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Washington Report: Generation development, forward contracts

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APPA and NRECA filed joint briefs with the Supreme Court to support the authority of state utility commissions in MD and NJ to encourage the development of new generating plants through long-term contracts with developers. APPA and other industry groups have expressed support for proposed CFTC changes to handling forward contracts and swaps.

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Why Community Broadband Makes Sense

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Approximately 70 percent of public power utilities serve cities with less than 10,000 residents. Many of these utilities were established because private utilities failed to provide affordable electricity to smaller communities. Today, these public power utilities are meeting the new needs in their communities by providing broadband services where no other providers will and by facilitating competition where service is inadequate or too expensive.

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EPA’s Interim Deadline Poses Problems: 111(d) Proposed Interim Deadlines May Be Cliffhanger for States

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Most people would agree that the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to curb carbon dioxide emissions under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act is far-reaching. The rule puts forward CO2 emissions limitations that will dramatically change how energy is generated and consumed across our country.

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Which Hat Are You Wearing?

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For the last four months I’ve been wearing two hats at APPA. As general counsel, I represent APPA and our member utilities before courts and regulatory bodies on a broad range of issues. And I’ve been filling in, temporarily, as the head of human resources. While I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to learn and interact with colleagues and members in new ways, I’ve also gained a new perspective on the challenges that in-house counsel at public power utilities face when they wear multiple hats.

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Public Power’s Comments on EPA Proposed Rule Caution Against Doing Too Much Too Soon

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On Dec. 1, APPA submitted its comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on its proposed rule to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. APPA agrees that the electricity sector needs to reduce CO2 emissions, but cautions against the dangers of the proposed rule trying to do too much too quickly.

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