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Public News Service: Four Pivotal Electric-Vehicle Bills Advance to Virginia Senate

Posted by Diane Bernard on Feb 10, 2021

Public News Service examined four bills moving through the Virginia General Assembly, quoting AEE’s Harry Godfrey on Virginia’s need for expanded electric vehicle markets. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

RICHMOND, Va. -- Following Virginia's landmark passage of the Clean Economy Act last year, four bills advancing to the state Senate would help make the Commonwealth more environmentally friendly by electrifying its transportation sector.

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Houston Chronicle: Goodbye, Gas? The Era of Electric Cars is Coming Faster Than Anyone Thought

Posted by James Osborne on Feb 5, 2021

Houston Chronicle detailed the electric vehicle industry boom across the U.S., quoting is AEE’s Nat Kreamer. Read excerpts below and the full story here (sub req). The story appeared in three other Texas news outlets including LMTonline.

One of the questions that has long plagued automobile executives was whether motorists — after a century of pulling into gasoline stations for a near instant fill up — would be willing to switch to electric vehicles typically requiring hours-long charges.

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Greentech Media: Growing Energy Markets: Southwest Power Pool Expands Day-Ahead Trading to the West

Posted by Jeff St. John on Feb 1, 2021

Greentech Media profiled Southwest Power Pool’s Western Energy Imbalance Service Market, quoting AEE’s Amisha Rai on market integration. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

Interstate grid operator Southwest Power Pool has expanded its wholesale energy market, the latest step in a series of nationwide moves aimed at bringing more efficiency to parts of the country rich in renewable energy potential but lacking in the energy trading regimes to make the best use of it.

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Virginia Mercury: One Year After Clean Economy Act’s Passage, Solar Land Use Tensions Linger

Posted by Sarah Vogelsong on Feb 1, 2021

Virginia Mercury reported on proposed bills addressing land use issues as more solar projects are considered under the new Virginia Clean Economy Act, quoting AEE's Harry Godfrey. Read excerpts below and the full piece here.

Spotsylvania County: 6,350. Fauquier County: 3,500. King William County: 1,262. Each number recited by Del. Charles Poindexter, R-Franklin, to a House panel during the second week of the 2021 General Assembly session represented the number of acres that local governments in Virginia have approved for solar projects to date. 

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Bloomberg: Biden’s Secret Weapon to Cleaning Up Energy Is Spelled FERC


Bloomberg detailed FERC’s role in achieving President Biden’s climate and energy ambitions, quoting AEE’s Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the full story here (sub req).

President Joe Biden outlined ambitious new plans for taking on climate change on Wednesday, but the most potent weapon may already be in his arsenal. The five-member Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is poised to play a pivotal role fulfilling Biden’s clean-energy ambitions, including his vow to strip greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector over the next 14 years. FERC could help Biden deliver on those promises by fostering carbon prices on electricity, propelling a massive build-out of high-voltage power lines and making it harder to build natural gas pipelines… 

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Greentech Media: Biden Executive Orders Set Broad Federal Role in Clean Energy and Climate Change Mitigation

Posted by Jeff St. John on Jan 27, 2021

Greentech Media outlined President Biden’s executive climate actions, quoting AEE’s Jeff Dennis on what federal purchasing power means for job growth. Read excerpts below and the full story here

President Joe Biden signed a sprawling set of executive orders on Wednesday ordering federal agencies to procure carbon-free energy and electric vehicles, spur commercialization of clean energy technologies, accelerate clean energy generation and transmission projects and ensure that disadvantaged communities get a fair share of the ensuing economic and environmental benefits. 

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E&E News: Meet the Staffers Powering FERC's 2 New Commissioners

Posted by Arianna Skibell on Jan 25, 2021

E&E News profiled the staffers powering the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s two newest commissioners, quoting AEE’s Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the full piece here (sub req).

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's two newest members have tapped a range of advisers — including agency veterans and a few fresh faces — to help steer their work during the Biden administration.

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Greentech Media: President Biden Names Richard Glick as FERC Chair

Posted by Jeff St. John on Jan 21, 2021

Greentech Media covered Richard Glick’s appointment as chair to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, quoting AEE’s Jeff Dennis. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

President Joe Biden has named Richard Glick to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, giving leadership and agenda-setting authority to the agency’s longest-running Democratic member, a key opponent to some of FERC’s most clean-energy-unfriendly decisions under the Trump administration. 

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Utility Dive: With FERC Order 2222 Compliance Deadline 6 Months Away, Many Questions Loom, Analysts Find

Posted by Leslie Nemo on Jan 20, 2021

Utility Dive outlined the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 2222, quoting AEE’s Caitlin Marquis, speaking at an R-Street Institute event. Read excerpts below and the full story here.

A federal rule intended to lower barriers to distributed energy resources (DER) in wholesale markets still faces many questions about what DER aggregates will look like, how the new parties will interact with existing grid management, and what individual state roles might be… 

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Virginia Mercury: Legislation Aims to Reduce Barriers for Energy Storage Projects

Posted by Sarah Vogelsong on Jan 20, 2021

Virginia Mercury outlined how state lawmakers are pushing for renewables including wind, solar, energy storage, quoting Virginia Advanced Energy Economy’s Harry Godfrey. Read excerpts below and the full piece here.

In 2020, lawmakers seeking to speed the development of renewables and wean Virginia off fossil fuels made a host of changes to state law that aimed to smooth local approvals of large-scale solar farms. This year, they’re wielding the same tools to encourage the growth of energy storage.

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