Agency Initiatives

OPC Agency Initiatives for FY 2022

Initiatives  Description 

Annual Consumer Community Conversation (date: 12/31/21)

OPC will host its inaugural consumer community conversation related to Climate Change to give the consumers an understanding of Climate Change so they are empowered to have a meaningful voice at the table when decisions are being made.

Quarterly Agency Partner Discussions  (date: 9/30/22)

OPC will hold quarterly resource discussions throughout FY 22 to foster continued coordination of government and nonprofit service providers to assist DC consumers related to climate change and energy efficiencies related to each utility. (The goal is to utilize the quarterly discussions with our partners to gain knowledge and build on the content of the Annual Event, which is held in October)

Community Engagement & Awareness (date: 9/30/22)

OPC will develop strategies that will engage consumers and address trends that are impacting utility consumers.

Clean Water Initiative (date: 9/30/22)

Conduct a presentation on safe drinkable water, including lead in water and DC Water’s lead pipe replacement plan. Offer training for Water Services Division staff to learn and become educated in clean water initiatives, including safe drinking water initiatives.  

Deep Decarbonization Consumer Blueprint (9/30/22)

OPC will develop and release a “consumer blueprint” for deep decarbonization in the District. The blueprint will provide a vision of how the District can most equitably, affordably, and reliably achieve its goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, identify key benefits and pitfalls for consumers in deep decarbonization plans and proposals, and lay out requirements for how such plans and proposals can best serve District consumers.

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response – FC 1160 (9/30/22)

In FC 1160 OPC will evaluate Pepco’s proposed Energy Efficiency and Demand Response (“EEDR”) program application to ensure that that any such programs are just, reasonable, equitable, cost-effective, and are in line with the District’s climate change goals. OPC will file comments on the proposed application and actively participate in any follow-up working group processes.

Utility Climate Planning – FC 1167 (9/30/22)

In FC 1167 OPC will evaluate and comment on Pepco and WGL’s climate plans and related studies and information, and on other parties’ electrification studies. OPC will conduct and file an Electrification Study, which will address certain costs and benefits, and important equity considerations in electrification investments as they affect District residents at all income levels.

Water Affordability (9/30/22)

OPC has just completed its water affordability study and will utilize the study inform its advocacy on behalf DC Water consumers to ultimately reduce the number of consumers who are experiencing water affordability problems.

Alternative Ratemaking – FC 1156 (9/30/22)

OPC will examine the Commission’s order on reconsideration to determine if an appeal is merited. OPC will also participate in the PIMs Working Group to ensure the Commission adopts an electric price structure that allows the minimum in cost recovery, produces effective regulatory oversight of the rate increase process while also supporting a reliable and environmentally sustainable grid.

Affordability Study (9/30/22)

OPC has just completed its water affordability study and will utilize the study inform its advocacy on behalf DC Water consumers to ultimately reduce the number of consumers who are experiencing water affordability problems.

Gas Leaks and Project Pipes -- FC1154  (9/30/22)

OPC will participate in this proceeding to advance policy positions to ensure that there will be a distinct process of cost recovery between normal and accelerated pipe replacement work. OPC will also propose a method of leak reporting that results in a consistent set of reports detailing the status of natural gas leaks in the District of Columbia.  

Construction Petition (9/30/22)

OPC will file a petition designed to establish a set of construction protocols that would be applied throughout the city that prevents damage to homes.

DC Water Rate Proceeding (9/30/22)

In the DC Water Rate proceeding, OPC will review and analyze DC Water’s rate adjustment filing and testify, file written comments and otherwise advocate for affordable rates and charges and other benefits for District ratepayers.