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February 8, 2017

Climate, Energy, Utilities & Councilmember McDuffie

Wed Feb 08, 2017 at 02:01:16 PM EST

By Chris Weiss, Global Green USA

Join DCEN for a special meeting with Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie to prepare for the upcoming DC Council Performance Oversight hearings. This meeting will focus on the DC Public Service Commission (PSC) and the DC Office of People’s Counsel (OPC).

The DC Environmental Network (DCEN) invites you to join DC Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Chair of the DC Council Committee on
Business and Economic Development, in a special DCEN meeting in preparation for the upcoming performance oversight and budget hearings.

This meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 16th at NOON. It will be held at the offices of Friends of the Earth and Green Cross International, 1101 15th Street NW, 11th Floor. You must sign-up here to attend this special DCEN meeting.

Although Councilmember McDuffie’s committee has several agencies under its purview, our meeting will be primarily focused on the DC Public Service Commission (PSC) and the DC Office of People’s Counsel (OPC). These agencies play an important role in the work many of us engage in that is connected to energy and climate issues.

Meeting participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and opinions about the PSC and OPC in preparation for the DC Council Committee on Business & Economic Development Performance Oversight hearing scheduled for February 22nd, at 10:00 AM, at the Council of the District of Columbia, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Room 500. Click here for more information!

You must RSVP here to attend the DCEN meeting.

All are welcome.

PSC & OPC Background:

Mission Statement of the District of Columbia Public Service Commission (PSC):

The mission of the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia is to serve the public interest by ensuring that financially healthy electric, natural gas and telecommunications companies provide safe, reliable and quality utility services at reasonable rates for District of Columbia residential, business and government customers.

We do this by:

– Motivating customer– and results–oriented employees;
– Protecting consumers to ensure public safety, reliability, and quality services;
– Regulating monopoly services to ensure their rates are just and reasonable;
– Fostering fair and open competition among service providers;
– Conserving natural resources and preserving environmental quality;
– Resolving disputes among consumers and service providers; and
– Educating consumers and informing the public.”

Mission Statement of the District of Columbia Office of the People’s Counsel (OPC):

“The Office of the People’s Counsel is an independent agency of the District of Columbia government. By law, the Office advocates for consumers of natural gas, electric, and telephone services. The Office also represents the interests of District utility ratepayers before the DC Public Service Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Federal Communications Commission, other utility regulatory bodies, and the courts. The office is mandated to conduct consumer education and outreach, and may represent individual consumers with complaints related to their utility service and bills.

Through this mission, the Office of the People’s Counsel is preparing for a brighter utility tomorrow for the benefit of consumers in all eight wards, as well as the betterment of the economy of the District of Columbia, the conservation of natural resources, and the preservation of environmental quality.”

Hope to see you on the 16th!

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