A Note from Your People's Counsel
I am pleased to share the inaugural edition of "The OPC Connection," the e-newsletter of the Office of the People's Counsel, created to keep you up-to-date on rapidly developing utility topics. In this first issue, I am delighted to announce that on February 17th, Mayor Muriel Bowser administered the oath of office to me, formally affirming my term as your People's Counsel. I have renewed my commitment to being an aggressive advocate for DC consumers of electric, natural gas and telecommunications services and I thank the Mayor, the DC Council and District residents for all of their broad support.
OPC remains focused on several cases that are key to keeping utility services affordable and reliable. For example, in this issue you will learn about two court decisions that will directly help consumers save money. OPC joined the PSC in opposing the legal challenge to the DC Power Line Undergrounding plan or DC PLUG that was filed by the Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA). The DC Court of Appeals unanimously ruled against AOBA. OPC also joined environmental advocates in winning the "demand response" case at the Supreme Court.
As always, we stand ready and able to assist District residents with utility disconnections, billing disputes or other service quality concerns, so do not hesitate to contact us!