State Policy

States are far ahead of the federal government in creating markets for advanced energy through legislation, regulation, and innovative programs. To keep the momentum going, AEE's State Policy Program seeks to maintain this momentum by working with our coalition of State and Regional Partners and our business members to promote advanced energy legislation in statehouses around the nation.

AEE’s State Policy Program offers businesses:

  • “News You Can Use” – advance intelligence on the latest energy policy developments across the states;
  • Rapid Response Capability – leveraging the voice of the advanced energy industry to weigh in with state policy makers quickly when threats and opportunities develop;
  • Targeted, Proactive Campaigns – led by our Business and Leadership Council members, AEE has launched two multi-state policy campaigns to accelerate the growth of advanced energy companies:
    • Efficiency and Peak Demand – to defend and expand energy efficiency resource standards and peak demand standards, and
    • Access to Renewables – to reduce and overcome barriers preventing large electricity users from contracting directly with renewable energy suppliers.

In addition, don’t forget that AEE’s PowerSuite makes it easy to stay on top of energy legislation, PUC proceedings, and key energy policy players across the country. See how >

Renewable Energy Work Group

Expanding market opportunities for the rapid growth of renewable companies

AEE’s Renewable Energy Work Group, a subset of the State Policy Business Council, focuses on expanding market opportunities for the rapid growth of renewable companies.

AEE leverages the efforts of our coalition of State and Regional Partners (currently active in 25 states and growing) and our business members to bring the voice of advanced energy to state capitols across the nation.

Participation in the Renewable Energy Work Group offers:

  • “News You Can Use” – advance intelligence on the latest energy policy developments across the states;
  • Rapid Response Capability – harness the voice of the advanced energy industry to weigh in quickly and effectively with state policy makers to influence state Renewable Portfolio Standards, net metering, tax credits, and other issues that affect your bottom line;
  • Market Expansion through our new Access to Renewables Campaign – an increasing number of large electricity customers want to directly procure renewable energy, creating a significant new market opportunity. However, these willing buyers and sellers encounter barriers to transacting, which AEE views as a market failure. Our newly-launched Access to Renewables campaign focuses on finding ways to reduce or eliminate these barriers. We’re working with a wide array of stakeholders, including not only corporate buyers and renewable energy companies but also policymakers, regulators, and NGOs to tap the groundswell of interest in direct purchases of renewable energy, and help promulgate policies to grow this new market segment.

In addition, don’t forget that AEE’s PowerSuite makes it easy to stay on top of energy legislation, PUC proceedings, and key energy policy players across the country. See how >

Related Policy Brief

Expanding Missouri's Corporate Renewable Energy Market

By allowing companies in Missouri to contract directly with third-party suppliers of renewable energy, as they are able to do in many other states, and raising the state’s unusually low cap on the size of installations that qualify for net metering, Missouri can unleash its renewable energy potential and drive private investment, job creation, and economic growth. That is the primary finding of this policy brief, prepared by Meister Consulting Group for AEE.

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Energy Efficiency Work Group

Expanding state energy efficiency resource standards and demand response

Participants in the Energy Efficiency Work Group receive:

  • “News You Can Use” – members of the workgroup receive monthly (more frequently as appropriate) updates and advanced intelligence on the latest energy efficiency policy developments in the states;
  • Rapid Response Capacity – when state legislatures and Public Utility Commissions across the country are debating energy efficiency programs, AEE leverages the voice of the industry to influence those debates whether they be for an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard, Peak Demand, Commercial PACE, and other issues that impact market access;
  • Pro-active Engagement – based on the priorities of our business work group members, AEE is actively engaged in a handful of key states where industry engagement has the potential to expand markets through increasing energy efficiency and peak demand standards.

In addition, don’t forget that AEE’s PowerSuite makes it easy to stay on top of energy legislation, PUC proceedings, and key energy policy players across the country. See how >

Related Report

Peak Demand Reduction Strategy

Demand for electricity can spike during just a few hours a year, and typically 10 percent of our electric system capacity is built to meet demand in just 1 percent of hours during the year. This comes at a significant cost to consumers. This report, prepared for AEE by Navigant Consulting, evaluates the benefits and costs of reducing peak demand in two states, Illinois and Massachusetts, and the feasibility of utilities to procure the resources to meet demand reduction goals over 10 years.

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State Engagement

The map below is an outline of AEE's state engagement:

AEE is working to create a better business climate for the advanced energy sector nationwide by supporting a growing coalition of state and regional partner organizations across the country.

Learn more about our state and regional partners >

State Policy Resource Library

Fact Sheet: Energy Efficiency Unleashes Savings and Jobs

Energy efficiency refers to all the ways we can reduce the amount of energy we use to meet our needs. Typically less than half the cost of additional power generation, energy efficiency is the most affordable way to meet energy needs and it creates local jobs installing energy saving products and materials. States have adopted policies that promote energy efficiency to help businesses and consumers save money, stimulate the economy, and avoid the need for more power plants.

Learn more about energy efficiency and the policies adopted by states to promote energy efficiency for savings and jobs in this AEE fact sheet.

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