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5 State Policy Issues to Watch in 2019

Posted by JR Tolbert

Jan 15, 2019 12:45:20 PM

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Those of us who follow energy policy likely spent a good portion of December looking at year-in-review articles. That period of reflection on what went well and what’s left to be done is important. So too is the process, beginning in January, of looking out toward the horizon to see where the road goes from here. We know that much of the action on advanced energy will be driven by state governments across the nation. So here is a look at the five issues we think will drive state policy for – or against – advanced energy in the year ahead.

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Topics: State Policy Update

Where Do Candidates for Governor Stand on Advanced Energy Growth? In Nine States, AEE is Keeping Score.

Posted by JR Tolbert

Oct 23, 2018 1:33:00 PM

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Last week, AEE took a big step toward localizing and personalizing the advanced energy industry in nine states where we are engaged with the campaigns for governor. On web pages for each of the nine states, we posted profiles of employees of AEE member companies in the state and a scorecard where we show the stances of major-party nominees on the advanced energy policy priorities we shared with the campaigns previously, along with fact sheets on advanced energy jobs in the state. With less than two weeks to go in campaign season, this latest step in AEE’s Gubernatorial Engagement effort provides a voter’s guide for all those who work in advanced energy, or care about the economic opportunity advanced energy represents, with updates based on candidate platforms and public statements right up to Election Day.    

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Topics: Advanced Energy Works, Gubernatorial Engagement 2018

Campaigns Hear How Advanced Energy Can Continue to Grow in Colorado

Posted by JR Tolbert

Aug 13, 2018 4:30:00 PM


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On August 7, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) and our state and regional partners, Interwest Energy Alliance and Colorado Cleantech Industries Association, held conversations with Colorado’s gubernatorial campaigns, meeting with Democratic nominee U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D) and policy advisor for State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, the Republican nominee, along with candidate for attorney general Phil Weiser. One message consistently reverberated throughout our meetings: Colorado is well positioned to take advantage of a significant advanced energy opportunity.

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Topics: Gubernatorial Engagement 2018

Advanced Energy Works: A New Voice for 3.3 Million American Workers

Posted by JR Tolbert

Apr 18, 2018 11:50:00 AM


Advanced energy employs 3.3 million Americans making and installing solar panels, wind turbines, energy efficient appliances and HVAC systems, and electric vehicles  for homes, businesses, and farms across the country. Advanced energy jobs range from software engineers and coders to construction workers. Advanced energy workers are in every corner of the United States. Unfortunately, not all of our leaders in Washington, D.C. and in state capitals across the country are aware of this thriving sector and what it’s doing to drive our economy.

That’s why we’re launching Advanced Energy Works.

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Topics: Advanced Energy Works

YEAR IN REVIEW: Top Five State Policy Battles of 2015

Posted by JR Tolbert

Dec 10, 2015 2:00:00 PM


Many of us spend New Year’s Eve watching football, especially ESPN’s rewind of the top 10 plays of the year. It may not be SportsCenter, but here is AEE’s top five list of state policy victories, setbacks, and stalemates for advanced energy in 2015 – many of them on issues that will carry over into the new year. As a highlight reel, it may leave something to be desired. But replaying this year’s skirmishes might just help the advanced energy industry and its allies prepare for the next round of battles in 2016.

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Topics: State Policy Update, Year in Review


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