February 27, 2019
Local Leaders Meet with Legislators on Capital Hill
WPPI Energy advocated in partnership with our member utilities and the over 2,000 public power communities across the U.S. at the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) 2019 Legislative Rally February 25-27. Together we joined representatives from other joint action communities in Washington, D.C. and conducted in-person meetings with members of Congress.
The group met with Wisconsin Senators Tammy Baldwin (D) and Ron Johnson (R), as well as Congressmen representing districts throughout Wisconsin. The meetings were used to encourage the legislators’ support for policy recommendations that save public power customers money and promote a safe and reliable local electric distribution grid.
They also encouraged legislators to oppose legislative proposals that would expand the federal government’s role in decisions about how local utilities manage their day-to-day operations.
“It’s important for local leaders to meet with their legislators to share their perspectives on energy policy and its effects on public power communities,” said Joseph Owen, Manager of Government Relations for WPPI Energy. “Even thoughtful and well-intentioned legislative proposals can have unintended consequences, and the Wisconsin Congressional delegation is always receptive to hearing about those concerns.”