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Bills and Rates
The House on Oct. 1 voted 214 to 207 in support of a $2.2 trillion revision of the HEROES Act.
Disaster Response and Mutual Aid
Officials in the neighboring Michigan villages of Baraga and L’Anse were able to have power quickly restored to their residents thanks to the communities’ electric lineworkers, as well as others from neighboring utilities, in the wake of a destructive weekend storm.
Electricity Markets
The California Independent System Operator (ISO) issued a call for voluntary electricity conservation, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 1.
Bonds and Financing
Moody’s Investor Services has upgraded Florida public power utility JEA’s water/wastewater and district energy systems senior and subordinated bond ratings and financial outlook in its latest rating action, JEA reported on Sept. 29.
Customer Service
Rock Hill Utilities, a South Carolina public power utility that began using text messages as an outage notification tool in May, is now looking at expanding its use for other functions to save time and money.
Cybersecurity and Physical Security
The House on Sept. 29 passed four grid security-related bills. Prior to the vote, the American Public Power Association, Edison Electric Institute and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association voiced collective support for full House consideration of three House Energy and Commerce Committee-passed bills.
Community Engagement
The American Public Power Association has earned an American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) “Power of A Summit Award” for the Light Up Navajo project, a partnership with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA), which connected hundreds of Navajo households to the electric grid for the first time.
Bills and Rates
An additional $4.5 billion in supplemental funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) would be provided as part of the latest $2.2 trillion comprehensive COVID-19 response legislation under a proposal by House Democrats.