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Bloomberg: Biden’s Secret Weapon to Cleaning Up Energy Is Spelled FERC


Bloomberg detailed FERC’s role in achieving President Biden’s climate and energy ambitions, quoting AEE’s Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the full story here (sub req).

President Joe Biden outlined ambitious new plans for taking on climate change on Wednesday, but the most potent weapon may already be in his arsenal. The five-member Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is poised to play a pivotal role fulfilling Biden’s clean-energy ambitions, including his vow to strip greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector over the next 14 years. FERC could help Biden deliver on those promises by fostering carbon prices on electricity, propelling a massive build-out of high-voltage power lines and making it harder to build natural gas pipelines… 

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Greentech Media: Biden Executive Orders Set Broad Federal Role in Clean Energy and Climate Change Mitigation

Posted by Jeff St. John on Jan 27, 2021

Greentech Media outlined President Biden’s executive climate actions, quoting AEE’s Jeff Dennis on what federal purchasing power means for job growth. Read excerpts below and the full story here

President Joe Biden signed a sprawling set of executive orders on Wednesday ordering federal agencies to procure carbon-free energy and electric vehicles, spur commercialization of clean energy technologies, accelerate clean energy generation and transmission projects and ensure that disadvantaged communities get a fair share of the ensuing economic and environmental benefits. 

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AEE Urges Arizona Lawmakers to Reject Bills Stripping ACC Authority Over Electricity Generation

Posted by Cayli Baker on Jan 26, 2021

Bills under debate in House and Senate committees would strip oversight authority of the Arizona Corporation Commission over electricity generation in the state, creating market uncertainty, putting reliability at risk, raising costs to consumers, and costing Arizona jobs. (Updated 1/27/21 to reflect oral testimony made. Later the committee passed HB2248 in 6-4 party-line vote.)

PHOENIX, January 26, 2021 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) presented oral testimony against proposed companion bills HB2248* and SB1175* in the Arizona state legislature, which would strip oversight authority of the Arizona Corporation Commission over electricity generation in the state. AEE filed testimony and spoke on behalf of its advanced energy technology members as well as the Advanced Energy Buyers Group it facilitates, representing large electricity buyers seeking to meet their corporate clean energy and sustainability goals. The testimony was prepared by Shelby Stults, principal at AEE, for today's House Natural Resources, Energy and Water Committee hearing (2 p.m. MT) and tomorrow's Senate Natural Resources, Energy and Water Committee (2 p.m. MT) hearing.

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How Investment in Advanced Energy Can Jumpstart  Economic Recovery

Posted by Cayli Baker on Jan 25, 2021

Prioritizing the advanced energy industry could deliver an immediate economic stimulus, all while reducing carbon emissions and laying the groundwork for an equitable economic recovery. 

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 25, 2021 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) released its priorities for a federal economic recovery package, outlining funding that would upgrade and modernize the electric grid, invest in energy efficiency projects and worker training, support the development of advanced energy manufacturing jobs in the United States, accelerate electrification of the transportation sector, and help deploy new advanced energy resources.

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E&E News: Meet the Staffers Powering FERC's 2 New Commissioners

Posted by Arianna Skibell on Jan 25, 2021

E&E News profiled the staffers powering the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s two newest commissioners, quoting AEE’s Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the full piece here (sub req).

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's two newest members have tapped a range of advisers — including agency veterans and a few fresh faces — to help steer their work during the Biden administration.

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AEE Applauds President Biden's Appointment of Richard Glick as FERC Chairman

Posted by Monique Hanis on Jan 21, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 21, 2021 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) reacted to the news that President Biden appointed Richard Glick to be Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

"We are thrilled that President Biden has selected Richard Glick to be Chairman of FERC. Chairman Glick is an advanced energy champion who, in his time at the Commission, has worked tirelessly to put a focus on removing the barriers that prevent advanced energy technologies from competing on a level playing field in wholesale power markets," said Jeff Dennis, managing director and general counsel at AEE.

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Greentech Media: President Biden Names Richard Glick as FERC Chair

Posted by Jeff St. John on Jan 21, 2021

Greentech Media covered Richard Glick’s appointment as chair to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, quoting AEE’s Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

President Joe Biden has named Richard Glick to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, giving leadership and agenda-setting authority to the agency’s longest-running Democratic member, a key opponent to some of FERC’s most clean-energy-unfriendly decisions under the Trump administration. 

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Utility Dive: Biden Moves to Rejoin Paris Climate Accord on First Day in Office, Signs Order to Quickly Review Trump Regulatory Actions

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Jan 21, 2021

Utility Dive highlighted President Biden’s initial executive orders, quoting AEE’s Leah Rubin Shen. Read excerpts below and the full story here

President Joe Biden on Wednesday marked his first day in office by taking steps to rejoin the Paris climate accord, along with signing a flurry of executive orders.

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Utility Dive: With FERC Order 2222 Compliance Deadline 6 Months Away, Many Questions Loom, Analysts Find

Posted by Leslie Nemo on Jan 20, 2021

Utility Dive outlined the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 2222, quoting AEE’s Caitlin Marquis, speaking at an R-Street Institute event. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

A federal rule intended to lower barriers to distributed energy resources (DER) in wholesale markets still faces many questions about what DER aggregates will look like, how the new parties will interact with existing grid management, and what individual state roles might be… 

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Virginia Mercury: Legislation Aims to Reduce Barriers for Energy Storage Projects

Posted by Sarah Vogelsong on Jan 20, 2021

Virginia Mercury outlined how state lawmakers are pushing for renewables including wind, solar, energy storage, quoting Virginia Advanced Energy Economy’s Harry Godfrey. Read excerpts below and the full piece here.

In 2020, lawmakers seeking to speed the development of renewables and wean Virginia off fossil fuels made a host of changes to state law that aimed to smooth local approvals of large-scale solar farms. This year, they’re wielding the same tools to encourage the growth of energy storage.

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AEE Applauds Federal Court Decision to Reject Trump EPA's Clean Power Plan Roll Back

Posted by Monique Hanis on Jan 19, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 19, 2021 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) reacted to the news that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) argument under the Trump administration that the Clean Air Act constrains EPA to only regulate improvements that can be made onsite at coal-fired power plants. The court essentially directed EPA to start over with a new regulatory approach after finding that the Trump EPA's so-called Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule failed to provide adequate environmental and public health protections.

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Why Organized Competitive Wholesale Markets are Better for Advanced Energy Buyers in Meeting Sustainability Targets, How to Make Them Better

Posted by Monique Hanis on Jan 19, 2021

Expanding competitive markets to Southeast and Western states and improving existing markets would enable corporations to boost investment and accelerate the clean energy transition

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 19, 2021 — A new report from the Advanced Energy Buyers Group, a business-led coalition of large energy users, explains why organized competitive wholesale markets operated by Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators (RTOs/ISOs) are foundational to many of the strategies that large energy buyers rely on to increase their use of advanced energy and meet their sustainability targets. The report also explains why expanding these markets to new regions and improving the design and operation of existing RTOs/ISOs would create more opportunities for corporate advanced energy procurement.

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S&P Global: FERC Order Forces States to 'Grapple' with Distributed Energy Difficulties

Posted by Zack Hale on Jan 13, 2021

S&P Global summarized the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 2222, quoting AEE’s Caitlin Marquis on DER aggregations. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

A recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order will force state regulators and electric grid operators to start thinking about distributed energy resources as a solution instead of a problem to solve, industry experts said Jan. 13.

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Utility Dive's 2021 Outlook: 10 Power Sector Trends to Watch

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Jan 13, 2021

Utility Dive highlighted 10 power sector trends to watch this year, quoting AEE experts on EVs, clean energy policy, and changing battery infrastructure. The piece also  links to AEE's recent EV Trucks blog post. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

At this time last year, few people — if anyone — could have predicted what 2020 would bring. That tumultuous year has not yet led to a calmer one, but if January 2020 taught us anything, it's that the first days of a new year may not always be a sign of what's to come. With that being said, Utility Dive spoke to over half a dozen power sector experts who tentatively predict big changes on the horizon in 2021.

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Austin American-Statesman: Electric Vehicles are the Future. Texas Lawmakers Must Act

Posted by Tom Smith on Jan 10, 2021

Austin American-Statesman opinion piece explained why Texas lawmakers should act on electric vehicles, citing Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance’s report. Read excerpts below and full opinion here.

Electric vehicles are about to become the new way we get around. Why? Because they are cheaper to own, cooler to drive and better for the environment. By 2022, there will be over 200 EV models available in the U.S., including 10 pickup trucks, and prices will soon drop below fossil-fueled cousins. They are changing the transportation industry just like cellphones transformed the telephone industry, and the change is coming just as fast. EVs are predicted to be 15% of the cars on the road, and 41% of all new vehicles sold in Texas by 2030.

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Governor's Proposed Budget Will Accelerate California's Economic Recovery, Supported by Advanced Energy and Clean Transportation

Posted by Monique Hanis on Jan 8, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO, January 8, 2021 – Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) released the following reaction to Governor Gavin Newsom's proposed budget for the state of California. The remarks come from Amisha Rai, managing director at Advanced Energy Economy:

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Grist: FERC May Finally Help the Public Understand WTF it Does

Posted by Emily Pontecorvo on Jan 8, 2021

Grist explained how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission can become more transparent, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis on what a new Office of Public Participation could mean for underrepresented communities. Read excerpts below and the full piece here.

If you’ve heard of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, commonly referred to as FERC, but have no idea what it does, I don’t blame you. FERC is one of the most arcane government agencies we have in the United States. Generally tasked with regulating interstate energy infrastructure like pipelines, its proceedings are incredibly technical and confusing... 

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