Statement by the American Public Power Association on Obama Administration’s Call for Emphasis on Infrastructure in Quadrennial Energy Review
February 12, 2014
Washington, D.C. –The American Public Power Association (APPA) supports the Obama Administration’s efforts to undertake a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) and looks forward to working with the Administration on that effort. APPA welcomes U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz’s call for more emphasis on infrastructure, including transmission and distribution, and fuel diversity in the Administration’s QER, as stated in recent remarks before members of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.
APPA also greatly appreciates the Secretary’s pledge for more outreach to state, local, and tribal governments and his recognition of the important role they play in the QER process. We look forward to working with the Department of Energy and the Administration to ensure that important financial tools such as tax-exempt bonds can continue to be employed as we work to finance new capital investments in the electric grid and new, cleaner sources of generation. Tax exempt bonds have historically worked extremely well and we urge the Administration to recognize their vital importance moving forward.