The DC Council is currently considering the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act of 2018 which, if enacted, would make substantial changes to energy policy in the District. Over the past few months, some Crestwood residents have advocated for the CCA to pass a resolution in support of the bill.
Before considering a resolution, we held a special meeting on November 13 to learn more about the proposed legislation and provide neighbors an opportunity to ask questions. Our guest was Barbara Briggs, a long time human rights and environmental campaign organizer.
After the special meeting, the CCA voted to adopt a resolution in support of the bill. Because this issue is complex, I've written up some of the information we learned at the meeting and shared it on the CCA website. You can find the information here.
I want to emphasize that I am not an energy expert and this is definitely not a comprehensive analysis of the bill. If you spot any errors or omissions, feel free to let me know.
Currently, the bill has been separately and unanimously advanced out of both the Committee on Transportation and the Environment and the Committee on Business and Economic Development. The next step is a vote before the full DC Council.
Until then, if you have strong views on the bill and want to take action, a few things to keep in mind:
- DC Council: Our councilmember Brandon Todd is supporting the bill, but I don't believe he has taken a position on the Pepco amendment which was recently discussed on the listserv (and reported by the Post here). Share your thoughts with CM Todd at BTodd@dccouncil.us and let him know you're a Ward 4 constituent from Crestwood.
- ANC: Attend our next ANC meeting and share your views. (I'm not sure if a date has been set for a December meeting but if you're interested in attending, please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll keep you in the loop.)
- PSC: There is a hearing on Mayor Bowser's appointments to the Public Service Commission (which regulates Pepco) this Monday, November 26th at 10am in the Wilson Building, Room 120. E-mail email@example.com if you'd like to testify.
CCA Issues Team Lead