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The power of women: Non-partisan legislative solutions

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As the Kansas legislative session grappled with a calamitous budget situation, tempers flared and solutions were elusive. A large contingent of women from both chambers and both parties came together and developed the framework for a workable tax plan. People want leaders who work hard to provide workable solutions for their community and are not bogged down by partisan wrangling.

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5 things you may not know about cybersecurity

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The electric utility sector is the only critical infrastructure sector that has mandatory and enforceable standards for cybersecurity. Public power believes the current regulations and standards established by Congress in 2005 provide a solid foundation for strengthening the industry’s security posture. These standards are dynamic. Close coordination among industry and government partners at all levels is essential to deter attacks and prepare for emergency situations.

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Keep distributed generation decisions local

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Electric utilities and their customers are increasingly integrating distributed generation including solar. State and localities are in the best position to determine how to promote these technologies and ensure that rates paid for distributed generation take into account the costs of maintaining and operating the distribution network. The federal government should not seek to impose a one-size-fits-all approach to rate design.

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Saving the Monarch butterfly

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Through voluntary action, industry and communities can help to restore pollinator habitats and avoid having the monarch butterfly placed on the endangered species list. It is not that expensive or difficult to be part of the solution if we can engage communities to take action — and who better to leverage their positive relationships with their communities than public power?

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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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Demystifying arcane electricity markets

Demystifying Self-supply and Other Arcane Electricity Market Concepts

Where there are no RTO-operated capacity markets, utilities either build their own generation or enter into contracts with generators to buy adequate capacity, keeping prices low for customers. These utilities are able to provide a reliable supply of electricity at a reasonable cost. There is no evidence that capacity markets are necessary. Instead, they primarily serve to create windfall profits for certain merchant generation owners.

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