David L. Bonar, Public Advocate

David L. Bonar, Public AdvocateWelcome to the web site of the Division of the Public Advocate (DPA). The role of the Public Advocate is to advocate for the lowest reasonable rates for residential and small commercial utility consumers, consistent with a fair distribution of rates and maintaining reliable utility service.

The Public Advocate represents the interests of investor-owned utility consumers in any matter or proceeding before the Delaware Public Service Commission (PSC) involving rates, services or practices of public utilities regulated by the PSC. The Public Advocate also represents the interests of utility consumers before the courts of this State, federal courts and federal administrative and regulatory agencies and commissions. Visit our About Agency page to learn more.

The DPA does not offer financial assistance. If you need help paying your utility bill, contact your utility provider as soon as possible or dial '211' for the Delaware Helpline. For out-of-state long distance, the number is 1-800-273-9500.

Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) - FOIA Requests may be made by mail or in person to the Division of the Public Advocate, 820 N. French St., 4th Floor, Wilmington, Delaware 19801; or to the FOIA Coordinator, Delaware Department of State, Office of the Secretary, 401 Federal Street, Suite 3, Townsend Building, Dover, Delaware 19901; by fax at (302) 577-3297 or (302) 739-3811; by online request form; or by e-mail to the Department of State FOIA Coordinator.

This web site is a tool to help educate and inform the utility customers we represent, so we welcome and we appreciate your feedback. If you have any recommendations for further improvements, or have comments or concerns about the content on these pages, please send a message to the Webmaster. .

Current Events

On May 17, 2016 Delmarva Power announced its filing of applications with the Public Service Commission to increase base electric rates by almost $69 million, and base natural gas rates by over $21 million (read Delmarva's Press Release). Delmarva's application, as well as other documents related to the case, can be accessed through Delafile and searching for PSC Docket No. 16-0649 (Electric) or 16-0650 (Natural Gas). The DPA represents residential and small commercial customers, and will thoroughly investigate the requested increases and advocate for the lowest reasonable rates consistent with safe, adequate and reliable service.

Public Comment Sessions relating to Chesapeake Utility's request for a general increase in its natural gas delivery rates and approval of changes to its natural gas tariff (PSC Docket No. 15-1734) will be held on May 17, 18, and 19. Times and locations can be found on the Commission's Calendar of Events. Chesapeake's .

The next Commission meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 beginning at 1;00 p.m. in the PSC Hearing Room, Dover, DE. See the agenda and meeting materials for matters to be considered by the Commission. If you are unable to attend in person, the PSC provides a live video stream of this meeting starting at 1:00 p.m. Questions or problems with the service should be directed to the PSC at (302) 736-7500.)