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Utility Dive: Is FERC Overstepping its Authority and Hurting Renewables? States, Power Groups Question PURPA Plan

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Dec 5, 2019

Utility Dive covered state AG's and competitive market groups who criticized a recent federal proposal to overhaul PURPA, including quotes by AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the entire UD piece here. 

States, competitive market groups and other stakeholders criticized a federal proposal to overhaul the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), in comments filed Tuesday, questioning the potential impacts those changes could have to the country's renewable energy momentum. Stakeholders, including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA) raised concerns that the notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in September would unduly impact states outside regulated power pools. Meanwhile, states participating in regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs) had their own concerns about the potential impacts of the proposed rule.

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Bucks County Courier Times: Mensch Energy Infrastructure Bill goes to House

Posted by Chris Ullery on Nov 29, 2019

Bucks County Courier Times covered AEE applauding PA senate passage of EV bill (SB 596). Read excerpts below and the entire Bucks County Courier Times piece here. This story also appeared in the Doylestown Intelligencer.

Senate Bill 596 aims to expand the state’s energy infrastructure to keep ahead of growing electric, hydrogen and natural gas powered vehicle purchases in the state. A bipartisan bill aimed at spurring transportation infrastructure to clean energy passed a state Senate vote last week in a 43-6 vote. Senate Bill 596 introduced by Sen. Bob Mensch, R-24, of Marlborough, would establish a “framework” of fueling options for electric, hydrogen- and natural gas-powered vehicles.

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Utility Dive: 2019 Holiday Wish List: Power Sector Edition

Posted by Larry Pearl on Nov 27, 2019

Utility Dive published a 2019 Energy Holiday Wish List from representatives of energy trade and environmental advocacy groups, detailed their energy policy "wishes" for the upcoming year, led by AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the entire UD piece here. 

With the holiday season upon us, many kids — and some adults — are making wish lists. In that spirit, Utility Dive queried a dozen industry and environmental/advocacy groups about their policy wish list. Specifically, what are the top power sector policy developments they would like to see at the state and/or federal level?

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Utility Dive: Nevada Governor Orders Plans for Economy-Wide Carbon Reductions

Posted by Kavya Balaraman on Nov 25, 2019

Utility Dive covered Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak's signed executive order requiring state agencies to enact plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions across the state and included reaction by AEE's Sarah Steinberg. Read excerpts below and the entire UD piece here. This story was also covered by Smart Grid Today (sub. req.).

Sisolak has a growing record on climate-related issues; he was elected last year after supporting a 100% clean energy mandate for Nevada, and in March, the state officially joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, a group of 25 states that plan to reduce emissions 28% below 2005 levels by 2025. In April, the state passed a bill adopting a 50% renewable electricity target for 2030 and a 100% carbon-free electricity target for 2050.

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Microgrid Knowledge: Texas Customers Could Save $5.47 Billion with DERs, but Regulations Must Change

Posted by Lisa Cohn on Nov 20, 2019

Microgrid Knowledge featured Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliances (TAEBA's) latest report detailing how Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) can reduce energy costs and included quotes by TAEBA's Suzanne Bertin. Read excerpts below and the entire Microgrid Knowledge piece here.that was flagged by Nov. 20 Texas Electric News and covered by Energy Central, and GTM Squared (sub. req.).  

Texas consumers could save $5.47 billion over ten years with distributed energy resources (DERs), but regulations must change to realize these benefits. A study by Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance (TAEBA) identified two ways DERs can reduce costs:

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DailyEnergyInsider: Diverse Team on Energy Rivals Debate Roles in Future Energy Strategy (at NARUC)

Posted by Hil Anderson on Nov 18, 2019

DailyEnergyInsider covered NARUC's "The Great Debate: Electricity Resource Options" panel discussion on the future of the energy grid including AEE CEO Nat Kreamer's remarks. Read excerpts below and the entire DailyEnergyInsider piece here. 

Everyone was a winner in a debate before an audience of state utility regulators about the future makeup of the nation’s energy mix. Representatives of a half dozen industry associations stated their case at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Annual Meeting and Education Conference in San Antonio for being part of the team that will not only wind down carbon emissions but also keep the lights on in a reliable and economical fashion...

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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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