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  • Association opposes new push to divest TVA, PMA assets

    By Paul Ciampoli
    APPA News Director
    Posted on June 25, 2018

    The American Public Power Association is disappointed to see that President Trump’s report on government reorganization proposes to divest the transmission assets held by the Tennessee Valley Authority and three of the Power Marketing Administrations: Southwestern Power Administration, Western Area Power Administration, and Bonneville Power Administration, said Sue Kelly, president and CEO of the Association.

  • Checking out "Energiewende"

    By Sue Kelly
    APPA President and CEO
    Posted on July 5, 2018

    I have been traveling quite a bit lately. In May, I traveled to Los Angeles to speak to the first annual meeting in ten years of the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA), held by Michael Webster and his team in Garden Grove. After going home to repack, I went to New York City for the Association’s annual pilgrimage to meet with the ratings agencies. We go each year to talk to Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings about the current environment in Washington for public power. After some time back in the office to nail down the arrangements for the National Conference and Board meeting, I went in June to the Large Public Power Council’s CEO meeting in Asheville, North Carolina, hosted by Roy Jones and ElectriCities of North Carolina. And then I took advantage of the kind offer of Jim Fuller of MEAG Power to drive from Asheville to Augusta, Georgia to tour the Vogtle 3 and 4 nuclear plants under construction — a truly amazing tour. From there, I went on to the Association’s National Conference in New Orleans. It went very well by all accounts.

  • Commission considers partnership

    By Rebecca McCutcheon
    CourierTraveler Author
    Posted on June 18, 2018

    The Winfield City Commission will consider a partnership with an electric transmission company Monday that would help the city invest in new transmission projects.

  • Concerns over rising transmission rates voiced at conference

    By Peter Maloney
    APPA
    Posted October 24, 2018

    Rising rates and issues of transparency tied to transmission projects, as well as competition in transmission planning, were areas of focus for two panels at the American Public Power Association’s recent Legal and Regulatory Conference in Charleston, S.C.

  • Court says Mo. PSC erred in denial for major grid project

    By Peter Maloney
    APPA News Author
    Posted on July 24, 2018

    The Missouri Supreme Court on July 17 ruled that the state’s Public Service Commission erred in denying a certificate of convenience and need to a proposed transmission line, giving hope to the developers of the 780-mile project.

  • Court upholds Minnesota’s right of first refusal over transmission projects

    by Paul Ciampoli
    APPA News Director
    Posted April 2, 2020

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on March 25 upheld a district court’s dismissal of a lawsuit that challenged Minnesota’s right-of-first-refusal (ROFR) law governing which entities may build new transmission facilities in the state.

  • District court rejects challenge to Texas right-of-first-refusal transmission law

    by Peter Maloney
    APPA News
    Posted March 10, 2020

    Utilities in Texas retained the right of first refusal to build new transmission lines, following a recent district court ruling.

  • Electric partnership possible

    By Rebecca McCutcheon
    CourierTraveler Writer
    Posted on June 22, 2018

    A proposed partnership between the City of Winfield, the Kansas Power Pool and transmission operator GridLiance of Irving, Texas, will help the city finance upcoming projects and manage the risks that come with owning its electric transmission facilities.

    The city and GridLiance entered into a non-binding letter of agreement Monday regarding possible purchase and development of a portion of the city’s electric system.

    The purpose of the agreement is to preserve current transmission revenue and share the risk of electric transmission ownership, according to documents provided by the city.

  • FERC adopts new base ROE methodology

    by Paul Ciampoli
    APPA News Director
    Posted November 22, 2019

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Nov. 21 approved an order that alters the Commission’s methodology for analyzing the base return on equity, or ROE, component of a jurisdictional public utility’s rates.

  • FERC examines RTO implementation of reliability project exemptions

    by Paul Ciampoli
    APPA News Director
    Posted October 23, 2019

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Oct. 17 initiated proceedings that will examine how ISO New England, the PJM Interconnection and the Southwest Power Pool are implementing the exemption from competitive selection processes afforded to immediate need reliability projects.

  • FERC proposes major changes to transmission ROE calculations

    By Paul Ciampoli
    APPA News Director
    Posted October 24, 2018

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently proposed significant changes to its approach to calculating the return on equity (ROE) that may be included in cost-based transmission rates.

  • FERC proposes shift in approach to transmission incentives

    by Paul Ciampoli
    APPA News Director
    Posted March 23, 2020

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 19 issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) that the Commission said would shift the focus in granting transmission incentives from an approach based on the risks and challenges faced by a project to one based on the benefits to consumers.

  • FERC urged to keep transmission costs at a reasonable level

    by Paul Ciampoli
    APPA News Director
    Posted August 23, 2019

    Against the backdrop of increasing transmission costs, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should strive to ensure that those costs remain at a reasonable level for consumers as it weighs possible changes to its transmission incentives and return on equity (ROE) policies.

  • FERC urged to stick with current transmission incentive approach

    by Paul Ciampoli
    APPA News
    Posted August 26, 2019

    A move by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to scrap or alter its current approach to transmission project-specific incentives in favor of a framework intended to advance certain categories of benefits would run afoul of legal requirements and likely interfere with the regional transmission planning processes the Commission has sought to promote, a large group of a large group of state utility regulators, industrial power customers, public power utilities, consumer advocates and related associations said.

  • Groups urge fast action on transmission rights of way revisions

    by Paul Ciampoli
    APPA News Director
    Posted December 19, 2019

    The American Public Power Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) recently weighed in on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service proposal to revise its existing special use regulations for issuing or reissuing authorizations for vegetation management along power line rights-of-way.

  • Intermountain Power Agency shifts to role as energy provider, hub

    by Paul Ciampoli
    APPA News Director
    Posted August 14, 2019

    With the decision to retire coal-fired units at its Intermountain Power Project (IPP) a few years ago, Utah’s Intermountain Power Agency (IPA) now considers itself an energy provider and hub, with plans to build natural gas-fired generation and serve as a bridge for the supply of renewable energy.

  • Lawmakers hear concerns on transmission planning

    By Paul Ciampoli
    APPA News Director
    Posted on May 16, 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.

  • Lawmakers hear concerns on transmission planning from TAPS, others

    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.

  • No need for FERC to alter approach to setting ROEs, coalition says

    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.

  • NYPA projects to reduce grid bottlenecks, boost system efficiency

    by Paul Ciampoli
    APPA News Director
    Posted August 21, 2019

    The New York Power Authority (NYPA) on Aug. 15 said that it is launching a series of research projects aimed at improving the efficiency of power systems and removing potential transmission obstacles that can be faced by New York State utilities.