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Identifying and Eliminating Bias Facing Low-Income Households on Energy Matters

Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Venue: Ramsey County Room / Landmark Center  Saint Paul, MN United States  Get Directions
Total Price: $15.00

Deadline to Register: Friday, April 15, 2016

Decisions made at the Public Utilities Commission can have a profound impact on low-income households and communities when addressing issues such as siting facilities and ratemaking.  Low-income communities can easily be underserved because they often lack a seat at the table.  Ron Elwood will moderate a panel of two experienced consumer protection advocates, Pam Marshall and Paula Maccabee, who will describe the challenges facing low-income households and address some of the unconscious assumptions and potential biases that may exist among practitioners and decision-makers. This CLE will not address open dockets.

Please join us for lunch beginning at Noon, followed by the program from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Box lunches will be provided.  Special meal requests need to be received no later than Friday, April 15.


Ron Elwood is the Supervising Attorney at the Legal Services Advocacy Project, a statewide division of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid.  He supervises a team of attorneys who advocate on behalf of low-income Minnesotans at the State Capitol and before administrative agencies regarding, among other areas, energy and telecommunications law.  Before joining Legal Aid, Ron worked in management positions at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs and the New York State Public Service Commission, as a consultant on energy matters for the Minnesota State Legislature.  Ron earned his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) in St. Paul, Minnesota, and was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in October of that same year.  Ron also graduate degrees from New York University and the University of Southern California, and an undergraduate degree from Queens College of the City University of New York.

Pam Marshall has directed Energy CENTS Coalition for 24 years.  She has designed and implemented several low income utility bill-payment and conservation programs, intervened in numerous utility rate cases and other regulatory proceedings, and has worked to pass several utility consumer protection statutes.  The Coalition’s advocacy efforts include leveraging $200 million in utility-sponsored bill-payment and conservation assistance programs.  Currently, the Coalition administers affordability and conservation programs for both Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy, including the first conservation program to specifically assist low-income renters.

Paula Goodman Maccabee is a graduate of Amherst College (1977) and Yale University Law School (1981) with 35 years of experience in public interest law. Paula has represented clients, including Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota, Midtown Greenway Coalition, Sierra Club and WaterLegacy, seeking protection of minority, tribal and low-income communities from disparate impacts of regulatory decisions on environmental health and environmental justice. Named as one of Minnesota Lawyer’s 2010 “Attorneys of the Year,” Paula recently received the Harvey G. Rogers Environmental Health Leadership Award from the Minnesota Public Health Association for her lifetime work to protect environmental health.

CLE Credit:

1.0 Elimination of Bias credit approved | Event Code: 218548


Public Utilities Law Section Member:  $10.00 
MSBA Member not in the section: $15.00  
Non-Member:  $15.00 
Law Student: Free

Join the Public Utilities Law Section:  $32.00  MSBA members who are not members of the Public Utilities Law Section can join the section & attend this CLE for FREE.  Click here to add the section to your membership and then contact Shawn Carlson to register for this meeting at no charge. 

Remote Participation: 

Teleconferencing/webcasting are NOT available.

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Questions? Contact Shawn Carlson  | 612-278-6305  

No sessions have been associated with this event.