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Here’s How the New Congress Can Boost Advanced Energy and Grow the Economy

Posted by Dylan Reed

Feb 5, 2019 4:00:00 PM

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Energy policy has taken center stage in the new Congress. And not only there: Budweiser’s Super Bowl commercial showed millions of Americans that the answer to our energy future is blowing in the wind. As if on cue, both the House Energy and Commerce and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committees will hold hearings this week to hear from experts in the energy industry, environmental advocacy, and think tanks on climate change, clean energy, and innovation in the energy sector. On top of that, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) are expected to release the first draft outlining specifics of the proposed Green New Deal, which has gained national attention, though the path forward for it remains unclear.

While climate change is getting new attention, there is little appetite on the Hill for moving a large legislative proposal. Instead, we expect Congress to prioritize energy infrastructure legislation over the next two years, while coming up with longer term strategies on climate for the future. With that in mind, AEE submitted its list of policy priorities to the 116th Congress, recommending four areas where the legislative branch can take action over the next two years to support advanced energy growth.

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Topics: Federal 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

What Congress Can Learn from Texas about Heat Waves and Competitive Markets

Posted by Dylan Reed

Nov 28, 2018 11:30:00 AM

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Image courtesy of Chrishna and used under a Creative Commons license.

Severe weather events – whether hurricanes, wildfires, cold snaps, or heat waves – increasingly play a role in the lives of Americans. While extreme weather creates all sorts of problems, high on the list is the stress they put on the electric grid. Prior to this year, the 2014 Polar Vortex has been pointed to by those concerned about the ability of the electric grid to withstand severe weather events, and we’ve noted how wind and demand response helped keep the lights on during that cold snap. But in 2018, it was an expected heat wave in Texas that loomed as a potential threat to the grid. Would the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the grid operator that relies more on market principles than any other in the country, be able to keep on the lights? The answer turned out to be yes – with lessons that could prove instructive to the 116th Congress when it convenes in January.  

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Topics: Wholesale Markets, Federal Policy Update

Changing Trade Rules Can Help the U.S. Economy, but Tariffs on Advanced Energy Products Would Hurt

Posted by Dylan Reed

May 11, 2018 11:38:12 AM

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Chinese container ship unloading at Charleston, S.C. Photo by Mr.TinDC used under a Creative Commons license

From his first campaign speech to the first 15 months of his Administration, President Trump has made changing the terms of U.S trade deals a central priority, and in 2018 he has proposed a variety of tariffs. In particular, tariffs on Chinese imports have been one of the major trade policies put forward by the Administration. Most analysts have focused on the tariff impacts on particular products, such as steel and aluminum, or how potential retaliatory tariffs from China could impact American interests, such as agriculture.

Unfortunately, advanced energy will be impacted too. In comments to the U.S. Trade Representative, we outline the impacts of proposed tariffs on advanced energy products such as smart thermostats, electric vehicles, and wind turbine components. AEE believes the Administration is taking important steps to combat unfair trade practices by China, but we are also concerned that imposing tariffs on certain products will hurt the advanced energy industry and consumers, without achieving the administration’s goals.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update, Advanced Transportation

How President Trump and Congress Can Make Energy Infrastructure Great Again

Posted by Dylan Reed

Apr 12, 2018 11:33:12 AM

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 President Trump has been vocal on the need to improve America’s infrastructure. Given his background as a businessman and high profile for building things, upgrading the nation’s infrastructure has been a natural fit. Much of the public dialogue and the President’s announced priorities, however, focus exclusively on improving roads and bridges. But the need for modernizing our energy infrastructure is just as pressing, and there is broad and growing bipartisan support for including energy in an infrastructure plan.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update

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