2017 Priorities



The electric power industry continues to face significant new challenges and changes in a host of areas, including environmental regulation and reliability, grid security, market structure, transmission policy, the federal power program, needed expansions and upgrades of energy infrastructure, and integration of distributed and intermittent generation. All of this is occurring against a backdrop of a still struggling economy, virtually no increase in demand for electricity, high dysfunction in Congress, federal regulators with a clear bias in favor of renewable generation technologies, and increasing costs.

Public power utilities remain well positioned for success due to their traditional attributes of local control, not-for-profit operation, reliable and safe operations, consumer focus, and working together to meet common objectives. At the same time, public power face challenges.

 

The APPA board of directors has directed staff to give priority attention in 2017 to several issues in these key areas:

  • Build with Bonds
  • Federal Power Program
  • Distributed Generation
  • Wholesale Electricity Markets
  • Environmental Regulation
  • Secure Grid

Legislation

Recent News

  • On August 3, 2017, APPA President and CEO Susan Kelly sent a letter to the IRS in relation to Treasury’s recent request for comments on proposed regulations redefining a “political subdivision” for purposes of qualifying to issue tax-exempt municipal bonds.
  • On August 3, 2017, the Senate voted to confirm Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to be Commissioners at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. 
  • On August 3, 2017, the Senate approved the nomination of Dan R. Brouillette to be Deputy Secretary of Energy by a vote of 79-17.
  • On August 3, 2017, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee scheduled a September 7 hearing on the nominations of Richard Glick and Kevin McIntyre to be commissioners at FERC. If confirmed by the Senate, McIntyre will serve as FERC chairman.
  • On August 2, 2017, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved eight bills and 10 nominees including the renomination of Ajit Pai, of Kansas, as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Jessica Rosenworcel, of Connecticut, as Commissioner, and Brendon Carr, of Virginia, as Commissioner for the remainder of a term expiring June 30, 2018.
  • On July 28, 2017, A Republican-led effort to repeal key provisions of the Affordable Care Act stalled when a comprehensive proposal by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) failed on a 49 to 51 vote. Republican congressional leaders focus their attention to tax reform.
  • On July 26, 2017, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy held the second hearing in its Powering America series titled, "A Review of the Operation and Effectiveness of the Nation’s Wholesale Electricity Markets."

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Regulation

Recent Filings:

FERC: APPA and NRECA filed a protest in the Petition for Declaratory Order of Advanced Energy Economy in Docket No. EL17-75-000 (7-19-17)

EPA: APPA filed comments with EPA on the proposed rule for Postponement of Certain Compliance Dates for ELG Guidelines and Standards for Stream Electric Generation Point Sources (7-6-17)

FERC: APPA filed post-technical conference comments and post-technical conference reply comments on State Policies and Wholesale Markets Operated by ISO New England Inc., New York Independent System Operator, Inc., and PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. in Docket No. AD17-11-000 (6-22-17; 7-14-17)

FERC: APPA, LPPC, and NRECA filed joint comments on the Review of Generator Interconnection Agreements and Procedures in Docket No. RM17-8-000. In addition, APPA and LPPC also filed joint comments in Docket No. RM17-8-000 objecting to one of the Commission's specific proposals which would expand interconnection customers' option to build their own interconneciton facilities and stand-alone network upgrades. (4-13-17)

FERC: APPA and NRECA filed comments on the Uplift Cost Allocation and Transparency in Markets Operated by Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators in Docket No. RM17-2-000 (4-10-17)

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