On Monday, Feb. 28 TVPPA staff, municipal members, Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association (TMEPA) and TVA staff came together in Washington, D.C. for the three-day American Public Power Association (APPA) 2022 Legislative Rally.
Attendees kicked off the rally on Monday at the historic Mayflower Hotel, and over the next two days met with members of Congress to advocate for the Tennessee Valley on topics related to Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act grants, energy tax credits, broadband and more. In those meetings, we discussed important issues with: Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tn.), Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tn.), Rep. David Kustoff (TN-08), Rep. John Rose (TN-06), Rep. Scott DesJarlais (TN-04), Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03), Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05), Rep. Diane Harshbarger (TN-01) and Rep. Tim Burchett (TN-02).
On the last day, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) was honored with APPA’s Public Service Award for exceptional leadership on numerous issues of importance to public power. At the award ceremony, he shared his perspective on the value of the nation’s energy independence, particularly in light of recent developments with the U.S. relationship with Russia.