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24
Apr

DCEN Announcements: April 24, 2016

Sun Apr 24, 2016 at 11:31:13 AM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network, Global Green USA

Zero Waste , Pay As You Throw, Training Video!

[DPW Director Shorter (right) and Office of Waste Diversion Staff, participated in this briefing.]

On April 13th, the DC Environmental Network, spearheaded by Global Green USA, organized a Zero Waste training on Pay As You Throw (PAYT), a usage pricing model for disposing of municipal solid waste, that could help District ratepayers save money, reduce green-house gas emissions, and increase DC per capita recycling rates.

This special training was co-sponsored by Green Cross International and the Zero Waste Committee of the Sierra Club, Washington, DC Chapter.

Participants included representatives from the DC Department of Public Works (DPW, Office of Waste Diversion), DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), Council of the District of Columbia, City of Alexandria, National Recycling Coalition, Institute for Local Self Reliance, Alice Ferguson Foundation, Just Economics LLC, Community Research (Zero Waste PG), Northstar Sierra Club, Optoro, Building Materials Reuse Association, Energy Justice Network, Sierra Club (DC & Prince Georges County Chapters), Green Cross International, DC Environmental Network (Global Green USA), and other zero waste advocates.

We greatly appreciated DPW Director Chris Shorter, and Annie White, Manager of the Office of Waste Diversion, for participating in the entire four-hour program.

You can watch DCEN video of the three main presentations:

Jan Canterbury, Former US EPA Project Manager on the “Climate & Waste Connection & Pay As You Throw (PAYT)”

► Watch Jan’s Presentation Here!

► Jan’s PowerPoint Presentation.

Bob Moylan, Former Commissioner of the Worcester, MA, Department of Public Works on “Implementation of PAYT in Worcester, MA”

► Watch Bob’s Presentation Here!

► Bob’s PowerPoint Presentation.

Kristen Brown, Vice President of Municipal Partnerships, Waste Zero, on “Reaching Zero Waste [with PAYT]: A Capital Example”

► Watch Kristen’s Presentation Here!

► Kristen’s PowerPoint Presentation.

The initial feedback for this training was very positive. We believe the District has the potential to make great strides towards becoming a zero waste city. Contact DCEN if you want to join our zero waste campaign to make the District the highest, per capita, recycler in the region.

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DCEN Participates in DC Council Committee, DOEE & DPW, Budget Hearings!

[Committee on Transportation & the Environment Chair, Mary Cheh, and Legislative Director, Nicole Rentz, at the DOEE Budget Hearing.]

The DC Environmental Network participated in both the DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), and, DC Department of Public Works (DPW), Budget Oversight Hearings!

The DC Environmental Network (DCEN), DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI), DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), and DC Department of Public Works (DPW), held joint budget briefings to prepare for these two hearings.

DCEN expressed support for funding important poverty, wildlife, recycling, and climate programs that the two agencies play an important role in.

Read DCEN’s testimony:

► Council of the District of Columbia, Committee on Transportation & the Environment, Budget Oversight Hearing: District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), April 12, 2016, CLICK HERE!

► Council of the District of Columbia, Committee on Transportation & the Environment, Budget Oversight Hearing: District Department of Public Works (DPW), April 14, 2016, CLICK HERE!

With the information we collected at the budget briefings and hearings, we will be sending out a final budget letter to the DC Council Committee on Transportation & the Environment, with our final recommendations, later this week.

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DCEN Well-Being (Happiness) Index Briefing Video!

[Dr. Carol Graham at the DC Environmental Network’s Briefing on the New Science of Well-Being.]

On February 4th, the DC Environmental Network held a very interesting briefing, “Beyond GNP? What the New “Science” of Well-Being Can Contribute to Economics and to Policy.”

This briefing was given by the very talented Brookings Institution economist, Carol Graham, who is the Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow in Global Economy and Development, at the Brookings Institution, & Professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy.

► Watch Carol’s Presentation Here!

► Carol’s PowerPoint Presentation.

This was the first salvo of a new DCEN initiative to follow in the footsteps of the City of Santa Monica, and develop our very own well-being index project in the District of Columbia.

We will be sponsoring a number of summer webinars on this topic for anyone interested in learning more about what this could mean to economics and public policy in the District and surrounding region. Come join our campaign!

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DCEN’s May Networking Event is Coming Soon!

Come Meet the Organizations and People Who Are Leading Education and Advocacy Efforts to Protect Our Rivers in the Washington Metro Region!

On May 5th at Noon, join the DC Environmental Network, and some of the most active river advocacy organizations in the region, as they share highlights, through pictures and words, of their current work and their vision for how District rivers and creeks will be a more central component in all of our lives looking forward.

This conversation will occur at the NEW offices of Friends of the Earth & Green Cross International, 1101 15th Street NW, 11th Floor. RSVP HERE.

Our River Leader Panelists:

  • Brent Bolin, Chesapeake Regional Director, Clean Water Action 
  • Jennifer Chavez, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice
  • James Foster, President, Anacostia Watershed Society
  • Emily Franc, Anacostia Riverkeeper
  • Rebecca Hammer, Staff Attorney, Water Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network, Director, Washington, DC Office,Global Green USA

You must RSVP here to participate in this clean river conversation.

Hope to see you on May 5th.

 

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17
Apr

DC Clean River Leaders Networking Event!

Sun Apr 17, 2016 at 12:47:17 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, Global Green USA

Join DCEN, and Some of the Organizations and People Who Are Leading Education and Advocacy Efforts to Protect Our Rivers, for our Monthly Networking Opportunity.

The health of the Anacostia River, Potomac River and Rock Creek, and the quality of our lives, and sustainability of our economy, are intimately connected.

There are a number of DC based organizations that have passionately led local and regional efforts to represent the interests of our rivers, its wildlife, and the people who live near its banks.

These groups have been actively working on clean water issues long before government and corporations decided that river restoration was good for voters and for business.

On May 5th at Noon, join the DC Environmental Network, and five of the most active river advocacy organizations in the region, as they give participants highlights, through pictures and words, of their current work and vision for the future. You must RSVP here to attend.

This conversation will be held at the NEW offices of Friends of the Earth & Green Cross International, 1101 15th Street NW, 11th Floor.

Our Clean River Leaders Panelists:

You must RSVP here to participate in this clean river conversation. 

Hope to see you on May 5th.

 

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2
Apr

DCEN Pay-As-You-Throw Training!

Sat Apr 02, 2016 at 07:17:57 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

Mark your calendars. DCEN Notice of a special 1/2 day zero waste training:

On April 13th, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM, join the DC Environmental Network, Green Cross International, Global Green USA, and Sierra Club, Washington, DC Chapter for a special training on Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT).

This event will be held at the offices of Friends of the Earth and Green Cross International, 1101 15th Street NW, 11th Floor.

You must RSVP here to attend. (PLEASE NOTE: We are limiting participation to 30-40 participants. Priority will be given to organizations and activists that are actively engaged in zero waste advocacy and recycling activities; Executive and Legislative branch representatives; and others involved in zero waste, recycling initiatives. If interested, RSVP, and we will confirm your participation.)

Our preliminary agenda:

8:30 – Light Breakfast & Networking (Breakfast compliments of Green Cross International and Sierra Club, Washington, DC Chapter)

9:00 – Overview & Introductions (Chris Weiss)

9:15 – PANEL 1: 

– Jan Canterbury, Former US EPA PAYT Project Manager. Jan will present on “PAYT and the Climate Waste Connection.” As someone who played a large role in helping the PAYT movement, resulting in over 7000 municipalities adopting PAYT, she will share some large picture perspectives to participants.

This will be followed by a question and comment opportunity.

10:30 – PANEL 2:

– Bob Moylan, Former Commissioner of the Worcester, MA, Department of Public Works. Bob will present on the “Successful Implementation of PAYT in Worcester, MA.” He will share hands-on details about how he led efforts to design Worcester’s PAYT program, designed and implemented a messaging campaign, and developed workable enforcement guidelines.

– Kristen Brown, Vice-President Municipal Partnerships, Waste Zero. Kristen will present on “How Might We Design PAYT in the District?” Kristen has helped numerous municipalities design and implement PAYT programs that make sense.

This will be followed by a question and comment opportunity.

12:00 – 12:30  Final Comments, Networking, and end of training.

You must RSVP here to attend. (You will be contacted with a confirmation of your participation.)  

Definition of PAYT taken from Wikepedia:

“Pay as you throw (PAYT) (also called trash metering, unit pricing, variable rate pricing, or user-pay) is a usage-pricing model for disposing of municipal solid waste. Users are charged a rate based on how much waste they present for collection to the municipality or local authority.

A variety of models exist depending on the region and municipality. Waste is measured by weight or size while units are identified using different types of bags, tags, containers or even RFID. Services for waste diversion, like recycling and composting, are often provided free of charge where PAYT systems are implemented.”

 

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2
Apr

DOEE Public Briefing on DC FY2017 Budget!

Sat Apr 02, 2016 at 03:35:05 PM EST

By Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

On Monday, April 4th, at 5:30 PM, the DC Environmental Network (DCEN), DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI), and District Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), will be holding a special briefing on DOEE’s FY2017 (agency) Budget. This briefing will be held at DOEE’s offices.

RSVP here to attend this important budget briefing.

This is a special opportunity for sustainability advocates and others, to learn about DOEE’s funding priorities, and other associated budget issues.

Soon after, on April 12th, the DC Council will hold a hearing on Mayor Bowser’s proposed DOEE (agency) budget. This is a great advocacy opportunity to testify on elements of the budget you like or do not like, and things that are not included at all.

Background: 

In 1998, the DC Environmental Network established the goal, in its 1998 environmental agenda, of creating an agency to focus on the key environmental issues of our time. After the passage of the “District Department of the Environment Establishment Act of 2005,” the agency officially came into being in February of 2006. More than any other agency, the District Department of Energy and the Environment’s activities intersect with much of the agenda of the District’s sustainability community. Making sure that Mayor Bowser’s proposed budget for DOEE supports important sustainability goals is key to making the District an environmental leader. DCEN encourages all interested organizations and individuals, to participate as much as possible, in the District’s budget process, and hope to see you at this budget briefing.

RSVP here to attend this important budget briefing.

Background Information on the Primary Functions of the Department of Energy & Environment (Taken from the FY 2017 Proposed Budget and Financial Plan):

Department of Energy & Environment Mission:

Department of Energy & Environment Summary of Services:

Important links to learn more about the District’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget and budget process:

Mayor Bowser’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget and Financial Plan

Section of Budget that Includes Department of Energy & Environment

DC Fiscal Policy Institute’s Budget Tool Kit

If you have any questions, contact the DC Environmental Network at 202-380-3440 or cweiss@dcen.net.

 

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28
Mar

DC Public Works FY17 Budget Briefing

Mon Mar 28, 2016 at 05:45:25 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

On Tuesday, April 5th, at 1:00 PM, the DC Environmental Network (DCEN), DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI), and District Department of Public Works (DPW), will be holding a special briefing on DPW’s FY2017 (agency) Budget.

RSVP here to attend this important budget briefing.

This is a special opportunity for sustainability advocates and others, to learn about DPW’s funding priorities, and other associated budget issues.

Soon after, on April 14th, the DC Council will hold a hearing on Mayor Bowser’s proposed DPW (agency) budget. This is a great advocacy opportunity to testify on elements of the budget you like or do not like, and things that are not included at all.

This briefing is of particular importance to the DC Environmental Network, and other zero waste focused organizations and advocates, because DPW’s Office of Waste Diversion, is and will be, a critical component of efforts to implement more effective waste diversion strategies and help move the District towards being a recycling leader in the region.

[DCEN is working on scheduling a budget briefing, focused on the agency budget of the District Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), sometime soon.]

RSVP here to attend this important budget briefing.

Background Information on the Primary Functions of the Department of Public Works (Taken from the FY 2017 Proposed Budget and Financial Plan):

Department of Public Works Mission:

Department of Public Works Summary of Services:

Solid Waste Management Division Responsibilities:

Important links to learn more about the District’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget and budget process:

Mayor Bowser’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget and Financial Plan

Section of Budget that Includes Department of Public Works Information

DC Fiscal Policy Institute’s Budget Tool Kit

If you have any questions, contact the DC Environmental Network at 202-380-3440 or cweiss@dcen.net.

 

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27
Mar

Climate Change in DC…What Can We Do?

Sun Mar 27, 2016 at 05:46:48 PM EST

by DC Environmental Network

DCEN April Networking Event: Briefing/Discussion on District DRAFT Climate Adaptation Plan.

Do you want to learn what climate change means for the District of Columbia? Do you have ideas for how DC can prepare for hotter temperatures, more severe storms, and rising tides?  As part of the District’s Climate Change Adaptation Planning, DOEE has been assessing these risks and has proposed solutions to help us prepare for and adapt to a changing climate. Come to a DCEN meeting to learn how climate change may impact your neighborhood and provide input on the draft plan for a Climate Ready DC.

Mark your calendar. On Thursday, April 7th at NOON, join the DC Environmental Network (DCEN) for our monthly networking event featuring a briefing and open conversation about the DC DRAFT Climate Adaption Plan.

You must RSVP here to attend this special program.

The District Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) has generously made themselves available to us, as part of extensive public outreach efforts, to give DCEN participants a chance to give advice, and share our thoughts, on what will become the final plan. We also hope to learn about what other U.S. and international cities are doing.

The event will be held at the offices of Green Cross International and Friends of the Earth, 1101 15th Street NW, 11th Floor.

Our panelists include:

  • Kate Johnson, Climate Programs Analyst, District Department of Energy & Environment
  • Brendan Shane, Regional Director for North America, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
  • Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network (DCEN), Global Green USA – Moderator

You must RSVP here to attend this special program.

All are welcome!

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10
Mar

DCEN ANNOUNCEMENTS: March 10, 2016

Thu Mar 10, 2016 at 05:54:25 PM EST

by DC Environmental Network

  • DCEN Participates in Committee Chair Mary Cheh’s DPW Performance Oversight and Director Confirmation Hearing.

[March 7, 2016, Chris Shorter, Acting Director, Department of Public Works Testifies before DC Council Committee] 

The DC Environmental Network (DCEN) participated in both the DC Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment’s Public Oversight Hearing on the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Public Roundtable on the Confirmation of Christopher Shorter as DPW’s Director.

See Witness List here.

DCEN testified in favor of the confirmation of Christopher Shorter as DPW Director. Even in the short time Shorter served as “Acting” Director, DCEN sensed a meaningful, positive shift towards embracing transparency and zero waste recycling policies. Early on Shorter institutionalized quarterly zero waste stakeholder meetings with the new Office of Waste Diversion. Many in the local zero waste movement participated in the inaugural meeting in January.

You can read DCEN’s testimony here.

DCEN is working to generate more support for Acting Director Shorter’s confirmation. You can send statements of support to Aukima Benjamin at abenjamin@dccouncil.us . The record closes March 18th.

  • There’s still time: Tell Mayor Bowser to stop the Exelon deal!

DC Environmental Network:

Exelon is losing and D.C. residents are winning.

On Monday, Exelon and Pepco made a last-ditch attempt to save their failing deal with a new offer. Importantly, the companies were unable to get any of the settling parties, including Mayor Bowser, to agree to their new scheme.

Tell Mayor Bowser it’s time to end this deal for good.

D.C. residents are ready to unify around our shared goals of affordable rates, reliability, and sustainable energy. We can’t do this until Exelon leaves the picture.

Add your voice to the chorus of D.C. residents who are telling Mayor Bowser to put and end to this bad deal.

Thank you,

The PowerDC Coalition

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5
Mar

DCEN Happy Hour March 11th!

Sat Mar 05, 2016 at 12:33:26 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network, Global Green USA

The DC Environmental Network invites you to our first DCEN “Happy Hour” of 2016. It will be held on Friday, March 11th, 5:30-7:30 PM, at our Capitol Hill office (322 4th Street NE). Come hang out, network, and share your thoughts and ideas about Councilmember Cheh’s new solar, sewage waste heat bill. RSVP Here to Attend!

Quick background on the bill: 

Last Tuesday, March 1st, at a DC Council legislative session, Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced what is now officially called B21-0650, the “Renewable Portfolio Standard Expansion Amendment Act of 2016.”  The bill was co-sponsored by Councilmember’s Silverman, Grosso, Allen, Bonds, Alexander, and Chairman Mendelson.

According to Cheh staff this legislation:

  • Raises and extends the District’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to achieve the Mayor’s Sustainable DC Plan target of 50% by 2032. It also doubles the solar carve-out by 2032;
  • Extends the higher solar alternative compliance payments through 2032, with a more gradual ramp down; and
  • Proposes a program that would have the goal of installing solar systems on every eligible home owned by low-income families in the District, and would be funded by a 25% increase in the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund fee and allocations from the Renewable Energy Development Fund.

DCEN’s early thoughts:

DCEN is pleased Councilmember Cheh has put forward a legislative proposal to basically establish a ramp-up of renewables that conforms with the Executive Branch Sustainable DC plan. That’s a good start. The other elements of the bill, including the low-income solar program, look like they have the potential to move the District forward in an equitable manner.

It’s early, but here are some things to consider as we go through the legislative process:

  • Should We Ramp-Up this Bills RPS Targets?: DCEN, CCAN and others, proposed an ambitious but achievable RPS expansion of 40% by 2025 to Mayor Bowser’s transition team in December of 2014, advocated for this target during 2015, and had hoped to talk to Councilmember Cheh about our proposal in 2016. Councilmember Cheh’s bill only establishes a goal of “no less than” 26% by 2025. Climate focused organizations and activists should consider whether we want to advocate for a more agressive ramp-up of RPS targets.
  • Should Sewage Waste Heat Be a RPS, Tier 1, Renewable Source?: The bill also would allow sewage system waste heat to qualify as a Tier 1 renewable source. We are excited about the possibility of taping into this clever source of energy, as a number of other countries have, but some questions need to be answered. Since Councilmember Cheh is also looking to increase the solar carve-out targets of our RPS, it will be important to understand if incentivising waste heat, as a Tier 1 renewable source, could undermine incentives to grow more proven renewables like wind and solar. The sustainability community spent a whole year working to eliminate black liquor from the District’s RPS to help narrow the renewables field. We need to understand more about how sewage waste heat might impact the District’s RPS targets and make sure whatever we do gives us the biggest, cleanest, energy bang for our buck.

There are many questions DCEN and others will have about these, and other, provisions over the course of the next few months. Some of this could probably have been dealt with had there been more preparatory consultation on the specifics.  Of course we will have a few opportunities to comment during the legislative process. Many climate focused organizations and activists, many who worked on the orginal 2004 RPS bill, are ready and willing to help.

Join our March 11th DCEN happy hour and help get this conversation and RPS expansion campaign started.

All are welcome, but you must RSVP here!

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2
Mar

DCEN March Networking Event Tomorrow!

Wed Mar 02, 2016 at 12:31:47 PM EST

By Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

Join the DC Environmental Network and DC Climate Action for DCEN’s Monthly Briefing and Networking Opportunity!

Tomorrow, Thursday, March 3rd at NOON, join the DC Environmental Network (DCEN) and DC Climate Action, for DCEN’s monthly briefing and networking opportunity.

Our program is entitled: “Addressing Climate Challenges through Grid Modernization and Integration of Renewables:  New Trends & Best Practices:  DistribuTech 2016 Highlights”

EXTRA! Allison Archambault, of Power DC, will also give a brief Exelon-Pepco merger update before the main program begins.

The event will be held at the offices of Green Cross International and Friends of the Earth, 1101 15th Street NW, 11th Floor.

You must RSVP here to attend this special program.

Our panel:

  • Joe Paladino, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE):  Senior Advisor, DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
  • Edward Yim, D.C. Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE): Associate Director, DOEE Energy Administration
  • Nina Dodge, DC Climate Action (DCCA):  Chair, DCCA Energy and Utilities Committee
  • Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network (DCEN), Global Green USA – Moderator

Overview:

The three panelists will report back on new developments in energy distribution issues featured at the national DistribuTech Conference held in Orlando, in February 2016. These highlights will provide helpful context for the current DC Public Service Commission’s open, multi-party investigation into “Modernizing the Energy Delivery Structure for Increased Sustainability.”

You must RSVP here to attend this special program.

All are welcome!

 

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1
Mar

Mayor Bowser, Attorney General, and OPC Oppose Alternative Settlement.

Tue Mar 01, 2016 at 12:26:53 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

► Exelon/Pepco Merger UPDATE – Mayor & People’s Counsel Oppose Alternative Settlement: 

The merger continues to unravel. In just the last few hours both Mayor Bowser and the People’s Counsel, Sandra Mattavous-Frye, both expressed opposition to the alternative settlement agreement proposed by PSC Commissioner Fort and supported by PSC Commissioner Phillips.

Mayor Bowser’s statement: 

“From the start, we focused on affordability, reliability and sustainability. We pulled everyone together to negotiate an agreement that was a great deal for DC residents. The Public Service Commission rejected an agreement that had the support of the Peoples Counsel, Attorney General, DC Water and others.

The PSC’s counterproposal guts much needed protections against rate increases for DC residents and assistance for low-income DC rate payers. That is not a deal that I can support.” SEE Washington Post.

Earlier in the day the Office of the People’s Counsel released this statement:

“People’s Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye today said the Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia (OPC) has carefully and fully reviewed the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) revisions to the Pepco-Exelon settlement agreement announced on this past Friday and concludes that she cannot support the revised settlement agreement. The Commission has taken a principal benefit of the merger away from residential electricity customers by removing the guarantee of no rate increases for residential ratepayers through March 2019.” SEE FULL STATEMENT HERE.

The DC Environmental Network believes there may still be much to do to stop this merger completely.

Give some credit to the Mayor and People’s Counsel for seeing this latest Public Service Commission proposal as unacceptable, and even more harmful to District ratepayers.

► DCEN March Networking Event: Grid Modernization & Renewables!

On Thursday, March 3rd at NOON, join the DC Environmental Network (DCEN) and DC Climate Action, for DCEN’s monthly briefing and networking opportunity.

Our program is entitled: “Addressing Climate Challenges through Grid Modernization and Integration of Renewables:  New Trends & Best Practices:  DistribuTech 2016 Highlights”

The event will be held at the offices of Green Cross International and Friends of the Earth, 1101 15th Street NW, 11th Floor.

You must RSVP here to attend this special program.

Our panel:

  • Joe Paladino, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE):  Senior Advisor, DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
  • Edward Yim, D.C. Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE): Associate Director, DOEE Energy Administration
  • Nina Dodge, DC Climate Action (DCCA):  Chair, DCCA Energy and Utilities Committee
  • Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network (DCEN), Global Green USA – Moderator

The three panelists will report back on new developments in energy distribution issues featured at the national DistribuTech Conference held in Orlando, in February 2016. These highlights will provide helpful context for the current DC Public Service Commission’s open, multi-party investigation into “Modernizing the Energy Delivery Structure for Increased Sustainability.”

You must RSVP here to attend this special program.

All are welcome!

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28
Feb

Oppose Alternative Exelon Merger Proposal!

Sun Feb 28, 2016 at 12:18:56 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

Protect District Ratepayers, Oppose the PSC’s Alternative Exelon Merger Settlement Proposal!

DC Environmental Network:

Hard to believe it, but if new, alternative, Public Service Commission (PSC) settlement provisions are adopted into the Exelon/Pepco merger settlement agreement, it will undermine a major component that both the Mayor and People’s Counsel were banking on.

The NEW alternative settlement proposal, if adopted, does NOT do what Mayor Bowser and People’s Counsel, Sandra Mattavous-Frye, want the agreement to do.

Here is what happened:

  • Technically, the PSC has twice rejected the Exelon/Pepco merger as not in the public interest. First by rejecting the original merger proposal, and second by rejecting the proposed settlement agreement.
  • Last Friday, to a surprised audience, the Public Service Commission, passed, by a 2-1 vote, proposed changes to the settlement agreement, that if accepted by all relevant parties in the next two weeks, would deem the merger approved. It would not even have to come back to the PSC Commissioners for consideration. This option was presented by Commissioner Fort, as a way of making the merger “in the public interest”, and was supported by Commissioner Phillips.

  • Unfortunately, to the contrary, the proposed changes would make the old settlement agreement, which already had huge problems, and had been deemed not in the public interest, even worse. This new, alternative deal, was counter to the wishes of Mayor Bowser and People’s Counsel, Sandra Mattavous Frye, as it would make it possible for rate increases to occur soon after the merger is approved.
  • More specifically, the NEW PSC proposed deal removes the millions of dollars that Mayor Bowser had negotiated to “offset” expected residential rate increases until 2019. Attorney General Karl Racine called this mechanism an “essential protection” in yesterday’s Washington Post. Without this offset, rate hikes could hit ratepayers within a year.
  • In addition, as if things are not bad enough, the alternative settlement removes $9 million from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). So, not only will our electric rates increase, but those least able to afford the increases will be harmed the most. We can’t afford this.

DCEN believes these changes make a bad merger plan even worse, and are, most certainly, not in the public interest, and should be roundly and aggressively opposed by ALL stakeholders.

DCEN is hopeful that Mayor Bowser and People’s Counsel, Sandra Mattavous-Frye, already understand how their own provisions, and fundamental stated reasons for supporting the merger, are being attacked with this new proposal.

We need your help to let them know you want this deal rejected. 

Tell the Mayor and People’s Counsel, we can do better, REJECT this NEW, BAD, deal.

Working with PowerDC, DCEN and many others, have strived the last 20 months to counter the overwhelming corporate resources Exelon has put into forcing their antiquated, unsustainable, business model onto our community. We have had some credible success. Now we have a chance to all come together and jointly do the right thing for ratepayers and the environment.

If the Mayor and People’s Counsel reject this misguided deal, we all have a chance of ending up with something much better. 

Sincerely,

Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network

 

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25
Feb

DCEN Capital Climate Coalition 2016

Thu Feb 25, 2016 at 06:04:53 PM EST

by DC Environmental Network

“…research shows that coastal flooding days have more than doubled in the US since the 1980s, the primary drivers of which have been the warming of the atmosphere and oceans. The findings are based on a separate study, released on Monday, that found the Earth’s seas are rising at a pace unseen in the past 2,800 years.”

– The Guardian, February 23, 2016

DC Environmental Network:

Climate change is here, but so are many of the solutions needed to both mitigate and adapt to our planets new, human created, reality. The DC Environmental Network is going to continue to do its part to make sure our capital city is minimally matching, and sometimes even leading, national and global, climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.

In the coming year we will be very busy. Some of our Capital Climate Coalition activities will include:

Democracy Awakening & DC Fair Elections Bill: DCEN will be working to support action on climate change by demanding a democracy that works for all of us, and were money does not buy access and power. (Something we have struggled with as corporations like Wal-Mart and Exelon have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to bully DC decision makers to do their bidding.) To do this DCEN will be (is) advocating for the DC Fair Elections Bill, that empowers small donors and ensure that the voices of everyday DC residents are heard. We will also participate, at some level, in the supportive Democracy Awakening activities later this year.

Working to Support and Expand the District’s Sustainable DC Goals that Support Renewables: The District has a lot of work to reach their 50% renewables target by 2032. There is a lot of opportunity, if existing laws and targets are taken seriously, to meet and surpass District goals. DCEN will be working with the Council and Executive branch to better implement existing laws, strengthen the Districts Renewable Portfolio Standard, and support grid modernization efforts.

DC Carbon Tax: Working with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and many others, DCEN is exploring the possibility of putting a price on carbon pollution that could both clear a better path for a faster transition to clean energy, and create, through rebates, meaningful resources for low and middle income District residents. This campaign could be both a climate and poverty mitigation effort.

DCEN Networking & Education: Just to start, in the next two months, DCEN will be sponsoring important conversations about climate mitigation and adaptation that you are all welcome to participate in. At our March networking event we will be exploring grid modernization efforts. Our April networking event will include a briefing on the District’s DRAFT climate adaptation plan. See details below.

Time to start digging in! Here are some opportunities to engage. Hope you can join us.

Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network, Global Green USA

► Public Service Commission: One Last Chance to Say No to Exelon!

The Public Service Commission (PSC) is scheduled to make their final decision on the proposed Exelon/Pepco merger tomorrow. SEE PSC Meeting Agenda HERE! As we have said many times, nothing in the settlement agreement, negotiated by Mayor Bowser, warrants changing the August 25th, 2015, unanimous decision by the PSC.

The DC Environmental Network is, to a degree, optimistic that the PSC will, courageously, look past the hundreds of millions of dollars Exelon has spent to buy a different outcome, oppose the merger, and roll up their sleeves to work even harder towards creating a reliable, affordable, clean energy future.

The District of Columbia, our nation’s capital city, and the planet, deserve nothing less.

► DCEN March Networking Event: Grid Modernization & Renewables!

On Thursday, March 3rd at NOON, join the DC Environmental Network (DCEN) and DC Climate Action, for DCEN’s monthly briefing and networking opportunity. Our program is entitled: “Addressing Climate Challenges through Grid Modernization and Integration of Renewables:  New Trends & Best Practices:  DistribuTech 2016 Highlights”

The event will be held at the offices of Green Cross International and Friends of the Earth, 1101 15th Street NW, 11th Floor. You must RSVP here to attend this special program.

Our panel:

  • Joe Paladino, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE):  Senior Advisor, DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
  • Edward Yim, D.C. Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE): Associate Director, DOEE Energy Administration
  • Nina Dodge, DC Climate Action (DCCA):  Chair, DCCA Energy and Utilities Committee
  • Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network (DCEN), Global Green USA – Moderator

The three panelists will report back on new developments in energy distribution issues featured at the national DistribuTech Conference held in Orlando, in February 2016. These highlights will provide helpful context for the current DC Public Service Commission’s open, multi-party investigation into “Modernizing the Energy Delivery Structure for Increased Sustainability.”

You must RSVP here to attend this special program. All are welcome!

► DCEN April Networking Event: Briefing/Discussion on District DRAFT Climate Adaptation Plan.

Mark your calendar. On Thursday, April 7th at NOON, join the DC Environmental Network (DCEN) for our monthly networking event featuring a briefing and open conversation about the DC DRAFT Climate Adaption Plan.

The District Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) has generously made themselves available to us, as part of extensive public outreach efforts, to give DCEN participants a chance to give advice, and share our thoughts, on what will become the final plan. We also hope to learn about what other U.S. cities are doing. (Might also be useful to learn what cities outside of the U.S. are doing as well. We will work on that.)

The event will be held at the offices of Green Cross International and Friends of the Earth, 1101 15th Street NW, 11th Floor. You must RSVP here to attend this special program. Our panelists so far include:

  • Kate Johnson, Climate Programs Analyst, District Department of Energy & Environment
  • Georgetown Climate Center (Invited)
  • Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network (DCEN), Global Green USA – Moderator

You must RSVP here to attend this special program. All are welcome!

 

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17
Feb

DCEN in March: Climate & Grid Modernization!

Wed Feb 17, 2016 at 05:25:03 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network, Global Green USA

On Thursday, March 3rd at NOON, join the DC Environmental Network (DCEN) and DC Climate Action, for DCEN’s monthly briefing and networking opportunity.

Our program is entitled: “Addressing Climate Challenges through Grid Modernization and Integration of Renewables:  New Trends & Best Practices:  DistribuTech 2016 Highlights”

The event will be held at the offices of Green Cross International and Friends of the Earth, 1101 15th Street NW, 11th Floor.

You must RSVP here to attend this special program.

Our panel:

  • Joe Paladino, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE):  Senior Advisor, DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
  • Edward Yim, D.C. Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE): Associate Director, DOEE Energy Administration
  • Nina Dodge, DC Climate Action (DCCA):  Chair, DCCA Energy and Utilities Committee
  • Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network (DCEN), Global Green USA – Moderator

Overview:

The three panelists will report back on new developments in energy distribution issues featured at the national DistribuTech Conference held in Orlando, in February 2016. These highlights will provide helpful context for the current DC Public Service Commission’s open, multi-party investigation into “Modernizing the Energy Delivery Structure for Increased Sustainability.”

You must RSVP here to attend this special program.

All are welcome!

 

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10
Feb

Join Democracy Awakening!

Wed Feb 10, 2016 at 02:55:03 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

Join Democracy Awakening!

DC Environmental Network:

Today, DCEN is thrilled to share something huge: This April, thousands will mobilize in Washington, D.C., to spur a Democracy Awakening like never before. From April 16-18, we will gather in our nation’s capital to Rally for Democracy and call for a Congress of Conscience.

The movements for voting rights, money in politics reform, climate, labor, women’s, immigrant and LGBTQ justice and others are coming together to deliver a resounding message to our nation’s leaders:

We demand a democracy that works for all of us – where we have an equal voice and elected officials are accountable to the people and the public interest.

If that’s a vision you want to be a part of, sign up to stay engaged. The Awakening will feature exciting panels and workshops, music, inspiring speakers and activists like you from around the country, joining together to demand solutions.

When the U.S. Supreme Court issued Citizens United back in 2010, it undermined the integrity of the vote by allowing billionaires and wealthy special interests to drown out our voices. And in 2013, the Supreme Court dealt democracy another blow when it gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in its Shelby County decision.

We are mobilizing in April to counter these undemocratic rulings and ensure both the right to vote and the integrity of the vote are upheld in this crucial election year.

Our elected officials have yet to act and we must hold them accountable.

Whether you care about climate change, racial justice, fair wages, or ever-increasing student debt, change is possible only when we stand together.

A coalition of more than 100 groups, from the NAACP to MoveOn.org, the LGBTQ Task Force to the National Organization for Women, the Postal Workers of America to Public Citizen, have already jumped on board to make this April action historic.

Join the fight.

It will take all of us. But together, we’ll awaken the democracy we all deserve.

In solidarity,

Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network

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9
Feb

Briefing: Chemical Safety and Security

Tue Feb 09, 2016 at 02:52:17 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

Chemical Safety and Security: Dealing with Global and National Threats

Join Green Cross International, DCEN, and others, for a briefing on “Chemical Safety and Security: Dealing with Global and National Threats.”

  • Wednesday, February 10th, 2016, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
  • Offices of Green Cross International
  • 1101 15th St. NW, Suite 1100 (Friends of the Earth), Washington DC

Threats and challenges linked to the globalization and spread of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) industries and materials require global responses that move beyond politics and internationalize best existing practices and innovative solutions.

The main chemical threats today come from both rogue states and from non-state actors.  Such has been the case with the repeated, systematic use of toxic chemicals such as chlorine against civilians in Syria.  We’ve also witnessed major chemical accidents such as last year’s Tianjin disaster in China. [See picture above.]

Efforts to develop a global approach to chemical safety and security are quickly becoming a reality.  High standards of security and safety must be promoted in the whole chain of chemical activities as an important barrier against chemical weapons proliferation and terrorism.   Amb. Paturej will also address the forthcoming global conference, April 18-20, 2016, in Kielce, Poland (see www.chemss2016.org) on chemical safety and security.

Speakers:

  • Ambassador Krzysztof Paturej, President, International Center for Chemical Safety and Security (ICCSS), Warsaw, Poland
  • Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, U.S. Department of State, Representative of the President for Threat Reduction Programs, Washington DC
  • Supervisory Special Agent Brian Hayes, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington DC
  • Ms. Amy Graydon, Chief, Policy and Rulemaking Branch, Office of Infrastructure Protection, Department of Homeland Security, Washington DC
  • Dr. Paul F. Walker, Director, Environmental Security and Sustainability, Green Cross International (GCI), Washington DC (Chair)

Coffee and refreshments will be served.

RSVP to Anna Tserelova, atserelo@gmu.edu .

 

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3
Feb

DC Council Oversight Hearings 2016

Wed Feb 03, 2016 at 02:48:50 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

DC Environmental Network:

This year is turning out to be a big one. I wanted take a moment to remind you of a couple things:

1. DCEN MONTHLY NETWORKING EVENT TOMORROW @ NOON: Join DCEN tomorrow (February 4th) at NOON for our monthly networking event featuring Dr. Carol Graham of the Brookings Institution, who will give DCEN participants a briefing entitled, “Beyond GNP? What the new “science” of well-being can contribute to economics and to policy.” This will be the first of a series of conversations as DCEN moves towards launching a new initiative to create a well-being index in the District.

IMPORTANT: This briefing and discussion, will be held at the NEW offices of Friends of the Earth & Green Cross International, 1101 15th Street NW, 11th Floor (Just across the street from their old offices.) You must RSVP HERE to participate.

2. JOIN DCEN & PARTICIPATE IN DC COUNCIL PERFORMANCE OVERSIGHT HEARINGS: DCEN hopes other organizations and activists will participate in the upcoming DC Council performance oversight hearings. This is a chance to tell the Council and the Mayor (and agency directors) what you think about their job over the last year. DCEN will be testifying at the hearings that are focused on the work of the District Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE) and the District Department of Public Works (DPW). To learn more please take a look at the links below.

Hope you will consider participating!

Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network

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From the Council website:

Schedule for the Council’s Performance Oversight and Budget Hearings.

From now through the spring, each and every District agency will appear twice before the committees that hold jurisdiction over them. On the first go-around, they will be questioned regarding their performance across the previous fiscal year. In the second visit, their proposed budget for the coming fiscal year will be discussed.

For a more extensive but deeply readable summary of the District’s budget process, please check out the budget section of our Council 101 writeup.

To view the schedule and pertinent materials for Performance and Budget Oversight hearings, please view the following pages:

Hope you can join DCEN for one of these hearings! We will be contacting specific organizations and individuals to try and generate additional participation.

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1
Feb

DCEN Announcements – February 1, 2016

Mon Feb 01, 2016 at 02:04:46 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

DCEN February Networking Event!

Join DCEN for our monthly briefing and networking event!

This month’s panelist, Dr. Carol Graham, has prepared a briefing which incorporates the findings of her new, above mentioned book. This briefing is entitled “Beyond GNP? What the New “Science” of Well-Being Can Contribute to Economics and to Policy.” 

This DCEN briefing and networking event will be held at 12:00 NOON at the NEW capital city offices of Green Cross International and Friends of the Earth, 1101 15th Street, 11th Floor, in Washington, DC. All are welcome.

You must RSVP HERE to attend!

Panel Background: 

  • Carol Graham, Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow in Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution & Professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. [Presenter] See bio info here.
  • Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network, Director, Washington DC Office, Global Green USA [Moderator]

Overview:

Governments around the world have been re-designing and collecting well-being metrics to complement those that are in traditional economic indicators. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to better inform policy decisions and possibly inspire higher levels of wellbeing in our communities. The City of Santa Monica’s Wellbeing Project is an example of such an initiative. Carol Graham will brief the DC Environmental Network (DCEN) on this emerging trend and the growing science behind it.

Dr. Graham will also make copies of her new book “The Pursuit of Happiness: An Economy of Well-Being” available for purchase. This important “Brookings Focus Book” explores “the promise and pitfalls of injecting the “economics of happiness” into public policymaking.”

(DCEN will give away one copy of the book to the first three individuals and/or organization that brings five participants to participate in the conversation.)

DCEN hopes to start a conversation and help launch a new campaign to convince the DC government to start its own well-being index project. We believe this approach could show policy makers more clearly how incorporating sustainability principles into decision making may be a more effective strategy for creating happy and healthy communities in the District of Columbia.

You must RSVP HERE to attend!

Our briefing will start with introductions and an opportunity for sustainability focused organizations to share an idea or upcoming event. There will also be opportunities to network before and after the informal presentation.

All are welcome!

Department of Public Works & DCEN Start 2016 with a Bang!

A new era of transparency and openness at the DC Department of Public Works!

At the invitation of Chris Shorter, Acting Director of the District’s Department of Public Works (DPW), and Annie White, who manages DPW’s Office of Waste Diversion, DCEN helped coordinate the first meeting of regional zero waste advocates with the agency in 2016.

A number of DC focused organizations, and others, many who want to see the District incorporate more zero waste programs and policies, participated, including the Institute for Local Self Reliance, Sierra Club – DC Chapter, Global Green USA, Trash Free Maryland, Alice Ferguson Foundation, Anacostia Watershed Society, Anacostia Riverkeeper, Energy Justice Network, Building Materials Reuse Association and IMG Rebel (partial).

Director Shorter and Annie White led an informative discussion that included updates on the interagency waste reduction working group, zero waste plan, and zero waste policies related to the executive’s Sustainable DC plan. There was ample time for questions and comments.

The DC Environmental Network congratulates the DC Department of Public Works for really going out of their way, in the last year, to be transparent and open with the sustainability community and public, on solid waste issues. This is something we have not seen at the agency for a long time. Looking forward to a productive year.

International Honors Program Visits DOEE!

Thanks District Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE) for participating is this global discussion! 

For the last 3-4 years DCEN has helped coordinate briefings for participants from theSchool of International Learning’s International Honors Program (IHP). The IHP is a comprehensive four-month experience focused on health and the community that this year starts in DC, then moves on to Delhi (India), Cape Town (South Africa) and ends in Sao Paulo (Brazil).

This year DCEN coordinated a meeting for the students with Ronda Chapman, who organizes equity and community engagement programs for the District Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE).

We had an excellent exchange focused on environmental justice and general equity issues within the District of Columbia.

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21
Jan

DC EVENT: Five Years After Fukushima

Thu Jan 21, 2016 at 03:36:27 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, Director, DC Environmental Network

Speakers:

– Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, Member of Japanese Parliament
– Dr. Hironao Matsubara, Chief Researcher, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP)
– Ms. Yoshiko Aoki, Advisor, Tomioka Social Welfare Association’s Life Reconstruction Center
– Ms. Nathalie Gysi, Executive Director, Green Cross Switzerland
– Dr. Paul F. Walker, Green Cross International (Chair)

This event is followed by a reception, 5-6PM

Background:

MP Naoto Kan served as Japan’s Prime Minister during the March 2011 nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima.  He and his colleagues will present unique insider perspectives on the on-going Fukushima remediation effort, the refugee crisis, and longer-term implications for energy and regulatory plans for Japan, Europe, the US, and beyond.

You must RSVP to pwalker@globalgreen.org by Monday, January 25, 2016, for entrance to SVC 203-02.  Please bring photo ID for security.  Seating is limited.

All are welcome!

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18
Jan

Well-Being and Policy in the District!

Mon Jan 18, 2016 at 11:22:20 AM EST

by Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network

All Washington Metro Region sustainability organizations, advocates, and others, are invited to participate in the DC Environmental Network’s February networking event:

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This DCEN event will be held at 12:00 NOON at the NEW capital city offices of Green Cross International and Friends of the Earth, 1101 15th Street, 11th Floor, in Washington, DC.

You must RSVP HERE to attend. 

Our panel will include:

– Carol Graham, Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow in Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution & Professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. [Presenter] SEE BIO HERE.

– Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network, Director, Washington DC Office, Global Green USA [Moderator]

Overview:

Governments around the world (like Santa Monica, California’s Well-Being Project) will be collecting well-being metrics to complement those that are in GDP, and possibly use these indicators to inform important policy decisions. Carol Graham will brief the DC Environmental Network (DCEN) on this emerging trend and the growing science behind it.

Dr. Graham will also make copies of her new book “The Pursuit of Happiness: An Economy of Well-Being” available for purchase. This important “Brookings Focus Book” explores “the promise and pitfalls of injecting the “economics of happiness” into public policymaking.”

DCEN will give away one copy of the book to the first three individuals and/or organization that brings five participants to participate in the conversation.

DCEN will be launching a new campaign to convince the DC government to start its own well-being index project. We believe this approach could show policy makers more clearly how incorporating sustainability principles into decision making may be a more effective strategy for creating happy and healthy communities in the District of Columbia.

You must RSVP HERE to attend.

All are welcome!

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13
Nov

Tell PSC to Say NO to EXELON!

Fri Nov 13, 2015 at 12:50:56 PM EST

by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

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Tell the Public Service Commission to affirm their original decision that this deal is not in the public interest.

DC Environmental Network:

Wow, the last few months have been a whirlwind of victories and disappointments.

Not that long ago, after very careful consideration by all, the DC Public Service Commission (PSC), wisely and courageously, rejected the proposed Exelon/Pepco merger. This was a victory in a fair process were all sides had an opportunity to make their case.

The people of the District, without the financial deep pockets of Exelon and Pepco, did a great job of making their case that the merger was not in the public interest.

We could all be proud. We rejected unnecessary and unfair rate increases and embraced a clean energy future. We, the District of Columbia, could proudly say that the public interest was being vigorously protected in our city.

Pay to Play CashThen the corporations, led by the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Federal City Council, decided they did not want to support the Public Service Commission’s decision and that they would do whatever is necessary to change it.

With their support, Exelon and Pepco have again, after already spending millions of dollars to buy political support for the merger, engaged in “Pay to Play” politics, and opened their wallets, yet another time, to try and change the outcome.

Tell the Public Service Commission to affirm their original decision that this deal is not in the public interest.

The Public Service Commission process does allow Exelon to come back and ask for reconsideration. What is disappointing is thatMayor Bowser has given in to the pressure, and helped Exelon and Pepco, by agreeing to a settlement that is not in the public interest. What is puzzling is that fundamentally the new settlement continues to be a bad deal for ratepayers and a clean energy future.

Take a look at the POWERDC FACT SHEET that breaks down Mayor Bowser’s settlement agreement.

Exelon CONTINUES to get everything they want to make their shareholders happy. Exelon is NOT giving up anything that they cannot get back in the future with rate increases on the backs of District residents. And while their commitment to dirty, dangerous, and expensive nuclear energy continues, there is NOTHING visionary about the “chump change” this powerful corporation is throwing at the District for renewable energy programs.

As if we don’t have enough reasons. Here’s another: Exelon and its dangerous, expensive, nuclear portfolio represent the past. DCEN recently visited the abandoned communities near the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan, and learned first hand, that even developed countries, with the most modern nuclear power plants, pay extensive human and financial costs, when they commit to utilities reliant on nuclear energy. We cannot afford to be part of that costly and dangerous technology.

So here we are. What do we do about it?

Tell the Public Service Commission to affirm their original decision that this deal is not in the public interest.

The good news is we can win, again, with your help.

We don’t need to “Pay to Play” like Exelon, Pepco, and so many corporate business interests do so well. We are District residents that believe in the power to control our own destiny.

We have another opportunity to show the Public Service Commission that that the merger continues NOT to be in the public interest.

Please tell the Public Service Commission to affirm their original decision that this deal is not in the public interest.

And check out POWERDC’s website to learn what else you can do.

Chris Weiss
DC Environmental Network

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