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Utility Dive: NV Energy to Add 1.2 GW Solar, 2.3 GWh Storage as Large Customer Exit Slows

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Jun 25, 2019

Utility Dive reported on NV Energy's announcement of three projects adding 1,200 MW of solar and 560 MW of battery storage exceeding the utility's goal to double its renewable energy output by 2023. The piece included reaction by AEE's Ray Fakhoury. See excerpts below and read the entire Utility Dive piece here.


Under state legislation passed in April, NV Energy and any power provider in the state that provides 1 million MWh or more of power has to generate 50% of its power from renewable resources by 2030 and 100% from carbon-free sources by 2050.

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Virginia Town & City: Advanced Energy Gains Momentum in Virginia

Posted by Harry Godfrey on Jun 20, 2019

Virginia Town & City magazine ran Virginia AEE's Harry Godfrey's article summarizing the state of advanced energy and its promise of economic growth, jobs and cleaner energy sources for the Commonwealth. See excerpts below from the article and read the entire piece here (p. 16 - 18).

Advanced energy is taking hold across the Commonwealth, from rooftop solar in Richmond to electric buses in Hampton Roads; from electric vehicle (EV) chargers popping up on I-81 to efficiency upgrades to public buildings across the state. The advanced energy industry is helping to grow and sustain Virginia’s economy. Today, the industry employs almost 100,000 people in the Commonwealth. That is more jobs than you will find in all the supermarkets and grocery stores across the state, twice as many as exist in our hospitality industry, and seven times the number in Virginia’s fossil fuel industry...

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Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast: Live from Advanced Energy Now|East: Google, Microsoft and More

Posted by Ben Stockdale on Jun 19, 2019

North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association's podcast team covered AEE's recent Advanced Energy Now | East conference in Richmond, Va., capturing key themes and insights from experts speaking and attending the event. Listen to the Squeaky Clean Energy podcast episode here. Note that Advanced Energy Now | West is Oct. 16-17 in Scottsdale.

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Windpower Engineering: Nevada Passes Unparalleled Number of Clean-energy Bills

Posted by Michelle Froese on Jun 12, 2019

Windpower Engineering summarized the sweeping advanced energy bills passed and signed by Gov. Sisolak in this session, including comments from AEE's Ray Fakhoury. See exceprts below and the full Windpower Engineering story here.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and the legislature have passed, and signed into law, an unparalleled number of clean-energy bills — and in most cases with strong bipartisan support.

The suite of legislation began with Senate Bill 358, strengthening Nevada’s clean-energy standards to require 50% clean energy by 2030 with a goal of 100% carbon-free energy by 2050. Gov. Sisolak signed the bill into law in May.

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Energy Central: UK RIIO Sets Out to Demo How a Performance-Based Reg Model Can Deliver Value

Posted by Coley Girouard on Jun 11, 2019

Energy Central republished this case study, originally published by Utility Dive, as the final installment in a six-part series on utility business model reform produced by Rocky Mountain Institute, America's Power Plan, and Advanced Energy Economy Institute. See excerpts below and read the entire EC post here.

In the United States... traditional cost-of-service regulation favors utility capital investment in long-lived assets rather than rewarding utilities for their performance against desired policy objectives and it discourages utilities from taking advantage of the general shift in the economy to service-based solutions provided by third parties. 

A decade ago, the United Kingdom's Office of Gas and Electricity Markets, known as Ofgem, set out on a mission to develop a new regulatory framework that would reward utilities for innovation and for meeting the changing expectations of consumers and society. The culmination of that process was the development of a framework referred to as RIIO.

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Electric Power & Light: Six Steps to Help Large Customers Satisfy Their Renewable Energy Appetite

Posted by Caitlin Marquis on Jun 11, 2019

Electric Power & Light published this piece by AEE's Caitlin Marquis that shares a simple process for utilities to work with large corporate energy buyers to meet their growing demand for renewable energy needed to reach their sustainability targets. Read excerpts below and the full EPL article here.
 

In response to requests from their largest customers, a growing number of utilities across the country have introduced voluntary renewable energy offerings. These programs, often called renewable energy tariffs or green tariffs, reflect a fundamental shift in the relationship customers want with their electricity providers. Instead of simply expecting utilities to provide reliable service at the lowest possible cost, companies now want to partner with their utilities to ensure that the source of this low-cost, reliable power also aligns with their organizational needs. For the growing number of companies that have set renewable energy or sustainability goals, this means increased access to renewables and other forms of advanced energy.

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Microgrid Knowledge: Texas Utility Commission to Take Up Utility Ownership of Storage Assets

Posted by Ken Silverstein on Jun 10, 2019

Microgrid Knowledge highlights the energy storage docket before the PUCT with perspective from Suzanne Bertin who heads Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance. This follows after no action from the legislature. See excerpts below and read the entire piece here.

The Texas Public Utility Commission is expected to address a lingering question this summer: Are utilities permitted to own battery storage to provide reliability solutions — if the competitive market there is unable to do so?

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E&E News: Meet 9 State Regulators Who Are 'Shaking Things Up'

Posted by E&E News Staff on Jun 6, 2019

 As part of its series on key players in energy and the environment, E&E News takes a look at state regulators with important influence, quoting AEE's Hannah Polikov about Ted Thomas, Chair of the Ark.PSC. Besides Thomas, E&E News staff profiles Brandon Presley, PSC Chair for Miss. and incoming NARUC President, Samuel Randazzo, Chair of Ohio's PUC, Ellen Nowak of Wisc. PSC, Ga. PSC's Jason Shaw, S.C. PSC's Tom Ervin, Ariz. Corp. Commission's Sandra Kennedy, Stephen Fischmann of N.M.'s PRC,  and RI PUC's Abigail Anthony. See excerpts below and the entire story here.

The shuttering of coal plants, an aggressive push for renewables and the proliferation of electric vehicles are creating a new energy landscape in the United States. Meet the state regulators working on the front lines.

Among those in the trenches is Brandon Presley, selected by Southeastern utility regulators to head up the nation's most powerful group of state regulators. He's also a distant cousin of Elvis Presley and is now poised to lead the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) (Greenwire, June 5). Presley, chairman of the Mississippi Public Service Commission, helped quash development on an experimental coal project in the Magnolia State...

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PV Magazine: #Solar100's Nat Kreamer: Clean Energy's Captain America

Posted by Richard Matsui on Jun 3, 2019

Richard Matsui, Founder & CEO of kWh Analytics, interviewed AEE CEO Nat Kreamer for his latest #Solar100 leaders profile published by PV Magazine here. See excerpts below:

Nat Kreamer served in the Afghan War with special forces in the U.S. Navy, helped found what is now the largest residential solar company in the United States, held the position of board chair at Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), and was recognized by President Obama as a “Champion of Change” for his work as a veteran in clean energy.

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