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Governor’s Budget Update Boosts California’s Clean Transportation and Advanced Energy Investments

Posted by Cayli Baker on May 14, 2021

Governor Newsom’s May budget revision doubles proposed funding to $3.2B for the state’s clean transportation programs, securing California’s role as a national leader in electrifying transportation. The revised budget also includes over $900 million to accelerate the state’s progress towards 100% clean energy.

SACRAMENTO, May 14, 2021 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) commended California Governor Gavin Newsom for his May budget revision, which increases proposed support for clean transportation and energy programs in the state. The proposed $3.2B clean transportation investments would focus dollars on a range of zero emission priorities including accelerating the transition of heavy-duty vehicles such as trucks and school buses to zero emission, providing multi-year funding support for light-duty incentives for low-income households to afford a ZEV, and expanding electric vehicle infrastructure buildout statewide. The revised budget also includes support for growing and attracting additional ZEV manufacturing to the state, a significant growth opportunity for California. Finally, the budget strategically invests in a suite of activities to accelerate renewable and advanced energy development to promote resilience and reliability.

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Topics: State Policy, Press Releases

Major Bill Boosts Nevada’s Clean Energy Economy, Drives Electric Transportation Growth, and Creates Regional Power Market

Posted by Cayli Baker on May 13, 2021

Senate Bill 448 calls for new investment in transportation electrification infrastructure and a multi-state regionally interconnected electricity market to improve grid resilience, reliability, and reduce energy costs.

CARSON CITY, May 13, 2021 — National business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) urged Nevada lawmakers to support Senate Bill 448, which would jumpstart investment in electric transportation infrastructure and reduce energy costs for all Nevadans by requiring state utilities to join a regional transmission organization (RTO) by 2030. The bill also focuses more energy efficiency spending on low-income households to reduce energy costs and levels the playing field by creating tax parity for energy storage to complement the state’s renewable resources.  

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Topics: State Policy, Press Releases

Transportation Bill Would Accelerate Colorado’s Zero-Emissions Vehicle Market, Drive Economic Recovery

Posted by Cayli Baker on May 13, 2021

Senate Bill 260 would provide comprehensive funding streams for Colorado to accelerate vehicle electrification and modernize the state’s transportation infrastructure.

DENVER, May 13, 2021 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) announced its support for Colorado’s comprehensive transportation funding legislation, Senate Bill 21-260*. Approved by the Senate Finance Committee and scheduled for a second Senate Appropriations Committee hearing and likely vote tomorrow, SB 260 calls for investing over $730 million over the next decade to accelerate Colorado’s zero-emission vehicle market.

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Topics: State Policy, Press Releases

Corporation Commission’s Rejection of Proposed Energy Rules Takes Arizona Off Course

Posted by Cayli Baker on May 6, 2021

ACC vote to reject rule to reach 100% clean energy by 2050, along with other utility reforms, comes after more than three years of stakeholder engagement and bipartisan cooperation, despite widespread support.

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Topics: State Policy, Regulatory, Press Releases, Arizona

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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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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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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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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Colorado Bill Approved by Senate Committee Calls for Regional Grid

Posted by Cayli Baker on Mar 16, 2021

Bipartisan Senate Bill 72 calls for a multi-state regionally interconnected electricity market to improve grid resilience, reliability, and reduce energy costs.

DENVER, March 16, 2021 — National business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), along with several industry groups and local energy providers, urged Colorado lawmakers to support bipartisan Senate Bill 72* (SB 21-072), which would require state utilities to join a regional transmission organization (RTO) by 2030 and modernize the state’s electricity grid system. By streamlining Colorado’s electric transmission planning, the bill, which was passed by the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee 5-1 today with bipartisan support, would also help the state to spur new infrastructure investment and meet its clean energy goals.

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National Clean Energy Coalition Urges FERC to Carefully Examine Southeast Utilities’ Proposed Electricity Trading Platform and Host a Regional Technical Conference on Wholesale Market Reform Needs

Posted by Cayli Baker on Mar 16, 2021

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Filing proposes ways to make Southeast electricity market design more inclusive, transparent, and cost-efficient for customers, laying foundation for broader market reforms in the region.

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 16, 2021 — Today, national associations Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), Advanced Energy Buyers Group (AEBG), Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced they have submitted joint comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) asking regulators to closely examine shortcomings in the Southeast Energy Exchange Market (SEEM) proposal, which 14 electric utilities submitted to FERC in February 2021.

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Topics: Press Releases