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Houston Chronicle: Integrating Smaller Power Generators Could Save Texans $5.5B

Posted by L.M. Sixel on Nov 15, 2019

Houston Chronicle covered Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance's (TAEBA) new report that showed allowing more distributed energy resources  (DERs) to participate in the competitive energy market could have huge savings for customers, quoting TAEBA's Managing Director Suzanne Bertin. Read excerpts below and the entire Houston Chronicle piece here. Texas news outlets in San Antonio, Laredo, Midland, and Beaumont,  plus Oil & Gas 360 also featured the Houston Chronicle piece.

Electricity consumers in Texas could save nearly $5.5 billion over the next decade if Texas regulators and utilities did a better job integrating distributed energy resources such as backup generators, rooftop solar and batteries to reduce the need for building expensive peak power generation and transmission projects, according to a new study.

The Austin trade group Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance estimated Texas households could save an average of $456 over a decade if Texas did more to integrate backyard solar panels and quick-start natural gas micro turbines into transmission and distribution planning and allowing small-scale generators to participate in wholesale markets.

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Greentech Media: Texas — Where Distributed Energy's Potential Exceeds its Market Access

Posted by Jeff St. John on Nov 15, 2019

Greentech Media highlighted Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance's (TAEBA) new report showing that allowing more distributed energy resources (DERs) to participate in the competitive energy market would save Texans $5.47 billion, quoting TAEBA's Managing Director Suzanne Bertin. Read excerpts below and the entire GTM2 (sub. req.) piece here. 

Texas, the country’s most competitive and freewheeling energy market, is also a major player in renewable energy, from its already mighty wind sector to its rapidly growing utility-scale solar sector. But for distributed energy resources like rooftop solar, behind-the-meter batteries, grid-responsive electric vehicles or advanced energy management controls for homes and buildings, it’s a far less friendly market...

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The Time of Northwest Indiana: Guest Commentary: Braun, Republicans pursuing common-sense, bipartisan climate solutions

Posted by Jared Noblitt and Heather Reams on Nov 8, 2019

The Times of Northwest Indiana published an opinion piece applauding Republican bipartisan support for addressing climate issues, noting Indiana AEEs recent jobs data. Read excerpts below and the entire Times of Northwest Indiana piece here. 

Over the last few years, it has become clear that our goals of reducing emissions and expanding the economy are not mutually exclusive — and they reinforce each other. Nationwide, figures from the past decade suggest the decoupling of energy use and GDP growth, and in the Hoosier State, a recent report from Indiana Advanced Energy Economy affirms that the number of clean energy jobs has increased at a rate four times higher than the state’s overall jobs growth last year.

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Greentech Media: Michigan's Comprehensive Approach to a Complicated Distributed Energy Future

Posted by Jeff St. John on Oct 31, 2019

Greentech Media covered MI Power Grid, Michigan's new grid mod approach to prepare for a distributed energy future, quoting AEE's Ryan Katofsky and AEE state partner MiEIBC's Laura Sherman. Read excerpts below and the entire GTM piece here (sub req.).

Michigan is not the most aggressive state in terms of clean energy mandates, grid modernization initiatives, or distributed energy resource integration. But over the past few years, the Wolverine state’s energy future has begun to shift dramatically — and now, state leaders have launched a comprehensive effort to tie it all together. It’s called MI Power Grid, and according to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Public Service Commission, it’s going to be the central source for Michigan residents and businesses seeking to take part in the state’s broader energy transformation.

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Business Group Applauds Pennsylvania Senate Committee Passage of Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Bill

Posted by Monique Hanis on Oct 30, 2019

SB 596 encourages deployment of electric vehicles, sets up processes for charging infrastructure development and utility EV programs.

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 30, 2019 – Today, national business organization Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) applauded the State Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee's unanimous passage of SB 596, the Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act*.

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Virginia Mercury: Dominion's Green Energy Package Comes with a Catch: Coal. Businesses aren't Happy

Posted by Sarah Vogelsong on Oct 30, 2019

Virginia Mercury covered concerns about Dominion's new green energy package, including those raised by AEE's Caitlin Marquis and AEE member Walmart. Read excerpts below and the entire Virginia Mercury piece here. 

Dominion Energy’s newest plan for a renewable energy package that environmentally conscious customers can buy is causing some big businesses, including Walmart, to push back against what they call “an unattractive offering.” Why? Companies and an industry group that represents some of Virginia’s and the nation’s largest employers have two complaints. First, the portfolio of renewable energy resources assembled by Dominion includes numerous carbon-emitting facilities, some decades old, including one in Southwest Virginia that derives 93 percent of its energy from coal and is listed by Dominion on its website as a coal asset.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch (Opinion): Harrison Godfrey, Matthew Cox: Let's Turn the Page on Energy in Virginia

Posted by Harrison Godfrey and Matthew Cox on Oct 28, 2019

Richmond Times-Dispatch published a co-authored opinion piece by Virginia AEE's Harrison Godfrey and The Greenlink Group's Matthew Cox detailing how the Commonwealth could meet Gov. Northam's 100% clean energy goal while saving customers money and creating positive economic impact. Read excerpts below and the entire Richmond Times-Dispatch piece here. 

Change versus more of the same. It is the fundamental question underlying every election. This November, as Virginians go to the polls, it is more true than ever. The delegates and senators who gather in Richmond in January will have the opportunity to turn the page on a variety of policies. We urge them to start with Virginia’s energy policies, where the benefits of change and the costs of staying the same are clear.

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Energy News Network: Michigan Energy Regulators Aim to Prioritize "Action" Over "Fancy Reports"

Posted by Andy Balaskovitz on Oct 28, 2019

Energy New Network covered Michigan's MI Power Grid initiative, a significant electric grid modernization effort to prepare for more distributed energy resources and other priorities for the state, quoting AEE's Ryan Katofsky. Read excerpts below and the entire Energy News Network piece here.

A new Michigan energy initiative aims to translate two years of planning into action that can transform the state’s electricity system... The MI Power Grid initiative, jointly launched by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Public Service Commission, was met with broad support from clean energy and consumer advocates as well as the state’s largest energy company...

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The Denver Post: Leading Residential Solar Company Expands Denver Headquarters, Expects More Growth

Posted by Judith Kohler on Oct 22, 2019

The Denver Post covered the expansion of Sunrun's Colorado operations at an event with Governor Polis, including excerpts of AEE's 2019 Colorado Jobs Fact Sheet. Read excerpts below and the entire Denver Post piece here. (Sub. req.)

A national leader in residential solar and storage services is expanding its Denver-based operations, officially opening its larger downtown office space Monday. Sunrun Inc. hosted Gov. Jared Polis and others at the grand opening of the 120,000-square-foot office at the Johns Manville Plaza on 17th Avenue. The San Francisco-primarily based firm, founded in 2007, determined in 2015 to start its second company headquarters in Denver, acknowledged Ed Fenster, Sunrun’s co-founder and govt chairman.

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Business Groups Applaud Michigan Plan to Modernize Power Grid

Posted by Monique Hanis on Oct 17, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C., and LANSING, Mich., October 17, 2019 – Advanced energy business groups today applauded the announcement from Governor Gretchen Whitmer that the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) would launch a multi-year initiative to modernize Michigan’s electric power system to maximize the benefits of clean, distributed energy resources for Michigan residents and businesses. National business organization Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) and the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (Michigan EIBC), a state partner of AEE, see the benefits from the MI Power Grid initiative as including: 

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