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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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Public Power Road Show: Sue Kelly’s World Tour Brings APPA Home

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Public Utilities Fortnightly interviewed Sue Kelly as she wound up her first year as president and CEO of the American Public Power Association. During the past year, Kelly has embarked on what she calls her “World Tour,” going everywhere from Wisconsin, to South Carolina, to Georgia, Texas, Utah, and you-name-it. Kelly also talks about RTOs, capacity markets, and helping the American public understand public power.

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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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Public Power Leaders “Find a Way”: APPA 2014 National Conference Recap

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The American Public Power Association held its 2014 National Conference in Denver from June 13-18. Before it gets too far into the rearview mirror I wanted to say what a great experience it was. We heard expert speakers discuss cybersecurity, the political climate, and the economic outlook.

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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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FERC Order 745 Struck Down: Customers’ Reduced Electricity Use is NOT a Wholesale Commodity

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I was frankly appalled by the lack of respect for the limits the Federal Power Act places on FERC’s jurisdiction. If “wholesale demand response” was within FERC’s jurisdiction, then pretty much everything could be, and public power utilities’ local ownership and local control would be fatally undermined.

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