Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) is committed to assisting consumers in obtaining reliable, safe, secure, and economically efficient energy services at a reasonable cost through appropriate regulatory and market means and collaborative efforts. In doing so, FERC incorporates environmental justice (EJ) and equity considerations into the Commission’ programs, policies, and activities.
Environmental Justice and Equity Group
The Commission has created both the role of Senior Counsel for Environmental Justice and Equity and the Environmental Justice and Equity (EJ&E) Group within the Office of the General Counsel (collectively “EJ&E Group”).
The EJ&E Group is “decisional” meaning that it participates or advises as to the findings, conclusions, or decisions of the Commission. The EJ&E Group is prohibited from discussing the merits of a contested on-the-record proceeding with parties or members of the public because such communications would constitute ex parte communications, 18 CFR 385.2201 (2021).