Mission & Vision

CUB will effectively advocate on behalf of DC ratepayers, taxpayers and residents.

The organization’s mission contains several components: to ensure the voices of DC ratepayers, taxpayers and residents are not only heard, but acted upon; to promote effective public engagement for public benefit; and to advocate for fair, transparent, affordable and progressive reforms of those entities that deliver DC’s electric, water, natural gas, and telecommunication services.  

CUB’s desired outcomes include: informed, engaged and empowered ratepayers, taxpayers, and residents; and accessible and affordable utility services to everyone, regardless of their income.

CUB has as its vision an empowered community of resource stewards and consumers-as-producers-and-owners shaping and utilizing reliant and resilient utility delivery systems designed to truly serve the ratepayers, taxpayers and residents in DC.


In 1978 the Consumer Utility Board (CUB) was established by the Office of People’s Counsel (OPC) in conjunction with a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy under Title II, Section 205, of the Energy Conservation and Production Act. Its original purpose was to assist the Office in evaluating PEPCO’s growth projections in light of national and local conservation alternatives. Originally, CUB membership was to consist of citizens representing a broad spectrum of the community such as interest groups, citizen groups, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, political groups, governmental organizations, commercial user groups, labor organizations church groups and the community at large. 

In 2016, the CUB became an independent nonprofit, membership organization that (1)educates and informs ratepayers and residents about the regulation of DC’s water, electric, natural gas, telecommunications utilities, and that (2) advocates for affordable, fair and transparent, laws, policies and plans governing regulatory and legislative processes and, that the primary beneficiaries of those processes are ratepayers, taxpayers, and residents, and for (3) reforms capable of providing these services in accordance with 21st Century needs, resources and technologies.