Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., on Feb. 27 received the American Public Power Association’s Public Service Award at the Association’s Legislative Rally in Washington, D.C.
The Association noted that during his tenure as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Walden demonstrated a deep understanding of the value that public power utilities bring to their communities.
Walden “understands firsthand how important hydropower has been to the Pacific Northwest’s economy and its citizens,” the Association said in a news release.
Working with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., he has led the charge on hydropower licensing reform, moving legislation through the committee and House, the Association went on to say.
“Walden has also helped to push back against proposals by numerous presidential administrations to sell the federally-owned Power Marketing Administrations. As chairman, he played a key role in addressing other energy, environmental, and communications issues important to public power,” the Association noted.
“We greatly appreciate Chairman Walden’s leadership on the Energy and Commerce Committee,” said Association President and CEO Sue Kelly. “He truly understands the benefits of community ownership and local control and has been a champion of policies that help to preserve and advance public power.”
Walden’s congressional district includes two public power utilities, which provide electricity to nearly 27,000 homes and businesses.