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

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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

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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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The 100-Percent Public Power State

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In the United States, there is one state, and only one state, where every single resident and business receives electricity from a community-owned institution rather than a for-profit corporation. It is not a famously liberal state like Vermont or Massachusetts. Rather, it is conservative Nebraska, with its two Republican Senators and two (out of three) Republican members of Congress, that has embraced the complete socialization of energy distribution.

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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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