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OPC-DC Advocacy

Learn more about the different ways OPC-DC Advocates for the community.

Advocacy before the PSC

OPC’s advocacy role before the DC Public Service Commission is to represent the interests of DC ratepayers by advancing policy positions and proposals that ensure utility service is affordable, safe, adequate, and reliable. Now, with the added responsibility to meet the Climate objectives of the DC government, OPC actively considers the environmental goals of the Council and Mayor in developing fact-based policy positions that yield tangible short- and long-term benefits to consumers and the environment.

Advocacy before FCC

OPC advocates on behalf of District consumers before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in telecom matters as a member of the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee on behalf of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates. OPC representatives have led or participated in FCC working groups to develop recommendations to the FCC and Congress on mitigating robocalls, illegal text blocking, consumer broadband labeling, and 9-1-1 fee diversion.

Advocacy on Climate

OPC’s Climate Action Section spearheads advocacy on behalf of District gas, electric and water consumers to combat climate change and become resilient to it.

OPC educates and empowers consumers regarding climate change issues facing the District. OPC supports achieving the District’s ambitious goals of reducing carbon emissions—climate change pollution—50% by 2032 and 100% by 2050 in a just, affordable, and resilient manner. Climate change is already harming District residents bringing hotter summers, increased flooding, and more severe storms.

As the statutory representative of District ratepayers OPC advocates for consumer-focused climate change solutions before governmental and private-sector organizations including the District, the Public Service Commission, DC Water, PJM Interconnection LLC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), the federal government, neighboring states, and regional entities.

Advocacy Regarding DC Water

Pursuant to the DC Water Consumer Protection Amendment Act of 2018, OPC is the statutory representative of water utility ratepayers and consumers in rulemaking proceedings before the DC Water Board of Directors, DC Water administrative hearings, the local and federal regulatory agencies and courts, and the DC Council. In all matters, OPC advocates for the equitable provision of safe, reliable, and clean water and sewer services at affordable rates in all eight wards of the District. In this regard, over the last few years, OPC has advocated for greater transparency of DC Water operations and decision making, stronger consumer protection rules, enhanced customer assistance programs, minimum or no rate increases, and robust consumer education and outreach.

Advocacy Before PJM/FERC/Courts

OPC represents District ratepayers at the federal government and in stakeholder processes impacting the wholesale electric markets and regional transmission planning, advocating for just and reasonable rates and a cost-effective and reliable transition to a low carbon energy future.

OPC is a member of “PJM Interconnection, LLC” (PJM), the grid operator for the Mid-Atlantic, and actively participates in PJM stakeholder meetings, and votes on behalf of District ratepayer’s interests. OPC is also a member of Consumer Advocates of the PJM States, Inc., an organization of consumer advocate offices in the PJM footprint which helps coordinate and leverage consumer representation in the PJM stakeholder process.

OPC regularly litigates before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the federal agency responsible for overseeing the nation’s wholesale electric markets and PJM’s regulator. In addition to formal proceedings before FERC, OPC frequently meets with FERC Commissioners and staff and participates in FERC technical conferences which allows OPC to highlight the policy implications of FERC orders and rulemakings.

OPC has an active appellate process, representing the interests of District ratepayers before various U.S. Courts of Appeal.