Clean Hydrogen's Role in an Advanced Energy Economy

Posted by Reports on May 10, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Publish Date: May 10, 2022

 

AEE’s vision is 100% clean electricity and electrified transportation in the U.S., and we support a broad range of technologies, products, and services that will get us to that goal. Clean hydrogen, meaning hydrogen produced using solely zero-carbon energy resources, has the potential to contribute to a 100% clean energy economy by utilizing advanced energy resources in place of fossil fuels. This document outlines key principles and considerations that legislators and other decisionmakers can use to develop and evaluate clean hydrogen policies.

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Topics: State Policy, Advanced Transportation

Accelerating Electric School Bus Adoption for Grid Reliability and Community Resilience

Posted by Reports on May 4, 2022 11:01:06 AM

Publish Date: April 20, 2022

Accelerating Electric School Bus Adoption COVER

A team of 13 graduate students in Columbia University’s MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program worked to develop for AEE recommendations to accelerate the adoption of electric school buses in some of the country’s most promising markets. Through a series of policy and financial recommendations, the Columbia team identified pathways to adoption in support of AEE’s ongoing work in three fast-growing Sun Belt states – Arizona, Florida, and Texas. The report discusses the current landscape surrounding energy markets and regulation in these states, analyzes political considerations affecting electric school bus adoption, and provides recommendations for accelerating the transition to emissions-free school transportation fleets.

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Topics: State Policy, Advanced Transportation

Getting Capacity Right: How Current Methods Overvalue Conventional Power Sources

Posted by Reports on Mar 30, 2022 6:18:56 PM

Publish Date: March 30, 2022

Getting Capacity Right

Acceleration of the clean energy transition is dramatically shifting the types of electric generation technologies used to meet electricity demand and reliably operate the grid. Rapid cost declines in advanced energy technologies like wind, solar, and energy storage are making them increasingly competitive choices for new generation additions. While there has been considerable attention devoted to determining the reliability value of these new resource types, the methods used to evaluate the resource adequacy, or capacity value, of conventional thermal generating resources (including coal, natural gas, and oil-fired power plants) have not been formally reexamined or updated in decades.

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Topics: Utility, Regulatory, Wholesale Markets

Reaching for the Cloud: Solutions for Regulatory Parity for Cloud Services for Utilities

Posted by Reports on Feb 24, 2022 12:55:29 PM

Publish Date: February 22, 2022

Cover_Reaching for the Cloud-1Information technology (IT) and data solutions are a central focus of modern enterprise in every industry. Many industries have made the transition from traditional, on-premises IT solutions to cloud computing — and those industries have subsequently benefited from the scalability, flexibility, and efficient use of capacity cloud computing offers. However, regulations that have been in place for nearly a century have delayed the ability of utilities to transition from on-premises systems to cloud computing services. This paper, from AEE and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), examines the regulatory reforms needed to modernize the IT systems that utilities depend on to provide safe, reliable, and efficient operations. 

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Topics: Utility, Regulatory

FERC Order No. 2222 Implementation: Preparing the Distribution System for DER Participation in Wholesale Markets

Posted by Reports on Jan 28, 2022 4:31:00 PM

Publish Date: January 20, 2022

FERC Order 2222 requires exceptional coordination between distribution utilities, RTOs/ISOs, aggregators, and state regulators. This report, from Advanced Energy Economy and GridLab, a non-profit mission-driven electric grid consultancy group, provides a framework for state regulators to navigate key issues as utilities look to improve integration of distributed energy resources (DERs) into wholesale markets in the coming years.

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Topics: Wholesale Markets