DC PLUG

About DC PLUG

The District of Columbia Power Line Undergrounding (DC PLUG) initiative is a partnership between the District and Pepco to improve the reliability and resiliency of the District of Columbia electric system by placing select systems underground. Click the video below to see what construction is going to look like on your street.

Watch the Spanish version of the video

A Brief Background of the Initiative

The DC Power Line Undergrounding initiative (DC PLUG) is a partnership between the District and Pepco to improve the reliability and resiliency of the District of Columbia energy grid by placing select feeders underground in Wards 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8.

The DC PLUG initiative has a long history, dating back to 2012 when then D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray established the Mayor’s Power Line Undergrounding Task Force (Task Force) following severe storms that caused days-long outages for portions of the District of Columbia. The Task Force determined that improvements to the District of Columbia’s electric distribution system to enhance its resiliency and reduce power outages caused by storms would require new investment. Pepco and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) proposed what would become the DC PLUG initiative in response to the findings of the Task Force.

Following the resolution of legal challenges to the program, current D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed amended legislation into law allowing DDOT and Pepco to move forward with DC PLUG in May of 2017. DDOT and Pepco submitted their application for approval of the First Biennial Underground Infrastructure Improvement Projects Plan (Biennial Plan) to the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia on July 3, 2017. The Public Service Commission approved the joint application on Nov. 9, 2017.

Since the approval of the first Biennial Plan, the DC PLUG team has engaged District businesses regarding the project, hosted semi-annual meetings for stakeholders, and executed community outreach activities per the DC PLUG education plan. Feeder 308 in the American University Park neighborhood of Ward 3 was the first feeder placed underground and was completed in January 2021. See current updates in the News section below.

Frequently Asked Question

Meeting Calendar

News

DC PLUG Hosted a Virtual Open House to Discuss Feeder 15009 Civil Design – September 30, 2021
The DC PLUG team hosted a virtual Open House to discuss the Civil Design for Feeder 15009. The virtual meeting was attended by Ward 4 stakeholders who will be impacted by DC PLUG work. To view the presentation, please click the link below.
View the presentation

DC PLUG Announces the Completion of Feeder 308 – July 30, 2021
The DC PLUG team announces the completion of Feeder 308 in Ward 3. Resiliency and reliability improved by 95% against major storm related outages for about 595 customers. The team is proud to report that 100% Certified Business Enterprises (CBEs) were used for the civil and electrical work. Click the video below to review the announcement.

DC PLUG Hosted a Virtual Forum for Certified Business Enterprises – June 3, 2021
The DC PLUG team hosted a CBE Contractors Forum (Forum) for prime and sub contractors. This event provided a forum for District of Columbia CBEs to receive information regarding business opportunities as part of the DC PLUG initiative with the goal of maximizing participation of CBEs in the execution of DC PLUG work. To view a copy of the presentation, please click the link below.
View the presentation

DC PLUG Hosted a Virtual Open House to Discuss Feeder 14758 Civil Design – April 28, 2021
The DC PLUG team hosted a virtual Open House to discuss the Civil Design for Feeder 14758. The virtual meeting was attended by Ward 8 stakeholders who will be impacted by DC PLUG work. To review the presentation, please click the link below.
View the Presentation

DC PLUG Hosted a Virtual Open House to Discuss Feeder 368 Civil Design – December 10, 2020
The DC PLUG team hosted a virtual Open House to discuss the Civil Design for Feeder 368. The virtual meeting was attended by Ward 7 stakeholders who will be impacted by DC PLUG work. To view the presentation, please click the link below.
View the Presentation

DC PLUG RFQ for the Second Biennial Plan – June 3, 2020
The DC PLUG team has released a Request for Qualifications for design of feeders included in the second biennial plan. Solicitations can be submitted until June 3, 2020. For additional information, please click the link below.
View the RFQ


DC PLUG Groundbreaking – June 14, 2020
We participated in the DC PLUG Project groundbreaking ceremony hosted by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. The event included remarks from Pepco Holdings President and CEO Dave Velazquez, Councilmember Vincent Gray, Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, and former District Department of Transportation Director Jeff Marootian. The Public Service Commission and the Office of the People’s Counsel also attended the event.
View the video

Pepco and DDOT Submit Updated Project Schedule – February 7, 2019
The DC PLUG team filed an updated project schedule with the Public Service Commission on February 7, 2018, for work to be performed in the First Biennial Plan.
View the filing

Public Service Commission Approves Joint Filing by District of Columbia and Pepco – November 9, 2019
On November 9, 2017, the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia approved the Government of the District of Columbia and Pepco’s joint application to commence the multi-year initiative to enhance system reliability and resilience by placing vulnerable distribution power lines underground.
View the filing

DDOT and Pepco Submit Application for First Biennial Plan – July 3, 2017 
The District Department of Transportation and Pepco submitted their application for approval of the First Biennial Underground Infrastructure Improvement Projects Plan to the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia on July 3, 2017.
View the application

Mayor Signs Amended DC PLUG Legislation – May 17, 2017
On May 17, 2017, the Mayor of the District of Columbia signed amended legislation into law that will allow the District Department of Transportation and Pepco to move forward with the DC PLUG initiative.
View the amended act