October 7, 2021 - 1:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M. ET
In accordance with Section 319 of the Federal Power Act, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has established the Office of Public Participation (OPP) to assist the public with FERC proceedings. The technical complexities of FERC proceedings generate a capacity gap between utilities and organizations who routinely appear before the Commission and members of the general public who may not have formal energy industry expertise but wish to participate in a particular matter. This capacity gap in turn serves as a participation barrier to energy consumer advocates, environmental groups, and other public interest organizations.
Strictly focusing on electric proceedings, this workshop aims to better understand technical assistance and how OPP can prioritize it for the public, to hear from OPP stakeholders concerning their technical assistance needs, and to explore ways that OPP can work with external entities to facilitate technical assistance for OPP stakeholders.
1:00-1:15 p.m. | Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Overview of OPP and workshop goals by Corey Cox, Office of Public Participation, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
1:15-2:15 p.m. | Panel: How Technical Assistance can lead to better public participation in FERC proceedings
2:15-2:20 p.m. | Break
2:20-3:00 p.m. | Breakout Session 1 - Procedural Matters
Participants will be invited to join a small breakout room and discuss the procedural influences on public participation, capacity gaps related to effective participation, and mechanisms for technical assistance to close those gaps. Facilitated by FERC and PNNL staff.
3:00-3:05 p.m. | Break
3:05-3:40 p.m. | Breakout Session 2 - Technical Matters
Participants will be rearranged and organized into a new breakout room to discuss the technical and substantive challenges of effective public participation, and technical assistance mechanisms to address these challenges. Facilitated by FERC and PNNL staff.
3:40-3:50 p.m. | Break and transition back into plenary session
3:50-4:20 p.m. | Reconvene – Group Discussion
4:20-4:30 p.m. | Summary, next steps and actions, and closing remarks
For any questions related to the event, contact:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory