The American Public Power Association held its 2014 National Conference in Denver from June 13-18. Before it gets too far into the rearview mirror I wanted to say what a great experience it was. We heard expert speakers discuss cybersecurity, the political climate, and the economic outlook.
While municipalization is certainly not for everyone, the demand for locally-owned products and services is on the upswing. The millennial generation is more disposed to support clean energy, wants more choice in its energy decision-making, and may favorably view government intervention to achieve
Municipal bonds work for public power utilities and their customers. Federal policy makers should recall these facts when proposing to alter the tax treatment of municipal bonds. If public power systems are going to make the needed infrastructure investments to incorporate new technologies, keep our
WPPI has a new pilot project to develop community solar gardens — good for the residential customers who subscribe to a panel, since they do not have the hassle of having solar panels installed on their own house, but get the benefit of locally-produced solar power—and good for the utilities, since
Mutual aid is neighbors helping neighbors restore power as quickly and safely as possible in the aftermath of a disaster. Public power utilities have strong emergency response processes, with coordination among federal, state, and private-sector first responders. In October 2012, when Superstorm
It's not rocket science to figure out what customers want from their electric utilities — reliable power supply, reasonable prices and good customer service. The more efficiently a utility operates, the more likely it is to keep the lights on and customers happy.