When community members’ voices and their direct experiences are heard in state energy proceedings, and backed up with data, utility regulators can make rulings that lead to a more equitable, healthy, climate-friendly and affordable energy future.
The Community Voices in Energy Toolkit is intended as a starting point to help you understand how to bring community voices into public utility processes to reach more equitable outcomes. Many of the examples on this site show steps we took to make a difference in Illinois, and we hope this toolkit will empower others to create a more equitable energy future in communities and states around the country.
Who We Are
We elevate voices of community members whose lives will be most affected by energy regulators’ decisions to have a voice in their energy future, and we work to persuade utility regulators to make decisions that support community needs.
Energy Justice at the Forefront
Equity must be built into the energy regulatory proceedings and processes that guide massive investment decisions with long term consequences for people and the planet.
The sample testimonies have been submitted to public utility commissions in actual rate cases. These testimonies illustrate the kind of information that is typically included in a testimony, as well as the tone and style that is effective with regulators.