Power Lines Blog

Making Solar Work For You


Customers want solar. And no matter how they access it, they will turn to their utility for help. The technology may not be for everyone, but utilities that prepare proactively can better respond if customer interest does arise. Utilities are uniquely positioned to maximize the customer benefits of solar, and public power utilities in particular are poised to support innovation and effective integration through customer relationships.

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Rocky Mount Linemen Working to Keep America Powered


Rocky Mount’s hospitality industry salutes the men and women who work in their city, state and across the nation to keep the power on. They are often never recognized in their communities for awards and politicians don’t usually mention them as heroes. But they are the consummate professionals who provide the power that keeps our city moving. They are the men and women who are energy and utility professionals.

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Washington Report: FERC Should Play Active Role in Shaping EPA’s Clean Power Plan


Sue Kelly, APPA president and CEO said that FERC should have an "active role" related to the EPA’s proposed plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. Appearing at a Feb. 19 FERC technical conference at the commission's headquarters in Washington, D.C., Kelly urged the commission "not to be chopped liver."

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Omaha’s Storm and Outage Center Scores First Touchdown on Super Bowl Weekend


Omaha Public Power District recently replaced its 5-year-old storm blog with an interactive Storm & Outage Center. The website will provide timely, relevant, and interactive features for OPPD’s more than 360,000 customers in 13 counties in southeast Nebraska, . At the peak of a storm from Jan. 31-Feb. 1, nearly 20,000 customers lost power. Thousands turned to OPPD’s new Storm & Outage Center to report outages and get restoration updates.

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