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YEAR IN REVIEW: Top 10 Advanced Energy News Stories of 2014

Posted by Lexie Briggs

Dec 19, 2014 2:03:00 PM

To wrap up the year, we are taking a look back at 2014. Make sure you didn’t miss the other Year In Review pieces published this week: Top 10 Utility Commission Actions of 2014 and Top Trends in State Energy Legislation.

2014 was a big year for advanced energy. Prices for advanced energy generation technologies kept dropping, employment kept growing, and the industry opened new avenues of expansion. Plus, several key policy changes contributed to the rapid growth an already-expansive sector. Here we present the top 10 news developments of this past year, and Advanced Energy Perspectives’ coverage of them.

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1)    EPA Writes the Rules on Carbon Regulation

In January we reported that the Environmental Protection Agency was gearing up to release its first-ever greenhouse gas performance standards for existing power plants under the Clean Air Act. By May we had a clearer picture of what the standards would look like, and how they could increase opportunities for both supply- and demand-side advanced energy technologies, and AEE released a report detailing 40 technologies that have the capacity to reduce greenhouse gas while simultaneously growing the economy. When the standards were officially released in June, politicians and pundits scrambled to make their voices heard on what soon became known as the Clean Power Plan. By September, we were starting to see how states would respond to the proposed regulations. In November, AEE submitted its comments on the draft proposal, stating that advanced energy can contribute much more to emission reduction than the draft of the Clean Power Plan contemplates, and provide economic benefits at the same time. AEE filed additional comments just before the December 1 deadline. 

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Topics: News Update, Year in Review

YEAR IN REVIEW: Top Trends in State Energy Legislation

Posted by Tom Plant

Dec 17, 2014 5:24:00 PM

This has been a bit of a roller-coaster year for advanced energy in state legislation, with high profile rollbacks in Ohio and Indiana, but big steps forward in Minnesota and Connecticut. South Carolina became the latest state to adopt a renewable energy goal, setting the stage for solar growth there. New financial incentives for advanced energy investments were passed in a host of states. And more states started to look at ways for electric and natural gas vehicles to contribute to road and highway maintenance, as they are not subject to gasoline taxes.

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Note: some links in this post reference documents in BillBoard, an application in AEE's new energy policy software platform, PowerSuite. Click here and sign up for a free 14-day trial of PowerSuite.

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Topics: State Policy Update, Year in Review

YEAR IN REVIEW: Top 10 Utility Commission Actions of 2014

Posted by Coley Girouard

Dec 15, 2014 2:05:00 PM

In 2014, state public utility commissions grappled with issues ranging from grid modernization to energy efficiency rollbacks, with some of the proceedings continuing into next year. In this year-end post, we look back at the top 10 issues on commission dockets this year - and get ready for a busy 2015. Note: some links in this post reference documents in DocketDash, BillBoard or PowerPortal, applications in AEE's new energy policy software platform, PowerSuite. Click here and sign up for a free 14-day trial of PowerSuite.

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  1. New York Boldly Undertakes Comprehensive Utility Reform

The New York Public Service Commission opened a groundbreaking proceeding, Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) in April 2014, which aims to address key barriers to the deployment of distributed energy resources through a significant redesign of utility planning processes, electricity market structures, and rate design. The rest of the country is watching closely, as the outcome of REV could help define the future of utility business models in many states.

 

AEE and its state and regional partners, Alliance for Clean Energy New York and the New England Clean Energy Council, have filed formal comments in the REV proceeding and, via the AEE Institute, published a report outlining a comprehensive approach to benefit-cost analysis for distributed energy resources needed to make REV successful.

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Topics: PUCs, Year in Review

NEWS: Big Solar Deals, Advanced Nuclear Loans, and Tapping the ‘Cold Darkness of the Universe’

Posted by Lexie Briggs

Dec 12, 2014 12:56:15 PM

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This week we saw a couple of big deals announced for solar involving AEE member companies. First Solar, the world’s largest solar company, has entered into a strategic partnership with the Clean Energy Collective (subscription required) to get into the largest potential market for residential solar in the United States – residents who can’t put solar installations on their own roofs. And for those who can, SolarCity has teamed up with Bank of America Merrill Lynch on a $400 million fund to help them do it.

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Topics: News Update

STATE: In California and Iowa, Advanced Energy Means Lots of Jobs

Posted by Bob Keough

Dec 11, 2014 10:30:00 AM

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Workers lower an HVAC unit onto the roof of a school. Photo courtesy of McKinstry.

This week and last, the AEE Institute published first-ever surveys of advanced energy employment in California and Iowa. Both states are known as advanced energy standouts, each in its own way. California is an across-the-board leader in climate and energy policy, with a strong greenhouse gas law and a 33 percent renewable energy standard. Iowa gets more than a quarter of its electricity generated by wind and its farms contribute greatly to the nation’s renewable fuels capacity. But now we can state with certainty that those noteworthy characteristics translate into thousands of businesses and tens of thousands of advanced energy jobs – in California, hundreds of thousands.

 

Here are the top-line findings from the two reports.

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Topics: State Policy Update

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