Joint Action Content

Electricity Markets
A newly formed municipal power pool in Missouri is moving forward with two members initially after the Mount Vernon City Council gave final approval Nov. 28 to join the Southwest Missouri Public Energy Pool.
Power Sources
Bonds and Financing
How joint action agencies and state associations help power strong communities Public power is no stranger to collaboration. In the 1950s and ‘60s, joint action agencies began to form to help smaller public power utilities pool resources, negotiate for better wholesale power prices, and build shared
Bonds and Financing
Moody’s Investors Service has affirmed its Aa3 rating for the Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency’s power supply revenue bonds. WMMPA provides financing for and is the owner of generation, transmission, and other facilities that are used by Missouri River Energy Services to serve its 60 member public power systems.
Electricity Markets
Power Sources
Community
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should quickly reject an attempt by transmission owners in New England "to extract hundreds of millions of dollars from consumers," the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company said on June 27.
Distributed Energy Resources
Solar
Power Sources
American Municipal Power, Inc. on Feb. 26 announced that it has reached a joint development agreement with DG AMP Solar, LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC.
Communications and Customer Care
Power Sources
Community
The inspiration for this article came from Akeyla Clarke, pricing and rates manager for the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority. Earlier this year, in an inquiry posted to one of the American Public Power Association's list servers, Clarke asked about energy efficiency programs run by public power utilities.
Electricity Markets
Power Sources
Community
Investor-owned Tampa Electric Co. is evaluating whether to contribute its power generation to a pilot project with three public power utilities in Florida that currently operate as the Florida Municipal Power Pool, or FMPP, in an effort to reduce electricity costs for customers.
Distributed Energy Resources
Solar
Power Sources
The public power utility in Norwich, Connecticut, is taking steps to improve the reliability of its electric system —during and after major storms —by upgrading and hardening its distribution network and developing a microgrid.
Power Sources
Community
The doors of a new power generation facility in Minnesota were opened to the public late last month. On July 27, the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency and its partner, Avant Energy, invited area residents to tour MMPA's Shakopee Energy Park, a 46-MW natural gas-powered facility that began operating earlier this year.
Smart Energy Use
Community
This week I traveled to Columbus, Ohio, to speak at American Municipal Power's Annual Conference. AMP is a large joint action agency, serving public power distribution utilities (and a number of joint action agencies) in 7 states. AMP is very forward thinking—they're developing a diversified