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
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
Reliability
The New York Power Authority Board of Trustees recently approved $124 million for the initial permitting, engineering, design and procurement of new steel poles and foundations for the planned rebuild of the Power Authority’s major North-South power transmission line.
Community
Electric substations typically are not viewed as works of art designed to pay homage to an area's rich ancestral heritage. The new Cottonwood substation in Farmington, New Mexico, manages to do both while not sacrificing the important functionality needed to serve the community for decades to come.
Community
In an interview, Kevin Nordt, general manager of Grant County PUD in Washington State, detailed how the PUD’s decision to break from the old way of doing business helped the PUD successfully complete a major substation project in two years.