Advanced Energy Perspectives

Alongside Gov. Ritter, AEE Emphasizes Economic Benefits of Advanced Energy to Nevada Lawmakers

Posted by Ray Fakhoury

Mar 26, 2019 11:00:00 AM

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It’s no surprise that advanced energy has a home in Nevada. But when your neighbors include Colorado, California, and New Mexico, the status quo just won’t cut it. Hoping to keep pace regionally, Nevada’s Senate and Assembly Growth and Infrastructure Committee invited AEE, alongside former Colorado Governor and clean energy champion Bill Ritter and nonprofit solar developer Grid Alternatives, to present the economic case for expanding investments in advanced energy technologies.

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Topics: State Policy Update

AEE to FERC: Confirm that ISO New England Can’t Change Rules for Energy Efficiency Resources without Following Established Processes

Posted by Jeff Dennis and Sierra Salser

Mar 20, 2019 4:41:11 PM

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Last month, AEE filed a petition for declaratory order with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) raising alarm over suggestions that ISO New England (ISO-NE) might implement significant changes to the measurement and verification of energy efficiency resources in the region’s Forward Capacity Market (FCM) without following appropriate procedures. The petition, filed jointly with Sustainable FERC Project, seeks an order from FERC that would protect market participant investments in existing energy efficiency resources from retroactive changes made solely at ISO-NE’s discretion, and ensure that any future changes would occur only through established procedures, including review and approval by stakeholders and ultimate FERC approval.

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Topics: Wholesale Markets

BQDM Program Demonstrates Benefits of Non-Traditional Utility Investments

Posted by Coley Girouard

Mar 19, 2019 1:14:24 PM

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This is the fourth in a six-part series on utility business model reform provided by Rocky Mountain Institute, America's Power Plan, and Advanced Energy Economy Institute, originally published by Utility Dive.

Incentives inherent in the traditional cost-of-service utility revenue model discourage utilities from investing in non-traditional solutions. This is because non-traditional solutions, such as demand management programs and distributed energy resources (DER), are normally treated as operating expenses, which are passed through to customers without earning a return. Instead, if a utility invests in a traditional "poles and wires" solution, it is given the opportunity to earn a rate of return — creating a profit motive. But it doesn't have to be this way.

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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

Midway Through the Legislative Session, Indiana AEE Counts Early Wins as Harmful Bills Get Blocked and Positive Bills Move Forward

Posted by Dylan Reed and Caryl Auslander

Mar 7, 2019 10:09:31 AM

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The Indiana General Assembly has officially hit the halfway mark for the 2019 legislative session. With a part-time legislature, odd-numbered years are considered “long sessions,” ending no later than April 29 and with passing a biennial budget the only statutory duty. So far, AEE has worked to support legislation to move the market forward for advanced energy while trying to stop legislation that would go the other way. While advanced energy has historically faced barriers to deployment in the Hoosier State, momentum is building, with Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO) announcing its intent to close all existing coal operations by 2028 and invest in wind, solar, storage, and demand-side resources to save ratepayers $4 billion. Will Indiana legislators get on board the advanced energy bandwagon? Here is our halftime report on where key issues and policies stand.

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Topics: State Policy Update, Highlights

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