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Bonds and Financing
Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Debbie Stabenow. D-Mich., on Feb. 25 introduced legislation that would reinstate the ability to issue tax-exempt advance refunding bonds. The bill is supported by the American Public Power Association.
Electric Vehicles
Dothan Utilities has installed two DC fast chargers in what is seen as a step in adapting to the growing numbers of electric vehicles on U.S. roads.
Disaster Response and Mutual Aid
Crews from North Carolina and South Carolina public power entities recently helped Virginia’s Danville Utilities restore power after Danville was hit by ice storms.
Community Engagement
Public power utilities and their staff are making themselves available to help with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in their communities.
Distributed Energy Resources
New York recently accelerated its efforts to help local governments and agencies in the state participate in community solar projects.
Electricity Markets
The American Public Power Association (APPA) and the American Public Gas Association (APGA) recently urged President Biden to use the Natural Gas Policy Act (NGPA) to declare a natural gas supply emergency and to authorize the Secretary of Energy to exercise delegated authority under section 302 of the act to cap the price for purchases of natural gas from producers of natural gas or other persons to the extent authorized by the NGPA.
Electricity Markets
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Feb. 22 said that its Office of Enforcement is examining wholesale natural gas and electricity market activity during recent extreme cold weather to determine if any market participants engaged in market manipulation or other violations.
Environment
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Feb. 22 said that it will open a new proceeding to examine the threat that climate change and extreme weather events pose to electric reliability.