution reduction programs, access clean energy technologies, and receive affordable energy services. The members are:

Stephanie Chen, energy and telecommunications policy director for the Greenlining Institute, Oakland
Stan Greschner, vice president of governmental relations and market development at GRID Alternatives, Oakland
Angela Islas, community health worker at the Central California Asthma Collaborative, Fresno
Roger Lin, attorney with the Center for Race, Poverty and the Environment, Oakland
Adriano Martinez, staff attorney at Earthjustice, Los Angeles
Jodi Pincus, executive director of the Rising Sun Energy Center, Berkeley
Andres Ramirez, clean energy director at Pacoima Beautiful, San Fernando Valley
Waudieur Rucker-Hughes, president of the Riverside branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Phoebe Seaton, co-director and attorney at the Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, Sacramento
Tyrone Williams, director of development for the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, and director of the Sacramento Promise Zone

The CPUC is scheduled to consider the members at its March 1 business meeting.

An additional member, Kevin Day, tribal chairman of the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Tribal Council and vice chair of the Central California Tribal Chairman's Association, was appointed to the group by the Governor’s tribal liaison. He will serve as the group’s Native American representative.

Senate Bill 350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015, called for the group to be formed. Group members are either from or representing disadvantaged communities. The group’s first meeting is expected to be in early spring.

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About the California Energy Commission
The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. The agency was established by the California Legislature through the Warren-Alquist Act in 1974. It has seven core responsibilities: advancing state energy policy, encouraging energy efficiency, certifying thermal power plants, investing in energy innovation, developing renewable energy, transforming transportation and preparing for energy emergencies.