This is the first in a series of workshops the CUB will hold throughout DC’s eight wards. Entitled “Beyond Exelon. . . toward Energy Democracy and Utility Accountability”.
Speakers will include:
Councilmember Mary M. Cheh
Jacqueline Patterson, Director, Climate & Environmental Justice, NAACP
Jessica Azulay, New York State Alliance for a Green Energy Economy
Founded in 1978 but recently inactive, the CUB is being incorporated as a non-profit consumer membership organization committed to educating and organizing consumers around water, electric, gas and telecommunications utility performance.
For DC’s consumers, utility rate cost increases, and inability of utilities to meet ratepayers’ needs or serve the public interest is unsustainable. Services like broadband, which have been promised for over a decade remain inaccessible to most families with children. The CUB believes our regulators fail to hold these utilities accountable to the ratepayers, taxpayers and residents.
[As peak electrical demand for power increases and total demand slows, we should plan to boost access to cheaper locally-produced Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, that shave peak demand, and technologies that improve grid reliability and resilience, e.g., power storage and Micro Grids. This is what ratepayers want and the vision DC’s grass roots have been been making a reality.
Dependence on uneconomical, dangerous, and environmentally damaging fossil and nuclear fuels simply makes the cost of power unsustainable for most.]