Advanced Energy Perspectives

Legal Challenges Delay, But Will Not Stop, Energy Transformation

Posted by Graham Richard and Howard Wenger

Sep 26, 2016 1:39:06 PM


The Obama Administration’s landmark Clean Power Plan (CPP) is currently on hold due to an unprecedented stay issued by the U.S. Supreme Court. A legal challenge to the sweeping rule to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electric power plants was to be expected. But this court case is not what it seems.

The states and powerful interests suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) say they are trying to rein in an agency that has overstepped its legal bounds. What they are really engaged in is a last-ditch attempt to slow down, if not reverse, changes in our electric power system that are well underway. 

Here’s what’s already happening:  

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Topics: EPA GHG Regs

NEWS: Corporations Take Advanced Energy Into Their Own Hands; Solar + Storage like Peanut Butter and Chocolate

Posted by Lexie Briggs

Sep 23, 2016 12:26:25 PM


Apple's new 50 MW solar farm, built in partnership with AEE member First Solar, will supply Apple’s data center in Arizona.

They say, “if you build it they will come,” but in the case of advanced energy, they might just build it themselves. Major companies are making major investments in renewable energy development: Amazon, Johnson & Johnson, and Apple are upping their commitments. Plus, energy storage (and particularly solar + storage) continues to change the game. That’s what in the news this week.

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How Advanced Energy Can Save Money for Ohioans

Posted by Ray Fakhoury

Sep 22, 2016 3:52:13 PM


Ohio’s electricity system is at a crossroads. The freeze of the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and the energy efficiency resource standard (EERS) implemented by SB310 in 2014 will be lifted on January 1, 2017. Over the last two years, policy uncertainty has undermined investment in Ohio’s advanced energy industry. Meanwhile, utilities are warning of closures to uneconomic plants, which would leave customers exposed to reliability issues and rate hikes. To provide a data-driven perspective on Ohio’s energy challenges, AEE Institute has published a report assessing four possible scenarios for meeting the state’s energy needs and ensuring reliability. This analysis, which is based on the use of AEE Institute’s modeling tool, shows that Ohio can chart a long-term energy strategy that promotes affordable and reliable power by taking advantage of cost-competitive advanced energy technologies, while also benefiting the state’s economy.

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Topics: State Policy Update

THIS IS ADVANCED ENERGY: Voltage and Volt-Ampere Reactive Optimization

Posted by Caitlin Marquis

Sep 20, 2016 12:15:22 PM

This post is one in a series featuring the complete slate of advanced energy technologies outlined in the report This Is Advanced Energy. 


Voltage and Volt-Ampere Reactive (VAR) Optimization (VVO) is a smart grid-enabled utility application. VVO controls the flow of power on the distribution system to increase efficiency and reliability, reduce distribution energy losses, and accommodate new power flows, such as those originating from distributed generation. By providing more precise voltage control, VVO reduces total energy consumption without compromising service quality.

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Topics: This Is Advanced Energy

NEWS: Clean Diesel’s Identity Crisis; Solar’s Ongoing Tug-of-War

Posted by Lexie Briggs

Sep 16, 2016 12:16:16 PM


This week, the news is all about the complicated nature of industry. Neither good news nor bad in the advanced vehicles industry as electric vehicles continue to grow and the Dieselgate controversy continues to be, well, controversial. We’ll also check in with several states as they grapple with how to exactly to regulate (i.e., credit and/or charge customers for) distributed resources like rooftop solar.

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Topics: News Update


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