Power Lines Blog

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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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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Back to the Great Plains

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At the 51st annual meeting of the Missouri River Energy Services, Peter Fox Penner, author of Smart Power, talked about public power’s future. MRES provided updates on solar and hydro projects and a program to provide qualified lineworkers to five communities in Minnesota. A veteran leader was honored for 40 years of service to public power.

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