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ADVANCED ENERGY NOW: Market Report Shows Strong Growth in U.S. and Globally, Last Year and Over Four Years

Posted by Bob Keough

Mar 16, 2015 5:12:39 PM


What’s larger, worldwide, than the market for apparel and fashion, and nearly four times the size of semiconductor manufacturing? What’s bigger in the United States than the airline industry, as big as pharmaceutical manufacturing, and catching up to consumer electronics? Advanced energy, that’s what. 

Revenue from the sale of advanced energy technologies, products, and services totaled nearly $1.3 trillion globally in 2014, and $200 billion in the U.S. Those are the topline findings of the Advanced Energy Now 2015 Market Report, AEE’s third annual report on the size of advanced energy markets in the U.S. and around the world. But they are by no means the end of the advanced energy growth story.

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Topics: Advanced Energy Now

‘Factbook’ has the Facts on Advanced Energy Progress – with Grand Totals Coming in a Few Weeks

Posted by Bob Keough

Feb 4, 2015 11:58:49 AM

Today, Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy released their third annual “Sustainable Energy in America Factbook.” The Factbook is a collection of fun facts to know and tell, but it is also a powerful statement on the transformation now under way in how we produce, distribute, and use energy.

bnef-bsce-factbookThe facts themselves are compelling – and they say a lot about the growth and progress of advanced energy technologies and services. A few highlights:

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STATE: In California and Iowa, Advanced Energy Means Lots of Jobs

Posted by Bob Keough

Dec 11, 2014 10:30:00 AM


Workers lower an HVAC unit onto the roof of a school. Photo courtesy of McKinstry.

This week and last, the AEE Institute published first-ever surveys of advanced energy employment in California and Iowa. Both states are known as advanced energy standouts, each in its own way. California is an across-the-board leader in climate and energy policy, with a strong greenhouse gas law and a 33 percent renewable energy standard. Iowa gets more than a quarter of its electricity generated by wind and its farms contribute greatly to the nation’s renewable fuels capacity. But now we can state with certainty that those noteworthy characteristics translate into thousands of businesses and tens of thousands of advanced energy jobs – in California, hundreds of thousands.


Here are the top-line findings from the two reports.

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Topics: State Policy Update

STATE: Business Leaders, Regulators, Lawmakers Explore ‘Pathway to 2050’

Posted by Bob Keough

Aug 14, 2014 5:27:00 PM

pathway-to-2050“We will not grow our economy in spite of our climate goals, but because of our climate goals.” That was the message from Kish Rajan, director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, to the nearly 300 business and government leaders gathered in Sacramento August 6 to discuss the “Pathway to 2050” for energy and climate in California.


With the subtitle “delivering on the promise,” the second annual Pathway to 2050 event featured speakers and panels addressing subjects ranging from financing options for disruptive technologies to utility business model and regulatory reform, all geared toward accelerating advanced energy business growth to meet California’s goal of 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.


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Topics: State Policy Update, California Engagement

NEWS: EPA Carbon Regs Countdown Dominates the Week

Posted by Bob Keough

May 30, 2014 12:47:33 PM

Carbon-Regs-CountdownWith the expected June 2 announcement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fast approaching, the media turned its attention this week to the impending draft carbon regulations for existing electric power plants – and to the political battles that will likely ensue. The journalistic term for articles previewing an upcoming event is “curtain raiser,” and for EPA’s draft guideline for greenhouse gas regulation, there were plenty of curtains raised this week.

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Topics: News Update


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