The Power of Community

Local leaders go to Washington D.C. to talk public power

Brooks and Mayor Bishop advocated on behalf of Waupun residents on supply chain issues, permitting reforms and energy infrastructure.

Steve Brooks, Waupun Utilities General Manager and Mayor Rohn Bishop, City of Waupun advocated on behalf of Waupun, Waupun Utilities and its customers at the American Public Power Association’s 2024 Legislative Rally Feb. 26 – 28. The annual event was held in Washington D.C. Brooks and Mayor Bishop met personally with Wisconsin Senators Tammy Baldwin (D), Ron Johnson and staff of Representative Glenn Grothman.

“Spending time talking with lawmakers provides a great opportunity to discuss the policies that impact our community,” said Brooks. “Sitting down to discuss the topics that matter, like maintaining a safe, reliable and affordable power supply, was beneficial for both us and our legislators.”

Brooks and Mayor Bishop spoke during the meetings about the importance of ensuring utilities receive the help they need during a supply chain crisis and that more onerous policies are not passed to worsen the problem. They also discussed the need for streamlined federal permitting and siting rules to bolster infrastructure and maintain electric reliability, reducing the cost of investments in that infrastructure, a more secure energy grid, and providing responsible and reliable energy through a mix of sources — including natural gas.

“By meeting with our legislators, we can help ensure national policymakers keep public power customers in mind when they’re making proposals,” said Joseph Owen, director of government affairs for WPPI Energy. “Their choices have consequences in our local communities, so it is important to present our view. We are fortunate to have a congressional delegation that hears the issues from communities with locally owned, not-for-profit utilities and works to help however they can.”  

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Member-owned, not-for-profit WPPI Energy serves Waupun Utilities and 50 other locally owned electric utilities. Together, WPPI members have built a diverse, competitive and responsible power supply. They share modern technologies and forward-thinking services, and they speak with a unified voice for effective energy policy advocacy.

2024 APPA Legislative Rally Attendees