The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (DCPSC) was originally established by Congress in 1913 and was reaffirmed by Congress as an independent agency of the District of Columbia Government in the District of Columbia Home Rule Charter in 1973. The DCPSC functions as an independent, quasi-judicial agency in the District of Columbia Government.

The mission of the DCPSC is to serve the public interest by ensuring that financially healthy electric, natural gas, and telecommunications companies provide safe, reliable, and quality services at reasonable rates for District of Columbia residential, business, and government customers.

The DCPSC carries out its mission by focusing on the following goals:

  1. Motivating customer- and results-oriented employees;
  2. Protecting consumers and public safety by ensuring safe, reliable, and quality utility services;
  3. Regulating monopoly utility service providers to ensure their rates are just and reasonable;
  4. Fostering fair and open competition among utility service providers;
  5. Conserving natural resources and preserving environmental quality;
  6. Resolving disputes among consumers and utility service providers;
  7. Educating utility consumers and informing the public; and
  8. Supporting the economy of the District of Columbia.