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On this Labor Day, We Celebrate Advanced Energy Jobs Today, and Those to Come

Posted by Bob Keough on Sep 6, 2022 9:00:00 AM

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Labor Day 2022 is like none other for the advanced energy industry. It arrives after two years of COVID-related retrenchment and recovery and nearly a year of policy upheaval at the federal level, with threats of solar trade restrictions and climate and clean energy legislation seemingly stalled. Then, last month, came the Inflation Reduction Act which, when combined with the smaller but, in retrospect, complementary Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act a year earlier, provides $444 billion for investment in advanced energy. That direct investment of federal dollars will, we estimate, attract $1.2 trillion in private investment, for a total boost of $2.8 trillion for the U.S. economy. And that means one more big thing: jobs.

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Topics: State Policy, Federal Policy, Advanced Energy Employment, Economic Impact

Leaders at SunPower, Pattern Energy, and Microsoft Join AEE Board of Directors

Posted by Bob Keough on Jun 15, 2022 4:30:00 PM

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AEE welcomed three advanced energy industry leaders to its Board of Directors this month, representing longtime Leader-level member companies: Sarah Webster of Pattern Energy, Suzanne Leta of SunPower Corp., and Brianne Miller of Microsoft.

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Topics: AEE Updates

Key Capture CEO Joins AEE Board of Directors

Posted by Bob Keough on Mar 9, 2022 4:30:00 PM

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Jeff Bishop, CEO and Co-founder of Key Capture Energy, has been named to the Board of Directors of AEE. Based in Albany, NY, Key Capture Energy is one of America’s largest owner-operators of standalone battery storage projects. The first corporate leader from the fast-growing energy storage sector of the advanced energy industry, Bishop was voted onto the Board at its meeting last week.

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Topics: AEE Updates

Rising Prices Got You Down? Advanced Energy is the Answer

Posted by Bob Keough on Feb 23, 2022 11:00:00 AM

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After nearly two years of pandemic paralysis, the new worry about the U.S. economy is inflation. After a long period of stability, prices are up, taking a bite out of household spending power. And as usual when prices rise, some of the most visible evidence can be found at the gas pump and in heating bills. But the spike in these energy prices shouldn’t be thought of as inflation at all. Rather, it’s a function of volatility, which is an inherent feature of fossil fuels. The answer to this price volatility is not found in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, gasoline-tax holidays, or interest-rate increases. The solution is advanced energy.

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Topics: Federal Policy, Economic Impact

Price, Size, Range: Finding an EV for me – or them

Posted by Bob Keough on Oct 18, 2021 1:00:00 PM

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We all know that electric vehicles (EVs) are the future, and they’re here today. They’re quicker, quieter, and cheaper to own than old-fashioned gas-powered cars. But the market for EVs is still evolving, with a limited number of models available (though more on the way). And vehicular travel is still built around gas guzzlers and gas stations. In the world of today, how do you find an EV that’s right for you? Even worse – how do you advise someone else about what EV might be right for them? Faced with that dilemma, one of my colleagues took to AEE’s transportation-oriented Slack channel for guidance. Here is the chat that ensued.

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Topics: Advanced Transportation