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Disadvantaged Communities Energy Advisory Group Formed

Ensures low-income households reap benefits of 21st century grid

A new advisory group has been formed to help the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) ensure that low-income households and hard to reach customers reap the benefits of the 21st century grid.

The advisory group will advise the two agencies by reviewing and providing advice on proposed clean energy and pollution reduction programs and determine their effectiveness and usefulness in disadvantaged communities.

Creation of the group is mandated under Senate Bill 350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015. Group members are either from or representing disadvantaged communities. The group's first meeting is scheduled for April 4.

The members are:

Stephanie Chen, energy and telecommunications policy director for the Greenlining Institute, Oakland

Kevin Day, tribal chairman of the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Tribal Council and vice chair of the Central California Tribal Chairman's Association

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