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Bay’s Dissent Highlights Flaws in Mandatory Capacity Markets

Flaws in Mandatory Capacity Markets

The American Public Power Association is disappointed that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has once again fueled the many ills of mandatory capacity markets by accepting the PJM’s Capacity Performance Proposal. Despite the flawed reasoning of the FERC order accepting the proposal, it is encouraging to see that FERC Chairman Norman Bay, who wrote a clearly expressed dissent to the decision, stands out as a powerful voice of reason.

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Do You Need to Update Your Employee Handbook?

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It’s important to review and update your employee handbook regularly – at least annually if possible – because employment laws and regulations (and agencies’ and courts’ interpretations of them) are ever-changing. Badly written or incomplete handbooks have gotten organizations in trouble for everything from discriminatory hiring practices to unwittingly creating an employment contract.

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Preparing for the Unexpected: Clean Power Plan Needs Reliability Safety Valve

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Every experienced ship captain knows the importance of preparing for a sudden change in weather once the ship is on open waters. Much can be done to prepare before leaving shore. The same principle applies to the proposed Clean Power Plan to reduce CO2 emissions from power plants. We need a “reliability safety valve” in case the unexpected happens and adjustments need to be made midcourse.

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Making Sure Public Power’s Voice Is Heard as Congress Takes Up Energy Legislation

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The American Public Power Association is making sure that the voice of public power is heard in the halls of Congress as lawmakers start to consider a large number of energy-related legislative proposals and hold related hearings in the Senate and House of Representatives. “... the perspective of not-for-profit, community owned public power utilities is wanted and needed in the development of this legislation,” said APPA’s Joy Ditto.

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Increased Electricity Rates: Fallout of “Competition” in Electric Markets

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After nearly two decades of retail and wholesale electric market restructuring, the promise of reduced rates has failed to materialize. In fact, customers in states with retail choice programs located within RTO-operated markets are now paying more for their electricity. The details are in a new report, 2014 Retail Electric Rates in Deregulated and Regulated States.

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Power with Purpose: A Postcard from the Strategic Planning Trip

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It’s been a very hectic — and exciting — ride on APPA’s strategic planning journey to date. We’ve been busy studying the landscape, navigating uneven roads and heavy traffic, and preparing for the next stop. Weather permitting, we are scheduled to announce APPA’s strategic plan at our National Conference, after board approval.

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Municipal Bond Tax Exemption Is Critical to Affordable Electricity

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As tax reform gets a closer look on Capitol Hill, it is vital that federal lawmakers not alter or eliminate the current tax exemption for municipal bonds, given the significant role that these bonds play in allowing public power and other entities to make critical infrastructure investments, the American Public Power Association (APPA) and two other public power groups said in April 2015.

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