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Disaster Response and Mutual Aid
The American Public Power Association and several other energy industry trade associations and unions on April 3 sent a letter to organizations representing state and local governments asking them to give mission-essential workers a higher priority when it comes to testing and personal protective equipment (PPE) as the country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Energy Efficiency
Four public power utilities have been named 2020 Energy Star winners by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Energy Storage
The New York Department of Public Service on April 1 issued the first “State of Storage” annual report announcing progress in reaching New York’s statewide energy storage goal of 3,000 megawatts (MW) by 2030, with an interim objective of deploying 1,500 MW by 2025.
Environment
A group of nearly two dozen environmental advocates on April 1 petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to amend its recent memo addressing compliance enforcement during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Disaster Response and Mutual Aid
In a recent Facebook Live event, Paula Gold-Williams, President and CEO of Texas public power utility CPS Energy, and other CPS Energy officials detailed how the utility is helping customers respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how it has responded to the pandemic in terms of internal operations.
Generation
Platte River Power Authority is seeking the ability to delay the filing of its 2020 integrated resource plan (IRP) until December because its board of directors and the public are not currently able to gather in person to deliberate and discuss future energy mix options, it said on April 1.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on March 25 upheld a district court’s dismissal of a lawsuit that challenged Minnesota’s right-of-first-refusal (ROFR) law governing which entities may build new transmission facilities in the state.
Disaster Response and Mutual Aid
With input from the American Public Power Association and public power utilities, the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC) has updated a resource guide it has developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.