About the Office of Consumer Counsel
The Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC) was created by the legislature in 1984 to represent the public interest and the specific interests of residential, small business and agricultural consumers in electric, natural gas, and telecommunications rate and rulemaking cases before the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), federal agencies, and the courts. In the 2015 legislative session, the passing of SB 271 (the OCC's sunset review) eliminated telecommunications from the OCC's advocacy. The OCC continues representing the public interest and the interests of its constituency for energy related issues. Read more >>
Savings to Consumers: Highlights
- Over the last 30 years, the OCC has saved consumers about $1.7 billion.
- Over the last five fiscal years, the annual consumer savings have averaged about $48.6 million.
- The OCC’s annual budget over the last five years has averaged about $1.5 million.
- The cost/benefit ration of the OCC is more than 30 to 1, so that for every dollar the OCC spends, it returns more than $30 to consumers in savings.
The OCC is a cash-funded, type 1 policy independent agency in the Department of Regulatory Agencies. The cash funds come from an assessment on the state's regulated utilities collected through the Fixed Utility Fund. This would translate to about 4 cents a month in individual consumer rates to fund the OCC. The utility assessment also fund the PUC, as well as the OCC's lawyers and technical experts.
* Budget includes Personal and Legal Services, Operating, OIT, Leased Space, and Indirect Costs