Press Release

Rep. Walden honored for supporting community-owned, locally controlled electric utilities

Washington D.C., February 27, 2019—Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) today received the American Public Power Association’s Public Service Award at the Association’s Legislative Rally in Washington, D.C.

During his tenure as chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Chairman Walden demonstrated a deep understanding of the value that public power utilities bring to their communities. A lifelong Oregonian, he understands firsthand how important hydropower has been to the Pacific Northwest’s economy and its citizens. Working with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington state, he has led the charge on hydropower licensing reform — moving legislation through the committee and House.

Walden has also helped to push back against proposals by numerous presidential administrations to sell the federally-owned Power Marketing Administrations. As chairman, he played a key role in addressing other energy, environmental, and communications issues important to public power.

“We greatly appreciate Chairman Walden’s leadership on the Energy and Commerce Committee,” said Association President & CEO Sue Kelly. “He truly understands the benefits of community ownership and local control and has been a champion of policies that help to preserve and advance public power.”

Rep. Walden represents Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District, which has two public power utilities. They provide electricity to nearly 27,000 homes and businesses.