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AEE applauds Biden administration actions to pause solar tariffs and grow advanced energy domestic manufacturing

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 6, 2022

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2022 – Today national business association Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) celebrated the announcement from the Biden Administration that it will expand use of the Defense Production Act to include solar panels and component parts, as well as building insulation, heat pumps, electrolyzers, platinum group metals, fuel cells, and transformers. The White House also announced a pause on solar trade tariffs to allow clean energy projects across the country to be built while the country scales up domestic manufacturing of supply chain components. 

“This is a needed stay in a more than decade-long tariff war that has been a loser for all parties,” said AEE CEO Nat Kreamer. “Tariffs only raise costs for consumers and don’t create domestic demand for clean energy. These announcements today provide much-needed stability to the solar industry and the clean energy transition at large, and send the message to Congress that now is the time to act urgently to build the clean energy domestic manufacturing industry this country needs to protect consumers and become energy independent.

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Topics: Federal Policy, Press Releases, manufacturing, Manufacturing and Infrastructure, Nat Kreamer

New York Legislature Passes Building and Appliance Efficiency Bill

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 6, 2022

Industry group says building code and appliance updates will help customers save money and help the state meet emission reduction goals 

ALBANY, June 6, 2022 – National business organization Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) applauded the New York Legislature for approving a bill last week that has the potential to further the deployment of energy-saving technologies and that can deliver significant utility bill savings for consumers.  

The "Advanced Building Codes, Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards Act of 2022" updates the state’s energy building codes to include considerations of climate impact and mitigation strategies, and expands the list of appliances and products that need to meet energy efficiency standards. The Act is expected to deliver $15 billion in utility bill savings for New Yorkers, with $6 billion of those savings going to low- and moderate-income households. The legislation also sets up New York for success in achieving the emissions reduction targets set by the state’s landmark climate law.

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Topics: Press Releases, Energy Efficiency, Leah Meredith, New York

AEE-Sponsored Electric School Bus Bill Unanimously Approved by California Assembly

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 1, 2022

Legislation to speed up the transition to electric school buses now moves to the state Senate

SACRAMENTO, June 1, 2022 – California's Clean and Healthy School Bus Act (AB 2731) was approved 57-0 by California’s State Assembly last week, a major step toward speeding up the transition to zero-emission school buses that save schools money and don’t harm young lungs. 

Proposed by Assemblymember Phil Ting (District 19) and sponsored by AEE, AB 2731 is designed to help school districts access the long-term economic benefits of switching to zero-emission school buses by allowing for longer vehicle lease terms, as well as setting a 2035 statewide Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) school bus sales goal. California currently caps lease terms for contracted school buses at five years. Extending the lease terms to 15 years would substantially improve the economics of transitioning to electric school buses for school districts. 

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Topics: California Engagement, Press Releases, electric vehicles, Emilie Olson, Electric school buses

AEE Applauds Renomination of FERC Chair Glick

Posted by Adam Winer on May 20, 2022

Maintaining steady leadership at FERC is important to helping guide nation through energy transition

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2022 – Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) applauded the announcement from President Joe Biden that he is renominating Chair Richard Glick to a seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). 

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

National business group AEE delivers sign-on letter to Senate, White House on growing domestic manufacturing of advanced energy industry

Posted by Adam Winer on May 13, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC, May 13, 2022— National business association Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) delivered a sign-on letter to the U.S. Senate and White House Administration stressing the importance of production-based manufacturing credits as a means of growing the industry domestically. 

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Topics: Press Releases, manufacturing, Manufacturing and Infrastructure, Harrison Godfrey, Nat Kreamer

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

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.

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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

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

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