APPA News

By Susan Partain
APPA Senior Editor and Content Strategist
Posted on June 19, 2018

Kicking off the American Public Power Association’s National Conference in New Orleans, La. on June 18, Sue Kelly, president and CEO of the Association, urged public power utilities to heed three global trends to consider how to serve customers in the future.

By Susan Partain
APPA Senior Editor and Content Strategist
Posted on June 19, 2018

Chunka Mui is a futurist, innovation advisor, and author. His book, Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance, is a New York Times bestseller. Public Power Daily interviewed Chunka in advance of his presentation Tuesday, June 19 on Unleashing Six Megatrends of the Next Decade to public power leaders at the National Conference in New Orleans.

What qualifies a technology as a megatrend, as opposed to a technology that just gets widely adopted?

A megatrend is something that creates a large gap in capability. When technology improves to the point that it creates a whole enormous amount of capability that is very different from the capabilities utilized today. Essentially, you have a large gap that separates what people are doing now from what’s possible.

By Peter Maloney
APPA Author
Posted on June 18, 2018

NV Energy in a joint filing for its Nevada Power and Sierra Pacific Power subsidiaries is seeking approval of six solar power purchase agreements with some of the lowest prices seen to date.

By Paul Ciampoli
APPA News Director
Posted on June 15, 2018

The Western Area Power Administration on June 11 submitted a formal request to the Southwest Power Pool for reliability coordinator services for two WAPA balancing authorities.

By Paul Ciampoli
APPA News Director
Posted on June 15, 2018

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh on June 7 unveiled plans to issue a request for information for competitive pricing of large-scale renewable energy projects.

By Meena Dayak, Nathan Mitchell
APPA Authors
Posted on June 14, 2018

Michael Daniel, Cybersecurity Advisor to President Obama (2012 - 2016) and President, Cyber Threat Alliance, will address public power leaders at the National Conference in New Orleans on Monday, June 18 (2:45 to 4 pm CDT) on How Cybersecurity Is Redefining Our World. Public Power Daily interviewed Daniel in advance of his keynote.


Given current world events, what is the real potential for a cyber attack on any of our critical infrastructure, and on the electric grid in particular?

The threat is very real and evolving. Nation states are beginning to incorporate offensive cyber capabilities into their toolboxes. The likelihood of an attack is increasing. If you look at what happened in Ukraine, there has certainly been some experimenting with what those capabilities can do. If you are the owner and operator of a critical infrastructure system — power, natural gas, healthcare, transport, etc. — you should be paying attention.

By Paul Ciampoli
APPA News Director
Posted on June 14, 2018

Michigan-based CMS Energy and its and its primary subsidiary, Consumers Energy, have entered what they said is the first syndicated sustainability-linked revolving credit facilities for a U.S. borrower.

By Paul Ciampoli
APPA News Director
Posted on June 13, 2018

Lawmakers at a recent hearing on Capitol Hill heard from several power industry participants, including John Twitty, executive director of the Transmission Access Policy Study Group (TAPS), who detailed concerns they have about the current environment for transmission planning.

By Paul Ciampoli
APPA News Director
Posted on June 13, 2018

Rebutting assertions made in a whitepaper published by the Edison Electric Institute, a coalition of entities representing consumer interests argues that there is no need to alter the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approach to setting the return on equity component of electric transmission rates through the use of a two-step discounted cash flow, or DCF, method.

By Peter Maloney
APPA Author
Posted on June 12, 2018

Cadenza Innovation was awarded $1 million in funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for a project that will demonstrate a behind-the-meter energy storage system using an innovation in lithium-ion battery technology.