Author/s: American Public Power Association
51st State Phase II Roadmap > In this paper, APPA identifies first steps to a sustainable future for public power utilites, including business practice changes, rate design strategies, plus community education and ancillary services. This paper begins with a profile of public power utilities, detailing their resource profiles, customer characteristics as well as service and rate design practices. It discusses design flaws that caused electric restructuring to fall short of expectations over the last 20 years. It uses lessons learned from past decisions to develop a grid modernization plan. APPA's 51st State would stress risk management, allowing DERs to be deployed based on value added to the grid. To fix price signals, it would reflect real costs in rates and product offerings. Information would be key for utilties and customers in the 51st State. To determine DER value, utilities would need to map alternative power supply options frequently. Information communiction technologies would also be necessary to communicate investment opporutinites and services in the utility's a la carte menu.