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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

NM Scorecard-730

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: Gubernatorial Engagement 2018, Advanced Energy Works

Campaigns Hear How Advanced Energy Can Continue to Grow in Colorado

Posted by JR Tolbert

Aug 13, 2018 4:30:00 PM


Colorado Governor's Residence, photo by Eric Allix Rogers, used under a Creative Commons license

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

In New Report and Before the Supreme Court, Demand Response is in the Spotlight

Posted by JR Tolbert

Oct 22, 2015 4:01:22 PM


Actual peak load forcast in Massachusetts in 2015 was 12,287 MW. Photo: Boston from above via Robbie Shade.

Demand for electricity can spike during just a few hours a year, and typically 10 percent of our electric system capacity is built to meet demand in just 1 percent of hours during the year. This comes at a significant cost to consumers. Last week, Advanced Energy Economy released a new report, “Peak Demand Reduction Strategy,” showing that states that implement peak demand programs can significantly reduce costs for customers, strengthen reliability of electric service, and ease compliance with EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The day before, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that will determine whether the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has authority to regulate payments for demand response, a primary mechanism for reducing peak demand. In all, it was a big week for efforts to get spikes in electricity demand under control.

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Topics: State Policy Update


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