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Governor Sisolak Signs Nevada’s ‘New Energy Economy’ Bill to Drive Electric Transportation Growth, Regional Power Market

Posted by Cayli Baker on Jun 10, 2021

Senate Bill 448 assures new investment in transportation electrification infrastructure and sets up Nevada to lead a regionally interconnected electricity system in the West.

CARSON CITY, June 10, 2021 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) applauded Governor Sisolak’s signing of Senate Bill 448,* which jumpstarts investment in electric transportation infrastructure and requires state utilities to join a regional transmission organization (RTO) by 2030. The bipartisan bill was passed by the Assembly on May 31 (vote 32-10), following unanimous approval in the Senate.

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Topics: State Policy, Press Releases

FERC Order No. 2222 Can Drive Innovation, Lower Costs Across the U.S. Considering the Range of Use Cases for Distributed Energy in Wholesale Markets

Posted by Monique Hanis on Jun 10, 2021

In a new report, AEE outlines multiple use cases for distributed energy resources , illustrating the benefits of allowing aggregated DER participation in wholesale electricity markets under FERC’s landmark order.
 
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 10, 2021 – Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) released a report illustrating use cases for distributed energy resources (DER) in wholesale electricity markets that DER aggregators and other stakeholders expect to pursue under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Order No. 2222. These use cases demonstrate how increased DER participation in wholesale markets can improve competition, lower rates, give customers greater choice, and provide needed flexibility to support the reliability and resilience of the electricity grid. In the report, AEE also offers recommendations to guide Order No. 2222 compliance planning efforts currently underway by grid operators to ensure that implementation of the landmark order overcomes barriers that stand in the way of delivering the full value of DERs to customers and regional grid operators.
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Topics: Wholesale Markets, Press Releases

Utility Dive: Duke, Southern Other Utilities Provide More Details to FERC on Proposed Southeast Energy Market

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Jun 9, 2021

Utility Dive outlined the proposed Southeast Energy Exchange Market (SEEM) and responses from FERC, citing a comment from AEE. Read snippets below and the full article here.

The renewables industry and other stakeholders looking for broader market reforms in the Southeast view SEEM skeptically, but the utilities behind the proposal say the plan is a modest yet important step to using resources in the region more efficiently.

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Topics: AEE In The News

Augusta Free Press: Lawmakers Convene for Powhatan Elementary School Solar Unveiling

Posted by Augusta Free Press Staff on Jun 8, 2021

Augusta Free Press summarized the unveiling of Powhatan Elementary School’s new solar energy facilities, featuring comments from Virginia AEE's Harry Godfrey. Read snippets below and the full article here.

Virginia Advanced Energy Economy hosted lawmakers Tuesday for the unveiling of Powhatan Elementary School’s recently completed solar energy rooftop array.

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Topics: Virginia, AEE In The News

Virginia and U.S. Lawmakers Convene for Powhatan County School Solar Energy Unveiling, Highlight Expected 8% Growth in Clean Energy Jobs Across Commonwealth

Posted by Monique Hanis on Jun 8, 2021

Virginia AEE, Sun Tribe, and BrightSuite host U.S. Representative Spanberger, State Senator Hashmi, and State Delegate Ware to tour new school solar rooftop array, illustrating significant energy cost savings, benefits of Virginia Clean Economy Act, employment growth for the Commonwealth.

POWHATAN, VIRGINIA, June 8, 2021 — Today, business group Virginia Advanced Energy Economy (Virginia AEE), its member, Virginia-based solar developer Sun Tribe, and BrightSuite Solar, a subsidiary of Dominion Energy, hosted Virginia and U.S. congressional lawmakers for the unveiling of Powhatan Elementary School’s recently completed solar energy rooftop array. The project illustrates the impact of Virginia’s Clean Economy Act and growing advanced energy employment across the Commonwealth, expected to increase by 8% according to AEE’s latest jobs fact sheet. The solar arrays at Powhatan County Public Schools were developed through a partnership between BrightSuite and Sun Tribe.

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Topics: State Policy, Virginia, Press Releases

Utility Dive: Colorado Legislators Direct All Transmission Utilities to Join an Organized Wholesale Market by 2030

Posted by Emma Penrod on Jun 8, 2021

Utility Dive summarized Colorado’s decision to require transmission utilities to join a regional wholesale power market by 2030, citing comments from AEE’s Emilie Olson. Read snippets below and the full article here.

A bipartisan bill requiring all Colorado transmission utilities to join an organized wholesale market by 2030 cleared the Colorado legislature last Thursday, drawing praise from both advocates and utilities.

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Topics: AEE In The News

E&E News: 9 Ex-Commissioners Press FERC on Clean Energy Challenge

Posted by Miranda Willson on Jun 4, 2021

E&E News summarized a letter from former FERC members urging the organization to develop RTOs nationwide, citing a supportive tweet from AEE’s Jeff Dennis. Read snippets below and the full article here.   

Nine former members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are urging it to help spur the development of organized power markets, which they say are needed nationwide to support clean energy.

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Topics: AEE In The News

The Christian Science Monitor: Climate Versus Jobs? Not In This Heartland State

Posted by Stephanie Hanes on Jun 3, 2021

The Christian Science Monitor summarizes the shift of the dominant climate narrative from climate change debate to economic progress with a focus on Illinois, citing an AEE report. Read snippets and the full article here.

For years, the dominant narrative of climate action was one of trade-offs and costs – that saving the world as we know it meant taking hard steps to reduce carbon emissions, and likely sacrificing jobs and lifestyle in the process.

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Topics: AEE In The News

Landmark Regional Electricity Grid and Transmission Bill Passes Colorado Legislature

Posted by Cayli Baker on Jun 3, 2021

Colorado House passed bipartisan Senate Bill 72, calling for a multi-state regionally interconnected electricity market to improve grid resilience, reliability, and reduce customers’ energy costs.

DENVER, June 3, 2021 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) applauded passage of Senate Bill 72* (SB 21-072) by the Colorado House on a strong bipartisan 49-15 vote. SB 72 enables critical investments in the electricity infrastructure needed to reliably transport clean energy across the state and region, and requires state utilities to join a regional transmission organization (RTO) by 2030. Having passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote of 28-6 in April, SB 72 heads to the Governor’s desk. 

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Topics: Press Releases

Landis+Gyr Leader Becomes Chairman of Advanced Energy Economy

Posted by Monique Hanis on Jun 3, 2021

Prasanna Venkatesan, EVP and Head of Americas, Landis+Gyr, will chair national business group; three new AEE board members named; immediate past chair and co-founder Hemant Taneja remains a board member of affiliated Advanced Energy Economy Institute.

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Topics: Press Releases