The DCPSC hosted its first annual Winter Ready DC Campaign. Winter Ready DC is designed to help community leaders and consumer advocates learn about how utility and government agencies prepare for the winter as well as tips on how to conserve heat and plan for emergencies. The DCPSC kicked off the campaign with a winter preparedness summit and scheduled presentations and outreaches on how to save energy and money on utility bills throughout the winter season.
During the Winter Ready DC Campaign, the DCPSC also sponsored an online, winter preparedness quiz. District residents tested their knowledge on weatherization and energy conservation. Residents who answered questions correctly were randomly selected to receive a home winterization toolkit.
The DCPSC Home Winterization Toolkit consisted of one (1) can of insulating foam, one (1) 4-pack of CFL Light Bulbs, one (1) pack of rubber foam tape, one (1) reprogrammable thermostat, one (1) door draft stopper, one (1) water heater insulation blanket, and one (1) 10-windows insulator kit. Each tool kit was valued at $99.98.
The DCPSC began important proceeding called MEDSIS, or Modernizing the Energy Distribution System for Increased Sustainability. The proceeding was held to find the barriers to modernization of the energy delivery system and to provide actionable solutions to overcome these barriers. In 2016, we hosted a series of well-attended workshops intended to identify technologies and projects for grid modernization in the District.
In 2016, the DCPSC launched a new and improved website with a more engaging user experience with enhanced navigation and search features. The DCPSC also established its social media presence. The DCPSC can now be found on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube where we publicize events and provide information on Commission initiatives and how to participate in Commission proceedings.
The DCPSC published a book celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Commission, The First 100 Years: Protecting the Public Interest. We launched the book at a reception in March of 2016 hosted by Washington Post columnist John Kelley, who called the book “fascinating. ”