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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

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

Canary Media: The House’s Big Budget Reconciliation Bill Would Be A Bonanza For Clean Energy

Posted by Jeff St. John on Sep 12, 2021

Canary Media outlined tax credits and direct pay for clean energy, storage, and transmission in the House reconciliation bill, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis on ITC details. Read snippets below and the full story here.

Tax credits and direct-pay provisions for a panoply of clean energy and carbon-reduction technologies. Incentives to expand and strengthen the nation’s power grids, encourage adoption of electric vehicles and electrify buildings. And a program to push U.S. utilities to make use of these technologies to reach an 80 percent carbon-free electricity supply by 2030.

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Topics: AEE In The News

Canary Media: Western States Look to Regional Transmission Organizations to Boost Clean Energy's Pathways to Market

Posted by Jeff St. John on Jun 3, 2021

Canary Media summarized the possibility for RTO expansion in the West, citing AEE’s Sarah Steinberg and Amisha RaiRead snippets below and the full article here.

The Western U.S. is a hotbed for renewable power development. What it lacks are the regional regulatory and economic structures to build the transmission lines needed to move that clean power to far-off population centers and share it across a region facing increasing grid-reliability challenges driven by climate change.

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Topics: AEE In The News

Greentech Media: Growing Energy Markets: Southwest Power Pool Expands Day-Ahead Trading to the West

Posted by Jeff St. John on Feb 1, 2021

Greentech Media profiled Southwest Power Pool’s Western Energy Imbalance Service Market, quoting AEE’s Amisha Rai on market integration. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

Interstate grid operator Southwest Power Pool has expanded its wholesale energy market, the latest step in a series of nationwide moves aimed at bringing more efficiency to parts of the country rich in renewable energy potential but lacking in the energy trading regimes to make the best use of it.

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Topics: AEE In The News

Greentech Media: Biden Executive Orders Set Broad Federal Role in Clean Energy and Climate Change Mitigation

Posted by Jeff St. John on Jan 27, 2021

Greentech Media outlined President Biden’s executive climate actions, quoting AEE’s Jeff Dennis on what federal purchasing power means for job growth. Read excerpts below and the full story here

President Joe Biden signed a sprawling set of executive orders on Wednesday ordering federal agencies to procure carbon-free energy and electric vehicles, spur commercialization of clean energy technologies, accelerate clean energy generation and transmission projects and ensure that disadvantaged communities get a fair share of the ensuing economic and environmental benefits. 

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Topics: AEE In The News

Greentech Media: President Biden Names Richard Glick as FERC Chair

Posted by Jeff St. John on Jan 21, 2021

Greentech Media covered Richard Glick’s appointment as chair to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, quoting AEE’s Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

President Joe Biden has named Richard Glick to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, giving leadership and agenda-setting authority to the agency’s longest-running Democratic member, a key opponent to some of FERC’s most clean-energy-unfriendly decisions under the Trump administration. 

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Topics: AEE In The News

GTM Squared: Arizona’s Shifting Approach to Distributed Energy: Reaching Across the Utility-Customer Divide

Posted by Jeff St. John on Oct 23, 2020

GTM Squared reported on how the changing role of distributed-level solar will help Arizona reach its climate targets, referencing AEE. Read excerpts below and the full piece here (sub. req.).

A state known for utility fights against rooftop solar is now taking steps to enlist customers in balancing a clean-powered grid. Arizona is one of the most solar-saturated states in the country, ranking fifth in overall solar capacity and third for residential rooftop solar. It’s also one of the hottest states in the country, with climate change pushing that heat to record levels this summer. This combination is pushing the Republican-dominated state’s energy policies in increasing alignment with its Democratic-controlled, solar-rich and climate-change-wracked neighbor to the west.

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Topics: AEE In The News

Greentech Media: ‘Game-Changer’ FERC Order Opens Up Wholesale Grid Markets to Distributed Energy Resources

Posted by Jeff St. John on Sep 17, 2020

Greentech Media covered the recent FERC order requiring wholesale markets to embrace DERs, noting AEE's approval. Read excerpts below and the entire Greentech Media piece here.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has passed a long-awaited order to open up the country’s wholesale energy markets to distributed energy resources (DERs) like rooftop solar, behind-the-meter batteries and electric vehicles. Now comes the hard part: creating market rules that allow these DERs to play in bulk energy markets while retaining the role of state regulators and utilities to maintain the soundness of their distribution grid operations and retail DER programs. 

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Topics: AEE In The News

Greentech Media: FERC Order May Undermine Renewables, Energy Storage in New York's Capacity Markets

Posted by Jeff St. John on Sep 9, 2020

Greentech Media covered FERCs rejection of the latest proposal from New York's grid operator to allow renewable energy and battery resources to compete against fossil fuels in its wholesale capacity market, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the entire GTM piece here. 

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected the latest proposal from New York's grid operator to allow renewable energy and batteries to compete against fossil fuels in its wholesale capacity market. That may give the state's regulators and policymakers more reason to consider alternatives to federally regulated energy markets. In a Friday order, FERC’s Republican majority denied grid operator NYISO’s proposal to restructure what it terms its “buyer-side market power mitigation rules” to allow wind, solar, batteries and other carbon-free resources to compete against fossil-fueled power plants in its Installed Capacity Market...

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Topics: AEE In The News