Harry Godfrey

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Every Day, Advanced Energy Equals Good American Jobs

Posted by Harry Godfrey on Sep 6, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Jobs Week Blog

It’s Labor Day! It’s a day not only for backyard BBQs and final dips in the pool, but also, and more importantly, a day to recognize the hard-working yet under-appreciated folks who built America, and keep it humming. For us at AEE, it’s also a day to provide some new resources for growing jobs in the advanced energy industry.

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Topics: Advanced Energy Employment, Manufacturing and Infrastructure

Manufacturing Our Way to Advanced Energy Prosperity

Posted by Harry Godfrey on Jun 29, 2021 4:30:00 PM

Advanced Energy Mfg

Today, the United States faces a period of economic anxiety brought about by widening inequality, globalization, and technological transformation, made all the more acute by a global pandemic. This anxiety has heightened political appeals to prioritize domestic industry, combat economic adversaries, and protect American jobs. The advanced energy industry is uniquely positioned to help address this anxiety by creating middle-class jobs throughout the United States in a sector that’s poised for sustained and accelerating growth as the global economy transitions to clean, reliable, affordable resources. But it will take policy leadership to make the United States the arsenal of advanced energy prosperity. Here’s how.

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Topics: Federal Policy, Manufacturing and Infrastructure

Virginia Sets Out on Epic Journey Toward Electric Transportation

Posted by Harry Godfrey on Mar 10, 2021 11:00:00 AM

VA EV quest

Setting out toward an advanced transportation future can feel like a mythic quest, given the array of investments, organizations, policies, and regulations required. Only a handful of states have truly embarked upon it, and none have reached the promised land yet. But a new entrant, Virginia, has embarked on that journey, and after a quick legislative session just ended, is making impressive headway.

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Topics: State Policy, Advanced Transportation, Virginia

Virginia Clean Economy Act Faces Critical Test in Dominion RPS Filing

Posted by Harry Godfrey on Feb 18, 2021 11:30:00 AM

VA Dominion Renewable Procurement

A little less than a year ago, Virginia made history by passing the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) and becoming the first Southern state to establish a 100% clean energy standard. Today, the VCEA faces one of its first critical tests, as the State Corporation Commission (SCC) considers Dominion’s 2020 Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) filing – the utility’s first under the law’s new binding standard. Will the Commission find in favor of the utility, ruling only on the basis of the projects Dominion proposes to build and contract for? Or will the Commission consider the utility’s proposal within the broader context of the law, which pushes utilities to meet their RPS requirements through a variety of means to ensure lowest cost, as AEE and a number of other intervenors propose? It is our hope that the Commission will look at the forest, not just the trees – and set Dominion on the right clean-energy course for Virginia’s families and businesses.

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Topics: State Policy, PUCs, Virginia

With Jobs Topping 100,000, Advanced Energy in Virginia Shows Growth and Untapped Potential

Posted by Harry Godfrey on Aug 14, 2019 1:31:22 PM

VA jobs 2019-730

Last month, elected leaders in the Old Dominion crowed as CNBC crowned Virginia “The Best State for Business” in the United States. Here is what you might not know. Not only is Virginia a good place for business in general, it is a good place for advanced energy businesses – and workers – in particular. As shown by AEE’s new Virginia employment fact sheet, more than 100,000 people in the Commonwealth are employed in the industry. That is more people than are employed in every hospital across the Commonwealth, and over twice as many as work in Virginia’s real estate sector. And advanced energy employers say there are lots more Virginia jobs on the way this year.

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Topics: State Policy, Virginia, Advanced Energy Employment