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Six Pieces of Advice for Women in Energy and Environment

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At the Annual Gala held by the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment, I reconnected with old friends, and had the opportunity to meet many women who I did not know. I shared six pieces of advice I have learned during my 37 years in DC, to help them avoid making the same mistakes I did! My deep thanks to WCEE for the honor of being named its 2017 Woman of the Year.

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Public Power in the Capital of the Public Power State

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I was back in Nebraska — the only state in the Union that is all public power and cooperative electric utilities. I spoke about the impact of the Clean Power Plan. "...policymakers and regulators back inside the D.C. Beltway just assume that these changes can magically happen, and often do not consider the very practical operational issues that can arise." I also got to hear about the joint training program with the local community college to train generation plant operators.

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December in the West

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I have spent much of the last two weeks visiting APPA members in the West. I spoke at the Midwest Electric Consumers Association Annual Meeting in Denver, the Public Power Council Annual Meeting in Portland, and, most recently, the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City. Spending time with our members in the West reminds me just how the interests and concerns of our members vary around the country.

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Visiting Watts Bar Unit 2 — America’s First New Nuclear Generation of the 21st Century

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Nuclear power is a complex undertaking, and an important one. If we are truly serious about reducing the carbon footprint of our industry, it needs to be part of our power supply strategy. And TVA, under CEO Bill Johnson’s leadership, is working hard to diversify the power supply of the Tennessee Valley and reduce its environmental impact, while keeping costs reasonable for customers in the Valley. That is no small task, but the TVA employees I met are going “all in” to make it happen.

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