Who Holds the Power: Demystifying and Democratizing Public Utilities Commissions

Organizational Author The Chisholm Legacy Project
Resource Author Jacqui Patterson, Charles Hua, Vikky Angelico, Josie Karout, Jackson Koeppel, Elizabeth Mathis, Dave Pomeranz, isaac sevier, Jill Tauber
Resource Type Publication
Tags Energy Justice, Technology Justice, Transportation, Water Equity

Resource Summary

Public Utilities/Public Service Commissions hold vast decision-making responsibilities and power over the energy, water, telecommunications, and sometimes transportation resources that are generated and consumed in our communities.

But who are the people who make up these Commissions? Do they really have the best interest of communities at heart? Do they truly understand the needs of communities most impacted by fluctuating utility costs, proximity to unhealthy power plants, and crumbling infrastructure?

A timely new report, Who Holds the Power: Demystifying and Democratizing Public Utilities Commissions demystifies these critical entities, whose missions are tied to our environmental and economic health. Importantly, it shows how we can ensure that Public Utilities/Public Service Commissions reflect and represent the interests of those they serve.

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