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The power of women: Non-partisan legislative solutions

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As the Kansas legislative session grappled with a calamitous budget situation, tempers flared and solutions were elusive. A large contingent of women from both chambers and both parties came together and developed the framework for a workable tax plan. People want leaders who work hard to provide workable solutions for their community and are not bogged down by partisan wrangling.

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5 reasons you should participate in GridEx IV

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The electricity sector is a target for those wanting to cause harm through cyber or physical attacks. You know that being impacted by a cyber or physical security incident is not outside the realm of possibility, yet how many opportunities do you have to practice incident response? Even if your organization is not directly impacted by an incident, you will be asked what you did to prepare for one.

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Reliability designation can help public power credit ratings

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Earning recognition as a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) demonstrates many things about your utility. An RP3 designation signifies leadership in reliability, safety, work force development, and system improvement. It shows your commitment to keeping the lights on for your customers, and it’s no easy feat – the RP3 application process is rigorous and takes months to complete. An RP3 designation can also indicate good financial health.

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Electric utility pole attachments

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Andrew Wills, director of government relations and counsel at the American Public Power Association, summarizes the latest activity regarding a petition to the FCC that could impact regulations on utility pole attachments. In particular, he notes how comments on the petition reflect different concerns from state and local governments, electric utilities, and telecommunications companies.

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Consider customer benefits first in CAISO changes

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An issue that had been dormant since last year — expanding California’s energy markets to other parts of the Western United States — resurfaced at a hearing in the Assembly on June 7. Despite a major push by the Governor and significant public attention in the past year, “regionalization” of the grid had been placed on the back burner except for a few discussions in wonky energy policy circles. With the issue rising again, it’s important to revisit the facts and arguments on regionalization with the goal of finding consumer benefits.

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