The ability of public power utilities to bring affordable and reliable electricity to their communities is heavily shaped by policies debated and established in our nation’s capital. APPA is the single national organization representing the collective interests of public power in Washington D.C.
Policy Issues Impacting Public Power
Appropriations & Budget
Cybersecurity & Physical Security
Distributed Generation & Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA)
Energy Policy and Generation
Environmental Regulations & Climate Change
Federal Power Program (PMAs & TVA)
Utility Business Issues
Tax and Finance
Telecommunications and Community Broadband
Transmission and Electricity Markets
The majority of legislative issues that APPA follows fall under the jurisdictions of the following U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Committees:
House: Agriculture, Appropriations, Energy & Commerce, Homeland Security, Natural Resources, Oversight & Government Reform, Small Business, Transportation & Infrastructure, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Ways & Means
As a public power advocate, you are in the best position to talk to Congress about the direct impact of federal action at the local level. Our coordinated outreach efforts are strengthened because you represent not only your public power community, but also 48 million other Americans who benefit from being served by public power.
The 2018 Legislative Rally will be held February 26-February 28 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The Policy Makers Council summer meeting is held in Washington, D.C., for members of the PMC every year. Learn more about the PMC.
The 2017 summer meeting will be held July 17-19. Please contact Liza White with any questions.
- On June 29, 2017, the Senate Energy & Natural Resource Committee released the text of S. 1460, the Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017.
- On June 29, 2017, the Bonneville Power Administration launched an educational effort called “Hydro Flows Here” to share information on the benefits of hydropower.
- On June 28, 2017, the House Energy & Commerce Committee marked up and passed eight bills seeking to modernize energy infrastructure and environmental laws.
- On June 27, 2017, the House passed H.R. 1967, the Bureau of Reclamation Pumped Storage Hydropower Development Act. The bill authorizes pumped storage hydropower development that utilizes multiple reclamation reservoirs.
- On June 26, 2017, the Senate confirmed Kristine Svinicki, President Trump’s nominee to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, for her third 5-year term by a vote of 88-9.
- On June 26, 2017, 50 bipartisan House members sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee opposing the Trump Administration’s plan to sell transmission assets of the PMAs.
- On June 26, 2017, FERC Commissioner Colette Honorable formally announced her resignation. This leaves acting Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur as the only member on the Commission, and without quorum.
- On June 18, 2017, the Legislative and Resolutions Committee meeting occured at the 2017 National Conference.
- On June 15, 2017, the Senate EPW Committee approved by voice vote for Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Kristine Svinicki to serve a third term.
- On June 15, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee passed H.R. 1551, sponsored by Reps. Tom Rice (R-SC) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), by voice vote. The bill would allow not-for-profit utilities, including public power utilities, to assign their allocation of the nuclear production tax credit to entities with tax obligations that are involved in the project.
- On June 15, 2017, House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment held a markup on ozone and nuclear legislation.
- On June 13, 2017, it was reported that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has recommended to the White House that Rich Glick succeed Democratic Commissioner Colette Honorable of FERC.
- On June 8, 2017, the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans held a hearing on a discussion draft of the Reclamation Title Transfer Act, sponsored by Subcommittee Chairman Doug Lamborn (R-CO).
- On June 7, 2017, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order launching an internal review of the agency's sage grouse conservation plans across 11 Western states.
- On June 7, 2017, a bipartisan group of 21 senators sent a letter to DOE Secretary Rick Perry expressing opposition to the proposal in President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request to sell the transmission assets of three power marketing administrations.
- On June 6, 2017, the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee held a business meeting to consider four Trump nominees including David Bernhardt to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior, Dan Brouillette to be Deputy Secretary of Energy, Neil Chatterjee to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and Robert Powelson to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
APPA actively participates in FERC dockets, conducts studies, and advocates for reforms to the centralized power supply markets operated by Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs). In recent years, these efforts have focused on the mandatory capacity markets.
PowerPAC (Public Ownership of Electric Resources Political Action Committee) is an organization of public power professionals from across the United States who recognize the importance of supporting Members of Congress who protect the interests of public power. PowerPAC, a political action committee, is an essential part of public power’s effort to increase our effectiveness in government affairs.
Percentage of Dues Used for Lobbying
The Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) requires all covered entities, which includes a number of APPA members, to report the amount they pay to other organizations for lobbying purposes. For covered APPA members, this would include some portion of the dues they pay to APPA. To assist our members in this regard, APPA has determined our own lobbying expenses. We then calculated the percentage of that amount paid from member dues. Due to changes to the reporting requirements under the LDA, we need to estimate the percentage for the entire year.
Thus, for 2017, the estimated amount of your APPA dues spent on federal lobbying is 5.55%.
To determine the dollar amount paid to APPA for lobbying in this quarter, simply take 5.55% of your annual APPA dues and report that dollar amount. If you have any questions, contact Desmarie Waterhouse, Vice President of Government Relations & Counsel, at 202/467-2930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.