Local Leaders Advocate for Sound Energy Policy in Washington, D.C.
Meetings with Trump Administration, Members of Congress Focus on Protecting New Holstein’s Reliable, Affordable, Responsible Electric Service
Mayor Dianne Reese and Randy Jaeckels, New Holstein Utilities’ General Manager advocated on behalf of New Holstein Utilities customers at the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) 2020 Legislative Rally Feb. 25-27 in Washington, D.C. Reese and Jaeckels, along with other community officials and utility managers, used their time in D.C. to hold a briefing with Trump administration officials and conduct in-person meetings with Wisconsin Senators Tammy Baldwin (D) and Ron Johnson (R), as well as Congressman Mike Gallagher.
“This year’s rally was an important opportunity to advocate for policies aimed at keeping our electric service for New Holstein Utilities customers affordable, safe, reliable and responsible – now and for the long term,” stated Jaeckels.
During the meetings, the local officials encouraged policy recommendations that safeguard the utility’s ability 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. Reese and Jaeckels also spoke with legislators about supporting the expansion of electric vehicles. By increasing the number of electric vehicles, 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 Affairs for WPPI Energy. “Legislative proposals can have real-life consequences for local communities, and we want to ensure policy makers keep New Holstein Utilities customers in mind.”
Member-owned, not-for-profit WPPI Energy serves New Holstein and 50 other locally owned electric utilities. Together, WPPI members have built a diverse, competitive and responsible power supply. They share advanced technologies, forward-thinking services and a unified voice for effective energy policy advocacy.