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Energy Storage Projects Highlight the Diversity of Public Power Communities


When Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, stepped on to a stage in Los Angeles earlier this year to unveil the company's Powerwall energy storage device for residential customers, the public's reaction was nothing short of giddy. It was as if energy storage was a brand new technology that was poised to be the Holy Grail for the energy industry.

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Urge Energy & Commerce Members to Support McMorris Rodgers Amendment to House Energy Bill


Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Jerry McNerney (D-CA) have agreed upon language for a hydropower amendment (attached) to H.R. 8, the “North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015”, or the “House Energy Bill.” Please contact members of House Energy & Commerce committee and ask them to support the McMorris Rodgers hydropower amendment.

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Countering Costly Capacity Market Proposal with Renewed Push for Self-Supply


The American Public Power Association in September took an all-hands-on-deck approach to drum up opposition to a legislative proposal — known as “performance requirements” — that would lock in high electricity rates that consumers pay in mandatory capacity markets operated by regional transmission organizations. At the same time, APPA continued to advocate for a proposal on Capitol Hill that would ensure public power utilities’ right to self-supply.

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Urge Your Congressman to Oppose Costly “Performance Requirements” Provision Being Considered in Energy Bill


We urge you to contact Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee (list below) to oppose the inclusion of a costly “performance requirements” amendment to the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015, under consideration by the full committee this week (mark-up starts tonight).

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Are Electric Vehicles Environmentally Friendly?


These days, for every report, study, or article touting the positives of electric vehicles (EV), there’s another that says the opposite. This type of confusions leaves many people with a lot of questions, especially if they think EVs may one day replace the internal combustion engines that have dominated car production for the last century.

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FERC’s Bay Repeatedly Highlights Flaws in Mandatory Capacity Markets

Flaws in Mandatory Capacity Markets

FERC Chairman Norman Bay has done it again. He pointed out, in no uncertain terms, that Eastern RTO-administered capacity constructs have a complex, flawed design and burden on consumers. Chairman Bay said that an Aug. 25 FERC order on transitional capacity auctions run by the PJM Interconnection would impose a heavy cost on consumers “with no corresponding benefits”
APPA applauds Chairman Bay for continuing to unequivocally make the case for overhaul of Eastern capacity construct designs.

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