September 6, 2016
Contact: Larry Martin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202.308.5642
DC CONSUMER UTILITY BOARD PUBLIC MEETING ON ENERGY DEMOCRACY
Community leaders rededicate DC Consumer Utility Board (CUB) to public interest advocacy on utility policy, regulation and rates
WASHINGTON, DC – The DC CUB announces a public meeting to build energy democracy in the District. Energy democracy is the direct involvement of communities in the innovation, planning, and decision making around energy initiatives, including locally owned renewable energy projects, efficiency improvements to making homes more comfortable and healthier, economically and racially just energy policy, challenging the monopoly control of utility companies, developing resilient community micro-grids, and the transition to more efficient, cleaner and renewable power.
The CUB Public Meeting is September 17, 2016 from 1 to 4pm at the UDC Law School, located at 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW. New CUB Chair Robert Robinson states “The mission of the CUB is to advocate for fair, transparent, affordable, and progressive reforms for D.C.’s electric, water, natural gas, telecommunications, and other public services in a manner that prioritizes public engagement for public benefit.” DC CUB was formed in 1978. The September 17 meeting is a rededication of the CUB to its mission, and re-launching of the organization as a 501(c)(3) organization – formally incorporated in the District earlier this year.
The CUB Public Meeting program will feature speakers, a workshop and membership call to action. Speakers include DC Ward 4 Councilmember Mary Cheh, Jacqui Patterson, NAACP Environmental Justice Projects, and Jessica Azulay, Alliance for A Clean Energy Economy, New York. The workshop, titled “Beyond Exelon . . . Toward Utility Democracy and Justice for All” will be facilitated by Jerome S. Paige, Ph.D, CUB Board Member, and Principle, Jerome S. Paige & Associates, LLC. He will engage meeting participants in exploring their activist and collaborative role in shaping public utilities and services in the District. The energy that was unleashed through POWER DC against the takeover of Pepco by Exelon demonstrates DC citizen’s depth of awareness of how the control of our public utilities can affect our quality of life. With this meeting we aim to move Beyond Exelon.