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AEE Comments on Trump's Energy Independence Executive Order

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Washington, D.C., March 28, 2017 – Today, national business association Advanced Energy Economy released these comments from 
Malcolm Woolf, senior vice president of policy and government affairs, ahead of the expected signing of President Trump's Energy Independence Executive Order:

“The energy independence executive order signed today goes against the basic principles of market competition by hand picking the fuel sources the Trump administration wants to win.

“In contrast, when all domestic energy resources get to compete on price and performance, this is what we see: coal use supplanted by natural gas; wind and solar power purchased by utilities on the basis of price and corporate buyers for meeting their sustainability goals; and energy efficiency as the cheapest energy resource for all customers. These are all advanced energy, which is today a $200 billion market in the U.S., as big as pharmaceutical manufacturing, and employing more than 3 million workers, more than those in retail stores across the country. We urge the Trump administration to ensure that advanced energy technologies and services have the chance to compete and help the U.S. achieve energy independence.”

Background Materials:

  • 2017 Advanced Energy Now Market Report, highlights and link is here. Note the global market totals $1.4 trillion, with growth exceeding U.S. rate.
  • This is Advanced Energy, a directory of 52 technologies is here.
  • At More than 3 Million Jobs, Advanced Energy is a Big – and Growing – Source of Employment in the U.S., details clean energy jobs count per U.S. Dept. of Energy's 2017 Energy and Employment report.

About Advanced Energy Economy
Advanced Energy Economy is a national association of businesses that are making the energy we use secure, clean, and affordable. Advanced energy encompasses a broad range of products and services that constitute the best available technologies for meeting energy needs today and tomorrow. AEE’s mission is to transform public policy to enable rapid growth of advanced energy businesses. AEE and its State and Regional Partner organizations are active in 27 states across the country, representing more than 1,000 companies and organizations in the advanced energy industry. Visit AEE online at www.aee.net.