The Commission works on environmental justice concerns through its Office of the General Counsel, Office of Public Participation, Office of Energy Projects, and the Office of External Affairs.
Below is a brief description of the contacts for these offices and the EJ&E Group’s role within the Office of the General Counsel:
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 General Counsel (collectively “EJ&E Group”) to assist the Commission in incorporating environmental justice and equity principles in its policies, practices, and procedures.
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).
The Office of Public Participation’s mission is to empower, promote, and support public voices at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Office of Public Participation staff are “non-decisional” meaning that they do not participate or advise as to the findings, conclusions, or decisions of the Commission in a proceeding covered by such rule. OPP does not advocate positions or conduct investigations for the Commission. Communications between OPP and parties or members of the public as to the merits of a contested on-the-record proceeding will not constitute ex parte communications, 18 CFR 385.2201 (2021).
The Commission engages federally recognized Tribes through its Office of the General Counsel, Office of Energy Projects, and Office of External Affairs. The Commission’s Office of Public Participation is also available as a resource for individual Tribal members. For more please visit the Tribal Relations Page.