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Public Power and the strength of the pack


Joint action agencies provide a great variety of services to their member distribution utilities — from “bread and butter” power supply and wholesale transmission services to value-added services like energy efficiency programs and rate studies. The analogy of the pack is very applicable to the joint action model, and indeed, to public power as a whole. Let’s not forget that we are stronger when we work together.

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Connecting with public power in the Heartland

Connecting with Public Power in the Heartland

I spent April on the East and West Coasts. Since then, I have been travelling in the Nation’s Heartland. I have eaten dinner with Harry and Bess Truman (really!) and the members of the Transmission Access Policy Study Group (TAPS) at the Truman Library in Independence, MO, had brats and beer with the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO) in the parking lot of the Embassy Suites in Norman, OK, and partaken of an elegant meal at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa with other attendees at the SPP Board meeting.

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At French Lick: vital role of joint action agencies

Public Power at French Lick

I went to French Lick, Indiana, to speak at the annual meeting of IMPA, a joint action agency serving 60 Indiana public power electric utilities. Our joint action agencies play a vital role in the public power ecosystem, handling power supply, transmission, and a host of other services for their local utility members. This allows the members to do what they do best — provide reliable, reasonably priced and environmentally responsible retail electric service.

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Firehouse chili and energy efficiency in Ohio


This week I traveled to Columbus, Ohio, to speak at American Municipal Power’s Annual Conference. AMP is a large joint action agency, serving public power distribution utilities (and a number of joint action agencies) in 7 states. AMP is very forward thinking—they’re developing a diversified portfolio of power supply resources (natural gas, coal, new run-of-the-river hydro, wind and distribution level solar), and running an innovative energy efficiency program.

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