On June 15, 2016, the Sparkplug Foundation of New York announced that the DC Consumer Utility Board (the “”CUB”) received a startup grant. The grant will be used to help the organization design and develop a working web site and organize a series of informational workshops throughout the city’s eight wards so DC residents can understand how to demand that their regulators hold the utilities they fund accountable.
For over a decade, local grassroots in DC have organized and enacted legislation to open access to the use of Conservation, Efficiency and Renewables to conserve and provide power and water locally ,” noted CUB Chair Robert Robinson, “with this grant, the CUB begins educating and informing resident that they have better choices. They do not have to accept utility and regulatory models that boil down to larger and more frequent rate hikes, poor service delivery and zero competition for essential technologies such as broadband that have been promised for over a decade. Offering DC residents a utility future that is unaffordable is unsustainable.