The American Public Power Association’s policy positions are reflected in the resolutions listed below as well as in our issue briefs and regulatory filings on various topics. Resolutions are proposed annually by interested members, adopted by the Legislative & Resolutions Committee, and voted on by all members at the annual Association Business Meeting.
The Resolutions process begins by Association members, individually or collectively, drafting proposed policy resolutions and submitting them to the Legislative and Resolutions Committee in advance of the L&R Committee meeting at the Legislative Rally. Each Association member — utility, joint action agency, or and state and regional association — is eligible to designate one employee or governing board member to serve as its voting delegate at the L&R Committee Meeting and the Association Business Meeting. The delegates to the two meetings may be the same or different. Members can learn more about voting on resolutions.
Six resolutions were approved by members at the June 2018 L&R Committee Meeting:
Oversight and Transparency of Supplemental Transmission Projects
The Association supports efforts to address necessary maintenance and refurbishment of the transmission grid to ensure reliable and affordable service. It is imperative that federal policymakers implement a true review process that ensures transmission investments within regional transmission organizations are prudent, cost-effective and future-focused.
Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure
The Association supports policies that incent production and deployment of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, including tax incentives.
Improved Efforts to Prevent and Respond to Natural Disasters
The Association commends its members for executing and participating in mutual aid agreements and encourages greater member participation.
Public Power Infrastructure Investments
The Association believes that the federal government should not try to encourage, pressure, or otherwise incent states and localities to privatize public facilities.
Western Regional Market Expansion Principles
The Association urges that evaluation of any proposals to expand the California Independent System Operator and augment the Energy Imbalance Market consider whether such proposals would positively impact consumers and avoid impediments to the public power business model.
Modernizing the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) of 1978
The Association supports the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Congress examining whether the objectives of PURPA have been achieved given the development of wholesale electricity markets, the adoption of open access transmission policies, and the adoption of state and federal policies to promote renewable sources of power.