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State regulator leadership will be critical to successful implementation of FERC Order 2222, and a new report from AEE + GridLab Consortium provides guidance

Posted by Adam Winer on Jan 20, 2022

New tools and review processes will be needed to optimize distributed energy resources (DERs) for the electric grid of the future. 

WASHINGTON, January 20, 2022 – National business association Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) and GridLab, a non-profit mission-driven electric grid consultancy group, organized an unprecedented coalition of energy utility companies, advanced energy companies, and large-scale energy buyers to publish a new report aimed at addressing key issues needed for successful implementation of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order No. 2222. The new report is designed to act as a framework for state regulators to navigate key issues as utilities look to improve integration of distributed energy resources (DERs) into wholesale markets in the coming years. 

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Topics: Utility, Wholesale Markets, Press Releases

California Governor doubles down on clean energy investments

Posted by Cayli Baker on Jan 10, 2022

Newsom’s proposed budget promises historic investments in clean transportation and clean energy, boosting the state’s efforts to get to a 100% clean energy and transportation system. 

SACRAMENTO, January 10, 2022 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) commended Governor Newsom for proposing over $6 billion in clean transportation and $2 billion in clean energy investments in today’s budget release. An investment of this scale will encourage additional zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) and advanced energy development in the state and put dollars to work in local communities to create new jobs and opportunities.  

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Topics: California Engagement, Press Releases

New York Governor green lights electric school buses

Posted by Cayli Baker on Jan 5, 2022

AEE applauds Gov. Hochul’s commitment in her State of the State address and stresses the need for robust, immediate, and equitable state incentives to help school districts cover upfront infrastructure costs and further accelerate progress toward New York’s clean energy goals.

ALBANY, January 5, 2022 — Today national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) commended New York Governor Hochul’s bold commitment to accelerate electric school bus deployment in this afternoon’s State of the State address. AEE has been a leading voice among a coalition of groups calling on New York to further invest in electric school buses, which would not only generate long-term savings for school districts, but also improve air quality for students, and help the state meet its clean transportation goals.

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Topics: State Policy, Advanced Transportation, Press Releases, electric vehicles, Ryan Gallentine

Advanced Energy Industry Calls on Congress to Build Back Better in 2022

Posted by Adam Winer on Dec 21, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC, December 21, 2021 – National business association Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) continues to advocate in favor of the federal budget reconciliation legislation commonly known as the Build Back Better Act, and today released the following statement on behalf of its federal policy director Leah Rubin Shen: 

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Topics: News Update, Federal Policy, Press Releases, Leah Rubin Shen

Duke Energy Indiana slow to adopt low-cost advanced energy resources

Posted by Adam Winer on Dec 16, 2021

Newly-submitted integrated resources plan (IRP) from Duke Energy Indiana locks in high-cost fuel sources
 

INDIANAPOLIS, December 16, 2021 – This week Duke Energy Indiana announced what types of energy it expects to use to power homes and businesses in its coverage area over the next two decades, revealing plans to continue heavy use of fossil fuels despite more affordable advanced energy options on the market.

“Natural gas prices are rising and Hoosier ratepayers are already feeling the effects, but this plan by Duke Energy Indiana doubles down on a fuel that utility executives know is more expensive today and predictably volatile tomorrow,” says Sarah Steinberg, principal at Indiana Advanced Energy Economy (AEE). “It also delays the addition of advanced energy resources, like solar, wind, and battery storage, until the next decade, which will lock in higher bills for Hoosier ratepayers instead of making investments in more cost-effective options today.”

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Topics: Press Releases, indiana, Sarah Steinberg

Advanced Energy Industry Leaders Chosen for Nevada’s Regional Grid Task Force

Posted by Adam Winer on Dec 2, 2021

A western RTO would increase competition and lower energy costs
 

CARSON CITY, December 2, 2021 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) applauded Governor Sisolak for his appointments to the Regional Transmission Coordination Task Force, which includes policy leaders in the advanced energy industry, including Enel North America’s Mona Tierney-Lloyd.

The Task Force was created by Senate Bill (SB) 448* (2021) to study the costs and benefits of joining a regional organized wholesale electricity market and to recommend policies that facilitate utility entrance into a Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) by 2030. A western RTO would harness competitive market forces and transparent planning processes to make energy more reliable and affordable for Nevadan ratepayers, and will also spur new private investment and job creation in the state.

“I’m honored to have this opportunity to serve Nevada and Governor Sisolak as the geothermal energy representative on the Regional Transmission Coordination Task Force,” said Mona Tierney-Lloyd, Head of State Public Policy and Institutional Affairs for Enel North America, an AEE member company. “Nevadans deserve all the benefits that come with a transition to clean, affordable, and reliable energy. My goal is that the policies this Task Force ultimately recommends will deliver these benefits.”

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Topics: State Policy, Regulatory, Wholesale Markets, Press Releases

Regional wholesale electric market could accelerate clean energy goals and lower costs for consumers, new Colorado PUC report finds

Posted by Adam Winer on Dec 1, 2021

A western RTO would increase competition and lower energy costs for Coloradans 

DENVER, CO, December 1, 2021 — Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) commended the members of Colorado’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for acknowledging the consumer, environmental, and economic benefits of a Regional Transmission Organization (RTO). A new report by Colorado’s PUC found that electric utility participation in a regional wholesale market could reduce electricity costs for consumers by up to 5% annually while accelerating the state’s clean energy goals.

“Coloradans deserve the energy security and economic benefits that a Western RTO will provide, and going it alone is not an option we can stake Colorado’s energy future on,” said Emilie Olson, Principal at AEE. “This report shows that good regional planning and coordination with our neighbors is the answer to developing a clean energy system that lowers energy costs for households and businesses.

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Topics: PUCs, Press Releases

AEE Congratulates New FERC Commissioner on Senate Confirmation

Posted by Adam Winer on Nov 16, 2021

With a full complement of commissioners, FERC can remove market barriers to advanced energy, integrate distributed and renewable energy, and support new transmission to tap low-cost resources

WASHINGTON, November 16, 2021 – National business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) released the following statement regarding the Senate confirmation of Chairman Willie L. Phillips of the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC):

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Topics: Press Releases

Signing of bipartisan infrastructure package puts U.S. closer to achieving 100% clean energy

Posted by Cayli Baker on Nov 15, 2021

AEE delivering roadmap for states to implement new federal funding. 
 

WASHINGTON, November 15, 2021 – National business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) congratulated President Biden today for signing the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and released a toolkit for state implementation of the advanced energy programs in the bill. AEE also continued to urge Congress to pass the Build Back Better Act to fully unlock the potential of these historic energy investments. 

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Topics: Press Releases

Virginia AEE congratulates Youngkin on his victory, looks forward to working with him as Governor to continue to grow Virginia’s advanced energy sector

Posted by Adam Winer on Nov 3, 2021

RICHMOND, November 3, 2021 – Virginia AEE issued a statement congratulating Glenn Youngkin upon his victory and pledging to work with his Administration, as well as leaders in the General Assembly, on policies that will continue the growth of Virginia’s advanced energy industry, providing affordable, reliable, and clean electricity and transportation to all Virginians.

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Topics: Press Releases