Press Release

Public Power Approves New Policy Resolutions on Climate Change Legislation and Comparable Energy Tax Incentives

Washington D.C., February 25, 2020—The American Public Power Association’s members approved five new policy resolutions on principles for federal climate change legislation, congressional efforts to provide public power with comparable incentives for alternative energy source development, guarding sensitive utility information, protecting wireless spectrum for public power communications systems, and preserving public power’s ability to self-supply power in capacity markets.

The resolutions were approved by APPA’s Legislative & Resolutions Committee at the Association’s 2020 Legislative Rally.

  • Climate Legislation: APPA supports congressional action to address climate change but urges Congress to do so in a way that maintains a reliable grid with affordable rates for retail customers. To this end, Congress must recognize regional power generation and consumption differences; consider all non-emitting power sources; and favor technologies that are demonstrated and economically feasible.
  • Comparable Incentives: APPA believes that if Congress is going to continue to use the tax code to drive federal energy and environmental policy, public power must be able to take advantage of incentives, such as the wind production tax credit and the solar investment tax credit.
  • Guarding Sensitive Utility Information: APPA urges Congress to amend the definitions of critical electric infrastructure and defense critical electric infrastructure in the FAST Act to explicitly include cybersecurity measures and assets.
  • Spectrum Protection: APPA would oppose any Federal Communications Commission order allowing unlicensed devices to operate in the 6 GHz band without appropriate demonstration that frequency coordination technology would effectively mitigate interference with vital utility communications.
  • Self-Supply Preservation: APPA urges the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to grant rehearing of its orders pertaining to the unreasonable and unlawful decision to apply a Minimum Offer Price Rule to new public power self-supply resources in the PJM Interconnection.

The full text of all five approved resolutions is available at www.PublicPower.org.