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Leaving Regional Power Market is ‘No Quick Fix’ for States That Support Clean Energy

Posted by Monique Hanis on Sep 3, 2020

In new background paper, AEE argues that the “Fixed Resource Requirement” should not be first choice for states seeking to defend their clean energy commitments against FERC order they see as undermining state policies

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 3, 2020 – Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) released a background paper arguing that pulling out of regional capacity markets should be a last resort for states to defend their energy choices. In “No Quick Fix: Why Fixed Resource Requirement is Not the Best Way for States to Protect Their Energy Choices,” AEE details the ways that the so-called Fixed Resource Requirement (FRR), which some states are exploring in response to an order by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) they see as undermining their policy commitments to clean energy, carries with it risks and costs, and that they would be better off prioritizing other options which could bring them closer to achieving their clean energy goals. 

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Columbus Times-Dispatch: Column: House Bill 6 is an even bigger scam than Ohioans might think

Posted by JR Tolbert on Sep 1, 2020

Columbus Times-Dispatch published AEE's J.R. Tolbert's perspective on the Ohio bribery scandal that resulted in passage of HB 6, a bill that actually hurts ratepayers. Read excerpts below and the entire Columbus Times-Dispatch piece here. 

Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder has been indicted for allegedly employing insidious tactics to jam through House Bill 6, the corrupt energy legislation that serves as his legacy, in order to reward his political benefactors at FirstEnergy with a $1.5 billion bailout. In the scandal’s aftermath, the bill’s sponsors, the new House speaker and even the governor who signed it into law have called for its repeal. They cite the corrupt and illegal activities leading to its passage...

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Energy Policy and Investment Leaders Join Advanced Energy Economy Institute Board

Posted by Monique Hanis on Sep 1, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 1, 2020 – Today, Advanced Energy Economy Institute (AEE Institute) announced that three prominent leaders have been elected to its board of directors to support the educational affiliate of national business group Advanced Energy Economy. The U.S. advanced energy market totals more than $238 billion in revenue and supports more than 3.6 million workers.

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E&E News: Biden's Clean Electricity Plan May Hinge on FERC

Posted by Arianna Skibell on Aug 24, 2020

E&E News connected Presidential nominee Joe Biden's proposed clean energy plan to FERC's role in power markets, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the entire E&E News piece here (sub. req.).  

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's goal of decarbonizing the power sector by 2035 could hinge on an independent agency that's not part of the presidential Cabinet: the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Biden, speaking to a digital audience last week at the Democratic National Convention, promised to tackle climate change if elected, calling it one of the major crises facing the country. "It's not only a crisis, it's an enormous opportunity," he said. "An opportunity for America to lead the world in clean energy and create millions of new good-paying jobs..."

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E&E News: Ill. governor unveils 100% renewable plan

Posted by Jeffrey Tomich on Aug 24, 2020

E&E News reported Illinois Gov. Pritzker announced a proposal to increase clean energy while improving utility accountability and customer rates, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the entire E&E News piece here (sub. req.). 

Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker laid out an ambitious energy proposal Friday aimed at tackling climate change while also improving utility affordability and accountability. One pillar of Pritzker's sweeping plan would put Illinois on a trajectory to power the state with 100% renewable energy by midcentury and phase out polluting power plants by adding a price on carbon emissions. The 13-page statement of principles builds on the governor's call earlier this year for legislators to pass clean energy legislation this spring — an agenda derailed by the novel coronavirus pandemic...

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NBC News (Ct.): Breaking Down Electric Bill Rate Increases

Posted by Len Besthoff on Aug 21, 2020

NBC News (Ct.) presented an explainer on utility rate increases in Connecticut in context of concerns about recent power outages caused by storms, quoting AEE's Ryan Katofsky. Read excerpts below and the entire NBC-CT piece here. 

The power has gone back on, but some Connecticut residents have been lacking confidence in the electric utilities serving most of the state. This, after a tropical storm caused outages lasting a week or more in some cases, right after sizeable rate hikes went into effect. For Marsha and Jerry Tomlinson of Bristol, losing electricity is no laughing matter due to their medical issues. The Eversource customers said they experience outages often enough that they got a generator...

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Huffington Post: How Corporate America is Becoming a Powerful Ally for Clean Energy

Posted by Amanda Schupak on Aug 19, 2020

Huffington Post reports top American Corporations are weighing in on policy as they seek to meet sustainability goals, noting AEE's role in clean energy policy work. Read excerpts below and the entire Huffington Post piece here. 

The fossil fuel industry has historically steered American energy and environmental policy. Now, retail and technology companies are grabbing at the wheel. Corporations are making big pledges to cut emissions or go carbon free, in part by powering their operations with electricity generated from renewable sources like wind and solar. Hundreds of companies, including Apple, Ikea, Facebook, Google and Danone have committed to going 100% renewable...

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Godfrey on Gov. Northam's Ceremonial Signing of Virginia Clean Economy Act

Posted by Monique Hanis on Aug 17, 2020


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RICHMOND, August 17, 2020 — Today, Harry Godfrey, Managing Director, Virginia Advanced Energy Economy participated in Governor Northam's ceremonial signing of the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) in Richmond. His comments follow below:

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Microgrid Knowledge: What Can Regulators and Utilities Do to Boost Solar Nanogrids?

Posted by Microgrid Knowledge Editors on Aug 17, 2020

Microgrid Knowledge reviewed utility and regulatory changes across the nation that could accelerate solar nanogrids across the U.S., noting AEE's arguments for DERs. Read excerpts below and the entire Microgrid Knowledge piece here.

In spite of the many challenges that nanogrids address, their growth is limited by regulatory and utility hurdles that prevent nanogrid owners from realizing their many benefits. Utilities, regulators and stakeholders are beginning to identify some of these hurdles and the advantages of overcoming them. Utilities now face a whole new world, with the influx of renewable energy and other distributed energy resources, the rapid adoption of electric vehicles and the pressures to decarbonize the grid...

 

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New Project Media: Interview: TAEBA Director Breaks Down Texas "Solar Boom" and Keys to Market Sustainability

Posted by Andrew Burnes on Aug 7, 2020

 

New Project Media reviews the recent rapid increase of solar development in Texas, quoting TAEBA's Suzanne Bertin. Read excerpts below and the entire New Project Media piece here (sub. req.). 

Duke Energy Renewables is on a tear in Texas, bringing both the Rambler Solar Project and Holstein Solar Project online in July, helping to add 400 MW of solar to its rapidly expanding solar portfolio in the state. This move isn't an anomaly; according to Duke Energy Renewables President Chris Fallon it's just the beginning of a targeted solar expansion for the company in the Lone Star State...

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