APPA News

by Sue Kelly
APPA President and CEO
Posted October 22, 2019

I have been watching a lot of baseball this fall. The Washington Nationals’ amazing comeback to get into the World Series, after having been left for dead this spring, has been awe-inspiring to watch. Dancing in the dugout, turning an entire ballpark of uptight Washingtonians into “Baby Shark” fans, and shaking off decades of bad karma to beat the Brewers, the Dodgers, and then the Cardinals has been wonderful. “Stay in the Fight” indeed! Having done it all without Bryce Harper makes it extra sweet. Regardless of whether the Nats win the Series, the team has already won my heart.

by Paul Ciampoli
APPA News Director
Posted October 22, 2019

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has issued a draft electric vehicle roadmap for the state that identifies a number of policies, programs, and strategies to help Connecticut accelerate customer adoption of EVs and expand the associated charging infrastructure.

by Paul Ciampoli
APPA News Director
Posted October 22, 2019

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Public Power and the Cleveland Foundation jointly issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for developers interested in constructing a microgrid in downtown Cleveland.

by Paul Ciampoli
APPA News Director
Posted October 22, 2019

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District wants to ensure that it captures the value of intellectual property (IP) that it develops when entering strategic alliances with companies. In a sign of how seriously the utility takes IP, SMUD has developed a program where utility employees are taught how to detect and protect IP, said Laura Lewis, Chief Legal Officer at SMUD.

by Peter Maloney
APPA News
Posted October 21, 2019

The mayor of San Jose, Calif., issued a memo late last week in response to a recent power shutoff by Pacific Gas and Electric that calls for an exploration of creating a municipal utility, among other things.

by Paul Ciampoli
APPA News Director
Posted October 21, 2019

Commissioners with the California Public Utilities Commission on Oct. 18 said that Pacific Gas & Electric fell short in several areas related to a recent massive power shutoff intended to prevent wildfires caused by high winds taking down power lines and asked officials with the utility to explain how they intended to fix the problems going forward.

by Paul Ciampoli
APPA News Director
Posted October 21, 2019

President Donald Trump on Oct. 18 nominated Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette to be the next Secretary of Energy after the current DOE Secretary Rick Perry said that he would resign from the position.

by Peter Maloney
APPA News
Posted October 18, 2019

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has released a guide for municipalities in the state interested in voluntarily adopting higher efficiency standards for new and renovated buildings.

by Paul Ciampoli
APPA News Director
Posted October 18, 2019

The New York State Public Service Commission on Oct. 17 approved construction of the largest battery storage facility in New York State history.

by Ethan Howland
APPA News
Posted October 18, 2019

The Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC – The Reliable One) is moving forward with two energy storage projects — one involving hydrogen and the other lithium-ion batteries — to help integrate the public power utility’s growing solar fleet.