The electric power industry continues to face significant new challenges and changes in a host of areas, including environmental regulation and reliability, grid security, market structure, transmission policy, the federal power program, needed expansions and upgrades of energy infrastructure, and integration of distributed and intermittent generation. All of this is occurring against a backdrop of a still struggling economy, virtually no increase in demand for electricity, high dysfunction in Congress, federal regulators with a clear bias in favor of renewable generation technologies, and increasing costs.
Public power utilities remain well positioned for success due to their traditional attributes of local control, not-for-profit operation, reliable and safe operations, consumer focus, and working together to meet common objectives. At the same time, public power face challenges.
- Build with Bonds
- Federal Power Program
- Distributed Generation
- Wholesale Electricity Markets
- Environmental Regulation
- Secure Grid
- On June 29, 2017, the Senate Energy & Natural Resource Committee released the text of S. 1460, the Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017.
- On June 29, 2017, the Bonneville Power Administration launched an educational effort called “Hydro Flows Here” to share information on the benefits of hydropower.
- On June 28, 2017, the House Energy & Commerce Committee marked up and passed eight bills seeking to modernize energy infrastructure and environmental laws.
- On June 27, 2017, the House passed H.R. 1967, the Bureau of Reclamation Pumped Storage Hydropower Development Act. The bill authorizes pumped storage hydropower development that utilizes multiple reclamation reservoirs.
- On June 26, 2017, the Senate confirmed Kristine Svinicki, President Trump’s nominee to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, for her third 5-year term by a vote of 88-9.
- On June 26, 2017, 50 bipartisan House members sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee opposing the Trump Administration’s plan to sell transmission assets of the PMAs.
- On June 26, 2017, FERC Commissioner Colette Honorable formally announced her resignation. This leaves acting Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur as the only member on the Commission, and without quorum.
FERC: APPA and NRECA filed a protest in the Petition for Declaratory Order of Advanced Energy Economy in Docket No. EL17-75-000 (7-19-17)
EPA: APPA filed comments with EPA on the proposed rule for Postponement of Certain Compliance Dates for ELG Guidelines and Standards for Stream Electric Generation Point Sources (7-6-17)
FERC: APPA filed post-technical conference comments and post-technical conference reply comments on State Policies and Wholesale Markets Operated by ISO New England Inc., New York Independent System Operator, Inc., and PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. in Docket No. AD17-11-000 (6-22-17; 7-14-17)
FERC: APPA, LPPC, and NRECA filed joint comments on the Review of Generator Interconnection Agreements and Procedures in Docket No. RM17-8-000. In addition, APPA and LPPC also filed joint comments in Docket No. RM17-8-000 objecting to one of the Commission's specific proposals which would expand interconnection customers' option to build their own interconneciton facilities and stand-alone network upgrades. (4-13-17)
FERC: APPA and NRECA filed comments on the Uplift Cost Allocation and Transparency in Markets Operated by Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators in Docket No. RM17-2-000 (4-10-17)
2017 Policy Resolutions
2017 Policy Resolutions