Advocates for low-income consumers often lack needed staff, funding and expertise to participate in state utility regulatory proceedings, despite their critical importance.
Eight states feature laws that allow public interest advocates to be financially reimbursed for some costs associated with intervening before state utility regulators.
- Outside of California, most existing state intervenor funding programs are limited and inadequate.
- Using California as a successful model, advocate to expand, improve or initiate intervenor programs in your state.
- There are no legal barriers for non-profits to advocate on behalf of consumers at state
- utility regulatory commissions.