Advocating for change effects every facet of my life, whether it be as a husband, father, business owner, or Councilmember. I had to lobby, really convince, my bride to marry me, lobby to get my kids to do their chores, and I advocate for my clients. As a Councilmember, I advocate for Mesa at the Federal level, and have had the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill many times.
One area I’d like to focus on this week is my role on the American Public Gas Association’s (APGA) Public Policy Council. APGA is a non-profit organization representing publicly owned natural gas local distribution companies (LDCs) before Congress, federal agencies and other energy-related stakeholders. They develop policies that further the goals of members, and advocate to improve the safety, reliability, operational efficiency, and regulatory environment in which municipal gas systems operate.
As a member of APGA’s Policy Council, I have had the opportunity to visit with our Congressional Representatives and Senators and advocate for areas important to Mesa’s utility and citizens. This past year, I spoke on the need to fully fund the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for those in our community that need assistance with their bill. I advocated to amend the Natural Gas Act to allow the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) the authority to order refunds from overcharges by the transmission companies that supplies LDC’s their natural gas. Finally, we asked that they oppose DOE regulation that would take away the consumers right to choose the more efficient natural gas over electricity to operate their furnaces.
In closing, I have been an advocate for a good portion of my life, and for Mesa and it’s citizens since I was sworn into office in 2015. All of this in an effort to reduce costs and protect our consumers. So if you are looking for someone to be your advocate or represent you in the Government Relations arena, Broadmore Consulting is ready to help.
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(L to R: Frank McRae, Director of Energy Services, Senator (R-AZ) Martha McSally, our Principal, Kevin Thompson)