Department of Public Utilities Opens Inquiry to Enhance Inclusivity, Participation in Energy Proceedings
The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is pleased to announce that it has opened an investigation focused on increasing public awareness of and participation in DPU proceedings. Through this investigation, the DPU will explore opportunities to increase stakeholder engagement and ensure that—regardless of English proficiency—all people have been provided with the same opportunity to participate in our proceedings. Please find attached both the Order and Notice of the proceeding for additional information.
Over the course of the last year, the DPU, in collaboration with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), has been developing an agency specific environmental justice strategy, consistent with EEA’s Environmental Justice Policy and the comprehensive climate legislation recently signed into law. The DPU has opened this investigation as part of these efforts to explore new strategies to boost community outreach and increase participation and engagement in our proceedings.
We are seeking broad public engagement and encourage you to post the attached Notice of Inquiry on your municipal website and/or other appropriate location for publication of notices. Please share this information with any organization or persons in your community that may be interested in participating in this proceeding. Notice of this proceeding has been translated into Spanish and Portuguese, posted on the DPU’s website and will be published in multiple newspapers, posted on the websites of utilities that DPU regulates, and sent to stakeholders.
The DPU looks forward to our continued partnership as we work to ensure that all members of the public are given an equal and meaningful opportunity to participate in DPU proceedings.
|Vote and Order (English)||Request for Comments (English)|
|Vote and Order (Portuguese)||Request for Comments (Portuguese)|
|Vote and Order (Spanish)||Request for Comments (Splanish)|