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The OPC CONNECTION – October 2022

A Note from Your People’s Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye What’s New on the OPC Web? OPC uses various vehicles to inform utility consumers about our services and how we carry out our mission to advocate, educate, and protect. They include, sharing information at community meetings, distributing educational materials, and posting on social media. The OPC website … read more about The OPC CONNECTION –

The OPC CONNECTION – September 2022

A Note from Your People’s Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye From Energy Savings to Green Jobs: Why the Inflation Reduction Act Matters to DC Utility Consumers After tough debates in Congress, the Inflation Reduction Act recently became law. Among other things, the IRA addresses climate change by supporting clean energy measures, lowering energy costs, and supporting small  … read more about The OPC CONNECTION –

The OPC CONNECTION – August 2022

A Note from Your People’s Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye All Hands on Deck to Keep Vital Utilities Running These continue to be trying times for consumers who have not been able to catch up on utility bill debt accumulated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that the pandemic- related moratoriums on service disconnections are a thing of … read more about The OPC CONNECTION –

The OPC CONNECTION – July, 2022

A Note from Your People’s Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye Why You Should Care About the Supreme Court’s Climate Step Backwards The Supreme Court recently issued a decision that severely limits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to address greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)–climate change pollution—from power plants. In West Virginia v. EPA, the Supreme Court ruled that … read more about The OPC CONNECTION –

The OPC CONNECTION – June, 2022

A Note from ​​Your People's Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye Honoring Shared Passion and Commitment to Consumers As the advocate for DC utility consumers, OPC accomplishes its work with the support of numerous community partners, both individuals and organizations. We cannot achieve our goals without the support of lay advocates who make up the civic associations across the eight wards. On June 18, I was pleased to recognize the D.C. Federation… read more about The OPC CONNECTION –

The OPC CONNECTION – May, 2022

A Note from ​​Your People's Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye Rate Hike Request at the Top of OPC’s Radar Over the last two years, District of Columbia consumers have seen sharp increases in prices for consumer goods and utility rates. These turbulent economic times have caused many residents and businesses to carefully watch and keep track of how each dollar is spent. As the utility consumer advocate, OPC does the same, carefully… read more about The OPC CONNECTION –

The OPC CONNECTION – April, 2022

A Note from ​​Your People's Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye Pepco Construction Leaves Homeowners Shaken OPC Says Level Up Whether it's one complaint or 100, when consumer concerns about a utility's practices come to OPC's attention, we step up to try to find a resolution. Such is the case with homeowners in Takoma Park. In early 2021, the Office of People's Counsel received several complaints from residents along Eastern Avenue, NW, who… read more about The OPC CONNECTION –

The OPC CONNECTION – March, 2022

A Note from ​​Your People's Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye Let's Make Solar Real for All Given the growing importance of solar in the District’s energy landscape, and OPC’s commitment to mitigating the impacts of climate change, it’s critical for OPC to take steps to ensure all consumers across all wards have opportunities to benefit from renewable energy programs. This includes “community solar,” under which the benefits of a solar project flow… read more about The OPC CONNECTION –

The OPC Connection – February 2022

A Note from ​​Your People's Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye Performing for the People Another OPC Performance Oversight Hearing is in the books. On February 23, 2022, at the DC Council Committee on Business and Economic Development, I highlighted OPC’s accomplishments and the tangible benefits we provided to District utility consumers during fiscal year 2021. I am proud of how OPC staff stepped up to ensure continuous advocacy, education, and protection… read more about The OPC Connection –

The OPC CONNECTION – January, 2022

A Note from ​​Your People's Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye OPC Working for You in 2022 There's a famous quote that says: "History repeats itself." Here we are in January 2022 and recalling that in this space a year ago, I wrote: "As January 2021 comes to a close, there is still uncertainty over when there will be a recovery, even as many are hopeful of better times ahead." Of course,… read more about The OPC CONNECTION –