The Public's Voice in Energy Decisions

Event Description

Deadline to Register:  Monday, October 15, 2018


Discussions of public utilities issues in Minnesota are becoming... more public. For regulatory staff and members of the Minnesota Bar, the growing intensity of public input into complex legislative and regulatory decisions is changing how these discussions unfold, and is certainly having an impact on how decision-makers weigh issues.

Join us for a discussion of how public engagement has evolved and the impact this engagement has in legislative and regulatory decisions.  We will discuss:  1.  Why there is growing public interest in energy policy; 2.  How stakeholders attempt to engage ordinary citizens in both legislative and regulatory discussions;  3. The role that public opinion should play in shaping energy decisions; and 4.  How public engagement in energy discussions is likely to change in the next 5-10 years.

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

Box lunch will be provided.  Special meal requests need to be received no later than Monday, October 15.


Annie Levenson-Falk | Executive Director | Citizens Utility Board
In 2016, Annie was named the first executive director of the Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota. She joined CUB after serving as the executive director of the Legislative Energy Commission, a nonpartisan office of the Minnesota House and Senate. In her role, Annie staffed the bipartisan commission of 20 legislators charged with evaluating the environmental and economic impacts of state energy policy. Previously, Annie was the Senior Policy Manager of the Citizens League, a citizen-based public policy nonprofit.
Annie co-founded the Capitol Pathways Internship Program, which places students of color and Native American students in legislative internships, so that Minnesota government better represents the state’s diversity. She was also the founding board chair of NAVIGATE, a nonprofit organization created by and for immigrant students seeking higher education, leadership development, and policy change. Annie received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Haverford College in Pennsylvania. She lives outside Cannon Falls with her husband, Avery, and their dog, Gus.

Todd Rapp | President & CEO | Rapp Strategies
For three decades in public service and the private sector, Todd Rapp has been part of strategies that address some of our region’s most complex and important issues, including: Transforming and stabilizing our energy supply, Reinvesting in public infrastructure, Adapting to changing demographics, Advancing public health goals, and Rethinking economic growth strategies. Working with individual businesses and organizations, Todd has partnered to develop and implement strategic plans that have: Advanced long-term business goals, Repositioned organizations, Protected and enhanced reputations, and Predicted threats and prevent crises. Prior to joining Himle Horner in 2001, a predecessor to Rapp Strategies, Todd was Director of Government Affairs for Northern States Power and served in numerous leadership positions in state government and politics.

CLE Credits:
1 Standard CLE credit applied for | Event Code: 263872

Remote Participation:
Webcasting is available. Please indicate remote participation option when registering.

Public Utilities Law Section Member:  $10.00
MSBA Member But Not a Member of the Public Utilities Law Section:  $15.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $15.00
Law Students:  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 Kara Haro to register for this meeting at no charge.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Ramsey County Room / Landmark Center Saint Paul, MN United States