Statement by the American Public Power Association on New Senate Chairs
February 12, 2014
Washington, D.C. –The American Public Power Association (APPA) congratulates Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) for his upcoming move to become chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, as well as Senate Small Business Chair Mary Landrieu (D-LA) for her upcoming move to become chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
Senator Wyden currently serves as Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, but is expected to become chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance in the wake of former Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus’s (D-MT) confirmation by the Senate on February 6 to serve as U.S. Ambassador to China.
APPA has enjoyed working with Senator Wyden as leader of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and we look forward to working with him as chairman of the Committee on Finance.
We also look forward to continuing to work with Senator Landrieu. The vast majority of APPA members are small businesses and have benefitted from the work of her current committee. As Chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, she will play an important role in framing our nation’s energy policy, including such important issues as the electricity and natural gas nexus.
APPA is the national service organization representing the interests of over 2,000 municipal and other state and locally owned, not-for-profit electric utilities throughout the United States (all but Hawaii) referred to collectively as “public power utilities.” This includes 19 public power systems serving 295,259 homes and businesses in Oregon and 24 public power systems serving 166,947 homes and businesses in Louisiana. Collectively, public power utilities deliver electricity to one of every seven electricity consumers (approximately 48 million people) and generate 10.4 percent of the nation’s electric power.