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Supply Chain Dive: Jeff Bezos Commits $10B to Climate. How Should He Spend It?

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Feb 19, 2020

Supply Chain Dive covered Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos recent $10B pledge to fight climate change, quoting AEE President Heather O'Neill. Read excerpts below and the entire Supply Chain Dive piece here. 

Billionaire Jeff Bezos, founder, president and CEO of e-commerce company Amazon, on Monday announced his commitment to providing $10 billion toward fighting climate change. Specifics of the plan were sparse — in his Instagram post announcing the funding, he said the Bezos Earth Fund will provide funding for "scientists, activists, NGOs — any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world." He'll begin issuing grants this summer and said the $10 billion is "to start," but doesn't specify how much more he plans to spend or over what time period. Some speculate the billionaire's move was timed to deflect attention from FRONTLINE's release of a documentary that includes criticisms of his technology empire's carbon footprint and rising pressure from the company's employees about not doing enough on climate change...

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Utility Dive: FERC MOPR Order May Have 'Paradoxically Unintended Consequences': PJM

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Jan 22, 2020

Utility Dive noted AEE's coalition filing with ACORE, AWEA, and SEIA asking FERC to revisit its December 'MOPR' order in its coverage of stakeholders push-back on the controversial federal pricing proposal, including concerns raised by PJM. Read excerpts below and the entire UD piece here. 

Clean energy advocates and competitive interests have raised concerns that FERC's December order is too wide-sweeping and will harm the ability of new clean energy technologies to enter the market. Under PJM's original order, the MOPR was largely intended to apply to new natural gas resources, where it expected most interference to come from, according to the grid operator's comments on the FERC-proposed MOPR. But FERC's action was much more wide-sweeping, proposing to administratively raise the bids of any new resource in the market that receives a state subsidy...

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Utility Dive: FERC Move to Raise PJM Capacity Market Bids Shows 'Clear Bias' Against New, Clean Generation: Glick

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Dec 20, 2019

Utility Dive covered FERC's new rule on capacity market pricing for the PJM region, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the entire UD piece here. 

Federal regulators on Thursday voted to effectively raise the bids of subsidized resources selling their power into PJM Interconnection's wholesale capacity market. Under the plan, new resources receiving subsidies will now be subject to the Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR), which raises the price floor for those resources attempting to sell their power into the wholesale market. The move is intended to prevent potential "unacceptable market distorting effects" caused by state clean energy policies, according to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chair Neil Chatterjee. Commissioner Richard Glick was the sole dissenting vote of the three commissioners.

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Utility Dive: Is FERC Overstepping its Authority and Hurting Renewables? States, Power Groups Question PURPA Plan

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Dec 5, 2019

Utility Dive covered state AG's and competitive market groups who criticized a recent federal proposal to overhaul PURPA, including quotes by AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the entire UD piece here. 

States, competitive market groups and other stakeholders criticized a federal proposal to overhaul the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), in comments filed Tuesday, questioning the potential impacts those changes could have to the country's renewable energy momentum. Stakeholders, including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA) raised concerns that the notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in September would unduly impact states outside regulated power pools. Meanwhile, states participating in regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs) had their own concerns about the potential impacts of the proposed rule.

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Utility Dive: Minnesota Shuts Down Oil, Manufacturing Groups' Attempt to Derail Xcel EV Pilot

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Oct 9, 2019

Utility Dive reported Minnesota regulators pushed back on petroleum groups' attempt to reverse approval of Xcel Energy's $25 million electric vehicle pilot program, quoting  AEE's Matt Stanberry and AEE member Greenlots. Read excerpts below and the entire UD piece here

Minnesota regulators on Monday stamped out manufacturing and petroleum groups' attempt to reverse approval of Xcel Energy's $25 million electric vehicle pilot program. The state's Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved the program in July, and five large industrial groups, including oil groups Marathon Petroleum and Flint Hills Resources, filed a petition with the commission on Aug. 6 asking regulators to reconsider the decision...

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Utility Dive: Coal-heavy States Press FERC For Any Action on Resilience to Help Troubled Generators

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Oct 2, 2019

Utility Dive reported on six state utility commissioners who are pressing FERC to prioritize its resilience docket, including perspective of AEE's Managing Director and General Counsel Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the entire Utility Dive piece here. 

Six state regulators are pressing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to prioritize its resilience docket, citing concerns over rapid coal plant retirements, Bloomberg first reported Monday. Utility commissioners from Wyoming, Montana, Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky wrote separate letters to FERC, asking the commission to take action on the resilience docket opened in response to its unanimous rejection of the Department of Energy's bid to subsidize coal and nuclear resources.

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Utility Dive: Trump Administration Threatens California Emissions Authority as State Continues EV-Focus

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Sep 19, 2019

Utility Dive quoted AEE's Amisha Rai in its coverage of six recent EV related bills passed in California that could be impacted by the Trump Administration's emissions rollback threat. See excerpts below and read the full UD brief here. It was also reposted by Supply-Chain Dive here.

California lawmakers made progress on advancing the state's electric vehicle market this legislative session, despite President Donald Trump's Wednesday announcement that his administration intends to challenge the state's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.

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Utility Dive: Wisconsin Governor Orders 100% Carbon Free by 2050, Despite Lack of Legislative Support

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Aug 19, 2019

Utility Dive quoted AEE's JR Tolbert in its coverage of Wisc. Gov. Evers' executive order to reach 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. See excerpts below and read the full UD brief here.
 
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, D, on Friday signed an executive order setting the state on a path to reach 100% carbon free electricity by 2050. The order establishes an Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy, tasked with bringing the state to that goal. Evers pushed the order through administratively after the effort failed to make it through the budget process...
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Utility Dive: Dominion's 100% Renewables Tariff Could Kill Virginia's Retail Choice Ambitions

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Aug 5, 2019

Utility Dive covers how Dominion Energy's proposed 100% renewable energy tariff for most of Virginia could box out competitors, like Direct Energy and Calpine Energy, seeking to meet corporate demand, quoting Virginia AEE's Harry Godfrey. See excerpts below and read the entire UD story here.

In an increasingly changing energy world, state energy markets vary widely in how they allow companies to compete for and retain customers. And that's beginning to matter more in states with large retail customers in a (mostly) regulated vertical energy market, such as in Virginia. 

Dominion Energy, the state's dominant utility, in May filed an application with the State Corporation Commission (SCC) for approval of its 100% renewable energy tariff. If approved, that tariff offering would prevent other retail electricity providers from competing in the market to give large and residential customers a 100% renewable option.

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Utility Dive: NV Energy to Add 1.2 GW Solar, 2.3 GWh Storage as Large Customer Exit Slows

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Jun 25, 2019

Utility Dive reported on NV Energy's announcement of three projects adding 1,200 MW of solar and 560 MW of battery storage exceeding the utility's goal to double its renewable energy output by 2023. The piece included reaction by AEE's Ray Fakhoury. See excerpts below and read the entire Utility Dive piece here.


Under state legislation passed in April, NV Energy and any power provider in the state that provides 1 million MWh or more of power has to generate 50% of its power from renewable resources by 2030 and 100% from carbon-free sources by 2050.

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