How Energy Efficiency and Demand Response are Turning Electricity Supply and Demand Upside Down – and Saving Money

Posted by Prusha Hasan on Jun 29, 2020 12:30:00 PM

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In the last decade, technology has changed nearly every facet of our lives. We’ve traded in touch-tone phones for smartphones, replaced cabs with ride sharing apps, and upgraded bulky desktops for sleek laptops. While technology has changed life in so many dramatic ways, less obvious, but no less dramatic is the way technological advancements have changed the way we use electricity. Most notable is the way technology has allowed us to gain control over electricity demand, through energy efficiency and demand response. The challenge now is to make sure that newfound power to reduce and manage demand gets fully utilized in wholesale electricity markets.

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Topics: Wholesale Markets, Energy Efficiency

‘Clean Cars’ Initiative Puts Nevada in the Driver's Seat for Electric Transportation

Posted by Sarah Steinberg on Jun 25, 2020 11:00:00 AM

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Under the Sisolak Administration, Nevada has emerged as one of the states leading this country’s transition to a clean electricity grid. This week, it becomes a leader in the electric transportation transformation as well. That’s because Gov. Sisolak announced a Clean Cars Nevada initiative to give Nevadans more options for low- and zero-emission vehicles when they go shopping for a new car or truck. By initiating the process (pursuant to Section 177 of the federal Clean Air Act) to adopt more stringent emissions standards for vehicles than those in place nationally, Nevada will also set itself up as the next hot market for electric vehicles (EVs) and related charging station development.

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Topics: Advanced Transportation

Advanced Energy Should Lead Economic Recovery Post COVID. Here’s How It Can Happen in California.

Posted by Emilie Olson and Amisha Rai on Jun 16, 2020 12:56:03 PM

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Before the COVID-19 pandemic swept the states, California boasted over half a million advanced energy jobs. In just a few months time, the state lost more than 100,000 of those jobs. As policymakers now grapple with plugging a $54 billion budget deficit, keeping local communities afloat, and upholding the state’s marquee policies, the stakes could not be higher. Given uncertainty around any federal stimulus package, AEE is providing California decision makers with recommendations for actions they could take now to move the state to economic recovery, with advanced energy at its center. That’s because advanced energy is  a tried-and-true engine of economic growth, in California most of all.

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Topics: California Engagement, Advanced Transportation

A Supply Chain is Growing for Electric Transportation. Here’s What It Could Do For One State.

Posted by Claire Alford and Daniel Bloom on Jun 8, 2020 10:58:08 AM

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Recently, the United States experienced a shortage of essential medical supplies needed to treat an influx of patients with COVID-19, including respirators, gloves, face shields, gowns, and hand sanitizer – a shortage that drew national attention to the subject of supply chains. Interconnected, global supply chains can present challenges, but they also present opportunities for companies to scale their businesses by tapping into the global marketplace. That is especially true for markets that are on the rise, like the one for electric vehicles (EVs) and supporting charging infrastructure. The emerging supply chain for these products offers the prospect of business and job growth that can be seen on the local level in places with strength in the required skill sets. And that’s exactly what we found in our recent study of the EV supply chain in Pennsylvania.

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Topics: Advanced Transportation, Advanced Energy Employment

Before the Pandemic, Advanced Energy was Winning. Here’s What We Have to Do to Get Back in the Winner’s Circle.

Posted by Ryan Katofsky on Jun 4, 2020 1:28:10 PM

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been a tough time for the advanced energy industry, along with many others. With more than 600,000 jobs lost in the associated shutdown of the economy, the impact has been hard, and the difficulty of getting attention to it in Washington, D.C., even harder. But as states begin to open up, however slowly, and the focus of policymakers, state and federal, turns to jumpstarting economic activity, everyone who works in or cares about the transition to an advanced energy economy should take heart – and speak up.

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Topics: 21st Century Electricity System, Advanced Energy Employment