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New policy resolutions on infrastructure investments and electric vehicles

Washington D.C., February 27, 2018—The American Public Power Association approved six new policy resolutions on supplemental transmission, electric vehicles, disaster response, infrastructure investments, western markets, and modernizing the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978.

The resolutions were approved by the Association’s Legislative & Resolutions Committee at the Association’s 2018 Legislative Rally. 

  • Oversight and Transparency of Supplemental Transmission Projects: The Association supports efforts to address necessary maintenance and refurbishment of the transmission grid to ensure reliable and affordable service. It is imperative that federal policymakers implement a true review process that ensures transmission investments within regional transmission organizations are prudent, cost-effective and future-focused.
  • Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure: The Association supports policies that incent production and deployment of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.
  • Improved Efforts to Prevent and Respond to Natural Disasters: The Association commends its members for executing and participating in mutual aid agreements and encourages greater member participation.
  • Public Power Infrastructure Investments: The Association believes that the federal government should not try to encourage, pressure, or otherwise incent states and localities to privatize public facilities.
  • Western Regional Market Expansion Principles: The Association urges that evaluation of any proposals to expand the California Independent System Operator and augment the Energy Imbalance Market consider whether such proposals would positively impact consumers and avoid impediments to the public power business model.
  • Modernizing the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) of 1978: The Association supports the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Congress examining whether the objectives of PURPA have been achieved given the development of wholesale electricity markets, the adoption of open access transmission policies, and the adoption of state and federal policies to promote renewable sources of power.