Advanced Energy Perspectives

Electric Vehicles are Charged Up and Ready to Energize U.S. Roadways – and Drivers

Posted by Zachary Antin

August 2018

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Photos by Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit and Janitors, used under this Creative Commons license; and by BeyondDC, used under this Creative Commons license.

The federal government may be getting ready to freeze emissions standards in place for conventional cars and trucks, but electric vehicles (EVs) are still on the rise. No longer the stuff of science fiction movies, but not yet commonplace, EVs have yet to fully take off in the mass market. But recent news shows that production of EVs is reaching scale, states are starting to build out the charging infrastructure needed to support a mass market, and even electric scooters are running up impressive numbers, not to mention electric buses. Here is the latest from the front lines of transportation electrification.

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Topics: News Update, Advanced Transportation

Make or Buy for Utilities: Putting Services and Capital Investments on a Level Playing Field

Posted by Danny Waggoner

July 2018

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Image by Stormotion.io, used under a Creative Commons license

This is the sixth in an occasional series from AEE published in Utility Dive that addresses how the power sector can successfully transition to a 21st Century Electricity System.

Throughout the economy, businesses rely heavily on services to fulfill their needs. In the utility sector, however, the use of services has taken hold more slowly, especially when those services reduce the need for capital investment in their systems. At the heart of the matter is the way utilities recover costs and generate earnings. At stake is faster adoption of modern technology, better service, a more efficient system, and lower costs for customers.

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Topics: 21st Century Electricity System, utility, regulation

$34 Billion – or More – is Too High a Price to Pay for Power Plants that are Not Needed

Posted by Dylan Reed and Maria Robinson

July 2018

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What is the price of political cronyism? High, when it comes to paying power plants that are not needed to keep the lights on, just to exist. But that is what the Trump Administration is apparently getting ready to do. Or at least trying to do – an earlier attempt to do so was rejected by regulators, most of them appointees of President Trump. Not taking no for an answer, the Administration has decided to go bigger, with a bigger price tag. How much bigger? That’s what we wanted to find out.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update, Wholesale Markets

Harness Clean Energy and Create Jobs, Says Minnesota Gubernatorial Candidate Walz

Posted by Amelia Cerling Hennes

July 2018

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This post was originally published by Clean Energy Economy Minnesota.  

Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM) and Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) are hosting business roundtables this summer with Minnesota’s candidates for governor. On July 18, we had the pleasure of hosting U.S. Congressman Tim Walz (DFL).

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Topics: Gubernatorial Engagement 2018

Minnesota Governor Candidate Murphy Sees Clean Energy as the Way Forward

Posted by Amelia Cerling Hennes

July 2018

MN_Gub_Rdtbl_Murphy-730 This post was originally published by Clean Energy Economy Minnesota.

On July 18, Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM) and Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) hosted a business roundtable with candidate for Governor Erin Murphy. Endorsed by the Minnesota DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party), Rep. Murphy currently serves District 64A in the Minnesota House of Representatives, and has held the seat since 2006.

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Topics: Gubernatorial Engagement 2018

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