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Utility Power To The People — A History Of The DC Office Of The People’s Counsel

I was a guest on the inaugural podcast “OPC Radio Connect (recorded February 3, 2020). The DC Office of the People’s Counsel produces the show. This first episode turned into a reunion. We strolled down memory lane as we discussed how the power of the people grew to fight the power of the utilities in the District of Columbia.

 

I provided the perspective of a founding member of the DC Consumer Utility Board (CUB) and the ideas in CUB’s 1979 report, “Report to the People.” One key proposal that has not grown old is that it’s better and cheaper to conserve electricity than generate it. “Conservation over Construction.”

 

Photo: On the right, Jerome Paige, a founding member of the DC Consumer Utility Board (CUB.) To his left: Sandra Mattavous-Frye, the current and 4th People’s Counsel, Brian Lederer, DC’s 2nd People’s Counsel (1977-1984), and Jean Gross-Bethel, OPC Consumer Outreach Specialist, Liaison to the Senior Community — an OPC employee since 1984.

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