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APPA to offer pre-Legislative Rally seminars on federal budget, long-term implications of natural gas, and governance processes

From the January 30, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published January 30, 2014

By Heidi Lambert
Manager, Education
On Monday, March 10, the APPA Academy will offer three, pre-Legislative Rally Seminars: 

•    Overview of the Federal Budget: Deficits, Debt, Appropriations and Taxes
•    Long-Term Implications of Greater Use of Natural Gas for Electric Generation
•    Governance Workshop: Sustaining Public Power’s Value through Effective Governance

The "Overview of the Federal Budget" course will include an explanation of how budgets are created and how they affect federal discretionary spending, entitlement programs and tax policy. The speakers will review recent budget legislation and provide insight from policymakers on where Washington is headed and what it means for public power.

The shift from coal to natural gas for electric generation creates several challenges that must be addressed, including potential price volatility, inadequate pipeline capacity and storage, lack of flexibility in pipeline rate schedules and misalignment of, and lack of, intra-day flexibility, within the gas and electric days. In the "Long-Term Implications of Greater Use of Natural Gas" course, participants will hear from speakers on the policies Congress and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are exploring to promote better coordination between the electricity and natural gas industries to ensure reliability is maintained during this transformational period for the electric utility industry. 

"Governance Workshop: Sustaining Public Power’s Value through Effective Governance" will provide policymakers with a comprehensive overview of the duties, responsibilities and processes of an effective member of a governance team. The instructor will cover the roles of utility boards, effective board-management relations, evaluating governing board performance, the board’s role in monitoring utility performance, the characteristics of high-performing boards and how to develop an "Excellence in Governance" model for your utility. Executive management and those who interact with the board or council will also benefit from this class.

The 2014 APPA Legislative Rally will be held March 10-12 in Washington, D.C., at the Grand Hyatt hotel. For program and registration information, including more details on pre-conference seminars, visit


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