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E&E News: States Seeking Exit from FERC Rule Face Steep Off-Ramp

Posted by Arianna Skibell on Jun 8, 2020

E&E News covered the challenges for states considering leaving PJM, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the entire E&E News piece here (sub. req.). 

States looking to escape a regional power market before federal rule changes take effect have only one way out. The exit ramp is complex and untested. Even its name is forbidding: the fixed resource requirement, or FRR. Exiting the PJM Interconnection capacity market, the nation's largest, won't be easy, but analysts say it could give states the flexibility they need to duck the rule they say would prevent them from hitting their ambitious clean energy targets. So the FRR is suddenly a hot ticket.

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pv magazine: First Solar Backs Carbon Pricing for Wholesale Electricity

Posted by William Driscoll on Jun 8, 2020

pv magazine covered First Solar's request that FERC consider carbon pricing and hold a technical conference or workshop, noting AEE made same request with stakeholder group. Read excerpts below and the entire pv magazine piece here. 

First Solar has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to convene a technical conference or workshop on carbon pricing of electricity in wholesale energy markets. First Solar’s request is in support of a petition, submitted by stakeholders including the American Council on Renewable Energy and Advanced Energy Economy, asking FERC to convene a carbon pricing discussion...

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Utility Dive: Utilities Stay Silent on Proposal to Federalize Net Metering as States Call it a 'threat' to Solar Policy

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Jun 4, 2020

Utility Dive covered states' growing opposition to net metering challenge, quoting several commissioners on AEE's recent Net Energy Metering and State Authority webinar. Read excerpts below and the entire UD piece here.

Opposition is growing against a proposal that would effectively allow any customer-sited generation to be subject to federal regulation, and it's unclear who outside the petitioner will support the proposal. States have decried the move as an attack on state autonomy to regulate behind-the-meter generation such as rooftop solar and storage, one that represents a "threat" to state policies they have crafted. 

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Greentech Media: How Demand-Side Management is Evolving Under the Long COVID-19 Emergency

Posted by Jeff St. John on Jun 4, 2020

GTM Squared covered the state of demand-side management during the covid-19 pandemic, quoting AEE's Lisa Frantzis. Read excerpts below and the entire GTM2 piece here (sub. req.). 

Of all the U.S. clean energy industries, demand-side management — the utility term of art for energy efficiency and other programs that manage energy use behind the customer's meter — has been hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. More than two-thirds of the nearly 600,000 U.S. clean energy jobs lost in March and April were in the energy efficiency sector, according to BW Research. Most of those job losses came at the small businesses that do about 80 percent of the country’s efficiency work, but they’ve also struck nationwide efficiency contractors and utility program administrators...

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Oklahoma Energy Today: Regulators Come Out Against Federal Net Metering Plan

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Jun 4, 2020

OK Energy Today reported on AEE's webinar on the net metering challenge filed with FERC, quoting speakers Ted Thomas (Ark. PSC), John McCaffrey (APPA). Read excerpts below and the entire OK Energy Today piece here. 

Some regulators across the U.S. are coming out in opposition to a federal plan for net-metering, a proposal affecting solar and wind power users who can be charged by utilities. One of those regulators is the head of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, Ted Thomas. He feels the federal “one plan fits all” proposal is a “threat” to state policies. “We have project developers with hundreds of hours coming up with innovative things that address some of these issues, and [NERA wants] a one-size-fits-all federalization. That’s what’s at stake and I obviously don’t like that,” Thomas said Wednesday in a speech to an Advanced Energy Economy webinar...

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Bloomberg News: In Texas, Clean Energy is Courting Oil-Bust Refugees

Posted by Brian Eckhouse and David Wethe, Bloomberg on May 31, 2020

Bloomberg News reported on cleantech companies recruiting former oil and gas workers in Texas, quoting AEE CEO Nat Kreamer. Read excerpts below and the entire May 29 piece published later by the Longview News-Journal here. A number of news outlets including E&E News (sub. req.) also ran the story.

Jeff Bishop's LinkedIn post gets right to the point: "Houston Oil & Gas Folks -- we're hiring in Texas" for jobs in clean tech. His company, battery developer Key Capture Energy, is making the pitch even as tens of thousands of renewable-energy jobs have dried up amid the coronavirus pandemic. That's because Bishop and a handful of other clean-power executives see an opportunity to recruit talent from the oil and gas industries, which have been even harder hit. 

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Utility Dive: ENGIE, Enel X, Tesla top Guidehouse Rankings of Energy Storage Players

Posted by Guy Burdick on May 29, 2020

Utility Dive highlighted a new Guidehouse market report on distributed storage companies, including overall market observation by AEE's Ryan Katofsky. Read excerpts below and the entire UD piece here. 

ENGIE, Enel X, Tesla, Honeywell, Con Edison Battery Storage, EDF, and NantEnergy were ranked as top leaders in the distributed energy storage integrator sector, according to a report released Wednesday by Guidehouse Insights. "The distributed energy storage (DES) market has grown increasingly competitive since 2016, representing significant opportunity," Guidehouse Insights said in its report, which evaluated the strategy and execution of 15 distributed energy storage integrators...

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RealClearInvestigations: As Renewables Move to Overtake Gas, a Pipeline to Paralysis

Posted by Vince Bielski on May 28, 2020

RealClearInvestigations covered the expansion of renewables in Virginia and West Virginia in context of gas pipeline project, quoting VA AEEs Harry Godfrey. Read excerpts below and the entire RealClearInvestigations piece here. 

The embattled Atlantic Coast Pipeline begins its run in West Virginia. The steel tube built to ferry 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day weaves underground through mountain terrain toward its destination two states away in North Carolina. Then it stops, after only 30 miles but many millions of dollars into its journey. 

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POLITICO: Report: PA Workers Could Move to EVs

Posted by Kelsey Tamborrino on May 28, 2020

POLITICO covered the possible increase in EVs in PA due to changes in the supply chain, featuring AEEs PA EV Report and quoting AEE's Daniel Bloom. Read excerpts below and the entire POLITICO piece here (sub. req.). 

More than 350 firms across Pennsylvania could "easily transition" to the supply chain for electric vehicles, as they have workers with skills directly applicable to the industry, according to a report today from the trade group Advanced Energy Economy.

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Florida Politics: Two-month pit stop: EV charging station bill ready for signature

Posted by Renzo Downey on May 26, 2020

FLAPOL covered Florida's SB7018 which sets up infrastructure planning that paves the way for EVs, quoting AEE's Dylan Reed. Read excerpts below and the entire FLAPOL piece here. 

After a two-month delay during the coronavirus pandemic, a bill creating a study of the state’s electric vehicle charging grid finally hit the Governor’s desk Tuesday. Gov. Ron DeSantis has until June 11 to sign that bill (SB 7018), which would also allow the Department of Transportation (FDOT) to construct staging areas for emergency response, adds a “shot clock” for utility infrastructure permits, and create cases for utilities to cross rural land while protecting the environment.

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