Day of Giving community service opportunity at National Conference

The Public Power Day of Giving is a community service opportunity for attendees of APPA’s 2015 National Conference and guests. The 8th annual Public Power Day of Giving is on Friday, June 5, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Join APPA staff and your colleagues across the country to serve with one of three local service organizations for a day.

Feed My Starving Children: Hand pack meals that are shipped out to feed malnourished children in nearly 70 countries.

Minneapolis Parks: Plant, weed, and help with gardening projects in Minneapolis’ Lyndale Park Gardens on the shore of Lake Harriet.

Tubman: Paint, garden, and spruce up facilities at Tubman, an organization serving women, children, and families struggling with relationship violence, substance abuse, and mental health challenges.

Volunteers must sign up online before May 15. Registering for the National Conference does not automatically sign you up for the Day of Giving. You must sign up separately.

All APPA National Conference attendees and guests are all welcome to participate in the Day of Giving. Unskilled volunteers are welcome and tools and materials are provided.

The APPA National Conference helps utility leaders connect with partners and peers while learning about the complex issues facing public power utilities. The program features leading political, economic, business and public policy thinkers addressing the critical issues shaping our industry’s future.

Senate environment committee plans March 11 hearing on EPA rule on CO2

This article originally appeared in the March 9, 2015 issue of American Public Power Association’s Public Power Daily.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing Wednesday, March 11, to hear from state utility regulators on their views of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The proposed rule is known as the Clean Power Plan.

The draft EPA rule, issued by the agency in June 2014, is designed to require states to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants from 2005 levels by 30 percent by 2030, according to the agency.

The Senate hearing is entitled, “Examining State Perspectives of the EPA’s Proposed Carbon Dioxide Emissions Rule for Existing Power Plants.”

Witnesses will include Thomas Easterly, a commissioner with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management; Todd Parfitt, director of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality; Michael J. Myers, section chief with the Environmental Protection Bureau at the New York State Attorney General’s Office; Ellen Nowak, chairperson of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin; and Mary D. Nichols, chairman of the California Air Resources Board.

The Senate hearing will take place the same day as a regional technical conference that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is holding on the EPA proposal in Washington, D.C. that will focus on the EPA rule’s potential effects in the East.

The House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing March 17 to examine the EPA’s proposed plan.

At a Feb. 19 technical conference held by FERC to examine the EPA plan, the American Public Power Association’s president and CEO, Sue Kelly,urged FERC to take an “active role” on the EPA plan. See also Kelly’s blog on the topic.

Public Power Consultants Forum

Learn about leading economic development issues, strategies and best practices while networking with peers from across the country at the inaugural Public Power Consultants Forum from Area Development in conjunction with the American Public Power Association (APPA). The new annual event will feature expert presentations and roundtable discussions on drivers of the site selection process, business retention and attraction strategies, growth industries, and guidance on how utilities can work with economic developers and businesses.

The lineup includes:

Current Landscape of Industrial Site Selection
Brad Migdal, Executive Manager and Director, Industrial Site Selection & Business Incentives, Transwestern

Economic Development and Energy Incentive Program Trends
John Wolfram, Founder/CEO, Catalyst Consulting

Winning Community/Utility Strategies in the Business Attraction Hunt
Thomas Stringer, Principal, Credits & Incentives, Ryan LLC

Successful Retention and Attraction in the Country’s Most Active Sectors
Michael McDermott, Consulting Manager, Global Consulting Group, Cushman & Wakefield

Opportunities for Economic Development in Today’s Automotive Industry
Dennis Cuneo, Managing Director, Fisher & Phillips

Food Processors: How They Make Their Site Selections
David Sours, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Services Food Facilities, CBRE

Data Centers 101: Trends and Site Selection Considerations
Neale Rath, Manager, Global Expansion Optimization, Deloitte Consulting; and Tennessee Valley Authority representative

Rural Outsourcing: Swapping Mumbai for Mobile
Monty Hamilton, CEO, Rural Sourcing Inc.

The Competitive Workforce: Thing Global, but it’s Really Local
Jones Lang LaSalle (speaker TBA)

Anatomy of a Deal: How it Gets Done Right
Panel Discussion

The forum is designed to educate public power utility economic developers, CEOs and executive leadership–as well as the policymakers, community officials and state/regional economic developers they work with–on success strategies and best practices in economic development.

For more information, visit the Area Development website or contact Heidi Lambert, APPA’s Director of Education at 202-467-2921 or


Heartland officials meet with Senator Thune

Heartland officials met with U.S. Senator John Thune recently as part of the American Public Power Association 2014 Legislative Rally. Members of Heartland’s board and staff discussed with Thune several issues concerning our customers and the public power industry, including rail reform, Environmental Protection Agency regulations and cyber-security. View the PDF below for more information on the issues they presented.

2014 Legislative Issues (PDF)