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Blazing a Legislative Trail Toward a Bright Energy Future

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APPA commends @lisamurkowski on putting together the first comprehensive energy package since 2005. APPA is ready to work with @SenateEnergy to improve Americans’ access to affordable, reliable, and environmentally responsible electric power. Sue Kelly testifies on hydropower licensing, mandatory capacity markets, and a federal renewable energy standard.

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Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Public Power Coast to Coast

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My last two weeks have been spent in planes, trains and automobiles. I have been in upstate New York, Southern California, and New York City. Public power systems across the country should be paying close attention to what is going on in New York and California, to glean lessons learned. We should be incorporating new ways to serve our customers when it makes sense to do so. The hardest task is distinguishing between the fads and the trends.

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Cultivating Our Solar Gardens

WPPI has a new pilot project to develop community solar gardens — good for the residential customers who subscribe to a panel, since they do not have the hassle of having solar panels installed on their own house, but get the benefit of locally-produced solar power—and good for the utilities, since they can operate and maintain the garden, thus better managing the reliability and rate impacts of the facility.

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Stop Strapping Consumer-owned Utilities to the Procrustean Bed of Mandatory Capacity Markets

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The American Public Power Association has had doubts about capacity markets from their inception, primarily because we thought consumers would end up paying too much for capacity. Eight years later, we think that consumers have felt the adverse impacts. We also know that these capacity constructs are not incenting much new generation.

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From Alex & Gandalf: Wisdom as We Fight Public Power’s Greatest Battles

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Right now we are facing substantial challenges, including threats to the federal power system, wholesale market dysfunction, distributed generation, climate change, and grid security. And as we take these challenges on, we should be guided, as Alex was, by what is right for those we serve. By what will keep the lights on, the rates reasonable, and the environment protected.

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