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AEE Urges Arizona Lawmakers to Reject Bills Stripping ACC Authority Over Electricity Generation

Posted by Cayli Baker on Jan 26, 2021

Bills under debate in House and Senate committees would strip oversight authority of the Arizona Corporation Commission over electricity generation in the state, creating market uncertainty, putting reliability at risk, raising costs to consumers, and costing Arizona jobs.

PHOENIX, January 26, 2021 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) submitted testimony against proposed companion bills HB2248* and SB1175* in the Arizona state legislature, which would strip oversight authority of the Arizona Corporation Commission over electricity generation in the state. AEE filed testimony and plans to speak on behalf of its advanced energy technology members as well as the Advanced Energy Buyers Group it facilitates, representing large electricity buyers seeking to meet their corporate clean energy and sustainability goals. The testimony was prepared by Shelby Stults, principal at AEE, for today's House Natural Resources, Energy and Water Committee hearing (2 p.m. MT) and tomorrow's Senate Natural Resources, Energy and Water Committee (2 p.m. MT) hearing.

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How Investment in Advanced Energy Can Jumpstart  Economic Recovery

Posted by Cayli Baker on Jan 25, 2021

Prioritizing the advanced energy industry could deliver an immediate economic stimulus, all while reducing carbon emissions and laying the groundwork for an equitable economic recovery. 

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 25, 2021 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) released its priorities for a federal economic recovery package, outlining funding that would upgrade and modernize the electric grid, invest in energy efficiency projects and worker training, support the development of advanced energy manufacturing jobs in the United States, accelerate electrification of the transportation sector, and help deploy new advanced energy resources.

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AEE Applauds President Biden's Appointment of Richard Glick as FERC Chairman

Posted by Monique Hanis on Jan 21, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 21, 2021 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) reacted to the news that President Biden appointed Richard Glick to be Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

"We are thrilled that President Biden has selected Richard Glick to be Chairman of FERC. Chairman Glick is an advanced energy champion who, in his time at the Commission, has worked tirelessly to put a focus on removing the barriers that prevent advanced energy technologies from competing on a level playing field in wholesale power markets," said Jeff Dennis, managing director and general counsel at AEE.

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Utility Dive: With FERC Order 2222 Compliance Deadline 6 Months Away, Many Questions Loom, Analysts Find

Posted by Leslie Nemo on Jan 20, 2021

Utility Dive outlined the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 2222, quoting AEE’s Caitlin Marquis, speaking at an R-Street Institute event. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

A federal rule intended to lower barriers to distributed energy resources (DER) in wholesale markets still faces many questions about what DER aggregates will look like, how the new parties will interact with existing grid management, and what individual state roles might be… 

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Virginia Mercury: Legislation Aims to Reduce Barriers for Energy Storage Projects

Posted by Sarah Vogelsong on Jan 20, 2021

Virginia Mercury outlined how state lawmakers are pushing for renewables including wind, solar, energy storage, quoting Virginia Advanced Energy Economy’s Harry Godfrey. Read excerpts below and the full piece here.

In 2020, lawmakers seeking to speed the development of renewables and wean Virginia off fossil fuels made a host of changes to state law that aimed to smooth local approvals of large-scale solar farms. This year, they’re wielding the same tools to encourage the growth of energy storage.

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AEE Applauds Federal Court Decision to Reject Trump EPA's Clean Power Plan Roll Back

Posted by Monique Hanis on Jan 19, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 19, 2021 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) reacted to the news that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) argument under the Trump administration that the Clean Air Act constrains EPA to only regulate improvements that can be made onsite at coal-fired power plants. The court essentially directed EPA to start over with a new regulatory approach after finding that the Trump EPA's so-called Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule failed to provide adequate environmental and public health protections.

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Why Organized Competitive Wholesale Markets are Better for Advanced Energy Buyers in Meeting Sustainability Targets, How to Make Them Better

Posted by Monique Hanis on Jan 19, 2021

Expanding competitive markets to Southeast and Western states and improving existing markets would enable corporations to boost investment and accelerate the clean energy transition

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 19, 2021 — A new report from the Advanced Energy Buyers Group, a business-led coalition of large energy users, explains why organized competitive wholesale markets operated by Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators (RTOs/ISOs) are foundational to many of the strategies that large energy buyers rely on to increase their use of advanced energy and meet their sustainability targets. The report also explains why expanding these markets to new regions and improving the design and operation of existing RTOs/ISOs would create more opportunities for corporate advanced energy procurement.

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Utility Dive's 2021 Outlook: 10 Power Sector Trends to Watch

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Jan 13, 2021

Utility Dive highlighted 10 power sector trends to watch this year, quoting AEE experts on EVs, clean energy policy, and changing battery infrastructure. The piece also  links to AEE's recent EV Trucks blog post. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

At this time last year, few people — if anyone — could have predicted what 2020 would bring. That tumultuous year has not yet led to a calmer one, but if January 2020 taught us anything, it's that the first days of a new year may not always be a sign of what's to come. With that being said, Utility Dive spoke to over half a dozen power sector experts who tentatively predict big changes on the horizon in 2021.

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Governor's Proposed Budget Will Accelerate California's Economic Recovery, Supported by Advanced Energy and Clean Transportation

Posted by Monique Hanis on Jan 8, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO, January 8, 2021 – Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) released the following reaction to Governor Gavin Newsom's proposed budget for the state of California. The remarks come from Amisha Rai, managing director at Advanced Energy Economy:

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Houston Chronicle: Could Texas be an Electric Vehicle Hub?

Posted by James Osborne on Dec 15, 2020

The Houston Chronicle covered EV supply chain opportunities for companies and workers in Texas, referencing TAEBA's new report and quoting Suzanne Bertin. The story was republished by Beaumont, Laredo, Midland, San Antonio outlets. Read excerpts below and the full story here (sub. req.)

The push to clean up the world's energy sector to fight climate change has always presented an existential threat to oil and gas producing regions like Texas. But there is a new train of thought that the losses suffered by the state's oil producers might be to some degree mitigated should Texas manage to attract the burgeoning electric vehicle manufacturing industry.

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