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Politico: FERC to Close Market Oversight Division in Office Reorganization

Posted by Gavin Bade on Sep 16, 2019

Politico PRO 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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The Denver Post: Three Colorado Fortune 500 Companies Try To Turn Might Into Right – For the Environment

Posted by Judith Kohler on Sep 13, 2019

The Denver Post quoted AEE's Director Caitlin Marquis in this piece about Fortune 500 companies in Colorado (Ball Corp., Vail Resorts, and DaVita Kidney Care) adopting 100% renewable energy programs. Read excerpts below and the entire Denver Post story here.

When you’re a Ball Corp., Vail Resorts or DaVita Kidney Care, your carbon footprint can be massive. On the flip side, that footprint, which spreads across multiple locations in this and other countries, can be transformative if your goal is to go 100% renewable energy.

That’s exactly what the Colorado-based Fortune 500 companies are aiming to do. All three have set targets for phasing out the use of fossil fuels and reducing their greenhouse-gas emissions.

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NBCNews.com: It Will Take Many Years to Close the Gender Gap in the Global Energy Sector

Posted by Renee Morad on Sep 9, 2019

NBCNews.com quoted AEE's Lisa Frantzis' in its coverage of S&P Global's report on closing the Gender Gap in Global Energy C-Suites. See excerpts below and read the entire NBCNews.com piece here.
 
According to a new report by S&P Global, it could take more than 70 years, or until the 2090s, to close the gender gap in global energy C-suites. There has been an increase in the number of women in energy leadership positions in the past 10 years, but there's still a long way to go. In fact, it could take more than 70 years, or until the 2090s, to close the gender gap in global energy C-suites, based on the current growth in women’s leadership in the energy sector, according to new research by S&P Global.
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The Denver Post: Colorado Clean Energy Industry Set to Expand 9%, Outpacing National Average, Report Says

Posted by Judith Kohler on Sep 5, 2019

The Denver Post covered AEE's Colorado Jobs fact sheet, quoting AEE Principal Emilie Olson, and AEE members CLEAResult and Uplight. Read excerpts below and read the entire Denver Post story here. 

National organization says state is seeing economic dividends from policies promoting renewables, emission-reduction goals. Job growth in Colorado’s so-called “advanced energy” industry — including renewable energy, energy efficiency, electrified transportation, biofuels — has been robust and is expected to expand by about 9% this year, according to new data from a national trade organization.

A fact sheet released Thursday by Advanced Energy Economy said the number of Colorado-based workers in the industry increased by 4% last year to 65,400, compared with the state’s overall job growth of 2.4%. And this year’s projected increase of 9%, based on interviews with Colorado employers, is higher than the expected national average increase of 6%, said Emilie Olson, a principal with the organization.

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Indiana Public Radio: Advanced Energy Job Sector Growing in Indiana

Posted by Justin Hicks on Sep 4, 2019

Indiana Public Broadcasting (WVPE FM) covered AEE's jobs fact sheet release for the state, noting strong growth and quoting Indiana AEE's Caryl Auslander. See excerpts below and listen to or read the full story here.
 

The national business group Advanced Energy Economy is reporting a 4 percent growth in Indiana jobs last year. That means more Hoosiers than ever are working in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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PV Magazine: Clean Energy Groups, Allies Call for Overhaul of the Transmission Grid

Posted by Christian Roselund | PV Magazine on Aug 30, 2019

PV Magazine covered AEE's Jeff Dennis' views on transmission grid incentive policies. See excerpts below and read the entire PV Magazine story here.
 
Earlier this week 18 organizations led filed a 9-page letter with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) calling for broad changes to policies to both spur investment in an expanded and modernized bulk power system and to recognize the benefits of transmission in long-term system planning. Two-thirds of the organizations in the Grid Advancement Coalition are either renewable energy companies or organizations that advocate for expanded deployment of renewable energy...
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Smart Energy Decisions: Here’s What Big EVs Can Do For You

Posted by Caitlin Marquis on Aug 23, 2019

Smart Energy Decisions published this article by Caitlin Marquis highlighting the many benefits fleet operators see first-hand from electric trucks and buses, sharing examples and lessons learned from UPS, DHL, Pepsi, municipal and school transit systems and more, plus six pro tips from fleet operators. See excerpts below and read the entire SED piece here.
 
While electric vehicle aficionados swoon over the latest addition to Tesla’s passenger vehicle line, companies, cities, and school districts are quietly taking advantage of new model offerings in the medium- and heavy-duty segment. And they’re doing so for very practical reasons: cost savings, performance advantages, and sustainability benefits. Let’s take a look at the most common uses of these EVs gone big, and explore why fleet owners are making the switch to electric — and then circle back to consider the lessons learned by these early adopters.
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E&E NEWS: 5 Utility Trends Shaping Electricity's Future

Posted by Jeffrey Tomich and Rod Kuckro on Aug 20, 2019

E&E News quoted AEE's Coley Girouard in this trend piece that echoed elements of Coley's earlier Top 10 Utility Regulatory Trends here. See excerpts below and read the entire E&E story here.
 
The next decade's electric utility is taking shape today in the form of plans, sometimes thousands of pages, plopped into the laps of state regulators nationwide. Like snowflakes, each of these integrated resource plans (IRPs) — which outline how utilities intend to meet power demand cost-effectively — is unique. Not all states require them. And the almost three dozen states that do each has distinct requirements and processes for the plans, which look 10 to 20 years into the future.
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Utility Dive: Wisconsin Governor Orders 100% Carbon Free by 2050, Despite Lack of Legislative Support

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Aug 19, 2019

Utility Dive quoted AEE's JR Tolbert in its coverage of Wisc. Gov. Evers' executive order to reach 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. See excerpts below and read the full UD brief here.
 
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, D, on Friday signed an executive order setting the state on a path to reach 100% carbon free electricity by 2050. The order establishes an Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy, tasked with bringing the state to that goal. Evers pushed the order through administratively after the effort failed to make it through the budget process...
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T&D World: Advanced Energy Jobs Experience Growth in Virginia

Posted by T&D Staff on Aug 15, 2019

T&D World covered Virginia AEE's news on jobs growth, quoting Virginia AEE's Harry Godfrey, and AEE members, Larry Cummings at TRANE and Logan Landry of Sigora Solar. See excerpts below and read the entire T&DW story here.
 
Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a national business group, recently released a fact sheet showing that Virginia has 101,400 people working in advanced energy. This represents more than those employed by hospitals (98,549), and twice as many as those in real estate (43,181) across the Commonwealth. The United States has a total of 3.5 million working in advanced energy jobs throughout the nation. 
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