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E&E NEWS: 5 Utility Trends Shaping Electricity's Future

Posted by Jeffrey Tomich and Rod Kuckro on Aug 20, 2019

E&E News quoted AEE's Coley Girouard in this trend piece that echoed elements of Coley's earlier Top 10 Utility Regulatory Trends here. See excerpts below and read the entire E&E story here.
 
The next decade's electric utility is taking shape today in the form of plans, sometimes thousands of pages, plopped into the laps of state regulators nationwide. Like snowflakes, each of these integrated resource plans (IRPs) — which outline how utilities intend to meet power demand cost-effectively — is unique. Not all states require them. And the almost three dozen states that do each has distinct requirements and processes for the plans, which look 10 to 20 years into the future.
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Utility Dive: Wisconsin Governor Orders 100% Carbon Free by 2050, Despite Lack of Legislative Support

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Aug 19, 2019

Utility Dive quoted AEE's JR Tolbert in its coverage of Wisc. Gov. Evers' executive order to reach 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. See excerpts below and read the full UD brief here.
 
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, D, on Friday signed an executive order setting the state on a path to reach 100% carbon free electricity by 2050. The order establishes an Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy, tasked with bringing the state to that goal. Evers pushed the order through administratively after the effort failed to make it through the budget process...
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T&D World: Advanced Energy Jobs Experience Growth in Virginia

Posted by T&D Staff on Aug 15, 2019

T&D World covered Virginia AEE's news on jobs growth, quoting Virginia AEE's Harry Godfrey, and AEE members, Larry Cummings at TRANE and Logan Landry of Sigora Solar. See excerpts below and read the entire T&DW story here.
 
Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a national business group, recently released a fact sheet showing that Virginia has 101,400 people working in advanced energy. This represents more than those employed by hospitals (98,549), and twice as many as those in real estate (43,181) across the Commonwealth. The United States has a total of 3.5 million working in advanced energy jobs throughout the nation. 
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E&E News: Clean Energy Groups Back FERC in Battery Storage Lawsuit

Posted by Rod Kuckro on Aug 14, 2019

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The Hill (Opinion): To Cash In on Innovation, Remove Market Barriers for Advanced Energy Technologies

Posted by Dylan Reed and Jeff Dennis on Aug 13, 2019

The Hill published our view on how to unleash advanced energy innovation by removing market barriers. See excerpts below and read the entire Hill piece here and AEE's summary of 20 market barriers here.
 
Innovation is a central part of American life. Ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit have led to the development of new products and technologies that improve upon traditional options. Whether it’s the new iPhone or Uber, the technological leaps that come from innovation benefit consumers and the economy overall.
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Utility Dive (Opinion): Leading by Example: Lawmakers Should Set Up Performance Contracts on Federal Buildings

Posted by Charles Hernick on Aug 8, 2019

Utility Dive published this article by Charles Hernick, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Forum, highlighting energy efficiency savings afforded by performance contracts, and referencing a letter co-signed by AEE to Congressional leaders with recommendations. See excerpts below and read the whole UD piece here.

Often overlooked and underestimated, the energy efficiency industry has been a star player in cleaning up the national energy market. Rather than developing new ways of energy generation, energy-efficiency technology improves the existing methods, helping them to be cleaner and more cost-effective during energy generation, storage and transportation.

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Virginia Mercury: Northern Virginia Continues to Dominate Advanced Energy Jobs, Report Shows

Posted by Sarah Vogelsong on Aug 8, 2019

The Virginia Mercury covered Virginia AEE's release of the latest Virginia Advanced Energy fact sheet, reporting top counties for jobs and quoting AEE's Bob Keough. See excerpts below and read the entire VM piece here.
 
Advanced energy jobs continue to be largely clustered in major metro areas in eastern Virginia, a report released this week by a national energy industry business group shows. According to data from Advanced Energy Economy, the largest number of advanced energy jobs in Virginia are found in Fairfax County, the state’s largest locality.
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Augusta Free Press: Report — Growth in Virginia jobs in Advanced Energy

Posted by AFP Staff on Aug 7, 2019

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More Workers in Virginia Advanced Energy Than in Hospitals, Double Those in Real Estate

Posted by Monique Hanis on Aug 6, 2019

More than 100,000 workers, growth three times Virginia’s overall jobs growth rate, and advanced energy companies expecting to increase jobs by 7% in 2019 — yet obstacles remain

RICHMOND, August 6, 2019 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) released a fact sheet showing that Virginia has 101,400 people working in advanced energy. This represents more than those employed by hospitals (98,549), and twice as many as those in real estate (43,181) across the Commonwealth. The U.S. has a total of 3.5 million working in advanced energy jobs throughout the nation.

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Utility Dive: Dominion's 100% Renewables Tariff Could Kill Virginia's Retail Choice Ambitions

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Aug 5, 2019

Utility Dive covers how Dominion Energy's proposed 100% renewable energy tariff for most of Virginia could box out competitors, like Direct Energy and Calpine Energy, seeking to meet corporate demand, quoting Virginia AEE's Harry Godfrey. See excerpts below and read the entire UD story here.

In an increasingly changing energy world, state energy markets vary widely in how they allow companies to compete for and retain customers. And that's beginning to matter more in states with large retail customers in a (mostly) regulated vertical energy market, such as in Virginia. 

Dominion Energy, the state's dominant utility, in May filed an application with the State Corporation Commission (SCC) for approval of its 100% renewable energy tariff. If approved, that tariff offering would prevent other retail electricity providers from competing in the market to give large and residential customers a 100% renewable option.

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GreentechMedia: Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends of 2019 — So Far

Posted by Coley Girouard on Aug 1, 2019

GreentechMedia reposted AEE's popular Top 10 trends piece by AEE's Coley Girouard. See excerpts below and read the entire GTM piece here. The piece was later covered by T&D World here.

In January, we published a list of the top 10 utility regulation trends of 2018. With 2019 beyond the halfway point, we check in on the top public utility commission (PUC) actions and trends so far this year. Ten prominent trends and actions stand out above the rest, from renewables increasingly dominating utility resource plans, to wildfires sparking utility safety and liability concerns in California, to transportation electrification investments becoming more widespread from coast to coast... 

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