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Utility Dive: New FERC Chair Danly cancels Chatterjee electric vehicle roundtable, nixes media briefings

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Nov 18, 2020

Utility Dive reported FERC Chairman Danly is making changes at FERC, with canceled EV roundtable and no media briefings, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the full piece here.

Newly-appointed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman James Danly is already making it clear his chairmanship, however short, will be different from that of Neil Chatterjee's.


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Microgrid Knowledge: Clean Energy Stimulus Spending Could Jump Start Growth, Report Finds

Posted by Ethan Howland on Nov 10, 2020

Microgrid Knowledge reported on the benefits of advanced energy stimulus to state economies across the country, referencing AEE's Economic Impact Reports. Read excerpts below and the full piece here.

With Congress eyeing another coronavirus economic package, a new report finds that federal economic stimulus spending on clean energy, including microgrids, electric vehicles and energy storage, could jump start a surge in economic growth...

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InsideClimate News: Trump Demoted FERC Chairman Chatterjee After He Expressed Support for Carbon Pricing

Posted by Dan Gearino on Nov 6, 2020

InsideClimate News covered the Trump administration's decision to demote FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

Neil Chatterjee abruptly lost his job as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday when, after two years of being a steadfast supporter of fossil fuel industries, he took a few steps that were more climate friendly.

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Dallas Morning News: Can clean energy help plug the hole in the oil patch? ‘The transition is well underway,’ says advocate

Posted by Mitchell Schnurman on Nov 3, 2020

The Dallas Morning News reported on significant growth of clean energy jobs in context of the declining oil sector in Texas, quoting TAEBA's Suzanne Bertin and TAEBA's Texas Jobs Facts. Read excerpts below and the full piece here (sub. req.), also published by several Texas papers and Chicago Tribune.

Over 230,000 Texans work in energy efficiency and solar, wind and nuclear power. That sector is holding up better than oil and gas. Last week, Exxon Mobil said it would eliminate about 14,000 jobs, including 1,900 in the U.S. That follows big layoffs at Shell, BP, Chevron, Schlumberger and more in what a consulting firm described as a “great compression.” Texas is feeling it in a big way: 1 in 4 oil and gas jobs have disappeared in the past 12 months, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics...

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Washington Examiner: Bloomberg spends big to tip Arizona utility commission to Democrats

Posted by Abby Smith on Oct 30, 2020

The Washington Examiner covered Arizona's public utility commission race, quoting AEE's JR Tolbert. Read excerpts below and the full piece here.

Clean energy groups are spending millions to elect Democrats to flip control of Arizona’s utility commission in hopes of speeding up the state’s adoption of renewable energy... This cycle, three seats are up for grabs on the Arizona Corporation Commission, which oversees electric and other utilities in the state, as well as pipeline and railroad systems...

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Washington Examiner: Trump appointee becomes leading climate problem solver

Posted by Josh Siegel on Oct 29, 2020

The Washington Examiner covered the record of the Trump-appointed FERC chairman Neil Chatterjee on climate and carbon pricing, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the full piece here.

Neil Chatterjee, a Kentucky Republican, used to be known as Mitch McConnell’s coal guy, eager to advance President Trump’s pro-fossil fuel agenda as chairman of an obscure but powerful regulatory agency. Now, as he nears the potential end of his chairmanship of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Chatterjee is staking a claim as one of the government’s leading problem solvers on addressing climate change.

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Utility Dive: Election 2020: States accelerated renewables under Trump. Could a Biden win slow that?

Posted by Emma Penrod on Oct 29, 2020

Utility Dive reported on impacts of a Biden presidency on the renewable energy sector on the state level, quoting AEE's JR Tolbert. Read excerpts below and the full piece here.

The bipartisan push in favor of more renewable energy deployment at the state level could evaporate under a Biden administration that may lean toward federal mandates, experts say. In 2018, Colorado was among a handful of states where energy and climate policy headlined state elections and led to Democrats seizing control of the state house, senate and governor's office. This year will be different.

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Utility Dive: Biden win could double annual solar deployments, increase financial impacts to utility customers — S&P

Posted by Emma Penrod on Oct 28, 2020

Utility Dive covered a recent S&P report on the impact of a Biden presidency on clean energy in the U.S., quoting AEE's J.R. Tolbert. Read excerpts below and the entire piece here.

A victory by the Biden administration could nearly double the annual rate of solar deployment in the U.S., according to a new report by S&P Global Ratings, but the presidential candidate's pragmatic approach to the nation's ongoing energy transition could result in a more gradual implementation to minimize financial impacts to customers.

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Utility Dive: Election 2020: Trump's FERC may need to shift course on clean energy, though Biden's road will not be easy

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Oct 27, 2020

Utility Dive covered the impact of the coming presidential election on FERC, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the full piece here.

The rapid evolution of the power grid will require the attention of one critical agency —  the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. And observers say no matter what happens Nov. 3, the agency will have no choice but to address the industry's transition, even if it means backing away from some of its more controversial policies.

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GTM Squared: Arizona’s Shifting Approach to Distributed Energy: Reaching Across the Utility-Customer Divide

Posted by Jeff St. John on Oct 23, 2020

GTM Squared reported on how the changing role of distributed-level solar will help Arizona reach its climate targets, referencing AEE. Read excerpts below and the full piece here (sub. req.).

A state known for utility fights against rooftop solar is now taking steps to enlist customers in balancing a clean-powered grid. Arizona is one of the most solar-saturated states in the country, ranking fifth in overall solar capacity and third for residential rooftop solar. It’s also one of the hottest states in the country, with climate change pushing that heat to record levels this summer. This combination is pushing the Republican-dominated state’s energy policies in increasing alignment with its Democratic-controlled, solar-rich and climate-change-wracked neighbor to the west.

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