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Clean energy business group celebrates passage of California’s budget and climate deal

Posted by Cayli Baker on Sep 1, 2022

Multibillion-dollar budget investments set to help California deliver on new 2045 carbon-neutrality law, among other clean energy targets  

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Topics: State Policy, California Engagement, Press Releases, Emilie Olson

Coloradans are concerned about air quality, support clean-trucks rule, poll finds

Posted by Chase Woodruff on Jul 11, 2022

Colorado Newsline detailed local air pollution concerns quantified in a new poll conducted by YouGov for AEE, quoting AEE's Emilie Olson on what solutions Coloradans support for a cleaner future. Read snippets below and the full article here

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Topics: AEE In The News, Electric Vehicles, Emilie Olson

Coloradans want cleaner trucks to reduce air pollution, new poll finds

Posted by Cayli Baker on Jul 11, 2022

New statewide poll shows smog and air quality adversely impacting quality of life in Colorado; majority support electrifying trucks, buses 

DENVER, July 11, 2022 – Most Coloradans say summer smog and air pollution are negatively impacting their quality of life and support policies that would counteract the source of much of that pollution: emissions from gas and diesel vehicles. 

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Topics: Press Releases, Electric Vehicles, Emilie Olson

Utility Dive: California passes legislation to avoid blackouts, create ‘insurance policy’ for the grid

Posted by Kavya Balaraman on Jul 1, 2022

Utility Dive detailed newly passed legislation that attempts to ensure the reliability of California's grid, quoting AEE's Emilie Olson on the bill's heavy reliance on fossil fuels. Read snippets below and the full article here.

California lawmakers on Wednesday passed a bill that establishes a new certification process for solar, wind and other non-fossil fuel power plants that are larger than 50 MW, as the state works to build out the renewable projects it needs to ensure grid reliability.

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Topics: California Engagement, AEE In The News, Emilie Olson

California Governor, Legislature miss opportunity to significantly improve California’s power grid reliability in new budget deal

Posted by Cayli Baker on Jun 30, 2022

Budget agreement opens the door to extending the life of fossil fuel generation and misses the mark on creating a more reliable, clean and affordable grid system

SACRAMENTO, June 30, 2022 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) responded to the California Legislature’s passage late Wednesday of new budget trailer bills that include billions of dollars for clean energy and transportation investments while also allowing aging fossil fuel power plants to keep running longer beyond planned retirement. 

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Topics: State Policy, California Engagement, Press Releases, Emilie Olson

AEE-Sponsored Electric School Bus Bill Unanimously Approved by California Assembly

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 1, 2022

Legislation to speed up the transition to electric school buses now moves to the state Senate

SACRAMENTO, June 1, 2022 – California's Clean and Healthy School Bus Act (AB 2731) was approved 57-0 by California’s State Assembly last week, a major step toward speeding up the transition to zero-emission school buses that save schools money and don’t harm young lungs. 

Proposed by Assemblymember Phil Ting (District 19) and sponsored by AEE, AB 2731 is designed to help school districts access the long-term economic benefits of switching to zero-emission school buses by allowing for longer vehicle lease terms, as well as setting a 2035 statewide Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) school bus sales goal. California currently caps lease terms for contracted school buses at five years. Extending the lease terms to 15 years would substantially improve the economics of transitioning to electric school buses for school districts. 

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Topics: California Engagement, Press Releases, Electric Vehicles, Emilie Olson, Electric school buses

Utility Dive: California governor floats 5-GW, $5.2B ‘reliability reserve’ amid possible electricity shortfalls

Posted by Kavya Balaraman on May 17, 2022

Utility Dive examined Gov. Newsom's revised budget proposal earmarking funding for reliability, quoting AEE's Emilie Olson on what's next for negotiations. Read snippets below and the full article here.

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Topics: AEE In The News, Emilie Olson

Fox40 Sacramento: Governor Newsom requests funding to strengthen state electrical grid

Posted by Gurajpal Sangha on May 13, 2022

Fox40 Sacramento detailed California's proposal to improve grid reliability as the state continues to deal with potential blackouts, quoting AEE's Emilie Olson on how clean energy solutions can help . Read snippets below and watch the segment here.

In his revised budget proposal for the next fiscal year, Gov. Gavin Newsom is hoping to improve the electrical grid by spending more than $5 billion to increase the state’s production capacity by 5,000 megawatts over the next few years — or enough energy to power roughly 375,000 homes.

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Topics: California Engagement, 21st Century Electricity System, AEE In The News, Emilie Olson

Colorado’s clean air investment package offers affordable path to electric school bus adoption

Posted by Cayli Baker on May 10, 2022

The $65 million grant program sets Colorado on track to electrify its school bus fleet and drive new electrification funding to the state.

DENVER, CO, May 10, 2022 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) applauded Colorado’s new electric school bus grant program, which provides an initial $65 million investment for schools to more quickly make the switch to clean bus rides for kids. The program passed out of Legislature today as a part of Senate Bill 193, a broader air quality investment package. 

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Topics: Press Releases, Electric Vehicles, Colorado, Emilie Olson

Colorado Newsline: Petition for faster clean-trucks rule rejected by Colorado air commission

Posted by Chase Woodruff on Apr 21, 2022

Colorado Newsline outlined updates to a Colorado clean transportation requirement, quoting AEE's Emilie Olson on why the state needs to move faster on its advanced clean trucks rulemaking. Read snippets below and the full article here

Advocates for stronger climate action suffered the latest in a long line of defeats in their efforts to accelerate the pace of Colorado’s greenhouse gas policymaking in a meeting of state air commissioners on Thursday.

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Topics: Regulatory, AEE In The News, Electric Vehicles, Emilie Olson