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Smart Grid
An undersea electric cable connecting Block Island to the mainland boosted reliability for customers of the island's electric utility. While an AMI system helped the utility manage related changes, a new accounting, back office, and customer service software system helped the utility realize the potential of AMI and open the door to innovation.
As the public’s concern for the environment grows, public power utilities must make a greater effort to explain how renewables fit into broader generation plans, emphasize that they are community-owned, and leverage the news media to tell their story, panelists said on June 10 at the American Public Power Association’s 2019 National Conference.
Bonds and Financing
Washington State’s Chelan County PUD and Snohomish County PUD received positive news from rating agencies S&P Global and Moody’s Investors Service.
Distributed Energy Resources
The Board of Directors for the American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments program has approved grants for eight new projects.
New Jersey is set to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program for power plants in Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states.
The Federal Communications Commission does not have legal authority to regulate public power pole attachments due to the clear public power exemption from federal pole attachment regulations set forth in section 224 of the Communications Act, the American Public Power Association said.
California’s Sacramento Municipal Utility District has been recognized as the 2019 Public Power Utility of the Year by the Smart Electric Power Alliance.
Read about the latest leadership changes and achievements in the public power community. This column features updates from City Utilities of Springfield, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Hometown Connections.