February 28, 2020
Members of WPPI Energy Advocate for Sound Energy Policy in Washington, D.C.
Members of WPPI Energy advocated on behalf of their communities at the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) 2020 Legislative Rally Feb. 25-27 in Washington, D.C. They used their time in D.C. to hold a briefing with Trump administration officials and conduct in-person meetings with senators and representatives from Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan.
“Our members and their locally elected and appointed officials serve as highly credible experts when it comes to advocating for energy policies that protect and advance the interests of the customers and communities they serve,” stated Mike Peters, CEO of WPPI Energy. “This year’s rally was an important opportunity to discuss priorities that keep energy reliable, affordable and responsible.”
During the meetings, the local officials encouraged policies that safeguard their utilities’ abilities to cost-effectively finance critical municipal infrastructure, maintain a safe and reliable power grid, and create a level playing field for investments in clean energy technologies like battery storage, carbon capture and utility scale solar and wind projects. They also spoke with legislators about supporting the expansion of electric vehicles. By increasing the number of electric vehicles in the community, the electric grid could be used more efficiently — effectively reducing electric costs for all customers.
“The APPA Rally gives President Trump’s administration and our congressional delegates a chance to hear from local leaders on energy policy and how it impacts their constituents,” said Joseph Owen, Director of Government Relations for WPPI Energy. “Legislative proposals can have real-life consequences for local communities, and we want to ensure policy makers keep our members’ customers in mind.”