Senator Jim Inhofe Honored by National Energy Group for Public Service

March 1, 2017

Press Release

Washington D.C., March 1, 2017—Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today received the American Public Power Association’s Public Service Award at the Association’s Legislative Rally in Washington, D.C.

Oklahoma has 63 public power utilities serving more than 200,000 customers.

“Senator Inhofe has a long and distinguished record of sticking up for community-owned utilities,” said Association President & CEO Sue Kelly. “He understands the impact that overregulation can have on our industry and has reached across the aisle to pursue commonsense solutions. We thank him for his steadfast advocacy for public power.”

During his tenure in the Senate—and as leader of the Environment and Public Works Committee—Senator Inhofe focused on issues affecting public power utilities. He has been particularly vigilant on regulatory overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency and sensitive to the impact on public power utilities. He led efforts to move disapproval resolutions on the EPA’s existing and new plant rules. He advocated for public power interests on the Waters of the United States rule, ozone rule, and Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) rule. His tireless work on the CCR rule resulted in bipartisan language that is now law to allow for the creation of state permitting programs to implement the final rule or state programs as protective of public health and the environment as the final rule.

As a pilot with decades of experience, Senator Inhofe has supported responsible regulation of drones. He has worked across the aisle to amend the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization bill to allow safe drone use by electric utilities and others to conduct inspections, aid in construction, and expedite power restoration efforts.

Senator Inhofe was instrumental in introducing the Public Power Risk Management Act, which provides relief for public power utilities that enter commodity swaps to manage risks from fuel and power price fluctuations. The bill sent a clear message to the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, leading to rule changes that have benefited public power utilities.