Come participate in Part 1 of a training series equipping YOU to participate in Third Act's ongoing Power Up Communities! campaign to democratize our energy system.

About this event

Learn how the US electricity system works, uncover the hidden world of Public Utility Commissions, and understand why these under-the-radar state agencies are so critical to our clean energy future. Far too often, state regulators are captured by the utilities they are supposed to regulate. Since “sunlight is the best disinfectant”, we aim to shine a light and put the “public” back into Public Utilities Commissions.

Participants will come away with a strong understanding of the “ABCs of PUCs” and be well-equipped to support TA Working Groups and to take action anywhere in the US — from lodging public comments on regulator dockets, to participating in direct action to hold utilities accountable.

Nancy LaPlaca

Nancy LaPlaca, J.D., has 40 years of public policy experience,
including 19 years of professional experience in electric/gas utility issues. Nancy served as Policy Advisor to an elected Public Utilities Commissioner (AZ 2009-2013); and was a public interest intervener at state level public utilities commissions in AZ, CO and NC. Areas of expertise include coal, natural gas, power plants, net metering, rate cases, renewable portfolio standards, and a wide range of electric, gas and water utility dockets in a half dozen states. Nancy created and taught three university level courses on energy policy and climate, as well as a six-session series in late 2021, and another four-session course on North Carolina fuel dockets, (see here for presentations). In the 1980s and 1990s, Nancy worked for two AZ congresspersons, U.S. Rep. Morris K. Udall (D-AZ) and U.S. Rep. Karan English (D-AZ); as well as the AZ Supreme Court, the AZ Court of Appeals, the AZ state legislature and other state agencies. Nancy served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy in 2022-2023, and other clients include the Sierra Club, Clean AIRE NC, the National Renewable Energy Lab and the Illinois Solar Energy Association.