After the election results came in, news media worked to gauge the reaction of the new president-elect in the advanced energy space. AEE's Memo to the Trump Transition Team was widely cited:
- Utility Dive: Florida solar Amendment 1, Washington carbon tax amendment struck down in election: “Our energy system is going through a transformational change in response to new technologies, new consumer preferences, and new challenges,” Advanced Energy Economy CEO Graham Richard said in a statement issued this morning. "The advanced energy industry can contribute to the many urgent needs facing our country, and we look forward to working with President Trump to deliver an advanced energy future for the nation.”
- North American Windpower: Trump Elected POTUS, Clean Energy Stakeholders React: In its memo, AEE presents three key themes for the Transition Team to consider: modernize the electric power system as part of rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, transform utility business models to speed up power system progress and allow all technologies to compete in order to achieve objectives. (The full memo can be downloaded here.)
- Alt Energy Mag: AEE Calls on Trump Transition Team to Modernize the Electric Power System as Part of Rebuilding Infrastructure, Accelerate Utility Business Model Transformation, and Allow Advanced Energy Technologies to Compete Wherever They Can Meet Objectives
- San Antonio Business Journal: Solar industry, renewables sector ponder an unclear future under President Trump: The pro-renewables organization Advanced Energy Economy told the San Antonio Business Journal that it plans to contact Trump's transition team to remind the billionaire businessman-turned-politician that renewables employ thousands of people, spur private investment, improve grid reliability and drive down electricity costs for consumers.
- CleanTechnica: US Clean Technology Industry Defensively Congratulates President-Elect Donald Trump: US-based business association Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) have sent a memo to the Transition Team for President-Elect Trump outlining ways in which to usher in a new era of secure, clean, and affordable energy.
- LEED Blog: Election postmortem: Lots of solar industry worry, but also reasons for hope
- Greentech Media: Trump Rode a Wave of Economic Angst. Will He Harness America’s Greatest Economic Opportunity?: The advanced energy market -- which includes renewable energy, building efficiency, electric vehicles, energy storage and cleantech manufacturing -- is worth $200 billionin the United States. That's worth more than the pharmaceutical industry, and almost worth as much as the consumer electronics industry, according to Advanced Energy Economy.
- Clean Technica: Under Trump, States May Drive US Climate Policy: But Arvin Ganesan, vice president of federal policy for the group Advanced Energy Economy and the former deputy chief of staff for policy at the EPA, said it’s too early to tell what Trump will do with the Clean Power Plan.
“What we do know is the Clean Power Plan is just one factor driving a market that is already undergoing significant transformation,” Ganesan said. “Utilities, regional grid operators, and state regulators are already working to integrate advanced energy technologies to make our electric power system more reliable and affordable, and that also happen to reduce carbon emissions.”
Ganesan said he sees Trump’s election as a business opportunity for those who want to create jobs by improving the nation’s energy infrastructure.