Infrastructure Content

The American Public Power Association (Association or APPA) opposes any efforts by Congress to weaken or eliminate the municipal exemption public power utilities have from federal pole attachment regulations. The Association also opposes any efforts by the FCC to circumvent well-established federal
Electric Vehicles
Two California public power utilities, the City of Palo Alto Utilities and Silicon Valley Power, are joining with three of the state’s community choice aggregators in programs to install public electric vehicle charging stations. As part of the effort, the California Energy Commission is proposing to provide $33 million in incentives to two counties.
Electric Vehicles
Smart Grid
A panel of industry, regulatory, and policy leaders said significant investments in infrastructure will be necessary to support electrification of transportation, manufacturing, and buildings in the coming decades.
Bonds and Financing
On July 16, the American Public Power Association transmitted a letter from 114 public power utilities to congressional taxwriters urging the end of federal budget sequestration of direct payments to issuers of bonds. The letter was sent as Congress is considering whether to allow states and
Bonds and Financing
The American Public Power Association recently urged federal lawmakers to consider modernizing the tax treatment of municipal bonds, a move that the Association said could result in billions of dollars of borrowing savings and make the financing of public infrastructure simpler and more affordable.
Cybersecurity and Physical Security
As we saw throughout 2018, nation states continue to launch campaigns targeting the electricity sector and are looking for ways to access critical infrastructure. It is unlikely this threat will go away in 2019. Indeed, the major bond rating agencies called out cybersecurity attacks as an increasing
Community
Texas-based New Braunfels Utilities is building a new substation to help meet significant growth.
Bonds and Financing
As the 116th Congress gets underway, there is a general consensus that lawmakers should work on infrastructure legislation. That consensus comes without a lot of agreement on what Congress should do. Much of the debate centers around transportation infrastructure — gasoline taxes, toll roads and
Bonds and Financing
Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, will co-chair the House Municipal Finance Caucus, according to a statement released on Dec. 10 by current caucus co-chairman Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md. Stivers replaces Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill., who failed to win re-election this fall.
Smart Grid
60% of Americans report wanting to live in a smart city. But what does it mean to be a smart city? It is about more than implementing technology, but can include the following factors. Connectedness : Community groups, government entities, and residents can share data, news, and feedback openly and