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E&E News: Clean Energy Groups Back FERC in Battery Storage Lawsuit

Posted by Rod Kuckro on Aug 14, 2019

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The Hill (Opinion): To Cash In on Innovation, Remove Market Barriers for Advanced Energy Technologies

Posted by Dylan Reed and Jeff Dennis on Aug 13, 2019

The Hill published our view on how to unleash advanced energy innovation by removing market barriers. See excerpts below and read the entire Hill piece here and AEE's summary of 20 market barriers here.
 
Innovation is a central part of American life. Ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit have led to the development of new products and technologies that improve upon traditional options. Whether it’s the new iPhone or Uber, the technological leaps that come from innovation benefit consumers and the economy overall.
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Utility Dive (Opinion): Leading by Example: Lawmakers Should Set Up Performance Contracts on Federal Buildings

Posted by Charles Hernick on Aug 8, 2019

Utility Dive published this article by Charles Hernick, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Forum, highlighting energy efficiency savings afforded by performance contracts, and referencing a letter co-signed by AEE to Congressional leaders with recommendations. See excerpts below and read the whole UD piece here.

Often overlooked and underestimated, the energy efficiency industry has been a star player in cleaning up the national energy market. Rather than developing new ways of energy generation, energy-efficiency technology improves the existing methods, helping them to be cleaner and more cost-effective during energy generation, storage and transportation.

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Augusta Free Press: Report — Growth in Virginia jobs in Advanced Energy

Posted by AFP Staff on Aug 7, 2019

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Utility Dive: Dominion's 100% Renewables Tariff Could Kill Virginia's Retail Choice Ambitions

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Aug 5, 2019

Utility Dive covers how Dominion Energy's proposed 100% renewable energy tariff for most of Virginia could box out competitors, like Direct Energy and Calpine Energy, seeking to meet corporate demand, quoting Virginia AEE's Harry Godfrey. See excerpts below and read the entire UD story here.

In an increasingly changing energy world, state energy markets vary widely in how they allow companies to compete for and retain customers. And that's beginning to matter more in states with large retail customers in a (mostly) regulated vertical energy market, such as in Virginia. 

Dominion Energy, the state's dominant utility, in May filed an application with the State Corporation Commission (SCC) for approval of its 100% renewable energy tariff. If approved, that tariff offering would prevent other retail electricity providers from competing in the market to give large and residential customers a 100% renewable option.

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GreentechMedia: Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends of 2019 — So Far

Posted by Coley Girouard on Aug 1, 2019

GreentechMedia reposted AEE's popular Top 10 trends piece by AEE's Coley Girouard. See excerpts below and read the entire GTM piece here. The piece was later covered by T&D World here.

In January, we published a list of the top 10 utility regulation trends of 2018. With 2019 beyond the halfway point, we check in on the top public utility commission (PUC) actions and trends so far this year. Ten prominent trends and actions stand out above the rest, from renewables increasingly dominating utility resource plans, to wildfires sparking utility safety and liability concerns in California, to transportation electrification investments becoming more widespread from coast to coast... 

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Utility Dive: Performance Based Regulation — Seeking the New Utility Business Model

Posted by Herman K. Trabish on Jul 23, 2019

This Utility Dive "deep dive" reviews efforts to adopt performance-based regulation across the nation, shifting the utility business model to serve policy goals and consumer demand. The first of a two-part series, the piece quotes AEE's Danny Waggoner. See excerpts below and read the entire Utility Dive piece here.
 
As the push to upend traditional utility business models grows across the country, new leading efforts are showing results where others missed the mark. There is accelerating work to transform the utility business model through performance-based regulation (PBR).

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PV Magazine: AEE Releases Medium- and Heavy-Duty Fact Sheet

Posted by Tim Sylvia on Jul 17, 2019

PV Magazine's daily pvMB newsletter covered the release of AEE's fact sheet on Electrifying Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles. Read excerpt below and see the entire pvMB piece here.

AEE: medium- and heavy-duty EV fact sheet – Advanced Energy Economy has released a fact sheet for those looking to buy electric busses, delivery truck, tractor-trailer or other medium-to-heavy duty vehicle. 
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Energy News Network: Illinois Will Take More Time to Consider Customer Impact of Cloud Software

Posted by David Thill on Jul 16, 2019

Energy News Network covered the Illinois utility commission's (ICC) decision to withdraw a proposed rule affording more favorable accounting rules to utilities that choose third-party cloud-computing solutions, quoting AEE's Danny Waggoner. AEE has actively participated in the regulatory proceeding. See excerpts below and read the entire Energy News Network story here.
 
Illinois regulators have withdrawn for now a proposed rule change that would let utilities earn a rate of return for cloud-based software subscriptions. The Illinois Commerce Commission faced an early July deadline to implement the rule. On June 26 it voted instead to retract and resubmit the proposal later to allow more time to address questions about how it could affect customers.
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Forbes: 4 Reasons Renewables Will Continue to Dominate Fossil Fuels

Posted by Jeff McMahon on Jul 3, 2019

Forbes columnist Jeff McMahon highlighted the competitive economics of renewables in this second piece drawing from AEE's June 25 webinar, "What Happens When Wind and Solar Compete on Price." He reports that renewables make running fossil fuel plants more expensive, costs of capital are declining, renewables have no fuel costs, and they compete in states like Georgia, Indiana, and North Carolina. See excerpts below and read the entire Forbes piece here. McMahon's first piece is here.
 

Renewables will dominate energy markets in the United States because of their economics, even without the support of policy, some analysts agree.

The low price of renewables has driven the news this week not only of LA's record-breaking solar+storage deal but also Indiana's early exit from coal. And experts expect prices to continue to fall across the country...

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