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How You Can Participate during the COVID-19 Pandemic

participate2Agenda and Planning Meetings

The Commission continues to hold agenda and planning remotely via Webex (provided for in Executive Order 20-58 ). Members of the public can watch the livestream of weekly meetings. Please see the Commission’s calendar for upcoming meetings or hearings as well as instructions for how to participate in the different types of meetings. 

Public Information Meetings and Hearings

The Commission also requires public hearings and meetings on specific projects, like energy generation and transmission projects. Each topic is discussed in an individual “docket” during public meetings and hearings. Notices, documents efiled to give updates about dockets, will have additional participation information:

  • A brief description of the remote meeting formats;
  • Information about how to request paper copies of meeting materials in advance of a meeting;
  • Information about how questions and comments can be submitted in advance of a meeting/hearing or after it has occurred;
  • Contact information of a staff person acting as technical representative to assist with remote meeting access questions;
  • Notices will be issued earlier than previous practice;
  • Notices will be sent to a wider distribution list than required.

During these docket-related public meetings and hearings, the Commission will use both web-based and teleconferencing tools. We are using multiple participation methods to ensure everyone, including members of the public with low or no web access, can still participate in proceedings. During a meeting or hearing:

  • Agency staff will be available to provide technical assistance to facilitate public participation;
    If you need assistance during a public meeting or hearing, contact
    Paula Hoena 651-201-2211
    Charley Bruce 651-201-2251
  • The operator-assisted feature will facilitate question and answer sessions and provide orderly receipt of public comments;
  • A court reporter will be used to create a transcript of the proceeding;
  • Presenters will frequently remind the public how to get in the queue to ask questions or provide comment;
  • Contact information of appropriate staff for process and participation questions and answers will be provided in presentations as well as notices;
  • Increasing the length of the comment period after a meeting or hearing.
  • Meeting PowerPoint presentations will be made available on EERA and Commission websites.

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
121 7th Place E
Suite 350
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101
Local: 651.296.0406 | Toll Free: 1.800.657.3782
consumer.puc@state.mn.us

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