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Expanding domestic production of critical minerals is good for U.S. economy and national security

Posted by Adam Winer on Mar 31, 2022

WASHINGTON, Thursday, March 31 – Today, President Biden announced plans to invoke the Defense Production Act as a means of increasing domestic production and mining of critical minerals needed to manufacture batteries for electric vehicles and long-term energy storage.

Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) Managing Director Harry Godfrey, who leads the Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Infrastructure Working Group for AEE, released the following statement:

“We applaud the Biden Administration for invoking the Defense Production Act to expand domestic production of energy storage technology and access to the critical minerals that are essential to storage. Energy storage, both stationary and in electric vehicles, is essential to swiftly reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, building a clean, affordable economy, and securing America.

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Topics: Press Releases, Manufacturing and Infrastructure, Harrison Godfrey

Nevada gives green light to collaborative bus and truck electrification efforts

Posted by Cayli Baker on Mar 31, 2022

Governor Sisolak’s announcement that Nevada is joining the multi-state MOU puts Nevada on the fast track to transportation electrification and the economic benefits that come with it.  

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Topics: Press Releases, electric vehicles

amNY (Opinion): New York poised to lead the ‘charge’ on electric school buses

Posted by Leah Meredith on Mar 29, 2022

amNY published Leah Meredith's op-ed on the budget provisions need to accelerate electric school bus adoption in New York. Read snippets below and the full article here.

With more than 45,000 traditional school buses on the road, New York has the largest school bus fleet in the country. That makes the Empire State the perfect candidate to make the jump from diesel to emissions-free school buses. Earlier this year, Governor Kathy Hochul committed to fully electrifying New York’s school buses by 2035. Now, with the state budget due April 1, New York is poised to become the first state in the nation to deliver the resources schools need to provide 100 percent clean rides for kids. 

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Topics: State Policy, AEE In The News, Leah Meredith

New York PSC order could reduce costs, increase value of distributed energy resources

Posted by Bob Keough on Mar 28, 2022

New cost allocation methodology for standby and buyback service rates would benefit DERs like energy storage, electric vehicles, and demand management.

Washington, D.C. – March 28, 2022 – The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an Order adopting a new cost allocation methodology for standby and buyback service rates that will improve the value proposition of distributed energy resources. The long-awaited Order,* issued on March 16, referenced comments submitted by Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) multiple times and accepted many of AEE’s recommendations.   

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Topics: Regulatory, Press Releases

Utility Dive: New York adjusts standby, buyback rate methodologies, sweetening value proposition for NYC storage

Posted by Robert Walton on Mar 24, 2022

Utility Dive detailed New York's new standby and buyback rate methodologies, quoting AEE's Danny Waggoner on the benefits for energy storage. Read snippets below and the full article here.

The New York Public Service Commission on March 16 issued an order adopting a new cost allocation methodology for standby and buyback service rates that advanced energy solutions providers say will improve the value proposition for distributed energy resources like electric vehicles, storage and demand management...

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Topics: Regulatory, AEE In The News, Danny Waggoner

Politico Pro: Glick’s climate focus at FERC puts a target on his back

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Mar 23, 2022

Politico Pro outlined what's at stake for federal energy policy as Glick's term nears its end, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis on the need for a fully staffed commission. Read snippets below and the full story here.
 
The FERC chair may see his efforts to put climate change at the forefront of federal energy policy cost him his job.
 
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Topics: Regulatory, Wholesale Markets, AEE In The News, Jeff Dennis

Canary Media: FERC Order 2222: Experts offer cheers and jeers for first round of filings

Posted by Jeff St. John on Mar 14, 2022

Canary Media detailed how U.S. grid operators are planning to open up their energy markets to distributed energy, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis on FERC Order 2222 and initial implementation plans and Caitlin Marquis on baseline erosion. Read snippets below and the full article here

The future of the power grid lies in tapping the gigawatts of capacity coming from distributed energy resources such as rooftop solar, home batteries, electric vehicles and energy-smart devices — DERs for short. Ultimately, this will radically reconfigure how the U.S. electricity grid works. But getting there will be a long and complicated process...

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Topics: Wholesale Markets, AEE In The News, Caitlin Marquis, Jeff Dennis

Washington Examiner: Environmentalists on their heels say green energy needed now more than ever

Posted by Jeremy Beaman on Mar 10, 2022

Washington Examiner highlighted advocate calls to phase out America's fossil fuel reliance, quoting AEE's Nat Kreamer on the national security impacts. Read snippets below and the full article here.

IT'S NOT EASY BEING GREEN: High and rising costs for oil are compounding the price of gasoline to record national averages, and the pressure is on President Joe Biden to bring short term relief by encouraging more extraction of fossil fuels.

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Topics: AEE In The News, Nat Kreamer

Restoration of Clean Air Act waiver will accelerate transition to cleaner transportation for consumers and businesses

Posted by Adam Winer on Mar 9, 2022

EPA reinstatement of California’s waiver affirms states’ authority to adopt stronger clean vehicle standards; will drive new jobs to America’s electrified transportation and manufacturing sectors 

Washington, D.C., March 9, 2022 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) celebrated the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision to restore California’s Clean Air Act waiver to regulate vehicle emissions, which led to California’s Advanced Clean Cars (ACC), a long-standing program adopted by 16 states and the District of Columbia, which has helped create a market for vehicles that are more efficient and less polluting.

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Topics: Press Releases, electric vehicles

AEE’s statement on White House remarks on electrifying heavy-duty vehicles

Posted by Cayli Baker on Mar 7, 2022

White House clean transit actions will drive jobs to America’s electrified transportation sector and pave a faster route to meeting EV adoption.

Washington, D.C., March 7, 2022 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) praised Vice President Kamala Harris’ remarks announcing federal action to accelerate clean transit and heavy-duty electric vehicle adoption. The announcement comes after the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “Clean Trucks Rule,” which outlines standards for heavy-duty vehicle emissions that would reduce truck pollutants 90% below current EPA standards for model year 2031 vehicles, the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which included $5 billion in electric school bus funds, and the White House’s goal late last year to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030. These vehicles, which include school buses, trucks, and government fleets, account for nearly a quarter of the country’s transportation emissions.

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Topics: Press Releases, Manufacturing and Infrastructure, electric vehicles

Governor Polis and advanced energy industry celebrate latest steps toward a resilient, interconnected western grid

Posted by Cayli Baker on Mar 3, 2022

Colorado continues to lay the foundation for a Western regional grid and significant economic development with CETA formation.
 

DENVER, March 3, 2022 – Today, Colorado Governor Jared Polis joined Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) in celebrating the formation of the Colorado Electric Transmission Authority (CETA), which is the state’s latest step toward a resilient Western regional power grid. With the Governor’s final appointments announced this week, CETA can begin working to modernize and streamline Colorado’s electric transmission planning process, remove long-standing barriers to clean energy projects, and lead to significant economic development and revenue generation for communities across the state.

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Topics: Press Releases, AEE In The News, Colorado

Indiana AEE celebrates passage of electric vehicle charging bill

Posted by Adam Winer on Mar 3, 2022

House Bill 1221 will support the build-out of electric vehicle public charging stations 

INDIANAPOLIS, March 3, 2022 – Indiana Advanced Energy Economy (Indiana AEE) celebrates the legislative passage of House Bill 1221, which will support the build-out of electric vehicle public charging infrastructure. The concurrence vote (66-25 in favor) taken this week in the House of Representatives sends the final bill to Governor Holcomb’s desk for his signature. The bill follows on the heels of Gov. Holcomb joining with other Midwest Governors in signing the Regional Electric Vehicle for the Midwest Memorandum of Understanding last fall to advance electric vehicles in the region.

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Topics: Press Releases, Manufacturing and Infrastructure, indiana, electric vehicles

New joint paper on the regulatory treatment of cloud computing services for utilities identifies paths to regulatory modernization

Posted by Adam Winer on Mar 3, 2022

AEE and EEI report identifies regulatory roadblocks and offers solutions to transitioning to cloud computing.

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 3, 2022 – Today, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) released a new paper about the regulatory reforms needed to modernize the information technology (IT) systems that utilities depend on to provide safe, reliable, and efficient operations. “Reaching for the Cloud: Solutions for Regulatory Parity for Cloud Services for Utilities” details how regulations in place for nearly a century are delaying utilities’ transition from on-premises systems to cloud computing services, which is happening across other industries. The impacts are far-reaching and affect all regulated utilities, including electric, water, and natural gas companies. “Reaching for the Cloud” explores avenues for placing all IT solutions on a more similar regulatory footing, with the goal of unlocking cost savings and greater benefits for customers while supporting utility efforts to meet higher expectations for reliability, resilience, and clean energy.

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Topics: Utility, Regulatory, Press Releases

Market Watch: Republicans urge U.S. oil and gas ‘stability’ from new drilling as answer to Russia, other security threats

Posted by Rachel Koning Beals on Mar 2, 2022

Market Watch highlighted ongoing stress over tight oil and gas markets, quoting AEE's Nat Kreamer on how advanced energy technologies can shield the U.S. from dangerous geopolitics. Read snippets below and the full article here.

The Biden administration is treading carefully around oil and gas issues as fuel prices — particularly at the gasoline pump — shoot higher and inflation hits several pockets of the economy simultaneously.

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Topics: AEE In The News, Nat Kreamer

Florida Politics (Opinion): Smart policy puts Florida in the driver’s seat on electric vehicles

Posted by JR Tolbert on Mar 1, 2022

Florida Politics ran JR Tolbert's op-ed on policies that can help Florida lead on EV-adoption. Read snippets below and the full article here.

The state is now number two in the country in electric vehicles sales.
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Topics: AEE In The News, electric vehicles, JR Tolbert

AEE CEO’s statement ahead of President Biden’s State of the Union Address

Posted by Adam Winer on Mar 1, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 1, 2022 – Today, ahead of the State of the Union address, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) urged President Joe Biden to look toward advanced energy for the sake of national security and to better protect Americans from future spikes in the prices of fossil fuels. 

AEE CEO Nat Kreamer, who is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan where he served in the Special Forces and was awarded the Bronze Star, released the following statement:  

“I returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2006 determined to help the United States free itself from fossil fuels. Now, with Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, we have even more reason to accelerate our country’s transition to clean energy.  

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Topics: Federal Policy, Press Releases, Nat Kreamer