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 served briefly as Chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission, and then as Director of Consumer Affairs in the Illinois Governor’s Office. In February, 2008, he founded Martin Roth Cohen and Associates (MRC&A), an energy regulatory policy consultancy specializing in consumer protection, energy procurement, and smart grid issues. Mr. Cohen was appointed by Senate President John Cullerton to the Illinois Smart Grid Advisory Council and serves as Chairman of the Illinois Science and Technology Innovation Fund (aka Energy Foundry).
Mr. Cohen’s consulting work has included expert testimony in cases before regulatory commissions in Illinois, Maine and Missouri, as well as extensive research and writing on energy and environmental issues.
In 2009 and 2010, in partnership with EnerNex Corporation, Mr. Cohen served as lead facilitator of the Illinois Statewide Smart Grid Collaborative, an effort initiated by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) to engage stakeholder representatives in a group process focused on the regulatory policy implications of smart grid deployment. The 356-page ISSGC Report was released on October 1, 2010 and is available at http://www.icc.illinois.gov/. Mr. Cohen’s expert testimony in Docket 07-0566 had been relied upon by the ICC in creating the ISSGC.