Power Lines Blog

Southern Swing

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Jim Matheson of NRECA and I discussed changes coming to electric utilities at a Tennessee Valley Authority forum. We also learned there about the customer research and distribution system modeling tools available to TVA local power companies from E Source and EPRI. After speaking at CEWD’s Summit back in Crystal City, where we learned about CEWD’s efforts to help utilities develop a diverse workforce, I traveled on to Georgia, to hear about MEAG Power’s nuclear initiatives in Georgia and meet with mayors and council members from public power communities.

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Back in the Cornhusker State

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I traveled to Kearney, Nebraska, for the annual meeting of the Nebraska Public Power District. NPPD’s Pat Pope made a point that I agree with — while traders thrive on market price volatility, which increases their profits, public power is in it for the long run and having a diversified portfolio of generation acts as a physical hedge against future price increases.

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From Cyber Threats to Country Music in One Week

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Our Policymakers Council arrived in DC for more than 100 visits with legislators. As elected and appointed public officials, our policymakers are a vital part of APPA’s grassroots efforts. The DOE has awarded APPA and NRECA up to $15 million to help their utility members improve grid security. And I flew to Nashville to speak at the 50th anniversary celebration and annual meeting of the Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association.

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APPA’s 2016 National Conference, Gathering in the Valley of the Sun

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APPA’s National Conference was held in Phoenix, Arizona, June 10–15. We had great general session speakers; over 30 breakout sessions covering current industry topics from solar developments to workplace practices; a vendor Expo; a Day of Giving; awards; informal gatherings; and more. The meeting is a veritable “who’s who” of public power.

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Lineworkers and Lawyers, Two Honorable Professions

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CFEBA took the opportunity to honor the contributions of lineworkers around the country. We at APPA were happy to host public power lineworkers at the Gala. I was kvelling to see our lineworkers up on stage getting their awards. It was very fitting for the energy lawyers of the CFEBA to acknowledge the crucial role that lineworkers play in keeping the lights on and the Chardonnay chilled.

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