Energy CENTS Coalition

The statewide Energy CENTS Coalition promotes affordable utility service for low and fixed income people, ensures the basic necessity of energy to all citizens, and encourages the participation of low and fixed income citizens in energy issues and energy-related decision making. Energy CENTS intervenes in utility proceedings, advocates for additional low income energy bill payment and conservation resources and, through community organizing and education efforts, promotes affordable energy programs and equitable energy representation in utility rate cases and other proceedings; consumer protection; utility credit and collection law; and potential class-action lawsuits alleging discrimination in service offerings and quality. Energy CENTS Coalition can provide background material concerning both the organization and the problem of unaffordable energy. Volunteers may be reimbursed for mileage, supplies, etc. Volunteers are required to have their own malpractice insurance. Law student assistance is needed to research other state statutes regarding low income protections, energy policies, and deregulation information.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Aitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Jackson, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lac Qui Parle, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, Saint Louis, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine
  • Area of law: Civil Rights, Consumer, Housing, Energy issues, Deregulation
  • Populations Served: Elderly, General Public, Low Income, Native Americans
  • Opportunities For: Lawyers, Mentors, Nonlitigation Projects
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: No
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: No
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Draft legal documents (e.g., briefs), Legislative or policy advocacy, Litigation: Support (e.g., discovery)
  • Other Project Types: Utility Rate Cases
  • Long Distance Opportunities: Conduct Research, Draft or Translate Legal Documents
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: Yes
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