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Tell us your story and help preserve tax-exempt municipal bonds

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With some Members of Congress talking about removing the tax exemption for municipal bonds as part of larger tax reform measures, the public power community must ensure that lawmakers understand all the benefits that flow from tax-exempt municipal bonds. In 2017, the American Public Power Association has ramped up advocacy efforts to maintain the tax exemption for municipal bonds.

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NERC moving the needle on reliability

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It has been just over ten years since the North American Electric Reliability Corporation was certified by federal energy regulators as the North American electric reliability organization and in an interview with the American Public Power Association, NERC President and CEO Gerry Cauley detailed several accomplishments that the reliability group has been able to achieve since that milestone event.

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Cybersecurity and electric vehicles with DOE

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There were two major pieces of news in July involving the American Public Power Association and the Department of Energy. The DOE said it will provide APPA with funding for member utility physical and cyber security efforts. Separately, the association and the DOE signed a memorandum of understanding related to electric vehicle adoption and charging infrastructure construction.

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Public power state of the industry

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The power of community is vital to address the challenges keeping public power leaders up at night, and the American Public Power Association is working to help its members meet those challenges, said Sue Kelly, President and CEO of APPA, in her annual “state of the public power industry” address at the 2016 APPA National Conference in Phoenix, Ariz.

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At the federal policymaking table

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Meetings held by the U.S. Department of Energy across the country in April and May gave the public power community a unique opportunity to weigh in on a number of key energy policy matters of importance to public power. More than 10 public power executives took full advantage of that opportunity to, among other things, detail how public power is proactively working to address the growth of distributed energy resources and rapidly changing customer expectations in a digital age.

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Supreme court affirms FERC’s demand response rules

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The U.S. Supreme Court in January affirmed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s rules for demand response compensation in wholesale energy markets run by regional transmission organizations and independent system operators. The high court in a 6-2 decision reversed and remanded the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit judgment that set aside FERC’s Order No. 745.

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