Advanced Energy Perspectives

NEWS: Energy Gang Talks 21st Century Electricity System; GE’s Wind Holograms

Posted by Lexie Briggs

May 22, 2015 11:57:23 AM

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“We haven’t changed the way utilities do business in over a hundred years,” Lisa Frantzis explained in this week’s Energy Gang podcast, which focused on building a 21st century electricity system. Lisa, senior vice president of strategy at AEE, gave an expert’s perspective on a trend that everyone can see coming. The way we produce and consume energy is changing, and “at such a fast clip that the regulation basically has to catch up,” she said.

On her work convening industry stakeholders in New York, Lisa said, “people know that this is a good market. People know that the current business models aren’t necessarily going to work moving forward as these more innovative technologies come into the marketplace.” On February 26, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) issued its much anticipated order in Track One of the “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV) proceeding – and set the ball rolling on the most comprehensive reworking of the utility marketplace now under way nationally.

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Topics: News Update

Can EPA Use Advanced Energy To Save Money for States and Consumers in a Federal Plan under the CPP? You bet.

Posted by Caitlin Marquis

May 21, 2015 5:04:55 PM

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While policy wonks wait with bated breath for release of EPA’s final Clean Power Plan, some of us in the advanced energy industry are just as eagerly awaiting EPA’s draft Federal Plan for compliance, which will be revealed at the same time. Why the excitement about a Federal Plan? Because the stakes are high: Not only will the Federal Plan serve as a model for states as they begin to consider compliance options for the final CPP, it will apply to any state that does not submit a plan that passes muster with EPA. Questions have been raised about whether EPA can incorporate advanced energy options like energy efficiency and demand response, renewable energy, and advanced grid technologies into a Federal Plan for compliance. Our answer: Yes, it can.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update, EPA GHG Regs

Five Drivers of Advanced Energy Growth

Posted by Graham Richard

May 20, 2015 10:01:39 AM

graham_richard_aee_ceoEarlier this year, we published the Advanced Energy Now 2015 Market Report. That report showed that the U.S. market for advanced energy products and services grew 14 percent in 2014, five times as fast as the U.S. economy overall. At just under $200 billion in revenue, advanced energy is now bigger than the U.S. airline industry, equal to the pharmaceutical industry, and nearly as large as consumer electronics. That is big news. Just as important is what’s driving the growth of the advanced energy market in this country.

Looking across the market and policy landscape, I see five drivers of market growth for advanced energy companies, now and into the future.

  1. Reducing Carbon Emissions. EPA’s Clean Power Plan won’t be final until later this summer, but the draft rule is already shaping markets for energy investment. For reducing carbon emissions from the electric power sector, advanced energy is the answer. Energy efficiency and demand response. Low-emission natural gas generation. Zero-emission renewable energy. Advanced grid technologies and energy storage. As described in our Advanced Energy Technologies for Greenhouse Gas Reduction report, these are the measures states can use to meet EPA standards and modernize their electric power systems for the 21st century. AEE member companies are ready to deliver their solutions on a large scale. That means revenue growth for the industry and economic growth for the states that put advanced energy to work.
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ADVANCED ENERGY NOW: Zero Net Energy: a Glimpse of Buildings Future

Posted by Maria Robinson

May 18, 2015 5:01:46 PM

This post is one in a series of feature stories on trends shaping advanced energy markets in the U.S. and around the world, drawn from Advanced Energy Now 2015 Market Report, which was prepared for AEE by Navigant Research. 

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Monsanto's "Home of the Future," circa 1958. Not exactly a zero net energy building. Source

Globally, building energy has moved into the spotlight due to the associated greenhouse gas impacts and rising energy costs. Until recently, zero net energy buildings (ZNEBs) have existed mostly on a conceptual level, with a small number of highly innovative pilots exploring the process of planning and execution of this technology. However, ZNEBs made significant headway in late 2014 after the federal General Services Administration (GSA) approved a recommendation from an internal task force to upgrade at least 50% of the federal government’s building area to ZNEB — not a small number, considering that the GSA is the owner of more than 2% of all commercial buildings within the United States.

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Topics: Advanced Energy Now

NEWS: Apple and Hawaii go for 100% Renewable; AEE Members Make Headlines

Posted by Lexie Briggs

May 15, 2015 10:46:20 AM

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Advanced energy companies, as well as companies that are not focused primarily on energy, are forging partnerships that will fundamentally change the way we are powered. This week we saw important updates from several of our AEE members, as well as some continuing coverage of Hawaii’s race toward total renewable energy and Apple, which seeks to change the game… again.

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Topics: News Update

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