July 24, 2017

Office of Public Counsel

The Missouri Office of Public Counsel was established in 1975 to represent the interests of the public and utility customers in proceedings before the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) and in appeals in the courts.

The Office of the Public Counsel is independent from the PSC and has a separate budget and staff.

The OPC takes an active role in cases that propose to increase rates and often makes proposals for rate reductions. The office also protects the customers’ interests in other PSC cases that touch on such issues as rate design, new area codes, PSC investigations into general industry issues, and rules and regulations governing the rights and obligations of customers and utilities that affect service. Attorneys from the office attend local public hearings where customers comment on PSC cases.

Visit the Missouri Office of Public Counsel.