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.
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.
The Winfield City Commission will consider a partnership with an electric transmission company Monday that would help the city invest in new transmission projects.
By Peter MaloneyAPPAPosted 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.
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.
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.
By Paul CiampoliAPPA News DirectorPosted 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.
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.
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.
High-voltage direct current (HVDC) lines could help mitigate some of the problems that higher levels of renewable energy penetration pose for the electric power grid, according to a new report commissioned by the Energy Information Administration.
The Tennessee Valley Authority maintains a highly reliable system that provides value for its business and utility customers, Bill Johnson, TVA president and chief executive officer said in response to a proposal to sell off TVA’s transmission assets.