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AEE Applauds Renomination of FERC Chair Glick

Posted by Adam Winer on May 20, 2022

Maintaining steady leadership at FERC is important to helping guide nation through energy transition

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Topics: Wholesale Markets, Press Releases, Jeff Dennis, FERC

California's May revised budget sets the stage for much needed conversation around grid reliability

Posted by Cayli Baker on May 13, 2022

Governor Newsom’s updated budget proposal presents an opportunity to boost the state’s efforts toward a 100% clean grid, but should focus on clean energy reliability strategies to address short-term and long- term needs.

SACRAMENTO, May 13, 2022 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) responded to Governor Newsom’s proposed $8 billion in clean energy and $10 billion in clean transportation investments in his revised budget. 

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Topics: State Policy, Press Releases

National business group AEE delivers sign-on letter to Senate, White House on growing domestic manufacturing of advanced energy industry

Posted by Adam Winer on May 13, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC, May 13, 2022— National business association Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) delivered a sign-on letter to the U.S. Senate and White House Administration stressing the importance of production-based manufacturing credits as a means of growing the industry domestically. 

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Topics: Press Releases, manufacturing, Manufacturing and Infrastructure, Harrison Godfrey, Nat Kreamer

Colorado’s clean air investment package offers affordable path to electric school bus adoption

Posted by Cayli Baker on May 10, 2022

The $65 million grant program sets Colorado on track to electrify its school bus fleet and drive new electrification funding to the state.

DENVER, CO, May 10, 2022 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) applauded Colorado’s new electric school bus grant program, which provides an initial $65 million investment for schools to more quickly make the switch to clean bus rides for kids. The program passed out of Legislature today as a part of Senate Bill 193, a broader air quality investment package. 

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Topics: Press Releases, electric vehicles, Colorado, Emilie Olson

Arizona Republic: Extreme heat, rising demand: Arizona utilities warn of blackouts in summers ahead

Posted by Ryan Randazzo on Apr 29, 2022

Arizona Republic examined utilities' concerns over their power supply, quoting AEE's Shelby Stults on how increasing energy efficiency programs and joining a western RTO can help. Read snippets below and the full article here.

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Topics: Utility, Wholesale Markets, AEE In The News, Energy Efficiency, Arizona, Shelby Stults

AEE applauds Governor DeSantis for vetoing anti-solar bill in Florida

Posted by Adam Winer on Apr 27, 2022

The bill that was approved by the Florida legislature earlier this year threatened the growth of the solar industry in the Sunshine State

TALLAHASSEE – Today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis vetoed House Bill 741.  

Advanced Energy Economy’s Florida policy lead Michael Weiss issued the following statement in response to Governor DeSantis’s veto: 

“On behalf of the advanced energy industry, including solar installation and manufacturing companies and the thousands of people employed by these industries in Florida, AEE thanks Governor DeSantis for seeing the damage that would have been done from ending net metering in the state. The Governor’s veto ensures that solar panels on residential homes in Florida retain their full value, and households are fairly compensated for the energy they provide back to the power grid.

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Topics: Michael Weiss, florida

Canary Media: The US needs to build a bigger, stronger grid. FERC has a plan for that

Posted by Jeff St. John on Apr 25, 2022

Canary Media profiled FERC's transmission policy, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis on how modern infrastructure can better capture the benefits of clean energy. Read snippets below and the full story here.

Over the past nine months, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been working on a major reform to U.S. transmission-grid policy, one that clean-energy advocates say could determine whether or not the country will be able to build the vast amount of solar and wind power needed to combat climate change.

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Topics: Wholesale Markets, AEE In The News, Jeff Dennis

Forbes: The $150 Billion Road Electric School Buses Can Ride To Create American Jobs And Protect Kids’ Health

Posted by Sarah Spengeman on Apr 25, 2022

Forbes detailed New York's route to 100% electric buses, citing AEE's Leah Meredith on the benefits of these cutting edge vehicles. Read snippets below and the full article here.

Anyone who has gone to school in the United States remembers the smell of diesel exhaust from riding the iconic yellow school bus, but few realize the danger of breathing those fumes. Thankfully, our children can ride pollution-free, all-electric buses that don’t cause asthma or harm brain development – and electrifying our school bus fleet is worth billions to American manufacturing.

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Topics: AEE In The News, electric vehicles, Leah Meredith

AEE applauds Michigan's state climate plan, including roadmap to 52 percent emissions reductions by 2030

Posted by Adam Winer on Apr 21, 2022

EGLE’s release of the MI Healthy Climate Plan will put Michigan on track to be a leader in the advanced energy revolution.

LANSING, April 21, 2022 – Today, Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (Michigan EIBC) and Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) applauded Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s release of the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s (EGLE) MI Healthy Climate Plan. The administration established a goal of economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2050 when Governor Whitmer signed Executive Directive 2020-10. The MI Healthy Climate Plan focuses on an interim roadmap to 52 percent greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

The roadmap to 2030 includes several recommendations that focus on growing the state’s renewable energy and energy storage resources, electrifying transportation and buildings, and making energy efficiency improvements more accessible, among others. A few of the key recommendations include:

  • Generate 60 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable resources by adopting a renewable energy standard of 50 percent by 2030.
  • Create more favorable conditions for customer-sited behind-the-meter distributed energy resources, like rooftop solar.
  • Deploy infrastructure to support 2 million electric vehicles (EVs) on Michigan roads by 2030 and fund incentive programs for the purchase of EVs and EV charging.
  • Adopt a statewide energy storage target to deploy 4,000 megawatts (MW) of grid-scale storage by 2040 with interim targets and improve analysis of energy storage resources in utility Integrated Resources Plans through accurate modeling. Energy storage is critical to capturing and efficiently distributing clean, renewable energy, and this target was recently recommended in an energy storage roadmap for the state developed by the Institute for Energy Innovation (IEI) along with Michigan EIBC, 5 Lakes Energy, and Dr. Annick Anctil of Michigan State University.
  • Reduce emissions related to heating homes and businesses by 17 percent by 2030.
  • Support advanced energy through business development, retention, and attraction.
  • Adopt and promote financing opportunities, including through Michigan Saves, on-bill financing, and commercial property assessed clean energy (C-PACE) programs.
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Topics: Press Releases, Michael Weiss, Michigan

AEE’s statement on FERC transmission planning announcement

Posted by Adam Winer on Apr 21, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21, 2022 – Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) reacted to the announcement by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that it will be reforming regional transmission planning and cost allocation requirements.

Jeff Dennis, Managing Director and General Counsel at AEE, released the following statement on the benefits of the FERC announcement:

“Today’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is an important next step in building the resilient transmission grid the nation needs to meet its economic and clean energy goals and reap the benefits of the rapid expansion of advanced energy technologies. The Commission’s proposals rightly put focus on the need for comprehensive long-term transmission planning that meets the transmission needs of customers and transparently considers the benefits transmission investments can provide to customers over multiple decades.

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Topics: Wholesale Markets, Press Releases, Jeff Dennis, FERC