Advanced Energy Perspectives

5 State Policy Issues to Watch in 2019

Posted by JR Tolbert

Jan 15, 2019 12:45:20 PM

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Those of us who follow energy policy likely spent a good portion of December looking at year-in-review articles. That period of reflection on what went well and what’s left to be done is important. So too is the process, beginning in January, of looking out toward the horizon to see where the road goes from here. We know that much of the action on advanced energy will be driven by state governments across the nation. So here is a look at the five issues we think will drive state policy for – or against – advanced energy in the year ahead.

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Topics: State Policy Update

Talk of ‘Green New Deal’ Puts Advanced Energy in the National Spotlight

Posted by Dylan Reed

Jan 10, 2019 11:33:44 AM

 

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In our nation’s capital, 2019 hardly started with celebratory fireworks, as President Trump and congressional leaders were in the midst budget stalemate that has led to a government shutdown, now 20 days and counting. While much of the government remains closed, advanced energy has moved into the spotlight as a major policy item for the new Congress. This is because the Democrats taking control of the House, bolstered by a bold incoming class of congressional freshmen, has put climate change, and the investments in advanced energy that could be employed to address the issue, back on the Washington agenda. It’s early days in this new and unsettled political landscape, but already three factors seem likely to shape a coming debate on climate change legislation in the 116th Congress, with potential implications for the advanced energy industry.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update

Indiana AEE Gives Legislators ‘Energy 101’ Briefing featuring Utility, Regulators, Cummins

Posted by Caryl Auslander

Jan 9, 2019 12:00:00 PM

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Indiana AEE hosted an ‘Energy 101’ legislative briefing and breakfast January 8 to introduce AEE and advanced energy policy issues to legislators. The audience was newly elected legislators and members of the House and Senate Utility committees. Legislators heard from Claudia Earls, Chief Counsel, Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO), on the utility’s recent IRP and announcement of plans to close its last two coal plants in the next 10 years, replacing that capacity with solar, wind, storage, and demand management resources.

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Topics: State Policy Update

Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends of 2018

Posted by Coley Girouard

Dec 19, 2018 4:52:37 PM

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Photo by Tom Burke, used under a Creative Commons license

In July, we published a list of the top 10 utility regulation trends of 2018 – so far. With 2018 winding down, we check in on the top public utility commission (PUC) actions and trends of the year. Ten prominent trends and actions stand out above the rest, from renewables continuing their downward price trajectory, to electric vehicle charging infrastructure build-outs getting approved, to exploration of utility business model reforms and non-wires alternatives to traditional distribution investments. Here is the full round-up of the top 10 matters before PUCs in 2018.

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Topics: 21st Century Electricity System, PUCs

Pioneering a Performance-Based Future for Energy Efficiency, California Utilities are Creating an Opportunity for Innovation Not to be Missed

Posted by Matt Golden

Dec 18, 2018 5:30:32 PM

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This is a guest post by Matt Golden, CEO of AEE member company OpenEE.

Energy efficiency in California is rapidly evolving. Moving toward the state’s 50% renewable portfolio standard (RPS), SB350 goals to double energy efficiency and renewable energy, and perhaps most importantly, new SB100 requirements to achieve zero carbon on the grid by 2045, it has become necessary to rethink our demand-side strategy. Achieving these lofty targets while maintaining a balanced, stable, and affordable grid will take all the distributed energy resources we can get, including a massive increase in demand flexibility from energy efficiency, electrification, and controls. 

New solicitations for energy efficiency services from California’s investor-owned utilities point the way toward a future of performance-based capture of energy savings when and where they matter, driven by innovation in the marketplace. Energy efficiency providers should see this as an opportunity – and there’s no time to waste. 

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Topics: Guest Post, California Engagement, 21st Century Electricity System

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