The Governor's Public Power Alliance

The Governor's Public Power Alliance (GPPA) is a bipartisan coalition of governors formed in 1997 so that federal electricity restructuring initiatives would not disadvantage the millions of Americans served by locally- and consumer-owned utilities.

The governors are specifically concerned that consumers served by local electric systems may be overlooked in federal legislative and regulatory proposals.

Members of the GPPA have adopted several principles, including: federal barriers to electric competition,, including private use tax restrictions, should be eliminated; the cornerstone of any federal electricity policy should be a commitment to respect state and local decision making; the federal government should respect the traditional prerogative of state and local authorities to regulate retail utility transactions; and federal legislation is necessary in certain cases, including the ability to protect against the abuse of market power.