District businesses selling food or alcohol are required to charge $.05 for each disposable paper or plastic carryout bag. Find out about DC's Bag Law.
Energy Related Regulations
The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) is very active in legislation dealing with energy issues.
DC Municipal Aggregation Program (MAP)
The DC MAP seeks to combine the purchasing powers of the DC government, Washington Area Sewer Authority (WASA), and the District's universities, colleges and hospitals as it relates to the purchase of electricity. The aim is to secure an electricity rate that is below that of the Standard Offer Service (SOS). The District government will be able to avoid $2.7 million in electricity charges over a two-year period, which will end in 2007. This was accomplished through an Internet-based reverse auction technique.
DDOE participates in legislative issues before the DC Council to pursue the establishment of conservation programs and policies which foster energy efficiency and affordable services.
Rate Case Intervention
DDOE participates in cases before the DC Public Service Commission to pursue the establishment of utility rates, conservation programs and policies which foster energy efficiency and affordable services.
Utility Rate Restructuring
DDOE advises the District Government and residents on issues related to deregulation of electric, gas and telecommunications.
Administration of the Reliable Energy Trust Fund (RETF)
Pursuant to the District of Columbia Retail Electric Competition and Consumer Protection Act of 1999, the DC Public Service Commission was required to establish a universal service program to assist low-income customers in the District of Columbia. The act further provided for the establishment of programs that will promote energy efficiency and encourage the use of electricity from renewable energy sources. On July 9, 2003, the Public Service Commission issued Order No. 12778 which designated the former DC Energy Office as the administrator of the RETF and the energy efficiency and renewable energy resource programs.
The RLAD is responsible for the actual administration of the RETF and for filing all quarterly reports and other request to the Public Service Commission on behalf of the DDOE.
Administration of the Natural Gas Trust Fund (NGTF)
On January 28, 2005, the DC Council enacted the Omnibus Utility Emergency Amendment Act of 2005. Under this act, the city council established the NGTF which requires that the Public Service Commission promote energy efficiency in the District of Columbia. The act requires that the former DC Energy Office administer the program.
The RLAD is responsible for the actual administration of the NGTF and for filing all quarterly reports and other request to the Public Service Commission on behalf of the DDOE.
Gas Station Advisory Board (GSAB)
The GSAB reviews requests, inspects, and monitors the conversion of gas station dealers from full-service to self-service. The board also produced a guide that provides an update on automotive services in the District of Columbia. The guide serves as a valuable tool for all District residents, commuters and tourists in the nation's capital, helping to identify, locate and utilize automotive services to meet their needs. Legislation to convert from a full-service to self-service station (Gas-n-Go) has been strengthened and made permanent.
Legislation on Energy and the Environment
- Energy Efficiency Financing Act of 2010 [PDF]
- Healthy Schools Act of 2010 [PDF]
- Solar Thermal Incentive Emergency Amendment Act of 2010 [PDF]
- Anacostia River Clean Up and Protection Act of 2009 [PDF]
- Clean Cars Act of 2008 [PDF]
- Sustainable Energy Utility Emergency Amendment Act of 2010 [PDF]
- Lead Hazard Prevention and Elimination Act of 2008 [PDF]
- Comprehensive Stormwater Management Enhancement Amendment Act of 2008 [PDF]
- Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 [PDF]
- Green Building Act of 2006 [PDF]