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Smart Energy Decisions (Opinion): Competitive Wholesale Markets Unlock Procurement Options—Will the Proposed Southeast Energy Exchange Market Do the Same?

Posted by Caitlin Marquis on Apr 30, 2021

Smart Energy Decisions published AEE’s Caitlin Marquis’ piece on competitive wholesale markets and the SEEM proposal. Read snippets below and the full story here.

The benefits of competitive wholesale markets to customers are generally boiled down to two simple words: cost and reliability. But ask any large buyer of clean energy, and you’ll hear a host of additional reasons why organized, competitive wholesale markets overseen by regional transmission organizations or independent system operators (RTOs/ISOs) make it easier to access clean energy resources. Unpacking what makes wholesale markets work for buyers also helps to explain why buyers have not enthusiastically endorsed the Southeast Energy Exchange Market (SEEM) proposal put forward by a handful of Southeastern utilities.

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S&P Global: 1st 100 Days: US Agencies ‘Moving with Remarkable Speed' on Energy, Climate

Posted by Zack Hale and Jasmin Melvin on Apr 30, 2021

S&P Global outlined Biden’s first 100 days, quoting AEE’s Jeff Dennis on the administration’s approach to reestablishing many Trump-era EPA reservals. Read snippets below and the full article here.

One hundred days into office, U.S. President Joe Biden has made rapid progress in dismantling his predecessor's energy and climate agenda and implementing his own, according to policy experts.

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New York’s Electric Transportation Sector Offers Booming Job Opportunities

Posted by Cayli Baker on Apr 29, 2021

Report shows New York-based jobs in electric transportation (ET) projected to grow 32% by 2024; with 882 businesses already employing 4,200 ET-related jobs in 61 counties, ET industry delivers diverse employment across the value chain and expands opportunities for workers in adjacent and supporting industries.

ALBANY, April 29 2021 — Today national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) released a report examining the economic and workforce potential as New York State’s Electric Transportation (ET) industry expands. The report reveals that 882 businesses in 61 of New York’s 62 counties employ an estimated 4,200 electric transportation-related workers. This figure is expected to increase by 32% by 2024 to an estimated 5,500 workers.

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Utility Dive: New York Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring All New Vehicle Sales be Zero-Emissions by 2035

Posted by Robert Walton on Apr 29, 2021

Utility Dive outlined the New York legislature’s measure to adopt a 100% ZEV target, citing AEE’s Electrifying New York Report and quoting Ryan Gallentine on how the state can meet its ambitious new goal. Read snippets below and the full story here.

New York lawmakers on April 26 passed legislation to require all sales of new passenger cars and trucks in the state be zero emission by 2035. The measure now heads to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D, to sign or veto…

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Arizona Legislature Confuses Oversight of ACC, Creating Regulatory Uncertainty

Posted by Cayli Baker on Apr 28, 2021

PHOENIX, April 28, 2021 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) condemned Arizona legislators’ passage of Senate Bill 1459*. The bill is now headed to Governor Ducey’s desk. If signed, it will create duplicative oversight that will delay decisions from the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), the body that regulates the state’s energy system and utilities. This policy will hurt Arizona ratepayers and the business community by eliminating the regulatory certainty needed for reliable and affordable energy. After being amended on the floor, the bill passed out of the House of Representatives on Monday April 25 with a vote of 31 to 28 and one abstention. It was sent back to the Senate for a final reading, where it passed 16 to 14. 

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Capital News Illinois: Illinois Invests $15 Million to Fuel Two New Manufacturing Programs

Posted by Grace Barbic on Apr 28, 2021

Capital News Illinois highlighted two new manufacturing programs in Illinois, referencing AEE’s “Electrifying Illinois” report. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday the state is distributing funds to two downstate Illinois community colleges for electric vehicle manufacturing and renewable energy generation training programs.

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Utility Dive: New York Regulators Address Data Access Issues in Bid to Grow Clean Energy Development

Posted by Robert Walton on Apr 27, 2021

Utility Dive quoted AEE’s Danny Waggoner on improving data access to increase clean energy progress. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

Dive Brief:

  • The New York Public Service Commission on April 15 adopted a new framework governing access to energy data, aiming to better enable energy service entities (ESEs) to develop new clean energy resources, products and technologies…
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Public News Service: Clean-Energy Experts Predict Federal Dollars Will Spur NV Job Boom

Posted by Suzanne Potter on Apr 27, 2021

Public News Service quoted AEE’s Sarah Steinberg on the prospect for jobs growth in Nevada with federal investments in clean energy resources. The story was picked up by Patch. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Experts forecast up to 400,000 new jobs in Nevada as a result of the Biden administration's climate-change goals and infrastructure plan…

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CT Mirror: A Battle to Get More Clean Energy into New England’s Electric Grid is Underway

Posted by Jan Ellen Spiegel on Apr 26, 2021

CT Mirror examined the ISO-New England market, quoting AEE’s Caitlin Marquis on the benefits of a regional competitive wholesale market. Read snippets below and the full story here.

In January 2020, Katie Dykes, commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection — speaking to environmental advocates attending the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters annual environmental summit — leveled this broadside at the independent system operator that runs the six-state New England electricity grid and the federal authorities that govern it:

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NBC-TV (KCRA-3): Why California's Electric Vehicle Workforce is Expected to Double by 2024

Posted by Ty Steele on Apr 22, 2021

NBC KCRA-3s Ty Steele interviewed AEE’s Amisha Rai on California’s electric transportation workforce and industry, connected to AEE's new related report . Read snippets below and watch the 3.5 minute interview here.

California's electric vehicle workforce is expected to double by 2024. It's a result of the state policies promoting zero-emission technologies.

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Green Car Congress: New Report Finds California’s Electric Transportation Workforce Will Nearly Double by 2024

Posted by News Staff on Apr 22, 2021

Green Car Congress highlighted AEE’s "Electrifying California: Economic Potential of Growing Electric Transportation" report, outlining key findings and policy recommendations. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

A new report commissioned by Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) projects that California’s electric transportation (ET)-related workforce will nearly double by 2024. With an estimated 3,900 ET-related businesses in 2019, California is already the leading state in electric transportation.

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Microgrid Knowledge: Advanced Energy Jobs on the Rebound After COVID-19 Hit

Posted by Ethan Howland on Apr 22, 2021

Microgrid Knowledge covered AEE’s 2021 National Jobs Fact Sheet and the Advanced Energy Now 2021 Market Report, highlighting employment and microgrid market prospects. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

After getting slammed by COVID-19 last spring, jobs at advanced energy companies are rebounding but remain below prepandemic levels, according to Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a trade group. The report found that the segment that includes microgrids also experienced a downturn.

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California’s Dominance of U.S. Electric Transportation Supply Chain Puts State in Position for Further Workforce Gains

Posted by Monique Hanis on Apr 22, 2021

New report shows California’s electric transportation-related workforce expected to nearly double by 2024; already 3,900 companies across the state  are involved in electric transportation, while related industries with more than half a million workers have an opportunity to quickly retool and retrain to meet market demand for business and job growth.

SACRAMENTO, CA, April 22, 2021 — Today national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) released a report that shows 3,900 electric transportation-related California businesses dispersed across 55 of its 58 counties as of 2019. Employment in electric transportation (ET) is expected to nearly double by 2024 to an estimated 68,000 workers as demand for electric vehicles (EV) and EV charging infrastructure grows.

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Utility Dive: ConEd and GI Energy Advance New Model for Storage Deployment with Bronx Project

Posted by Jason Plautz on Apr 19, 2021

Utility Dive outlined an innovative Con Edison and GI Energy battery storage project in New York, quoting AEE’s Danny Waggoner on aspects of the project. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

Con Edison and infrastructure company GI Energy are partnering on a unique demonstration project, installing a 1 MW battery storage project on a customer property on City Island in the Bronx. The project will deliver power to businesses along the commercial strip in the summer, relieving grid strain when temperatures rise…
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Advanced Energy Jobs on the Rebound After COVID-19 Setbacks

Posted by Cayli Baker on Apr 19, 2021

In 2020, advanced energy employed 3.2 million workers nationwide, with 8% job growth expected to power economic recovery in 2021.

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 19, 2021 – Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy reported the latest U.S. employment data in a new fact sheet showing overall job trends across the industry. Employing 3.2 million U.S. workers, the advanced energy workforce dipped during the height of the pandemic, but is poised to bounce back strong in 2021. As of late 2020, advanced energy employed more U.S. workers than Food and Beverage stores nationwide (3.1 million) and twice as many as Commercial Banks (1.4 million).

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Chicago Tribune: Rivian Plant Gearing Up for June Launch, the Return of Automaking to Normal and the Dawn of the Electric Vehicle Age

Posted by Robert Channick on Apr 16, 2021

Chicago Tribune cited AEE’s Electrifying Illinois report in their profile of Rivian’s latest EV facility. This story was covered in 33 other outlets including Yahoo News. Read snippets below and the full story here

Nestled among the cornfields of Normal, Illinois, a long-fallow stretch of land is preparing for a bumper crop this summer.

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Microgrid Knowledge: US House Bill Would Give Microgrids 30% Tax Credit

Posted by Ethan Howland on Apr 16, 2021

Microgrid Knowledge outlined a new bill in Congress to establish a 30% microgrid tax credit, quoting AEE’s Leah Rubin Shen on existing tax credits. Read snippets below and the full story here

A California congressman has introduced a bill into the US House of Representatives that would create a 30% microgrid tax credit.

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IndyStar: 'Like a Hostage Negotiation': Indiana Bill on Renewable Energy Standards Dies After Pushback

Posted by Sarah Bowman on Apr 15, 2021

IndyStar reports Indiana HB 1381, a bill, aiming to improve market certainty for renewable companies, died on the Senate floor, quoting AEE’s Caryl Auslander on the impact. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

Efforts to send a message that Indiana is open for business to renewables came to an abrupt stop on Tuesday night. A bill that would have established some statewide standards for wind and solar projects — but was amended to grandfather in counties' more restrictive ordinances — died on the Senate floor.

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Chicago Business Journal: Illinois Electric Vehicle Jobs Expected to Climb in the Next 3 Years: Report

Posted by Jim Dallke on Apr 14, 2021

Chicago Business Journal covered AEE’s Electrifying Illinois: Economic Potential of Growing Electric Transportation report, quoting AEE’s Daniel Bloom. The story was also covered by St. Louis Business Journal (sub req). Read excerpts below and the full story here.

Anchored by Rivian's electric truck manufacturing plant in downstate Normal, the state of Illinois is poised to see the number of electric transportation jobs nearly double by 2024.

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Capital News Illinois: New Report Shows Illinois Job, Economic Growth in Electric Transportation Sector

Posted by Grace Barbic on Apr 14, 2021

Capital News Illinois covered AEE’s Electrifying Illinois report, quoting AEE’s Daniel Bloom on report findings and policy recommendations. The story was picked up by 26 other outlets including the Illinois Business Journal. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

SPRINGFIELD – A national clean energy trade organization has released a report showing growth in electric transportation-related jobs in Illinois could position the state to lead the domestic supply chain.

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Beaumont Enterprise (Opinion): Texas Schools Need Electric Buses

Posted by Suzanne Bertin on Apr 12, 2021

Beaumont Enterprise published a guest column by TAEBA's Suzanne Bertin highlighting the many benefits of school bus electrification, and urging support for related companion bills (SB 1303 by Cesar Blanco / HB 4120 by Joe Deshotel) in Texas. Read excerpts below and the full piece here (sub. req). 

Still reeling from the winter storm emergency in February, Texas now needs to figure out how to protect our state from similar disasters in the future. Here’s one way: Fully integrate distributed energy resources (DERs) like rooftop solar, battery storage and demand response. These technologies, which are located in homes, businesses and institutions all over the state, are capable of producing power, managing electricity demand, and delivering benefits to the energy grid, helping to keep the lights on. But here’s one particularly valuable DER that comes in a surprising package — a simple school bus...

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Washington Examiner Daily on Energy: Speaking of Jobs

Posted by Josh Siegel and Abby Smith on Apr 12, 2021

Washington Examiner highlighted AEE’s Electrifying Illinois: Economic Potential of Growing Electric Transportation report in their Daily On Energy newsletter. Read an excerpt below and the full newsletter here.

SPEAKING OF JOBS: Jobs related to electric transportation could nearly double by 2024 in Illinois, a state particularly well positioned to benefit from boosting the nation’s EV manufacturing capacity and R&D spending on clean energy.

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Report: Illinois Well-Positioned to Lead Growth of Electric Transportation Sector

Posted by Monique Hanis on Apr 12, 2021

New report shows electric transportation-related jobs expected to increase by 83% by 2024; 560 companies across the state already employ 5,200 workers; related industries have opportunity to quickly retool and retrain to meet market demand for business and job growth.

SPRINGFIELD, IL, April 12, 2021 — Today national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) released a report that shows Illinois employs an estimated 5,200 electric transportation-related workers at 560 businesses in 97 of its 102 counties. This figure is expected to increase by 83% by 2024 to an estimated 9,500 workers to meet growing market demand.

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The Market Tabloid: The Indiana Senate Has Approved a Necessary Change in the Renewable Energy Bill

Posted by Andrzej Kowalski on Apr 8, 2021

The Market Tabloid quoted AEE’s Caryl Auslander on amendments to an Indiana bill that will provide more local autonomy through renewable energy incentives. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

The Indiana Senate altered some parts of renewable energy that were problematic. The House version of the energy bill was outlining requirements for the wind and solar projects while sidelining the local government from making an impact in the projects. The amendment proposed by Sen. Mark Messmer assumes a different procedure that is inclusive of the local government…

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Washington Examiner: Biden Infrastructure Plan Proposes 'Cash for Clunkers'-Style Rebate Program. Would it Work?

Posted by Josh Siegel on Apr 7, 2021

Washington Examiner outlines Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer’s plans for electric vehicle rebate programs, quoting AEE’s Ryan Gallentine on the potential for expanding consumer demographics. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal promises to give consumers point-of-sale rebates to buy American-made electric vehicles in order to help battery-powered cars become affordable for everybody.

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IndyStar: After Local Pushback, Indiana Bill on Wind, Solar Standards Takes a '180 Degree Turn'

Posted by Sarah Bowman and London Gibson on Apr 2, 2021

IndyStar outlined amendments to an Indiana bill that will provide incentives for less restrictive wind and solar ordinances, quoting AEE’s Caryl Auslander on industry prospects. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

A bill that would have overridden local ordinances that restrict or prohibit wind power in Indiana has taken a “180 degree turn” after pushback from local officials.

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Utility Dive: State of the Electric Utility 2021: Gas Doubts Rise, DER Focus Wanes, and 5 Other Key Takeaways

Posted by Larry Pearl on Apr 1, 2021

Utility Dive highlighted key takeaways from their 2021 SEU Survey Report, quoting AEE’s Lisa Frantzis and Ryan Katofsky on current market trends and referencing AEE Market Report data. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

Utility Dive today released its 8th annual State of the Electric Utility (SEU) Survey Report, which is chock full of data and insights about the power sector.

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New Analysis Shows How to Optimize Energy Efficiency Benefits in Wholesale Markets

Posted by Cayli Baker on Apr 1, 2021

Two new papers prepared for Advanced Energy Economy by The Brattle Group highlight the importance of energy efficiency participation as a supply-side resource in capacity markets generally and offer recommendations to make best use of energy efficiency for resource adequacy in the MISO market specifically.
 
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 1, 2021 – Today, national business organization Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) released two papers prepared by The Brattle Group that highlight opportunities to ensure that energy efficiency is able to compete fairly to meet resource adequacy needs in centralized markets operated by regional transmission organizations and independent system operators (RTOs/ISOs). The first paper, The Benefits of Energy Efficiency Participation in Capacity Markets, explains the importance of allowing energy efficiency to participate in capacity markets as a supply-side resource. The second, Enabling Cost-Effective Energy Efficiency in the Midcontinent ISO Resource Adequacy Construct, focuses on maximizing the benefits of energy efficiency in the MISO market in particular.

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