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Ray Fakhoury

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In This Year’s Advanced Energy Olympics, Nevada Takes a Silver

Posted by Ray Fakhoury

Jul 13, 2017 12:24:52 PM

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Nevada’s 2017 legislative session was jam-packed with bills that will reshape the state’s energy future. The legislature passed 11 energy bills and sent them to Gov. Brian Sandoval’s desk. Of the 11, the Governor signed nine into law. The bills covered a wide range of issues and settled them in favor of advanced energy: prioritizing energy-saving resources for dispatch, setting annual energy savings goals, studying energy storage deployment, and even solving the state’s contentious net-metering policy. After this session, one thing is apparent – in Nevada, advanced energy is not a partisan issue. With a Republican Governor and a Democratic legislature, Nevada is moving toward advanced energy in the name of economic development and consumer benefit. But one bill that went unsigned – and was, indeed, vetoed – by the Governor kept the Silver State off the Gold Medal stand for advanced energy leadership.

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Topics: State Policy Update

Following Net Metering Battles, Nevada Considers Boosting RPS, Energy Efficiency, Storage

Posted by Ray Fakhoury

Mar 15, 2017 11:21:59 AM

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In Nevada, disputes over net metering controlled much of the energy conversation in 2016. Now, lawmakers and Gov. Brian Sandoval are looking to go big on advanced energy. First, at the end of last year, the Public Utilities Committee of Nevada (PUCN) issued an order requiring a utility to consider “all attributes,” not just cost, in evaluating energy options – a boon for advanced energy technologies, which provide a range of benefits. Now, lawmakers are pressing forward on legislation that would boost the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS), establish annual energy efficiency goals, and consider requiring utilities to deploy energy storage by 2018. If they keep working together like this to enact policies that reduce costs for ratepayers and diversify the state’s energy portfolio, Nevada Republicans and Democrats could catapult the Silver State into the driver’s seat on advanced energy in 2017.

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Topics: State Policy Update

How Advanced Energy Can Save Money for Ohioans

Posted by Ray Fakhoury

Sep 22, 2016 3:52:13 PM

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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

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