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BREAKING: Arizona House, Senate Passed Bills Create Electric Power Market Uncertainty, Hurt Business

Posted by Monique Hanis on Mar 3, 2021

Arizona bill HB2248, passed by House, revokes the Arizona Corporation Commission’s authority over critical electrical generation rules and policies; SB1459 passed by Senate adds uncertainty in administrative review of ACC rule-making.

PHOENIX, March 3, 2021 – Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy reacted to Arizona House passage of HB2248* (31-28-1) and Senate passage of SB1459* (16-14 along party lines). HB2248 would revoke the authority to create or enforce rules and policies on “critical electrical generation” from the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), the state’s elected regulatory body for utilities and electricity. SB1459 makes it easier for investigations brought forward by the legislature easier to apply to the ACC, disrupting and duplicating current admin review processes.

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Arizona Senate Passed Omnibus Tax Bill, Sneaking in a Punitive Tax on Electric Vehicles

Posted by Cayli Baker on Mar 3, 2021

Arizona Senate passes SB1108 by a vote of 17-13. The bill would levy the highest annual tax in the nation on electric vehicle owners.

PHOENIX, March 3, 2021 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy reacted to Arizona Senate passage of SB 1108* today, an omnibus tax bill that levies an annual tax of $110 on electric vehicle owners. The bill presents an overall net decrease in taxes, allowing it to avoid requirements for a two-thirds supermajority passage. The final Senate vote was 17-13.

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USPS Delivery Vehicle Fleet Decision Squanders True Next-Gen Opportunity

Posted by Monique Hanis on Feb 24, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 24, 2021— Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) reacted to the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) decision to procure internal combustion engine fleets rather than all electric vehicles for its next-gen strategy.

"The decision by USPS to start off its next-generation delivery vehicles with last-generation technology is a missed opportunity," said Leah Rubin Shen, federal policy director at national business group Advanced Energy Economy

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Maryland’s Montgomery County Public Schools to Procure Largest Electric Bus Fleet in Nation with Budget-Neutral Contract

Posted by Monique Hanis on Feb 24, 2021

Montgomery County School Board’s 16-year contract with Highland Electric Transportation for 1,400 electric school buses demonstrates simplified transportation electrification at scale

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 24, 2021 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy applauded the news that Maryland’s Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) board approved a 1,400 electric school bus fleet contract, the largest in the nation by a municipality. MCPS awarded the 16-year contract to Mass.-based Highland Electric Transportation (an AEE member) which will deliver, own, and charge the fleet. MCPS, located outside of Washington, D.C., serves over 200 public schools with more than 1,400 school buses, making it one of the Top 10 largest school bus fleets in the country.

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AEE Urges Biden Administration, Congress to Adopt Clean Energy Policies to Drive Economic Growth

Posted by Cayli Baker on Feb 5, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 5, 2021 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) urged the Biden administration and U.S. Congressional leaders to adopt stable, long-term tax policies for critical advanced energy and clean transportation incentives. AEE signed on a joint letter supported by 45 industry and environmental groups calling on the new administration to promote workforce development, support strong labor standards, and spur domestic manufacturing in the earliest possible legislative vehicle this Congress. Nat Kreamer, CEO of AEE, commented on how to add flexibility for advanced energy tax credits: 

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Florida Budget Would Allocate $165 Million for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure

Posted by Cayli Baker on Feb 2, 2021

Governor DeSantis introduces new Resilient Florida program, investing in advanced energy technologies and climate-resilient infrastructure across the state.

TALLAHASSEE, February 2, 2021 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) applauded the provision in Governor Ron DeSantis’ proposed budget that would allocate $165 million for climate-resilient infrastructure development. The remarks come from Ebo Entsuah, principal at AEE:

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AEE Urges Arizona Lawmakers to Reject Bills Stripping ACC Authority Over Electricity Generation

Posted by Cayli Baker on Jan 26, 2021

Bills under debate in House and Senate committees would strip oversight authority of the Arizona Corporation Commission over electricity generation in the state, creating market uncertainty, putting reliability at risk, raising costs to consumers, and costing Arizona jobs. (Updated 1/27/21 to reflect oral testimony made. Later the committee passed HB2248 in 6-4 party-line vote.)

PHOENIX, January 26, 2021 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) presented oral testimony against proposed companion bills HB2248* and SB1175* in the Arizona state legislature, which would strip oversight authority of the Arizona Corporation Commission over electricity generation in the state. AEE filed testimony and spoke on behalf of its advanced energy technology members as well as the Advanced Energy Buyers Group it facilitates, representing large electricity buyers seeking to meet their corporate clean energy and sustainability goals. The testimony was prepared by Shelby Stults, principal at AEE, for today's House Natural Resources, Energy and Water Committee hearing (2 p.m. MT) and tomorrow's Senate Natural Resources, Energy and Water Committee (2 p.m. MT) hearing.

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How Investment in Advanced Energy Can Jumpstart  Economic Recovery

Posted by Cayli Baker on Jan 25, 2021

Prioritizing the advanced energy industry could deliver an immediate economic stimulus, all while reducing carbon emissions and laying the groundwork for an equitable economic recovery. 

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 25, 2021 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) released its priorities for a federal economic recovery package, outlining funding that would upgrade and modernize the electric grid, invest in energy efficiency projects and worker training, support the development of advanced energy manufacturing jobs in the United States, accelerate electrification of the transportation sector, and help deploy new advanced energy resources.

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AEE Applauds President Biden's Appointment of Richard Glick as FERC Chairman

Posted by Monique Hanis on Jan 21, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 21, 2021 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) reacted to the news that President Biden appointed Richard Glick to be Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

"We are thrilled that President Biden has selected Richard Glick to be Chairman of FERC. Chairman Glick is an advanced energy champion who, in his time at the Commission, has worked tirelessly to put a focus on removing the barriers that prevent advanced energy technologies from competing on a level playing field in wholesale power markets," said Jeff Dennis, managing director and general counsel at AEE.

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AEE Applauds Federal Court Decision to Reject Trump EPA's Clean Power Plan Roll Back

Posted by Monique Hanis on Jan 19, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 19, 2021 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) reacted to the news that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) argument under the Trump administration that the Clean Air Act constrains EPA to only regulate improvements that can be made onsite at coal-fired power plants. The court essentially directed EPA to start over with a new regulatory approach after finding that the Trump EPA's so-called Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule failed to provide adequate environmental and public health protections.

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