APPA News

By Sue Kelly
APPA President and CEO
Posted November 17, 2017

This time of year is ripe for thinking about collaboration. As many families come together for Thanksgiving, there is much to celebrate — growing families bringing new traditions, recipes, and perspectives to the table.

By Paul Ciampoli
APPA News Director
Posted November 17, 2017

More than 6,000 stakeholders from across North America this week took part in GridEx, an exercise designed for utilities to exercise their response and recovery to cyber and physical security threats in a simulated environment.

The exercise, which takes place every two years, allows utilities, government partners and other critical infrastructure participants to engage with local and regional first responders, exercise cross-sector impacts, improve unity of messages and communication, identify lessons learned and engage senior leadership, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation noted.

By Paul Ciampoli
APPA News Director
Posted November 15, 2017

A recently released guide by Utilities United Against Scams offers details on the types of scams facing utility customers these days, as well as tips on how customers can avoid scams.

Utilities United Against Scams is a consortium of more than 100 U.S. and Canadian electric, water, and natural gas utilities (and their respective trade associations), which focuses on raising awareness of utility scams targeting customers.

By Susan Partain
APPA
Posted November 14, 2017

How joint action agencies and state associations help power strong communities

By John Godfrey
APPA
Posted November 14, 2017

The probability that the tax exemption on municipal bonds will be eliminated is low, but the cost of elimination would be steep — $5 billion a year for public power. And we are not alone. Beyond hampering the ability to finance projects that enhance the electrical grid, an unprecedented tax on municipal bonds would do irreparable harm to state and local governments’ ability to economically finance a diverse array of infrastructure investments that make commerce possible and keep our communities livable.

By Paul Ciampoli
APPA News Director
Posted November 13, 2017

The House Ways and Means Committee on Nov. 9 approved H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, while Senate Finance Committee Republicans released their own version of the bill. Both versions would retain the current-law tax exemption for municipal bonds, while prohibiting the issuance of advanced refunding bonds. The repeal is estimated to raise $17 billion in federal revenues.

By Ethan Howland
APPA
Posted November 13, 2017

Voters in Boulder, Colo., approved a measure to fund for another three years the city’s long-running effort to form a municipal utility.

By Bob Matyi
APPA
Posted November 13, 2017

Following months of testimony and review, the Ohio Public Utilities Commission on Nov. 8 adopted a common set of net metering rules that attempt to strike a balance between customers who own electric generating facilities and electric utilities and competitive power suppliers.

By Paul Ciampoli
APPA News Director
Posted November 9, 2017

A new report from the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center detailing state-level grid modernization activities said that 33 states and the District of Columbia took some type of action on grid modernization during the third quarter of 2017. The report said that of the 33 states taking action, 26 took actions specifically related to energy storage policies and deployment.

By Paul Ciampoli
APPA News Director
Posted November 9, 2017

Arguments made by various parties in a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proceeding that seek to justify implementation of a Department of Energy proposed rule that would affect organized wholesale power markets fall flat on a number of fronts, the American Public Power Association said in a Nov. 7 filing.