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Ohio Legislators, Staff Hear from AEE Members at Advanced Energy Showcase

Posted by Ray Fakhoury

Mar 14, 2019 10:18:27 AM

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Teresa Ringenbach of Direct Energy presents to legislators and staff at AEE’s Advanced Energy Showcase in Columbus

Ohio AEE hosted an Advanced Energy Showcase on March 7 in Columbus across from the Ohio State House. It was a busy day for legislators, with a big transportation bill on the floor. Nonetheless, we were joined by Sen. Steve Wilson, Senate PUC Chair; Representatives Jim Hoops, Nino Vitale, Niraj Antani, and staff from Sen. Marr Dolan’s office; Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes; and Rep. Jamie Callendar, the House PUC Chair, who is currently drafting energy legislation, and number of new members. 

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Topics: State Policy Update

Industry Leaders Highlight Advanced Energy Opportunities for Nevada Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee Sisolak

Posted by Ray Fakhoury

Nov 1, 2018 1:30:00 PM

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AEE and our member companies were busy meeting with gubernatorial candidates in nine states this fall. In Nevada, AEE and our member businesses sat down recently with Democratic nominee Steve Sisolak and his campaign staff to talk about the growth of the advanced energy industry, workforce development opportunities, and how Nevada can continue attracting businesses to the Silver State.

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Topics: Gubernatorial Engagement 2018

Business Leaders Discuss Energy Priorities with Florida Democratic L.G. Nominee Chris King

Posted by Ray Fakhoury

Oct 18, 2018 1:26:00 PM

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Yesterday, AEE Members met with Chris King, Democratic nominee for Florida lieutenant governor, and Chris Lipson, policy director for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum to discuss policies that could accelerate the adoption of advanced energy resources and growing the number of advanced energy jobs in Florida. The business representatives discussed policy mechanisms and regulatory initiatives that a Gillum administration could utilize to ensure that Floridians reap the economic benefits and cost savings of advanced energy technologies – such as growing the 160,000 jobs now supported by the advanced energy industry in Florida. AEE member companies met with Republican nominee Ron DeSantis in August, prior to the primary election.

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Topics: Gubernatorial Engagement 2018

Can Ohio Lawmakers Have a ‘Constructive Conversation’ On Energy? Or Will a New Governor Need to Speak Up?

Posted by Ray Fakhoury

May 25, 2018 10:00:00 AM

ohio-state-capitol-816248-editedEven as Ohioans get ready to elect a new governor, the Ohio legislature is once again struggling to determine whether it will move forward, or backward, on energy policy. More than a year has passed since the Ohio House voted to approve House Bill 114, a bill that would effectively eliminate the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards. Since then, Senate Leaders have worked to develop a compromise that preserves the state’s requirements but reduces them enough to satisfy the House without running afoul of Gov. Kasich, who vetoed lawmakers’ last attempt to gut the state’s RPS and EERS outright. The bill also needs to address the state’s burdensome wind setback requirement, which the Senate tried to fix in the 2017 budget bill. With time running out before the legislature breaks for summer recess, many are wondering – do Ohio lawmakers have the will to reach a constructive deal that finally puts Ohio’s energy policy on a stable course this year? Or will Ohio’s energy future be left to the legislature’s next session – and next governor?

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Topics: State Policy Update, Gubernatorial Engagement 2018

In This Year’s Advanced Energy Olympics, Nevada Takes a Silver

Posted by Ray Fakhoury

Jul 13, 2017 11:34:45 AM

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Nevada’s 2017 legislative session was jam-packed with bills that will reshape the state’s energy future. The legislature passed 11 energy bills and sent them to Gov. Brian Sandoval’s desk. Of the 11, the Governor signed nine into law. The bills covered a wide range of issues and settled them in favor of advanced energy: prioritizing energy-saving resources for dispatch, setting annual energy savings goals, studying energy storage deployment, and even solving the state’s contentious net-metering policy. After this session, one thing is apparent – in Nevada, advanced energy is not a partisan issue. With a Republican Governor and a Democratic legislature, Nevada is moving toward advanced energy in the name of economic development and consumer benefit. But one bill that went unsigned – and was, indeed, vetoed – by the Governor kept the Silver State off the Gold Medal stand for advanced energy leadership.

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Topics: State Policy Update

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