Project

Supporting State Commissions

Launched December 1, 2023. This page was last updated December 21, 2023.

This nonpartisan project builds capacity at state public utility commissions by supporting relationships between current public utility commissioners and experienced former commissioners. The participating commissioners drive this flexible program, allowing them to focus on addressing their most pressing needs and challenges.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning January 8, 2024. Applications are accepted only from pairs of one current commissioner and one former commissioner who seek to work together. Please email Jessica Bell at [email protected] to apply.

Each joint application must include:

A statement from the current commissioner containing:

  • A general description of support that would be requested from the former commissioner. Please discuss how the proposed support would further a goal of advancing affordable, reliable, equitable, clean energy.

  • Identification of any state-specific limitations or requirements governing advisory support paid by an outside funding source, and include a written confirmation that the commission has the authority to participate.

  • Confirmation that they have read and agree to the program expectations (below).

A statement from the former commissioner should include:

  • A general description of the support they anticipate providing.

  • Confirmation that they have read and agree to the program expectations (below).

The program’s expectations are as follows:

For current commissioners participating in the program:

  • Meet with their selected former commissioner on an agreed-upon schedule and provide clear direction on the support they are requesting.

  • Provide quarterly feedback on the program.

  • Agree to an initial six-month participation period, with an optional six-month renewal.

For former commissioners participating in the program:

  • Dedicate 15-25 percent of their time to the program.

  • Meet with their selected current commissioner on an agreed-upon schedule and provide requested support.

  • Work at the direction of their selected current commissioner.

  • Attend optional periodic convenings for the program.

  • Provide quarterly feedback on the program.

  • Agree to an initial six-month participation period, with an optional mutual six-month renewal.