Department of Public Utilities (DPU)

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) oversees investor-owned electric power, natural gas, and water companies in Massachusetts. In addition, the DPU regulates the safety of bus companies, moving companies, and transportation network companies. We also oversee the safety of natural gas pipelines.

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Department of Public Utilities
1 South Station, 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02110



(617) 345-9101
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Mission Statement

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is an adjudicatory agency overseen by a three-member Commission. It is responsible for oversight of investor-owned electric power, natural gas, and water utilities in the Commonwealth.  In addition, the DPU is charged with developing alternatives to traditional regulation, monitoring service quality, regulating safety in the transportation and gas pipeline areas, and the siting of energy facilities.  The mission of the DPU is to ensure that consumers’ rights are protected, and that utility companies are providing the most reliable service at the lowest possible cost.  The DPU oversees the public safety from transportation and gas pipeline-related accidents, and the energy facilities siting process.  The DPU seeks to promote safety, security, reliability of service, affordability, equity, and greenhouse gas emission reductions.

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The DPU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age or sex. For more information, see DPU Nondiscrimination Notice.

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  • Press Release

    DPU Issues Order on Low-Income Solar Access  

    6/04/2024 Department of Public Utilities

    The new order provides equitable access to solar energy and affordability to low-income and environmental justice populations

  • Press Release

    DPU Joins Dig Safe Awareness National Campaign  

    4/18/2024 Department of Public Utilities

    Governor Healey signs proclamation declaring April as Dig Safe Month

  • Press Release

    DPU Updates Net Metering Regulations  

    2/16/2024 Department of Public Utilities

    The new order will allow for more Massachusetts residents, businesses, and government-owned facilities to realize savings from solar energy, potentially $10 million or more annually

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