Martin Roth Cohen & Associates

Martin Roth Cohen & Associates is a consulting firm specializing in energy economics, smart grid policy and consumer protection. Its principal, Martin R. Cohen, is a long-time national consumer advocacy and energy issues leader. For twenty years he led the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), an organization created by the Illinois General Assembly to represent the interests of residential and small business utility customers in regulatory matters. Serving as CUB’s Executive Director from 1991 to 2005, Mr. Cohen was a key negotiator of Illinois’ 1997 electric industry restructuring legislation. Mr. Cohen was an officer of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA), serving for three years as its national secretary.

Mr Cohen was apppointed by the Illinois Senate President to the Smart Grid Advisory Council in 2012, and for three years was the elected Chairman of the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation (dba "Energy Foundry"), which invests in Illinois energy technology ventures and supports consumer education and engagement efforts during the decade-long Illinois smart grid deployment.

Immediately prior to founding Martin Roth Cohen & Associates, Mr. Cohen served for two years as the Director of Consumer Affairs in the Illinois Governor’s Office, analyzing and developing policy and legislation on a wide range of energy and consumer protection issues, including the Illinois Power Agency Act. Mr. Cohen also served briefly as Chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission in 2005. His consulting work has included expert testimony in cases before regulatory commissions in Illinois, Missouri, and Maine as well as extensive research and writing on energy and environmental issues.

In February, 2008, Mr. Cohen founded Martin Roth Cohen and Associates (MRC&A).


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