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The American Public Power Association and several other trade groups are voicing concerns over a Federal Communications Commission proposal to open the 6 GHz spectrum band to unlicensed use, saying that they have significant concerns that the proposal could threaten the integrity of their mission-critical communications networks.
Electricity Markets
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $28 million to begin work on a major new transmission upgrade project in the Mohawk Valley and Capital Region. The project stems from a proposal submitted by LS Power Grid New York and the New York Power Authority to improve reliability and provide better access to renewable energy through a key corridor.
Washington State’s Chelan County PUD received the 2019 Corporate Volunteer Award from the United States Energy Association for the utility’s work with the Ugandan Electricity Generation Company, Ltd.
Electric Vehicles
The Wellesley Municipal Light Plant in Massachusetts, the Town of Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee and Sagewell announced the launch of a new program for electric vehicle drivers that encourages EV drivers in Wellesley to charge their vehicles during overnight hours in exchange for an $8.00 credit on their electric bill each month.
The city council of Pueblo, Colo., has voted in favor of taking the next step in studying the feasibility of municipalization.
Smart Energy Use
The Omaha Public Power District is launching a pilot program aimed at expanding the public power utility’s energy efficiency program among its low-income customers.
Power Sources
The New York Power Authority is in the planning stages of a life extension and modernization and controls upgrade program at its Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant.
Bill Johnson, the new general manager of the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, recently detailed how the utility has proactively worked to develop a strong reliability and safety culture at the Kansas-based public power utility.