Advanced Energy Perspectives

STATE: AEE and Partners Push for Energy Efficiency, Demand Response in Michigan and Pennsylvania

Posted by JR Tolbert

Mar 5, 2015 2:51:49 PM

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Energy efficiency is the fastest and cleanest way for the nation to meet our energy needs. It is also an enormous market opportunity for businesses within the sector and has the potential for billions in savings for consumers. Unfortunately, this win-win energy resource has come under attack in state legislatures across the country the past two years.

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Topics: State Policy Update

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Waste-to-Energy

Posted by Maria Robinson

Mar 3, 2015 4:46:01 PM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) plan to regulate carbon emissions is just the latest challenge facing the U.S. electric power system. Technological innovation is disrupting old ways of doing business and accelerating grid modernization. Earlier this year, AEE released Advanced Energy Technologies for Greenhouse Gas Reduction, a report detailing the use, application, and benefits of 40 specific advanced energy technologies and services. This post is one in a series drawn from the technology profiles within that report.

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Waste-to-energy (WTE) is the process of generating electricity and/or heat by combusting municipal solid waste (MSW).

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Topics: Advanced Energy Technology of the Week

FEDERAL: House Committee will Hear from AEE Members on Grid Modernization and Reliability

Posted by Arvin Ganesan

Mar 2, 2015 4:40:00 PM

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This Wednesday, March 4, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing titled "The 21st Century Electricity Challenge: Ensuring a Secure, Reliable and Modern Electricity System." This hearing begins a dialogue that is an important one: What are the steps that Congress should take to ensure that the electric grid offers reliable, affordable, and clean energy that allows for consumer engagement in their electricity choices? How can the federal government establish policies that spur the growth of the advanced energy industry and help consumers at the same time?

AEE Members will be prominently featured in this hearing. Naimish Patel, CEO of Gridco, will testify about how software and analytical advances can help utilities incorporate higher amounts of renewable energy and energy efficiency into the grid. Paul Nahi, CEO of Enphase, will testify about his company's microinverter technology and how it can help solar industry penetrate the market at even higher levels. 

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Topics: Federal Policy Update

NEWS: SolarCity Slashes Installation Costs; Citigroup Pledges $100B for Projects

Posted by Lexie Briggs

Feb 27, 2015 12:09:00 PM

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This week we saw announcements of significant cost savings for SolarCity, a major advanced energy investment from Citigroup, and a move into Mexico for Pattern Energy. So, costs are down, investment is up, and AEE members are taking their influence worldwide. Bottom line: It’s a good time to be in advanced energy.

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Topics: News Update

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Offshore Wind Power

Posted by Maria Robinson

Feb 25, 2015 5:39:31 PM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) plan to regulate carbon emissions is just the latest challenge facing the U.S. electric power system. Technological innovation is disrupting old ways of doing business and accelerating grid modernization. Earlier this year, AEE released Advanced Energy Technologies for Greenhouse Gas Reduction, a report detailing the use, application, and benefits of 40 specific advanced energy technologies and services. This post is one in a series drawn from the technology profiles within that report.

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Offshore wind turbines are located on bodies of water where there is access to stronger wind resources than are typically available on land. These turbines convert the kinetic energy of the wind to electricity with no greenhouse gas emissions. Generally, these turbines are fixed directly to the sea floor, though technologies are being developed to mount turbines on floating platforms, which will enable deployment in deeper water or farther offshore. In general, because of the higher expense of foundations and installation compared to land-based wind turbines, offshore turbines are sized larger (3 MW to 5 MW, with even larger units in development), which enables greater output per turbine.

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Topics: Advanced Energy Technology of the Week

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