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In the capital of the public power state


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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From Key West to Monument Valley


The last two weeks have been a blur of events and airports. I have been to meetings in Key West, FL, Denver, CO, Omaha, NE, Bloomington, MN, Austin, TX and Monument Valley, AZ, and traversed the airports in Miami, Chicago (O’Hare!), Charlotte, and Dallas/Fort Worth en route. We were in the last two weeks of the APPA staff movement challenge, and many of my steps came trotting from plane to plane.

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Blowing the cobwebs out in Branson


While it still feels like summer, public power’s fall season of conferences and meetings is already in full swing. APPA held its Business and Financial Conference in New Orleans on September 13-16. The “B&F” is our annual gathering of accounting, finance, IT and HR professionals from public power systems around the country. We had around 450 attendees this year, and they were an active and engaged bunch.

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In the White Mountains of New Hampshire


Last week I attended the 2015 Annual Conference of the Northeast Public Power Association (NEPPA), which represents the interests of New England’s public power and rural electric cooperative utilities on legislative and regulatory issues and offers training for its members. Because this year marks NEPPA’s 50th Anniversary, they went the extra mile (literally and figuratively!), and held the meeting at the Mount Washington Resort in the heart of the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

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NatCon 2015: the annual gathering of public power

Sue Kelly National Conference

APPA staff has just gotten back from our 2015 National Conference in Minneapolis, which went from June 5 through 10. Our annual gathering is an opportunity to meet and learn from each other, and to remember why we do what we do. In the end, it really is all about the retail customers — providing them with reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible electric service. The ways we do that are going to change, but the mission will not.

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Legislative trail to a bright energy future


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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