Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia

Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia The DCPSC is an independent, quasi-judicial agency that regulates energy and telecom providers serving District residential and business utility customers.
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The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia was originally established by Congress in 1913 and was reaffirmed by Congress as an independent agency of the District of Columbia Government in the District of Columbia Home Rule Charter in 1973. The DCPSC functions as a quasi-judicial agency to ensure that the natural gas, electricity and telecommunications utilities doing business in the District provide safe and reasonably adequate service and facilities at just and reasonable rates.

Mission: The mission of the District of Columbia Public Service Commission is to serve the public interest by ensuring that financially healthy electric, natural gas and telecommunications companies provide safe, reliable and quality utility services at reasonable rates for District of Columbia residential, business and government customers. We do this by: - Motivating customer– and results–oriented employees; - Protecting consumers to ensure public safety, reliability, and quality services; - Regulating monopoly services to ensure their rates are just and reasonable; - Fostering fair and open competition among service providers; - Conserving natural resources and preserving environmental quality; - Resolving disputes among consumers and service providers; and - Educating consumers and informing the public.

Operating as usual

Did you know that weather affects your energy bill more than any other factor? As we begin January and continue into win...
01/08/2021
Winter Ready DC — Act now

Did you know that weather affects your energy bill more than any other factor? As we begin January and continue into winter, follow these tips to help manage your bill.

As the calendar changes, get ahead of the coming cold weather and winterize your home.

Throughout the year, we conduct compliance reviews, audits, inspections, utility assessments and annual surveys to gauge...
01/07/2021

Throughout the year, we conduct compliance reviews, audits, inspections, utility assessments and annual surveys to gauge the status of local utility competition in the District. Compiled, all of these data points appear in our statistical reports. Download the latest report: http://bit.ly/DCPSC2019statisticalreport

In the past nine months, tens of thousands of District residents have fallen behind on their utility bills. There’s a go...
01/06/2021
Here2HelpDC

In the past nine months, tens of thousands of District residents have fallen behind on their utility bills. There’s a good chance this will only get worse as the public health emergency continues and we move into colder months. Consumers should keep paying their bills, but if that's not possible, they should check out #Here2HelpDC for assistance and additional resources.

In the wake of COVID-19, four District agencies charged with serving DC utility consumers joined forces to create #Here2HelpDC, a public awareness campaign.

As of this past fall, Washington Gas has replaced or remediated nearly 21 miles of gas main and 4,157 service lines in t...
01/05/2021
PROJECTpipes

As of this past fall, Washington Gas has replaced or remediated nearly 21 miles of gas main and 4,157 service lines in the District through its PROJECTpipes program, at a cost of less than $140 million.

PROJECTpipes is a 40-year accelerated pipeline replacement program from Washington Gas.

Good news for anyone who requested one of our free Winter Ready DC weatherization kits — the first wave is shipping out ...
12/30/2020

Good news for anyone who requested one of our free Winter Ready DC weatherization kits — the first wave is shipping out this afternoon! Look for your kit in the mail in the coming days. If you haven't already, request a kit (while supplies last): https://dcpsc.org/winterreadydc

Switching your electric supplier to one of the many listed at DC Power Connect can provide you the opportunity to adjust...
12/29/2020
Save energy | DC Power Connect

Switching your electric supplier to one of the many listed at DC Power Connect can provide you the opportunity to adjust the mix of renewables — solar, wind, etc. — creating the power you use. Find more energy-saving tips on the site as well.

Become more familiar with your energy options by gaining a deeper understanding of the many ways you can conserve and/or reduce your energy use.

Through PROJECTpipes, Washington Gas is working to replace aging natural gas infrastructure throughout the District. Use...
12/23/2020

Through PROJECTpipes, Washington Gas is working to replace aging natural gas infrastructure throughout the District. Use their interactive map to see when and where they're making the upgrades: http://activitymaps.washgas.com/

Love all things data? If so, we’ve got the job for you. Our Office of Policy and Development is hiring a data analyst to...
12/22/2020

Love all things data? If so, we’ve got the job for you. Our Office of Policy and Development is hiring a data analyst to support projects and initiatives integral to all aspects of our work, both current and future. Apply by Jan. 17 and come join our team! Apply: http://bit.ly/DCPSCjobs

Have you requested your free home winter weatherization kit yet? Parents of Van Ness Elementary School students got thei...
12/21/2020

Have you requested your free home winter weatherization kit yet? Parents of Van Ness Elementary School students got theirs when we were on-site last week as part of our Winter Ready DC campaign. Request your kit, while supplies last: http://dcpsc.org/winterreadydc

Introducing the new home of #Here2HelpDC! With the District's public health emergency extended, residents will continue ...
12/21/2020
Here2HelpDC

Introducing the new home of #Here2HelpDC! With the District's public health emergency extended, residents will continue to need assistance with their utility bills. Visit our new site to make a plan, pay what you can, and find ways to reduce your costs.

In the wake of COVID-19, four District agencies charged with serving DC utility consumers joined forces to create #Here2HelpDC, a public awareness campaign.

Improving the District’s infrastructure is one of our top priorities. That’s why we’ve approved the next phase of PROJEC...
12/14/2020

Improving the District’s infrastructure is one of our top priorities. That’s why we’ve approved the next phase of PROJECTpipes, a Washington Gas initiative that's replacing aging gas pipes and service lines to reduce overall risk as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Details: https://bit.ly/37iNvJZ

Utility scams are a real danger and they’ve unfortunately been on the rise throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear from o...
12/11/2020
Join our fight against scammers and con artists — your utilities will remain on through the health crisis | Street Sense Media

Utility scams are a real danger and they’ve unfortunately been on the rise throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear from our Chairman Willie Philips about what you can do to avoid these scams and what they mean for consumers.

Willie Phillips, chairman of D.C.'s Public Service Commission, warns readers to look out for utilities scams during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our chairman was recently featured in a Public Utilities Fortnightly article discussing diversity and inclusion and how ...
12/09/2020

Our chairman was recently featured in a Public Utilities Fortnightly article discussing diversity and inclusion and how various utility commissions are taking steps to embrace it and integrate it into their work. Our council links the utility workforce and the Commission to make those necessary changes: https://bit.ly/35qruIg

Sign up to join our PowerPath DC Pilot Projects Governance Board on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 as they review submissions from ...
12/08/2020

Sign up to join our PowerPath DC Pilot Projects Governance Board on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 as they review submissions from our recent call for energy modernization concept papers. Register: https://bit.ly/3lXmO1w

Join Sherina Maye Edwards, CEO of INTREN and David Clunie, executive director of the Black Economic Alliance, for a free...
12/07/2020

Join Sherina Maye Edwards, CEO of INTREN and David Clunie, executive director of the Black Economic Alliance, for a free National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners webinar on Dec. 10 discussing the intersection of #COVID19, the recession, and race and how they impact utility regulation.

Register: https://bit.ly/NARUCwebinar121020

It's great to see more District residents — including renters — going solar to help the city reach its aggressive goal t...
12/04/2020
DC spreads solar energy benefits through 'Solar for All'

It's great to see more District residents — including renters — going solar to help the city reach its aggressive goal that 100% of electricity come from renewable sources by 2032.

Unlike most people, Sam Buggs actually looks forward to getting his electricity bill.

Register to attend our workshop on Dec. 16 that will review examples of how states have implemented IEEE 1547 standards,...
12/03/2020

Register to attend our workshop on Dec. 16 that will review examples of how states have implemented IEEE 1547 standards, the safety standards for how distributed energy resources are interconnected to the grid. RSVP by Dec. 14: http://bit.ly/3olUA1M

When it comes to utilities, retail choice gives you the opportunity to buy your energy from a different supplier. These ...
12/02/2020
Know your energy options | DC Power Connect

When it comes to utilities, retail choice gives you the opportunity to buy your energy from a different supplier. These suppliers offer alternative rates, renewable mixes and/or promotions. Compare your options: https://dcpowerconnect.com/

District residents and businesses have had the opportunity to choose their electricity and natural gas supplier for more than 20 years.

The “grid of the future” has promised us, among other things, smart buildings with rooftop solar, battery storage and el...
11/25/2020
Three keys to grid modernization: cost, collaboration and connectivity

The “grid of the future” has promised us, among other things, smart buildings with rooftop solar, battery storage and electric vehicle chargers in every home. We’ve made progress, but we’re not there yet. Here’s what it’ll take to achieve a modern, national electric grid.

2019 was a hallmark year for grid modernization as 46 states and the District of Columbia undertook major actions to enhance the grid. Leading many of the efforts to promote renewable energy resources like wind and solar was Washington, D.C.

Did you know D.C. has the most aggressive renewable energy standards of any city in the country? We're dedicated to comb...
11/24/2020

Did you know D.C. has the most aggressive renewable energy standards of any city in the country? We're dedicated to combating the effects of climate change, creating a clean energy future and modernizing our energy distribution system. More: https://bit.ly/39fIKC6

Come join our team! We’re looking for a senior electrical engineer to advise on the planning, design, construction, oper...
11/23/2020

Come join our team! We’re looking for a senior electrical engineer to advise on the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance and replacement of all infrastructure and systems that Pepco uses in the District. Apply: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/2294728267/

Pre-paid debit cards are always a popular gift around the holidays, but don’t give one to a scammer claiming you’re behi...
11/20/2020

Pre-paid debit cards are always a popular gift around the holidays, but don’t give one to a scammer claiming you’re behind on your utility bill. Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment and don’t fall for this “green dot scam.” More: https://www.fightutilityscams.com/utility-scams/

Have you ever gotten a call, usually late at night, that rang once but then the caller abruptly hung up? It could have b...
11/19/2020
'One Ring' Phone Scam

Have you ever gotten a call, usually late at night, that rang once but then the caller abruptly hung up? It could have been a "one-ring" scam. It’s important to always check your phone bill for any unusual charges — especially international ones. More: https://www.fightutilityscams.com/utility-scams/#8

Every so often, your phone may ring once and then stop. If that happens to you, and you do not recognize the number, do not return the call. You may be the target of a "one-ring" phone scam.

11/17/2020
3 types of utility scams

The one and only point of utility scams is to separate you from your money. There's been an increase in scams during COVID-19 and it's never been more important to stay vigilant. Take a look at three popular scams and learn more at http://www.fightutilityscams.com. #StopScams

Utility Scams Awareness Week is a great opportunity for all District residents to remain cautious and suspicious when it...
11/16/2020

Utility Scams Awareness Week is a great opportunity for all District residents to remain cautious and suspicious when it comes to your utility bills. Scammers can’t take your money or your personal information unless you give it to them. More: https://www.fightutilityscams.com/

After more than a year of hard work, our Advisory Council on Utility Supplier and Workforce Diversity has developed its ...
11/12/2020

After more than a year of hard work, our Advisory Council on Utility Supplier and Workforce Diversity has developed its best practices for diversity, equity and inclusion for contracting and employment in the utility sector. Stay tuned for the full public report! More: https://bit.ly/35qruIg

DC residents — get your free home winter weatherization kit to help save money on your utility bills! You'll receive 17f...
11/09/2020

DC residents — get your free home winter weatherization kit to help save money on your utility bills! You'll receive 17ft of weatherstripping, outlet/switch gaskets, foam pipe insulators and window shrink insulators. Request a kit, while supplies last: https://dcpsc.org/winterreadydc

11/03/2020
Mayor Bowser

Mayor Bowser

That Netflix episode can wait.
Your book will still be there later.
Your dog already got walked.
The cat doesn’t need walking.
No more excuses.

Grab a coffee. Bring a friend, put on your mask, and vote.

Cooler temps and falling leaves in D.C. means that our Winter Ready DC campaign is back! This year we're offering FREE w...
10/30/2020

Cooler temps and falling leaves in D.C. means that our Winter Ready DC campaign is back! This year we're offering FREE weatherization kits for District residents to save energy and money. #Here2HelpDC

Get your kit: https://www.dcpsc.org/winterreadydc

Note: We’ve extended the deadline for our RFP to study the value of distributed energy resources in the District an addi...
10/29/2020

Note: We’ve extended the deadline for our RFP to study the value of distributed energy resources in the District an additional 45 days, to Dec. 17, 2020, to allow more time for qualified vendors to submit their proposals. More: https://bit.ly/35OZSLA

More consumers and businesses in the District are generating their own power through solar panels, EVs, microgrids, etc. In response, we’ve put out a call to ensure the benefit from these “distributed energy resources” are fairly allocated and maximized. More: https://bit.ly/2SAq6ve

We all consume electricity, but many District residents and businesses are also producing it with their solar panels, mi...
10/29/2020
DC Commission Issues RFP for Study on DER

We all consume electricity, but many District residents and businesses are also producing it with their solar panels, microgrids, EVs and storage batteries. We’re working to assign values to these kinds of two-way energy flows to more accurately compensate everyone involved with this setup known as distributed energy resources.

Study to ensure the energy delivery system remains safe, reliable, and affordable while also becoming more sustainable, interactive, and secure.

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1325 G Street, N.W. Suite 800
Washington D.C., DC
20005

The District of Columbia Public Service Commission is easily accessible by public transportation. There are several Metro Bus routes with stops within one block of the Office. It is located one block from the Metro Center station.

General information

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia is an independent District Government agency established by Congress in 1913 to regulate the electric, natural gas, and telephone companies in the District by functioning as a quasi-judicial agency.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:30
Thursday 09:00 - 17:30
Friday 09:00 - 17:30

Telephone

(202) 626-5100

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Marvin L. Briggs (Records Management Specialist) and Natalie Taylor (Management Liaison Specialist) sporting our official PSC Commission Shirts on Friday!
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