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Utility Dive: Is FERC Overstepping its Authority and Hurting Renewables? States, Power Groups Question PURPA Plan

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Dec 5, 2019

Utility Dive covered state AG's and competitive market groups who criticized a recent federal proposal to overhaul PURPA, including quotes by AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the entire UD piece here. 

States, competitive market groups and other stakeholders criticized a federal proposal to overhaul the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), in comments filed Tuesday, questioning the potential impacts those changes could have to the country's renewable energy momentum. Stakeholders, including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA) raised concerns that the notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in September would unduly impact states outside regulated power pools. Meanwhile, states participating in regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs) had their own concerns about the potential impacts of the proposed rule.

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More Workers in Nevada Advanced Energy than in Real Estate

Posted by Monique Hanis on Dec 5, 2019

More Workers in Nevada Advanced Energy than in Real Estate,
More than Double in Mining, with 7% Growth Expected in 2019

The Silver State now boasts nearly 34,000 advanced energy jobs, up 31% last year, 10 times overall job growth in the state

CARSON CITY, December 5, 2019 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) released a fact sheet reporting that Nevada has 33,900 people working in advanced energy across the state. This represents more workers than those in Real Estate (27,591), and more than double those working in Mining (12,906) across the Silver State.

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AEE Files Comments on FERC's Proposed PURPA Revisions

Posted by Monique Hanis on Dec 3, 2019

National business group raises concerns about competitive market access for smaller electric power generation resources in FERC proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 3, 2019 – Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy filed comments in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC's) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) issued Sept. 19 (Docket Nos. RM19-15 and AD16-16) that proposes revisions to regulations implementing the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA).  

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Bucks County Courier Times: Mensch Energy Infrastructure Bill goes to House

Posted by Chris Ullery on Nov 29, 2019

Bucks County Courier Times covered AEE applauding PA senate passage of EV bill (SB 596). Read excerpts below and the entire Bucks County Courier Times piece here. This story also appeared in the Doylestown Intelligencer.

Senate Bill 596 aims to expand the state’s energy infrastructure to keep ahead of growing electric, hydrogen and natural gas powered vehicle purchases in the state. A bipartisan bill aimed at spurring transportation infrastructure to clean energy passed a state Senate vote last week in a 43-6 vote. Senate Bill 596 introduced by Sen. Bob Mensch, R-24, of Marlborough, would establish a “framework” of fueling options for electric, hydrogen- and natural gas-powered vehicles.

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Utility Dive: 2019 Holiday Wish List: Power Sector Edition

Posted by Larry Pearl on Nov 27, 2019

Utility Dive published a 2019 Energy Holiday Wish List from representatives of energy trade and environmental advocacy groups, detailed their energy policy "wishes" for the upcoming year, led by AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the entire UD piece here. 

With the holiday season upon us, many kids — and some adults — are making wish lists. In that spirit, Utility Dive queried a dozen industry and environmental/advocacy groups about their policy wish list. Specifically, what are the top power sector policy developments they would like to see at the state and/or federal level?

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Utility Dive: Nevada Governor Orders Plans for Economy-Wide Carbon Reductions

Posted by Kavya Balaraman on Nov 25, 2019

Utility Dive covered Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak's signed executive order requiring state agencies to enact plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions across the state and included reaction by AEE's Sarah Steinberg. Read excerpts below and the entire UD piece here. This story was also covered by Smart Grid Today (sub. req.).

Sisolak has a growing record on climate-related issues; he was elected last year after supporting a 100% clean energy mandate for Nevada, and in March, the state officially joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, a group of 25 states that plan to reduce emissions 28% below 2005 levels by 2025. In April, the state passed a bill adopting a 50% renewable electricity target for 2030 and a 100% carbon-free electricity target for 2050.

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AEE Applauds Governor Sisolak for Executive Order to Strengthen Nevada’s Clean Energy Leadership

Posted by Monique Hanis on Nov 22, 2019

Governor signs directive to align state agencies in pursuit of commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand advanced energy

CARSON CITY, NV, November 22, 2019 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) applauded Governor Steve Sisolak for signing Executive Order 2019-22. The executive order directs state agencies to develop a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the highest emitting sectors. It also seeks to better align existing agency efforts under the state’s clean energy and climate commitments, including newly increased renewable energy requirements and efforts to bolster in-state energy production and advanced energy deployment.

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Microgrid Knowledge: Texas Customers Could Save $5.47 Billion with DERs, but Regulations Must Change

Posted by Lisa Cohn on Nov 20, 2019

Microgrid Knowledge featured Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliances (TAEBA's) latest report detailing how Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) can reduce energy costs and included quotes by TAEBA's Suzanne Bertin. Read excerpts below and the entire Microgrid Knowledge piece here.that was flagged by Nov. 20 Texas Electric News and covered by Energy Central, and GTM Squared (sub. req.).  

Texas consumers could save $5.47 billion over ten years with distributed energy resources (DERs), but regulations must change to realize these benefits. A study by Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance (TAEBA) identified two ways DERs can reduce costs:

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AEE Applauds Pennsylvania Senate for Passage of Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Bill

Posted by Monique Hanis on Nov 19, 2019

SB 596 encourages deployment of electric vehicles, sets up processes for charging infrastructure development and utility EV programs.

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 19, 2019 – Today, national business organization Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) applauded the state Senate for passing SB 596*, the Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act. The vote was 43-6. The bipartisan bill sets a 2030 goal for electric vehicle (EV) deployment in the state that is at least 50% higher than current market forecasts, establishes a system for determining the charging infrastructure required to support those goals, and lays out a process for utility EV programs to be evaluated by the Public Utility Commission. Today, Pennsylvania is the seventh largest vehicle market in the nation**.   

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DailyEnergyInsider: Diverse Team on Energy Rivals Debate Roles in Future Energy Strategy (at NARUC)

Posted by Hil Anderson on Nov 18, 2019

DailyEnergyInsider covered NARUC's "The Great Debate: Electricity Resource Options" panel discussion on the future of the energy grid including AEE CEO Nat Kreamer's remarks. Read excerpts below and the entire DailyEnergyInsider piece here. 

Everyone was a winner in a debate before an audience of state utility regulators about the future makeup of the nation’s energy mix. Representatives of a half dozen industry associations stated their case at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Annual Meeting and Education Conference in San Antonio for being part of the team that will not only wind down carbon emissions but also keep the lights on in a reliable and economical fashion...

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