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Dylan Reed

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Before Supportive Congressional Committee, AEE Makes the Case for Technology Neutrality, Citing Grid and Consumer Benefits

Posted by Dylan Reed

Oct 6, 2017 1:30:00 PM

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Over the past week, the energy industry has been rocked by the release of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) from the Department of Energy (DOE) to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that, if implemented, would upend the wholesale electricity markets where advanced energy is thriving. AEE is deeply involved in this proceeding, and has joined with a diverse group of energy industry associations to express concern about the aggressive timeline for this rulemaking called for by DOE. But while DOE pushes for a quick action on its radical proposal, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is undertaking a thoughtful series of hearings, entitled Powering America, on electricity and the role of the federal government for energy policy. Last week, AEE was asked to testify, and took the opportunity to explain how technology innovation, declining costs, and consumer preference are driving growth of the advanced energy industry – and will do so even more, if the nation’s electricity markets are open for competition from all technologies.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update

Virginia Governor Race is Looking Bright for Advanced Energy

Posted by Dylan Reed

Sep 14, 2017 10:30:00 AM

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Apex Clean Energy, a company headquartered in Charlottesville, is in the planning stages of its first Virginia wind farm.

Over the past four years, Virginians have seen the advanced energy industry grow, as it became a key priority for the McAuliffe Administration. The solar market grew from 18 MW installed in the Commonwealth in 2013 to over 200 MW today, with hundreds more on the way. Gov. McAuliffe also took executive and legislative action to improve the market for energy efficiency, and began regulatory initiatives to modernize the state’s grid with investment in advanced energy technologies. However, with Gov. McAuliffe’s term coming to an end and Election Day fewer than eight weeks away, voters (and the advanced energy industry) are asking how the next governor of Virginia will act on energy issues. Happily, both the Republican nominee – Ed Gillespie – and Democratic nominee – Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam – have announced policies to grow the advanced energy industry, shining a hopeful light in Virginia for what to expect for the next four years.

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Topics: State Policy Update

Three Questions about Virginia’s 2017 Legislative Session

Posted by Dylan Reed

Jan 19, 2017 3:02:00 PM

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While the nation’s eyes may be turned to Washington, D.C., this week for the inauguration, there is action just 109 miles south on I-95 in Richmond. The Virginia General Assembly gaveled into session last Wednesday, and there is a full slate of the bills that could impact the advanced energy industry. Last year, we noted that the sign on the door of a state that prides itself on being “open for business” could have read “gone fishing” when it comes to the advanced energy industry. But the slogan this year could be “under construction.” Here are three questions that will determine which message Richmond will be sending to the advanced energy industry in 2017:

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Topics: State Policy Update

FEDERAL: Before Recess, Congress Bursts into Action with Tax Extenders and Energy Legislation

Posted by Dylan Reed

Jul 30, 2015 4:19:22 PM

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Who said Congress wasn’t trying to legislate? After months of discussions, Congress took action on several fronts before taking off for the August recess. The Senate Finance Committee approved a tax extenders bill, the House Energy and Commerce Committee swiftly unveiled and passed energy legislation through subcommittee, and Sens. Murkowski and Cantwell released and passed their comprehensive energy bill through committee. Progress!

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Topics: Federal Policy Update

FEDERAL: Quadrennial Review, Senate Bills Put Spotlight on Energy

Posted by Dylan Reed

May 14, 2015 1:43:09 PM

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After a long lull, the nation’s capital has engaged with energy issues in a big way over the past few weeks. In April, the Department of Energy released its first installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) on transmission, storage, and distribution. The report identifies challenges associated with our aging infrastructure – everything from severe weather events to cyber terrorist attacks. But it also notes investment opportunities in renewable energy and distributed energy technologies. Energy Secretary Moniz took the show on the road, discussing the importance of both public and private investment in energy from the halls of Congress to The Daily Show. What happens next, who knows?

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Topics: Federal Policy Update

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