What is climate change? Climate change is a long-term change in the average weather patterns that define Earth’s local, regional and global climates. Human activities, particularly fossil fuel burning, increase heat-trapping greenhouse gas levels in Earth’s atmosphere, raising Earth’s average surface temperature.1 

Has DC’s climate already changed? Yes. The District is already experiencing climate change including hotter summers, more severe weather events, and increased flooding. July 2020 was the third-hottest month on record, and the top 10 hottest have all been since 1990.2 Water levels along the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers have increased 11 inches in the past 90 years due to a combination of sea level rise and subsidence. As a result, nuisance flooding in riverfront areas has already increased by more than 300%.3

How will DC’s climate continue to change? Climate change will bring even hotter summers, more severe weather events, and increased flooding. By 2080, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conservatively predicts up to 3.4 feet of additional sea level rise in the District. The average summer high temperature in the District used to be 87°F. By the 2080s, it is projected to increase to between 93°F and 97°F.4

"OPC History Handout" a brief summary of some of the people and events that have shaped our advocacy, education and protection of utility consumers.

FAQ on the Joint Motion Seeking Withdrawal of Pepco’s Rate Increase Request & Dismissal of Its Multiyear Rate Plan Formal Case No. 1156. Learn How You Can Participate in the PSC Community Hearing on September 29.

La Oficina de la Defensoría del Consumidor (OPC, por sus siglas en inglés) asiste a eventos en todo el Distrito de Columbia. Es una forma estupenda de analizar las inquietudes de los residentes, informarles acerca de la misión de la OPC y conversar sobre formas en que los habitantes pueden recibir ayuda.

The Office of the People’s Counsel (OPC) attends events across the District of Columbia. It’s a great way to discuss resident’s concerns, inform people about OPC’s Mission, and talk about ways that consumers can receive help.

DC Ratepayers: Did you know that that you are entitled to safe, adequate, and reliable utility services at rates that are just and reasonable?

Check Out OPC’s new “Take Command of your Utility Rights” poster, a handy guide to solving problems with your electric, natural gas, telephone and water services.

Sandra Mattavous-Frye was determined to focus her career around giving voice to the voiceless, leveling the playing field and challenging powerful forces on behalf of the underserved. 


There are many ways to build and finance a solar PV system. Take some time to learn about solar, so you can be confident that your investment is a good one.

This guide can help you decide whether it makes sense for you to go solar, and if so, how. You may want to buy solar panels and put them on your roof. You may want to lease panels, or agree to purchase the electricity from panels that belong to someone else. Rather than having panels on your own home, you may want to participate in a solar project located somewhere else in the District.

The Consumer Bill of Rights provides safeguards for consumers of natural gas, electricity, and telecommunications services in the competitive utility markets in the District of Columbia. The CBOR defines the relationship and responsibilities of both utility service providers and consumers. 

 Know your utility consumer rights (Spanish)