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Utility Dive: Duke, Southern Other Utilities Provide More Details to FERC on Proposed Southeast Energy Market

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Jun 9, 2021

Utility Dive outlined the proposed Southeast Energy Exchange Market (SEEM) and responses from FERC, citing a comment from AEE. Read snippets below and the full article here.

The renewables industry and other stakeholders looking for broader market reforms in the Southeast view SEEM skeptically, but the utilities behind the proposal say the plan is a modest yet important step to using resources in the region more efficiently.

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Topics: AEE In The News

Augusta Free Press: Lawmakers Convene for Powhatan Elementary School Solar Unveiling

Posted by Augusta Free Press Staff on Jun 8, 2021

Augusta Free Press summarized the unveiling of Powhatan Elementary School’s new solar energy facilities, featuring comments from Virginia AEE's Harry Godfrey. Read snippets below and the full article here.

Virginia Advanced Energy Economy hosted lawmakers Tuesday for the unveiling of Powhatan Elementary School’s recently completed solar energy rooftop array.

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Topics: Virginia, AEE In The News

Utility Dive: Colorado Legislators Direct All Transmission Utilities to Join an Organized Wholesale Market by 2030

Posted by Emma Penrod on Jun 8, 2021

Utility Dive summarized Colorado’s decision to require transmission utilities to join a regional wholesale power market by 2030, citing comments from AEE’s Emilie Olson. Read snippets below and the full article here.

A bipartisan bill requiring all Colorado transmission utilities to join an organized wholesale market by 2030 cleared the Colorado legislature last Thursday, drawing praise from both advocates and utilities.

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Topics: AEE In The News

E&E News: 9 Ex-Commissioners Press FERC on Clean Energy Challenge

Posted by Miranda Willson on Jun 4, 2021

E&E News summarized a letter from former FERC members urging the organization to develop RTOs nationwide, citing a supportive tweet from AEE’s Jeff Dennis. Read snippets below and the full article here.   

Nine former members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are urging it to help spur the development of organized power markets, which they say are needed nationwide to support clean energy.

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Topics: AEE In The News

The Christian Science Monitor: Climate Versus Jobs? Not In This Heartland State

Posted by Stephanie Hanes on Jun 3, 2021

The Christian Science Monitor summarizes the shift of the dominant climate narrative from climate change debate to economic progress with a focus on Illinois, citing an AEE report. Read snippets and the full article here.

For years, the dominant narrative of climate action was one of trade-offs and costs – that saving the world as we know it meant taking hard steps to reduce carbon emissions, and likely sacrificing jobs and lifestyle in the process.

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Topics: AEE In The News

Canary Media: Western States Look to Regional Transmission Organizations to Boost Clean Energy's Pathways to Market

Posted by Jeff St. John on Jun 3, 2021

Canary Media summarized the possibility for RTO expansion in the West, citing AEE’s Sarah Steinberg and Amisha RaiRead snippets below and the full article here.

The Western U.S. is a hotbed for renewable power development. What it lacks are the regional regulatory and economic structures to build the transmission lines needed to move that clean power to far-off population centers and share it across a region facing increasing grid-reliability challenges driven by climate change.

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Topics: AEE In The News

Utility Dive: FERC Should Expand Organized Markets Across the US, Former Chairs and Commissioners Say

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Jun 3, 2021

Utility Dive summarized support and criticism for a letter encouraging FERC to expand use of RTOs nationwide, citing a critical tweet by AEE’s Jeff Dennis. Read snippets below and the full article here.

A bipartisan group of former federal regulators are calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to expand organized wholesale power markets across the U.S., urging the commission to flex their full authority under the Federal Power Act.

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Topics: AEE In The News

Utility Dive: Nevada Passes Clean Energy Bill Requiring State to Join RTO, Accelerating $2B Transmission Project

Posted by Jason Plautz on Jun 2, 2021

Utility Dive summarized Nevada’s clean energy omnibus bill SB 448, citing AEE’s coalition letter supporting the bill’s RTO language. Read snippets below and the full article here.

SB 448, introduced by state Sen. Chris Brooks, a Democrat from Las Vegas, advances Nevada's goal to reach 100% carbon-free resources by 2050, set in a 2019 bill that also raised the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard to 50% by 2030. The new bill goes further, requiring utilities to forecast a path to achieve an 80% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by the end of the decade. 

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Topics: State Policy, AEE In The News

PV Mag: Proposed Bill That Could Gut California Rooftop Solar Draws Fire

Posted by Tim Sylvia on May 28, 2021

PV Mag outlined a California bill that would gut rooftop solar, citing AEE’s coalition letter opposing the measure. Read snippets below and the full story here

The bill would significantly cut net metering rates paid to rooftop solar customers, and also revise long-term rates and other protections that were promised to existing rooftop solar customers.

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Topics: AEE In The News

The Virginia Pilot (Opinion): Dominion’s Power Decision Leaves Virginia with Questions

Posted by Harry Godfrey on May 26, 2021

The Virginia Pilot ran Virginia Advanced Energy Economy Director, Harry Godfrey’s opinion piece on Dominion’s exit from the PJM capacity market. Read snippets below and the full article here.

Earlier this year, America watched in shock as the Texas electrical grid all but collapsed in the midst of an historic winter storm. With power plants and pipelines hobbled by cold weather, Texans were left to huddle in their homes for days without light, heat and, in many cases, running water. Could that happen in Virginia?

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Topics: Virginia, AEE In The News