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Arizona Republic: Extreme heat, rising demand: Arizona utilities warn of blackouts in summers ahead

Posted by Ryan Randazzo on Apr 29, 2022

Arizona Republic examined utilities' concerns over their power supply, quoting AEE's Shelby Stults on how increasing energy efficiency programs and joining a western RTO can help. Read snippets below and the full article here.

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Topics: Utility, Wholesale Markets, AEE In The News, Energy Efficiency, Arizona, Shelby Stults

AEE applauds Governor DeSantis for vetoing anti-solar bill in Florida

Posted by Adam Winer on Apr 27, 2022

The bill that was approved by the Florida legislature earlier this year threatened the growth of the solar industry in the Sunshine State

TALLAHASSEE – Today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis vetoed House Bill 741.  

Advanced Energy Economy’s Florida policy lead Michael Weiss issued the following statement in response to Governor DeSantis’s veto: 

“On behalf of the advanced energy industry, including solar installation and manufacturing companies and the thousands of people employed by these industries in Florida, AEE thanks Governor DeSantis for seeing the damage that would have been done from ending net metering in the state. The Governor’s veto ensures that solar panels on residential homes in Florida retain their full value, and households are fairly compensated for the energy they provide back to the power grid.

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Topics: Michael Weiss, florida

Canary Media: The US needs to build a bigger, stronger grid. FERC has a plan for that

Posted by Jeff St. John on Apr 25, 2022

Canary Media profiled FERC's transmission policy, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis on how modern infrastructure can better capture the benefits of clean energy. Read snippets below and the full story here.

Over the past nine months, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been working on a major reform to U.S. transmission-grid policy, one that clean-energy advocates say could determine whether or not the country will be able to build the vast amount of solar and wind power needed to combat climate change.

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

Forbes: The $150 Billion Road Electric School Buses Can Ride To Create American Jobs And Protect Kids’ Health

Posted by Sarah Spengeman on Apr 25, 2022

Forbes detailed New York's route to 100% electric buses, citing AEE's Leah Meredith on the benefits of these cutting edge vehicles. Read snippets below and the full article here.

Anyone who has gone to school in the United States remembers the smell of diesel exhaust from riding the iconic yellow school bus, but few realize the danger of breathing those fumes. Thankfully, our children can ride pollution-free, all-electric buses that don’t cause asthma or harm brain development – and electrifying our school bus fleet is worth billions to American manufacturing.

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Topics: AEE In The News, electric vehicles, Leah Meredith

AEE applauds Michigan's state climate plan, including roadmap to 52 percent emissions reductions by 2030

Posted by Adam Winer on Apr 21, 2022

EGLE’s release of the MI Healthy Climate Plan will put Michigan on track to be a leader in the advanced energy revolution.

LANSING, April 21, 2022 – Today, Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (Michigan EIBC) and Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) applauded Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s release of the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s (EGLE) MI Healthy Climate Plan. The administration established a goal of economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2050 when Governor Whitmer signed Executive Directive 2020-10. The MI Healthy Climate Plan focuses on an interim roadmap to 52 percent greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

The roadmap to 2030 includes several recommendations that focus on growing the state’s renewable energy and energy storage resources, electrifying transportation and buildings, and making energy efficiency improvements more accessible, among others. A few of the key recommendations include:

  • Generate 60 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable resources by adopting a renewable energy standard of 50 percent by 2030.
  • Create more favorable conditions for customer-sited behind-the-meter distributed energy resources, like rooftop solar.
  • Deploy infrastructure to support 2 million electric vehicles (EVs) on Michigan roads by 2030 and fund incentive programs for the purchase of EVs and EV charging.
  • Adopt a statewide energy storage target to deploy 4,000 megawatts (MW) of grid-scale storage by 2040 with interim targets and improve analysis of energy storage resources in utility Integrated Resources Plans through accurate modeling. Energy storage is critical to capturing and efficiently distributing clean, renewable energy, and this target was recently recommended in an energy storage roadmap for the state developed by the Institute for Energy Innovation (IEI) along with Michigan EIBC, 5 Lakes Energy, and Dr. Annick Anctil of Michigan State University.
  • Reduce emissions related to heating homes and businesses by 17 percent by 2030.
  • Support advanced energy through business development, retention, and attraction.
  • Adopt and promote financing opportunities, including through Michigan Saves, on-bill financing, and commercial property assessed clean energy (C-PACE) programs.
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Topics: Press Releases, Michael Weiss, Michigan

AEE’s statement on FERC transmission planning announcement

Posted by Adam Winer on Apr 21, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21, 2022 – Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) reacted to the announcement by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that it will be reforming regional transmission planning and cost allocation requirements.

Jeff Dennis, Managing Director and General Counsel at AEE, released the following statement on the benefits of the FERC announcement:

“Today’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is an important next step in building the resilient transmission grid the nation needs to meet its economic and clean energy goals and reap the benefits of the rapid expansion of advanced energy technologies. The Commission’s proposals rightly put focus on the need for comprehensive long-term transmission planning that meets the transmission needs of customers and transparently considers the benefits transmission investments can provide to customers over multiple decades.

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Topics: Wholesale Markets, Press Releases, Jeff Dennis, FERC

Colorado Newsline: Petition for faster clean-trucks rule rejected by Colorado air commission

Posted by Chase Woodruff on Apr 21, 2022

Colorado Newsline outlined updates to a Colorado clean transportation requirement, quoting AEE's Emilie Olson on why the state needs to move faster on its advanced clean trucks rulemaking. Read snippets below and the full article here

Advocates for stronger climate action suffered the latest in a long line of defeats in their efforts to accelerate the pace of Colorado’s greenhouse gas policymaking in a meeting of state air commissioners on Thursday.

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Topics: Regulatory, AEE In The News, electric vehicles, Emilie Olson

Utility Dive: Arizona legislature advances bill restricting retail competition in effort to promote reliability

Posted by Iulia Gheorghiu on Apr 21, 2022

Utility Dive detailed the flaws of Arizona House Bill 2101, citing AEE's Shelby Stults on how the measure fails to address energy reliability. Read snippets below and the full article here

The Arizona Senate passed House Bill 2101 on Tuesday, advancing legislation to the governor's desk intended to address reliability issues and prevent blackouts similar to recent disruptions in Texas and California...

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Topics: AEE In The News, Arizona, Shelby Stults

AEE’s statement on the CAISO-WEIM $2 billion milestone

Posted by Adam Winer on Apr 21, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21, 2022 – Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) reacted to California Independent System Operator's (CAISO) announcement that the Western Energy Imbalance Market (WEIM) has generated $2 billion in costs savings over the last eight years. 

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Topics: Wholesale Markets, Press Releases, Amisha Rai

Political Climate Podcast: Rolling out historic infrastructure funding

Posted by Julia Pyper on Apr 21, 2022

Political Climate spoke with Leah Rubin Shen about the IIJA rollout, Biden's climate goals, and clean energy tax credits. Listen to the episode here.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act — a historic $1.2 trillion investment package passed by Congress on a bipartisan basis — has received little fanfare since President Biden signed it into law last November. The bill contains more than $80 billion to advance the clean energy transition and respond to climate change. But where exactly will those dollars go?

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Topics: Federal Policy, AEE In The News, Leah Rubin Shen

Arizona legislature falls for phony energy reliability claims behind legislation that props up utilities, at cost to ratepayers

Posted by Cayli Baker on Apr 20, 2022

Clean energy business group expresses disappointment over newly passed bill that limits Arizona customers’ access to affordable advanced energy options. 

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Topics: Press Releases, Arizona, Shelby Stults

New York passes historic budget to lead the “charge” on electric school buses

Posted by Cayli Baker on Apr 8, 2022

Newly approved funding sets the state on the fastest timeline in the nation to electrify its 47,000 school buses. 

ALBANY, April 8, 2022 — Today national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) commended Governor Hochul and the New York legislature for committing to electrify 100% of the state’s 47,000 diesel school buses by 2035. The New York State operating budget solidifies a 2027 target of 100% electric sales for all new school buses, provides funding for charging infrastructure needed to power the transition, and extends lease terms to 12 years from five, offering school districts more flexibility and greater access to the long-term savings these vehicles generate. 

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Topics: Press Releases, AEE In The News, electric vehicles

Utility Dive: Clean energy sector eyes window for passing federal tax breaks amid challenge of high energy prices

Posted by Larry Pearl on Apr 8, 2022

Utility Dive outlined Congress' reconciliation window, citing AEE's Leah Rubin Shen on a the importance of passing clean energy tax credits. Read snippets below and the full article here.

Clean energy stakeholders see a window in the next few months for Congress to pass broad clean energy tax breaks amid high energy prices and an ever-narrowing legislative calendar.

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Topics: Federal Policy, AEE In The News, Leah Rubin Shen

Politico Pro: New York set to mandate zero-emissions school buses by 2035

Posted by Marie French on Apr 7, 2022

Politico Pro summarized New York's landmark electric school bus adoption measures, citing AEE's Ryan Gallentine on the benefits. Read snippets below and the full article here (sub. req.).
The electric bus mandate targets the state's roughly 50,000 school buses that shuttle children every day.
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Topics: AEE In The News, electric vehicles, Ryan Gallentine

The Hill: EV leaders want Biden to be more aggressive with Defense Production Act

Posted by Zack Budryk on Apr 3, 2022

The Hill outlined Biden's use of the Defense Production Act, quoting Harry Godfrey and Nat Kreamer expanding its use to encompass battery storage, heat pumps, and more. Read snippets below and the full article here.

Industry figures and environmental groups are urging President Biden to go beyond his initial use of the Defense Production Act (DPA) and seize the opportunity to build out supply chains and infrastructure to accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels.  

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Topics: Federal Policy, AEE In The News, Harrison Godfrey, Nat Kreamer

Utility Dive: Biden invokes Defense Production Act to bolster domestic battery manufacturing for EVs, energy storage

Posted by Ethan Howland on Apr 1, 2022

Utility Dive cited AEE's Harry Godfrey on Biden's decision to invoke the Defense Production Act and spur domestic production of minerals. Read snippets below and the full article here.

In an effort to increase U.S. energy independence, President Joe Biden on Thursday invoked the Defense Production Act to spur domestic mining and processing of minerals used to make batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage facilities.

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Topics: AEE In The News, Manufacturing and Infrastructure, Harrison Godfrey