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.

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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

The Road to Intelligent Buildings Runs Through Technology

Posted by Casey Talon for Navigant Research

May 3, 2016 4:32:14 PM

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The energy industry is undergoing significant changes. From the adoption of renewables to energy storage, technology is changing how energy is generated and supplied. Navigant Research estimates that in 2015, global advanced energy markets reached $1.4 trillion in revenue. As AEE put it in the Advanced Energy Now 2016 Market Report, this means the advanced energy industry is as “big as fashion, twice the size of airlines, and close to worldwide spending on media and entertainment.” These numbers are impressive for illustrating the momentum in advanced energy adoption, but what does this mean for commercial buildings? It means it’s time for buildings to get smart.

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Topics: Guest Post

Energy Policy, Politics and the 2016 Election

Posted by Kate Plourd Johnson

Mar 9, 2016 10:59:40 AM

This post originally appeared on the NECEC blog

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Energy Policy, Politics and the 2016 Election was the topic of an exciting panel at the annual conference of NECEC’s national partner Advanced Energy Economy this week. The panel, moderated by AEE VP of Communications Bob Keough, featured a conversation with national energy media veterans Amy Harder of the Wall Street Journal, Rod Kuckro of EnergyWire News, Matt Daily of Politico and Mark Drajem of Bloomberg News, who discussed the prospects of the Bipartisan Energy Legislation in Congress, the impact of the recent stay issued by the Supreme Court on the Clean Power Plan, energy issues in the 2016 presidential race and more. 

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Topics: Guest Post, Event

Why Does the Supreme Court Care About Demand Response?

Posted by Sarah McAuley

Jan 27, 2016 3:49:35 PM

This guest post was originally posted on EnergySMART, EnerNOC's blog that plugs into the conversation. EnerNOC is on the Leadership Council of AEE. For more information about our members, click here.

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On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it sided with EnerNOC and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the case EPSA v FERC.

The issue at stake was whether or not FERC, the federal body that makes the rules about how both traditional generators and demand response providers participate in our nation’s wholesale electricity markets, has the proper jurisdiction to make those rules.

Opposing FERC was the Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA), the lobbying arm for the power generator industry. It’s the type of legal argument that can make policy and energy wonks giddy with excitement, while the average person fights to stay awake. But the Supreme Court believed the issue was of such national importance that they decided to take the case.

So why did FERC win—and also, why does it matter?

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Topics: Guest Post

Reductions in Battery Costs: Just One Piece of the Energy Storage Puzzle

Posted by Navigant Research

Dec 14, 2015 3:18:38 PM

This guest post is provided by Navigant Research.

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For those in the know, energy storage price points have been a big topic of discussion. As more batteries energy storage systems (BESSs) are installed and continue to operate, concerns about whether batteries can safely and reliably perform in grid-connected energy storage applications are eliminated. But, while it is true that BESS costs continue to come down, this is just one piece of the energy storage market development puzzle.

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Topics: Guest Post

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