The OPC CONNECTION – July 2016

A Note from Your People’s Counsel
Image: Sandra Mattavous-Frye People’s Counsel
Pepco has just requested an $85.4 million rate increase for its DC customers in its largest rate case in decades. If the Public Service Commission approves the hike, ratepayers could see their electric bills go up by $4.36 per month. No effective date has been set. Nonetheless, OPC will be vigilant in examining this monumental filing to ensure that any rate increase is based only on the expenses necessary to deliver electric service and not those associated with the Exelon merger. In addition, OPC is evaluating the PSC’s June 17th order denying requests for reconsideration of the merger to determine whether to file an appeal in court. Click here for more.

While focusing on utility concerns, the summer season also is when OPC staff members take advantage of conferences that will help improve our outreach to consumers. For example, the mid-year meeting of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates/NASUCA provides consumer advocates with an opportunity to share experiences, strategies and research. I was pleased to serve on a panel called “Utility Mergers: Where is the Beef?” I discussed OPC’s strong leadership role in protecting the interests of District consumers during the Pepco/Exelon merger proceedings. Other panels covered the FCC’s new broadband Lifeline Program, supplier fraud and renewable energy generation.

Staff also attended the Society for Human Resource Management Conference and Exposition. The sessions empowered HR professionals to take a leadership role in governing their agencies. Like the speakers at that conference, I challenge all members of the OPC Team to “bring their A game,” so that we can give our best to consumers.

Continue reading to learn more about other enlightening training events we joined.