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Virginia Mercury: Dominion's Green Energy Package Comes with a Catch: Coal. Businesses aren't Happy

Posted by Sarah Vogelsong on Oct 30, 2019

Virginia Mercury covered concerns about Dominion's new green energy package, including those raised by AEE's Caitlin Marquis and AEE member Walmart. Read excerpts below and the entire Virginia Mercury piece here. 

Dominion Energy’s newest plan for a renewable energy package that environmentally conscious customers can buy is causing some big businesses, including Walmart, to push back against what they call “an unattractive offering.” Why? Companies and an industry group that represents some of Virginia’s and the nation’s largest employers have two complaints. First, the portfolio of renewable energy resources assembled by Dominion includes numerous carbon-emitting facilities, some decades old, including one in Southwest Virginia that derives 93 percent of its energy from coal and is listed by Dominion on its website as a coal asset.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch (Opinion): Harrison Godfrey, Matthew Cox: Let's Turn the Page on Energy in Virginia

Posted by Harrison Godfrey and Matthew Cox on Oct 28, 2019

Richmond Times-Dispatch published a co-authored opinion piece by Virginia AEE's Harrison Godfrey and The Greenlink Group's Matthew Cox detailing how the Commonwealth could meet Gov. Northam's 100% clean energy goal while saving customers money and creating positive economic impact. Read excerpts below and the entire Richmond Times-Dispatch piece here. 

Change versus more of the same. It is the fundamental question underlying every election. This November, as Virginians go to the polls, it is more true than ever. The delegates and senators who gather in Richmond in January will have the opportunity to turn the page on a variety of policies. We urge them to start with Virginia’s energy policies, where the benefits of change and the costs of staying the same are clear.

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Energy News Network: Michigan Energy Regulators Aim to Prioritize "Action" Over "Fancy Reports"

Posted by Andy Balaskovitz on Oct 28, 2019

Energy New Network covered Michigan's MI Power Grid initiative, a significant electric grid modernization effort to prepare for more distributed energy resources and other priorities for the state, quoting AEE's Ryan Katofsky. Read excerpts below and the entire Energy News Network piece here.

A new Michigan energy initiative aims to translate two years of planning into action that can transform the state’s electricity system... The MI Power Grid initiative, jointly launched by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Public Service Commission, was met with broad support from clean energy and consumer advocates as well as the state’s largest energy company...

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The Denver Post: Leading Residential Solar Company Expands Denver Headquarters, Expects More Growth

Posted by Judith Kohler on Oct 22, 2019

The Denver Post covered the expansion of Sunrun's Colorado operations at an event with Governor Polis, including excerpts of AEE's 2019 Colorado Jobs Fact Sheet. Read excerpts below and the entire Denver Post piece here. (Sub. req.)

A national leader in residential solar and storage services is expanding its Denver-based operations, officially opening its larger downtown office space Monday. Sunrun Inc. hosted Gov. Jared Polis and others at the grand opening of the 120,000-square-foot office at the Johns Manville Plaza on 17th Avenue. The San Francisco-primarily based firm, founded in 2007, determined in 2015 to start its second company headquarters in Denver, acknowledged Ed Fenster, Sunrun’s co-founder and govt chairman.

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Politico: FERC Tees Up Orders

Posted by Kelsey Tamborrino on Oct 17, 2019

Politico's Morning Energy covered FERC's meeting agenda including PJM and Southwest Power Pool's proposals to integrate storage into their wholesale market operations, with commentary by AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the entire Politico Morning Energy piece here. 

FERC will issue orders today regarding two natural gas pipelines, compliance with its landmark energy storage order and a political spending complaint against grid operator PJM Interconnection, according to the monthly open meeting agenda...

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Energy Central: How Wholesale Markets Work – and Don't

Posted by Dylan Reed and Prusha Hasan on Oct 17, 2019

Energy Central reposted AEE's recent blog detailing how barriers to advanced energy should be removed. Read excerpts below and the entire Energy Central piece here

Two-thirds of the nation’s wholesale electricity sales occur in a competitive market managed by a Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) or Independent System Operator (ISO), with over 200 million customers in these areas and over $120 billion in annual energy transactions taking place. Under the Federal Power Act, these markets are overseen by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which ultimately determines the rules for how wholesale electricity is bought and sold in the marketplace.

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Energy News Network: Federal Policy Could Unlock New Value From Rooftop Solar and Home Batteries

Posted by David Thill on Oct 10, 2019

Energy News Network highlighted AEE's DER Report and included quotes by AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the entire Energy News Network piece here. 

Rooftop solar panels and home battery systems could play a significant role in balancing the nation’s electric grid, but federal regulators need to adopt policies to help make that happen, according to a clean energy group’s recent report.

So-called distributed energy resources — customer-managed generation and storage systems spread across the grid — are often too small to participate in the regional wholesale markets where utilities buy most of the electricity they sell to customers...

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Utility Dive: Minnesota Shuts Down Oil, Manufacturing Groups' Attempt to Derail Xcel EV Pilot

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Oct 9, 2019

Utility Dive reported Minnesota regulators pushed back on petroleum groups' attempt to reverse approval of Xcel Energy's $25 million electric vehicle pilot program, quoting  AEE's Matt Stanberry and AEE member Greenlots. Read excerpts below and the entire UD piece here

Minnesota regulators on Monday stamped out manufacturing and petroleum groups' attempt to reverse approval of Xcel Energy's $25 million electric vehicle pilot program. The state's Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved the program in July, and five large industrial groups, including oil groups Marathon Petroleum and Flint Hills Resources, filed a petition with the commission on Aug. 6 asking regulators to reconsider the decision...

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Washington Examiner: Wondering What Trump's Latest Nominee Would Mean for the Electric Grid

Posted by Josh Siegel & Abby Smith on Oct 2, 2019

Washington Examiner's 'Daily on Energy' covered Trump's Republican nominee for FERC, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the entire Washington Examiner piece here.

Clean energy groups worry that President Trump’s new Republican nominee for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, James Danly, would take a hands-off approach to the role, meaning he could be reluctant to push through changes to modernize the electric grid.

Not much is known in utility industry circles about Danly, the FERC general counsel since 2017 and a former lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, but he did hint at his view of the role of FERC members in a speech in April at Skadden's Energy Regulation and Litigation Group's 14th Annual Energy Conference in which he espoused a “humble regulator approach.”

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Virginia Mercury (Opinion): Virginia's New Renewable Energy Goals Can Spur Job Creation, If Combined with Action from the General Assembly

Posted by Devin Welch on Oct 2, 2019

The Virginia Mercury published an opinion piece by Devin Welch, of AEE member Sun Tribe Solar, calling on the Virginia Assembly to support clean energy for economic reasons, including jobs. Welch referenced and linked to AEE's recent Virginia jobs report, and called for expanding the successful Power Purchase Agreement Pilot program. Read excerpts below and the entire Virginia Mercury piece here. 

Last month, Gov. Ralph Northam made an exciting announcement: that Virginia would aim to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. It’s an ambitious — but essential — target, and much of the reporting post-announcement has focused on a major impetus behind this kind of goal setting: climate change and the very real impact it will continue to have on communities throughout the commonwealth. 

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