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AEE Supports Use of Defense Production Act, Calls for Full Funding & Implementation

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 29, 2022

Letter also lauds two-year bridge for solar imports, calls for swift end to Auxin investigation 

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2022 – Today, national business association Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) sent a letter to the Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, the White House, and leaders on Capitol Hill strongly defending President Biden’s use of the Defense Production Act (DPA) to expand domestic production of “five critical clean energy technologies,” including solar, heat pumps, power grid infrastructure, building insulation, and equipment for making and using clean electricity-generated fuels.  

As the letter details, this action is vital to address the immediate issues of rising energy prices, U.S. and European exposure to Russian oil and gas, and America’s security interests. AEE called upon the Administration and Congress to significantly increase resources in the DPA Fund to meet this moment. In addition, Congress should harness reconciliation to pass a robust package of energy and manufacturing incentives, akin to those in Build Back Better, to build on the progress the DPA should initiate. AEE Managing Director Harrison Godfrey provided the following statement about the letter and its message to the Administration:

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Topics: Federal Policy, Press Releases, manufacturing, Manufacturing and Infrastructure, Harrison Godfrey

AEE applauds Biden administration actions to pause solar tariffs and grow advanced energy domestic manufacturing

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 6, 2022

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2022 – Today national business association Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) celebrated the announcement from the Biden Administration that it will expand use of the Defense Production Act to include solar panels and component parts, as well as building insulation, heat pumps, electrolyzers, platinum group metals, fuel cells, and transformers. The White House also announced a pause on solar trade tariffs to allow clean energy projects across the country to be built while the country scales up domestic manufacturing of supply chain components. 

“This is a needed stay in a more than decade-long tariff war that has been a loser for all parties,” said AEE CEO Nat Kreamer. “Tariffs only raise costs for consumers and don’t create domestic demand for clean energy. These announcements today provide much-needed stability to the solar industry and the clean energy transition at large, and send the message to Congress that now is the time to act urgently to build the clean energy domestic manufacturing industry this country needs to protect consumers and become energy independent.

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Topics: Federal Policy, Press Releases, manufacturing, Manufacturing and Infrastructure, Nat Kreamer

National business group AEE delivers sign-on letter to Senate, White House on growing domestic manufacturing of advanced energy industry

Posted by Adam Winer on May 13, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC, May 13, 2022— National business association Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) delivered a sign-on letter to the U.S. Senate and White House Administration stressing the importance of production-based manufacturing credits as a means of growing the industry domestically. 

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Topics: Press Releases, manufacturing, Manufacturing and Infrastructure, Harrison Godfrey, Nat Kreamer

Utility Dive: Biden invokes Defense Production Act to bolster domestic battery manufacturing for EVs, energy storage

Posted by Ethan Howland on Apr 1, 2022

Utility Dive cited AEE's Harry Godfrey on Biden's decision to invoke the Defense Production Act and spur domestic production of minerals. Read snippets below and the full article here.

In an effort to increase U.S. energy independence, President Joe Biden on Thursday invoked the Defense Production Act to spur domestic mining and processing of minerals used to make batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage facilities.

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Topics: AEE In The News, Manufacturing and Infrastructure, Harrison Godfrey

Expanding domestic production of critical minerals is good for U.S. economy and national security

Posted by Adam Winer on Mar 31, 2022

WASHINGTON, Thursday, March 31 – Today, President Biden announced plans to invoke the Defense Production Act as a means of increasing domestic production and mining of critical minerals needed to manufacture batteries for electric vehicles and long-term energy storage.

Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) Managing Director Harry Godfrey, who leads the Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Infrastructure Working Group for AEE, released the following statement:

“We applaud the Biden Administration for invoking the Defense Production Act to expand domestic production of energy storage technology and access to the critical minerals that are essential to storage. Energy storage, both stationary and in electric vehicles, is essential to swiftly reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, building a clean, affordable economy, and securing America.

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Topics: Press Releases, Manufacturing and Infrastructure, Harrison Godfrey

AEE’s statement on White House remarks on electrifying heavy-duty vehicles

Posted by Cayli Baker on Mar 7, 2022

White House clean transit actions will drive jobs to America’s electrified transportation sector and pave a faster route to meeting EV adoption.

Washington, D.C., March 7, 2022 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) praised Vice President Kamala Harris’ remarks announcing federal action to accelerate clean transit and heavy-duty electric vehicle adoption. The announcement comes after the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “Clean Trucks Rule,” which outlines standards for heavy-duty vehicle emissions that would reduce truck pollutants 90% below current EPA standards for model year 2031 vehicles, the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which included $5 billion in electric school bus funds, and the White House’s goal late last year to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030. These vehicles, which include school buses, trucks, and government fleets, account for nearly a quarter of the country’s transportation emissions.

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Topics: Press Releases, Manufacturing and Infrastructure, electric vehicles

Indiana AEE celebrates passage of electric vehicle charging bill

Posted by Adam Winer on Mar 3, 2022

House Bill 1221 will support the build-out of electric vehicle public charging stations 

INDIANAPOLIS, March 3, 2022 – Indiana Advanced Energy Economy (Indiana AEE) celebrates the legislative passage of House Bill 1221, which will support the build-out of electric vehicle public charging infrastructure. The concurrence vote (66-25 in favor) taken this week in the House of Representatives sends the final bill to Governor Holcomb’s desk for his signature. The bill follows on the heels of Gov. Holcomb joining with other Midwest Governors in signing the Regional Electric Vehicle for the Midwest Memorandum of Understanding last fall to advance electric vehicles in the region.

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Topics: Press Releases, Manufacturing and Infrastructure, indiana, electric vehicles

RTO Insider: Biden Calls for Federal Procurement of 100% Clean Energy by 2030

Posted by K. Kaufman on Dec 9, 2021

RTO Insider outlined Biden's executive order in support of 100% carbon-free power by 2030, quoting AEE's Harry Godfrey on the order's manufacturing and jobs benefits. Read snippets below and the full article here.

President Joe Biden signed a sweeping executive order Wednesday directing the federal government to use carbon-free electricity for its 300,000 buildings and to decarbonize its 600,000 vehicle fleet.

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Topics: AEE In The News, Manufacturing and Infrastructure, Harrison Godfrey

U.S. Electric Transportation Workforce Set to Double by 2024

Posted by Adam Winer on Aug 11, 2021

New report finds U.S. electric transportation industry is projected to nearly double over five years, creating an additional 141,000 jobs, with additional 2 million workers able to quickly retrain to benefit from market growth

WASHINGTON, DC, August 11, 2021 — Today national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) released an analysis quantifying the nationwide economic benefits of a growing electric transportation industry. As demand for electric vehicles (EVs) and investment in EV charging infrastructure grows, industry employment is expected to double from 2019 levels to nearly 300,000 jobs by 2024.

“Economic opportunities will ripple throughout the supply chain and maintenance sectors as the domestic electric vehicle industry grows quickly over the next few years,” said Ryan Gallentine, policy director at AEE. “The electric vehicle industry already employs people across all 50 states, and policymakers should expand those opportunities with incentive programs that make it easier for consumers and business fleets to fully electrify.”

The report, Building an Electric Transportation Economy in the United States," produced by BW Research Partnership for AEE, analyzes the current electric transportation industry across the U.S. 

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Topics: Federal Policy, Advanced Energy Employment, Press Releases, Legislative, Manufacturing and Infrastructure