Municipals, Co-ops Oppose Federal Budget Proposal

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Municipals, Co-ops Oppose Federal Budget Proposal

June 7, 2017

Municipal electric utilities and electric cooperatives, on both the state and federal levels, have signed and sent joint letters to Congress in regards to the proposed sale of federal Power Marketing Administration transmission assets, as proposed in President Trump's fiscal year 2018 budget. In a joint letter signed by MMUA Executive Director Jack Kegel and Minnesota Rural Electric Association President and CEO Darick Moe, the associations expressed strong opposition to the proposal.

Selling the transmission assets would threaten the ability of all consumers to receive federal hydropower, raise electric rates and threaten grid reliability, said the associations.

A similar letter was signed jointly and sent to Energy Secretary Rick Perry by the American Public Power Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.