Working Group 4: Customer and Community Participation

Working Group Leader

Marty Cohen

Principal, Martin Roth Cohen & Associates

Chicago, Illinois

From the Working Group Leader

“After working more than 30 years on Illinois energy policy I believe NextGrid is a key step in our state’s continuing leadership on these issues. By collaborating on our visions for the future and exploring options for moving forward together, we can make sure that the dramatic changes underway in the electric industry benefit all of our state’s electricity consumers.”

Focus of the Working Group

The “Customer and Community Participation” Working Group will study ways to engage, educate, and empower customers to help shape and benefit from emerging opportunities in the electricity system. Working Group 4 will specifically consider the impact of new technologies on underserved customers and communities.

NextGrid Wants Your Input

NextGrid would like to include all perspectives, and welcomes your input. If you are not a member on this working group, but wish to contribute to the discussion with comments related to Working Group meeting agendas and meeting summaries, please submit those comments to All comments will be forwarded to the Working Group Leader. Thank you in advance for your participation in the NextGrid study.

Public Comments Received

Working Group Members

  • Illinois Attorney General’s Office
  • Citizen’s Utility Board
  • AARP Illinois
  • Accenture Strategy
  • Ameren Illinois Company
  • Commonwealth Edison
  • Chicago Transit Authority
  • Tesla
  • Oracle Utilities (Opower)
  • Illinois Municipal League
  • Cook County
  • City of Chicago
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Sierra Club Illinois
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce
  • BOMA/Chicago
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • IGS Energy
  • Retail Energy Supply Association
  • Faith Place
  • Delta Institute
  • Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
  • National Latino Education Institute
  • Enervee
  • Elevate Energy
  • Chapman Energy Strategies
  • The Accelerate Group
  • RCHemphill Solutions LLC
  • West Monroe Partners Energy & Utilities Practice
  • Clark Hill PLC
  • Clean Energy Design Group, Inc.
  • Glidepath