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UtilityDive: Western RTO could add up to $79.2 billion to regional economy, report finds

Posted by Kavya Balaraman on Jul 27, 2022

UtilityDive analyzed AEE's Western RTO Economic Impact Study, quoting AEE's Amisha Rai on RTO conversations with policymakers. Read snippets below and the full article here.

The creation of a West-wide regional transmission organization could generate between 159,000 and 657,000 permanent jobs through 2030, as well as up to $79.2 billion in additional gross regional product per year across the 11 Western states, according to a new report.

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Topics: 21st Century Electricity System, AEE In The News, Amisha Rai

Utility Dive: California passes legislation to avoid blackouts, create ‘insurance policy’ for the grid

Posted by Kavya Balaraman on Jul 1, 2022

Utility Dive detailed newly passed legislation that attempts to ensure the reliability of California's grid, quoting AEE's Emilie Olson on the bill's heavy reliance on fossil fuels. Read snippets below and the full article here.

California lawmakers on Wednesday passed a bill that establishes a new certification process for solar, wind and other non-fossil fuel power plants that are larger than 50 MW, as the state works to build out the renewable projects it needs to ensure grid reliability.

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Topics: California Engagement, AEE In The News, Emilie Olson

Utility Dive: California governor floats 5-GW, $5.2B ‘reliability reserve’ amid possible electricity shortfalls

Posted by Kavya Balaraman on May 17, 2022

Utility Dive examined Gov. Newsom's revised budget proposal earmarking funding for reliability, quoting AEE's Emilie Olson on what's next for negotiations. Read snippets below and the full article here.

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Topics: AEE In The News, Emilie Olson

Utility Dive: California Mulls 11.5 GW Procurement Package to Bolster Grid After Diablo Canyon, Natural Gas Plants Retire

Posted by Kavya Balaraman on May 25, 2021

Utility Dive summarized two CPUC grid proposals, quoting AEE's Noah Garcia on the state's power procurement. Read snippets below and the full article here.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has prepared two proposals for regulators to choose from to address the state's challenge of maintaining a reliable power grid after the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant and a suite of natural gas facilities are retired in the coming years.

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Topics: AEE In The News

Utility Dive: Falling Renewable, Storage Costs Make 90% Carbon-free US Grid Feasible by 2035, UC Berkeley Finds

Posted by Kavya Balaraman on Jun 9, 2020

Utility Dive covered a new UC Berkeley report concluding the U.S. could switch to 90% renewable energy by 2035, and create half a million jobs, referencing similar arguments that AEE and others delivered to Calif. leaders. Read excerpts below and the entire UD piece here. 

The U.S. can deliver 90% of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2035, according to a new report from the University of California, Berkeley, and experts say accelerating clean energy deployments could also play an important role in the country's economic recovery. Building out renewables to achieve this target will add more than 500,000 jobs per year as well as $1.7 trillion in investments into the economy, without raising customer bills, the report found...

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Topics: AEE In The News

Utility Dive: Nevada Governor Orders Plans for Economy-Wide Carbon Reductions

Posted by Kavya Balaraman on Nov 25, 2019

Utility Dive covered Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak's signed executive order requiring state agencies to enact plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions across the state and included reaction by AEE's Sarah Steinberg. Read excerpts below and the entire UD piece here. This story was also covered by Smart Grid Today (sub. req.).

Sisolak has a growing record on climate-related issues; he was elected last year after supporting a 100% clean energy mandate for Nevada, and in March, the state officially joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, a group of 25 states that plan to reduce emissions 28% below 2005 levels by 2025. In April, the state passed a bill adopting a 50% renewable electricity target for 2030 and a 100% carbon-free electricity target for 2050.

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Topics: AEE In The News