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Microgrid Knowledge: Why Regulators Should Grant DERs More Wholesale Market Access: Report

Posted by Keefe Borden on Sep 26, 2019

Microgrid Knowledge reported on AEE's recent DER Report with an in-depth summary of the benefits, case studies and observations by AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the entire Microgrid Knowledge story here. 

If allowed to participate in wholesale markets, distributed energy resources (DERs) can improve the grid’s reliability and resilience and reduce its costs. But regulators are not giving these resources needed market access, says a new report. Published by Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), ”Putting Distributed Energy Resources to Work in Wholesale Electricity Markets,” calls for federal and state regulators to cooperate with wholesale market operators and utilities to ensure that DERs can participate in markets.

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Report: Virginia Would Gain from Transition to Clean Electricity

Posted by Monique Hanis on Sep 24, 2019

 A new report shows benefits in bill savings, jobs, and GDP would exceed costs for switch to
100% carbon-free energy, as called for by Gov. Northam

WARRENTON, Va., September 24, 2019 – Virginians would benefit in monthly electricity bills, jobs, income, and state GDP, as well as health and environment, by a transition to zero-carbon sources of electricity. That is the top finding of a new report released today by business group Virginia Advanced Energy Economy (Virginia AEE).

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Denver Post: "Efficiency" Jobs Make Up 22% of Colorado's Energy Sector, New Report Says

Posted by Judith Kohler on Sep 21, 2019

The Denver Post referenced AEE's Colorado Jobs Report in its coverage of energy efficient jobs in the state per E2's report (which draws from same jobs data set AEE used.). Read excerpts below and the entire Denver Post story here (sub. req.). 

The number of Coloradans working in energy efficiency grew by 7.2% in 2018 and they now make up 22 percent of the state’s energy workers, a new report says. The report released Monday said energy efficiency is the fastest-growing segment in the U.S. energy field, employing more than 2.3 million nationwide and 34,342 in Colorado.

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Utility Dive: Trump Administration Threatens California Emissions Authority as State Continues EV-Focus

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Sep 19, 2019

Utility Dive quoted AEE's Amisha Rai in its coverage of six recent EV related bills passed in California that could be impacted by the Trump Administration's emissions rollback threat. See excerpts below and read the full UD brief here. It was also reposted by Supply-Chain Dive here.

California lawmakers made progress on advancing the state's electric vehicle market this legislative session, despite President Donald Trump's Wednesday announcement that his administration intends to challenge the state's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.

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Augusta Free Press: Virginia Advanced Energy Economy on Northam, Clean Energy

Posted by Augusta Free Press Staff on Sep 17, 2019

Augusta Free Press covered AEE's reaction to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's Executive Order to have 100% Clean Energy by 2050 by including quotes from AEE's Harry Godfrey. Read excerpts below and the entire Augusta Free Press story here. AEE's statement was also covered by Smart Grid Today (sub. req.). 

Virginia Advanced Energy Economy reacted today to Gov. Ralph Northam’s Executive Order calling for the Commonwealth to use 100% clean energy to meet its electric power needs by 2050. The governor’s plan includes more immediate goals focused on the deployment of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and battery storage over the next decade.

“We applaud the governor for setting clear goals and driving Virginia’s transition to 100% clean energy,” said Harry Godfrey, Executive Director of Virginia AEE. “We are confident that, using an array of advanced energy technologies, we can readily meet the Governor’s goal while helping to save money for Virginia families and businesses and grow our economy.”

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Virginia AEE Reacts to Gov. Northam's call for 100% Clean Energy

Posted by Bob Keough on Sep 17, 2019

Virginia Advanced Energy Economy's Harry Godfrey Reacts to Governor's Call for 100% Clean Energy

Business group applauds Gov. Northam for issuing Executive Order for the Commonwealth to reach 100% clean energy sources by 2050

RICHMOND, September 17, 2019 — Today, business group Virginia Advanced Energy Economy (Virginia AEE) reacted to Governor Northam's Executive Order calling for the Commonwealth to use 100% clean energy to meet its electric power needs by 2050. The Governor's plan includes more immediate goals focused on the deployment of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and battery storage over the next decade.

“We applaud the Governor for setting clear goals and driving Virginia's transition to 100% clean energy," said Harry Godfrey, Executive Director of Virginia AEE. “We are confident that, using an array of advanced energy technologies, we can readily meet the Governor's goal while helping to save money for Virginia families and businesses and grow our economy."image.gif

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Politico: FERC to Close Market Oversight Division in Office Reorganization

Posted by Gavin Bade on Sep 16, 2019

Politico covered FERC's announcement to close its Market Oversight Division and quoted AEE's General Counsel (and former senior FERC staffer) Jeff Dennis on this announcement. Read excerpts below and the entire Politico PRO story here (sub. req.).  

FERC will close its Division of Energy Market Oversight, which oversees electricity markets and natural gas infrastructure, and transfer its responsibilities to other offices, an agency spokesperson said today. The Energy Market Oversight division is part of the agency’s Office of Enforcement, but has long included some policymaking functions that overlap with other FERC divisions. Under the reorganization, some of those responsibilities, such as crafting summer and winter reliability assessments, will be transferred to the Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, FERC spokesperson Mary O’Driscoll said in an email.

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CNBC: First National Platform for Renewable Energy Helps Consumers Slash Electric Bills up to 20%

Posted by Tim Mullaney on Sep 16, 2019

CNBC covered AEE Member Arcadia Power's efforts to help consumers access renewable energy resources while decreasing their electric bills by up to 20%, including commentary by AEE's CEO Nat Kreamer. Read excerpts below and the entire CNBC story here. 
 
Christy Meurer wanted to do her part to fight climate change — and if she saved a few bucks, that would be nice, too. When the 41-year-old teacher from Missoula, Montana, went looking for a place to buy wind-generated electricity, she quickly found her way to a startup whose model may point the way to the future of U.S. power: Arcadia Power, which uses software to match clients with renewable-energy providers across the country. 
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RTO Insider: FERC Sends DER Data Request to RTOs

Posted by Amanda Durish Cook on Sep 13, 2019

RTO Insider covered AEE's new DER report and quoted AEE's General Counsel Jeff Dennis and Director Caitlin Marquis on FERCs recent DER data request from RTOs. Read excerpts below and the entire RTO Insider story here (sub. req.).  

FERC is asking RTOs for information on aggregated distributed energy resource portfolios in their wholesale markets — the first significant movement in a possible rulemaking on DER in more than a year. On Sept. 5, FERC’s Office of Energy Policy and Innovation sent identical letters to all the RTOs and ISOs seeking data on their existing aggregated DER interconnections (RM18-9)...

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S&P Global: Battling to Close U.S. Coal Plants, Environmentalists Align with Utilities


S&P Global quoted AEE's JR Tolbert in its coverage of the approaches environmentalists and utility companies are pursuing to close remaining coal plants and how to recover costs. Read excerpts below and the entire S&P Global story here. 

In July 2018, an energy lobbyist emailed three New Mexico state lawmakers to urge them not to give utility companies a free pass to recoup their investments in abandoned coal-fired power plants. Environmentalists were drafting a bill to shield utility shareholders from the cost of closing coal plants in the state, and Bruce Throne, a lawyer and, at the time, a lobbyist for power producer Southwest Generation Operating Company LLC, warned that ratepayers could pay a steep price if regulators were stripped of their authority to "balance the interests of [utility] customers and investors." Unswayed, lawmakers cleared the way for utilities to recover their coal investments by selling bonds that are paid off by ratepayers, a process known as securitization.

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