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AEE statement on Commerce’s initial solar tariff decision

Posted by Cayli Baker on Dec 2, 2022

The Department found imports of certain solar panel components circumvented existing U.S. tariffs on China.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2022 – Today, national business association Advanced Energy Economy reacted to the Department of Commerce’s preliminary determination that Chinese solar companies were circumventing U.S. trade restrictions. The investigation found that a number of Chinese solar companies were dodging existing tariffs by routing products through Southeast Asian nations. President Biden previously extended a 24-month pause on new solar tariffs, which is expected to forestall the immediate impacts of this determination on the solar industry. 

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Topics: Federal Policy, Press Releases, Manufacturing, Harrison Godfrey

AEE celebrates first projects funded by Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to expand domestic battery manufacturing

Posted by Adam Winer on Oct 19, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC, October 19, 2022 – Today, the Department of Energy announced it is awarding $2.8 billion to 20 companies using investments made in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The projects will go towards building and expanding commercial-scale facilities in 12 states to extract and process lithium, graphite, and other battery materials, manufacture components, and demonstrate manufacturing components from recycled materials. 

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Topics: Federal Policy, Press Releases, Manufacturing

New report identifies clean energy jobs for workers of all backgrounds that will grow dramatically with the Inflation Reduction Act

Posted by Adam Winer on Oct 13, 2022

Advanced energy industry jobs growing nearly twice as fast as the national average so far this year 

WASHINGTON, DC, October 13, 2022 – National business association Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) published an analysis of job opportunities in the advanced energy industry – which includes renewables, electrified transportation, and energy-saving technology solutions – and found that advertised positions grew nearly twice as fast as the national average (up 46% versus 27%) during the first eight months of 2022.

The study, produced in partnership with The Burning Glass Institute, a nonprofit labor market analytics center, also identified a wide range of high-growth occupations in the advanced energy industry for people with varying educational and training backgrounds, including a large percentage not requiring a bachelor’s degree. 

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Topics: Federal Policy, Advanced Energy Employment, Press Releases

Business association Virginia AEE sets record straight on Clean Economy Act and Governor's new Energy Plan

Posted by Adam Winer on Oct 3, 2022

Plan calls for U-turn away from cleaner, cheaper energy future in Virginia, says business group

RICHMOND, VA, October 3, 2022 – Today, business association Virginia Advanced Energy Economy reviewed the new Energy Plan proposed by the Governor Youngkin Administration, and Kim Jemaine, Director at Virginia AEE, released the following statement:

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Topics: State Policy, Virginia, Press Releases, Kim Jemaine

AEE, Rivian applaud New York plans to adopt new clean car regulation

Posted by Adam Winer on Sep 29, 2022

Standard will ensure 100% of new cars sold in state will be zero-emission or plug-in hybrid by 2035 

ALBANY, NY, September 29, 2022 – Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), and electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian, commended Governor Kathy Hochul for committing New York to adopt the Advanced Clean Cars II (ACC II) rule. Building upon the original 2012 ACC program, ACC II establishes a year-by-year roadmap to ensure 100% of new cars and light trucks sold in New York will be zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) by 2035.

“Adopting this program sends a loud and clear message to carmakers that New Yorkers want electric vehicles,” said Leah Meredith, Principal at AEE. “With electric vehicles in high demand but currently in short supply, carmakers are prioritizing the states that speak up, and the Governor’s announcement helps ensure that New Yorkers will have the full range of electric vehicle models to choose from. And by increasing the number of new electric vehicles in New York, this program will also quicken the development of a robust market for used electric vehicles.”

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Topics: State Policy, Regulatory, Advanced Transportation, Press Releases, Electric Vehicles, Leah Meredith

Study shows regional electric grid would energize Nevada’s economy

Posted by Cayli Baker on Sep 28, 2022

Joining a Western RTO could create up to 21,000 jobs and save Nevadans millions in energy cost.

CARSON CITY, September 28, 2022 — A new analysis shows Nevada would see significant economic benefits from joining a regional electric grid with neighboring states. The study, conducted by independent consulting firm Energy Strategies on behalf of business association Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), found that joining a regional transmission organization (RTO) could generate upwards of $2 billion in new Gross State Product (GSP) for Nevada and upwards of 20,000 permanent, living-wage jobs across diverse sectors of the economy.

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Topics: 21st Century Electricity System, Press Releases, Sarah Steinberg

Clean energy jobs bounce back from pandemic dip, poised to soar with new federal investments

Posted by Cayli Baker on Sep 6, 2022

The advanced energy industry employed 3.4 million workers at the end of 2021, and workforce growth outpaced overall U.S. job growth

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 6, 2022 – Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy released its annual U.S. advanced energy employment fact sheet highlighting job trends across the industry. Outpacing overall U.S. job growth, the advanced energy workforce took a strong upturn in 2021, employing 3.4 million workers at the end of 2021 and bouncing back from COVID-19 disruptions. 

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Topics: Federal Policy, Press Releases, Nat Kreamer

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

AEE celebrates groundbreaking California clean cars target

Posted by Cayli Baker on Aug 25, 2022

California’s Advanced Clean Cars II rule can empower other states to adopt stronger clean vehicle targets and accelerate the growth America’s electric transportation workforce

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 25, 2022 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) applauded the California Air Resource Board decision to require 100% of all new light-duty vehicle sales in the state be zero-emission by 2035. Referred to as the Advanced Clean Cars II (ACCII) rule, the move is the next step in the state’s Clean Cars program, which has helped create a national market for more efficient, less polluting vehicles. More than a dozen states have adopted California’s previous vehicle emission standards, as the federal Clean Air Act allows.

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Topics: California Engagement, Press Releases, Electric Vehicles, Ryan Gallentine

AEE celebrates passage of Inflation Reduction Act, a defining moment for clean energy in America

Posted by Cayli Baker on Aug 12, 2022

Inflation Reduction Act will transform the way America powers its homes and businesses while revitalizing domestic industry and making the nation more energy independent 

WASHINGTON, DC, August 12, 2022 – Today, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a national trade association of clean energy businesses and large clean energy buyers, celebrated the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, which could deliver a six-fold return on investment for the country, create millions of jobs, and save American households billions in annual energy costs.

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