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Power Sources
A new report from the American Public Power Association said that in 2019, less than 100 megawatts of coal capacity is being proposed, a dramatic decrease from a 2018 Association report that showed that there were 11,000 MW of new coal capacity being proposed.
Electricity Markets
As part of his $4.5 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2020, President Donald Trump has again proposed selling federal Power Marketing Administration and Tennessee Valley Authority transmission assets.
Heartland Consumers Power District is expanding its economic development offerings by teaming up with an engineering firm to offer municipal planning services to the communities the public power utility serves.
Read about the latest leadership changes and achievements in the public power community. This column features updates from the Northwest Public Power Association, the Kissimmee Utility Authority, the Orlando Utilities Commission and Muscatine Power and Water.
Disaster Response
In the wake of tornadoes that hit Alabama, Georgia and Florida over the first weekend in March, public power utilities in the region rolled up their sleeves and helped one another with power restoration efforts, marking the latest example of how public power utilities lean on each other through mutual aid assistance.
Bonds and Financing
California public power utility Alameda Municipal Power on March 7 earned a credit rating upgrade from Standard and Poor’s Global Ratings based on the utility’s strong financial performance. The upgrade moves Alameda Municipal Power’s S&P rating from A+ to AA-. S&P noted in a statement that Alameda
Electricity Markets
Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., on March 5 reintroduced legislation aimed at updating the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978.
In an effort to cut ozone pollution, New York regulators are proposing tougher air emission requirements that are expected to force about 3,400 megawatts of older peaking units to retire.