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Associations and Boards

NASUCA

OPC is a member of the National Association of Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA). NASUCA is an association of government and non-profit agencies that represent the interests of consumers of energy and telecommunications services in over 40 states. NASUCA has an Executive Director who handles daily operations and is responsible to the Officers and Executive Committee of NASUCA. NASUCA establishes positions on a variety of issues through approval of Resolutions. These Resolutions provide the policy support for testimony and comments filed by NASUCA in federal regulatory and legislative proceedings. As a member of NASUCA, OPC is able to enhance its presence and influence on behalf of Maryland residential consumers.

The People’s Counsel is a former President of NASUCA. OPC has representatives on the Electric, Gas, Telecommunications, Consumer Protection, and Distributed Energy Resources Committees of NASUCA, and is active in the development of policy positions and actions taken by NASUCA on behalf of its members.

Consumer Advocates of PJM States, Inc. (CAPS)

The Consumer Advocates of PJM States, Inc. (CAPS), a Maryland non-profit organization with consumer agency membership from all states within the PJM footprint, was established in FY 2013.  OPC is a founding member and a Board member of CAPS.  OPC was a lead consumer agency in a multi-year effort to secure funding to enhance consumer participation in PJM stakeholder matters.  This initially culminated in FERC approval of use of a portion of a civil penalty to fund this effort.  Most recently, in 2016, CAPS secured both PJM Board and FERC approval for permanent funding through the PLM Tariff.

Boards and Committees

The People’s Counsel (or her designated representative) is a member of several boards and committees that address issues that impact residential utility consumers: