Advanced Energy Perspectives

Setting the PACE on Home Energy Improvements for Low and Moderate Income Americans

Posted by Bill Ritter, Jr.

Jul 21, 2016 12:34:34 PM

This is a guest post by former Colorado governor Bill Ritter, director of the Center for the New Energy Economy and an AEE Institute board member.


The White House announcement yesterday on residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a welcome solution to a problem that has plagued states since 2010. It will go far toward helping all citizens, but especially those on a low and moderate income, to make efficiency improvements to their homes and lower their energy bills.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update, Guest Post, Energy Finance

‘I’m Just a Bill’ – But Thanks to Appointment of Conference Committee, This One Might Become Law

Posted by Dylan Reed and Arvin Ganesan

Jul 14, 2016 5:44:46 PM


Over the last 18 months, the 114th Congress has considered hundreds of bills, debated many policies, and passed legislation, at least in one chamber or the other. This Congress has even approved some measures crucial to the advanced energy industry. Specifically, the extensions of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) provide the certainty that many AEE member companies need to plan and thrive over the coming years – even if those extensions left out some other advanced energy technologies, such as fuel cells, combined heat and power, and storage.

But now, all eyes are focused on the energy bills passed separately by the House and the Senate. While the measures are miles apart in terms of scope, ambition, and politics, this week lawmakers ignited hope that a consensus, or at least compromise, bill may land on the President’s desk. But it wouldn’t be Congress if they weren’t going to wait until the last minute. The process moving forward is not a Madisonian delight, but it is at least starting to resemble the Schoolhouse Rock version of lawmaking.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update

A FERC challenge: Opening up electricity markets to advanced energy technologies

Posted by Arvin Ganesan and Suedeen Kelly

Jul 7, 2016 11:15:01 AM

This is an excerpt of an article originally published at Utility Dive, and can be read in its entirety there.

Grid operators should allow distributed resources and demand response to be priced for their unique attributes in organized markets


In 2015, the U.S. advanced energy industry grew to $200 billion, up 29% since 2011. This is a result of ever-improving economics and performance. Demand side resources like energy efficiency and demand response are already more cost-effective than building new power plants, and generation technologies like wind and solar continue to see precipitous drops in costs.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update

Models Show Convergence of Current Trends and Clean Power Plan Requirements

Posted by Caitlin Marquis

Jun 21, 2016 11:28:10 AM


Following the Clean Power Plan has been a waiting game lately. Waiting for court dates, waiting for state planning decisions, waiting to learn what the next President will make of the CPP. We’re excited that the waiting game for the proposed Clean Energy Incentive Program is over (and we’re wasting no time diving in), but we’re also still waiting for the final model trading rules.

That doesn’t mean this time is going to waste. While the CPP winds its way through the courts, analysts of all sorts are frantically crunching numbers and cranking out modeling scenarios to give us all a better picture of what the CPP means for our future electricity system. Spoiler alert: It looks pretty much like the one we’ve got now, just with a lot more advanced energy. Even bigger spoiler: We’re already well on our way to CPP-required levels of emissions.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update, EPA GHG Regs

NERC to States: Ready or Not, Here Comes Advanced Energy

Posted by Caitlin Marquis

Jun 7, 2016 4:45:16 PM


In May, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) released “Phase II” of its reliability assessment of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). Those of us familiar with NERC’s Initial Reliability Report and its “Phase I” report were bracing for an exaggerated list of reliability threats we saw as inconsistent with current trends in the electricity system. What we got was quite different. The new NERC in a nutshell: Change is coming, CPP or not. But before we dig in, let’s recap the earlier reports, which did so much to raise concerns about the CPP.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update, EPA GHG Regs


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