Advanced Energy Perspectives

Midway Through the Legislative Session, Indiana AEE Counts Early Wins as Harmful Bills Get Blocked and Positive Bills Move Forward

Posted by Dylan Reed and Caryl Auslander

Mar 7, 2019 10:09:31 AM

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The Indiana General Assembly has officially hit the halfway mark for the 2019 legislative session. With a part-time legislature, odd-numbered years are considered “long sessions,” ending no later than April 29 and with passing a biennial budget the only statutory duty. So far, AEE has worked to support legislation to move the market forward for advanced energy while trying to stop legislation that would go the other way. While advanced energy has historically faced barriers to deployment in the Hoosier State, momentum is building, with Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO) announcing its intent to close all existing coal operations by 2028 and invest in wind, solar, storage, and demand-side resources to save ratepayers $4 billion. Will Indiana legislators get on board the advanced energy bandwagon? Here is our halftime report on where key issues and policies stand.

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Topics: State Policy Update, Highlights

Pointing to Market Realities, AEE Challenges Rollback of Fuel-Efficiency Standards for Light- Duty Vehicles

Posted by Jeff Dennis and Hope Jones

Mar 5, 2019 2:44:22 PM

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Amid the controversy surrounding the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rollback of greenhouse gas emissions standards for light-duty vehicles, AEE filed an amicus brief in support of petitions brought by 17 states, the District of Columbia, and others in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit seeking to halt EPA’s efforts. In a first for the organization, AEE and its members chose to weigh in on this issue in court because EPA’s actions ignore overwhelming realities about the availability of cost-effective technologies to reduce automobile emissions, particularly the burgeoning electric vehicles (EV) market.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update, Advanced Transportation

With Key Appointments, New Governors Take Early Steps Toward Advanced Energy

Posted by J.R. Tolbert

Feb 28, 2019 11:22:18 AM

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The outcome of the 2018 election cycle has the potential to cause a seismic shift in energy policy. Last year, Advanced Energy Economy and our allies conducted a comprehensive campaign in nine targeted states to engage candidates for governor on the benefits of advanced energy. In seven of the nine states the winning candidates made strong commitments for expanding advanced energy in their states. While it is early in these new administrations, it’s not too soon for a snapshot of what’s happened to date and determine where promises are being kept or broken.

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Topics: State Policy Update, Gubernatorial Engagement 2018, Highlights

Oklahoma's Energy Efficiency Incentives Give Utilities a Business Reason to Save Customers Money

Posted by Coley Girouard

Feb 27, 2019 1:01:52 PM

Copy of Case Studies in Utility Business Model - FINAL (1)

This is the third in a six-part series on utility business model reform provided by Rocky Mountain Institute, America's Power Plan and Advanced Energy Economy Institute, originally published by Utility Dive

Incentives under the traditional cost-of-service utility revenue model are fundamentally misaligned with the implementation of energy efficiency programs. This is because, traditionally, utilities collect revenues based on the amount of energy they sell, whereas energy efficiency programs attempt to reduce energy consumption, thereby reducing utility revenues and profits.

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Topics: Advanced Energy Buyers Group

Texas Regulators Stand Pat on Transmission Cost Allocation, Make ERCOT Market Tweaks in Advance of Summer, and Launch Exam of EV Issues

Posted by Sierra Salser

Feb 21, 2019 11:06:25 AM

 

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In a win for advanced energy, the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) declined to revise the current mechanism for allocating transmission losses at its Jan. 17 meeting, supporting a position taken by the Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance (TAEBA). The PUCT also took another positive step by opening a review of EV-related issues to prepare for expected growth.

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Topics: Guest Post, Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance, texas

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