Advanced Energy Perspectives

Gov. Brown's New ZEV Goal Puts Calif. in the Lead for Advanced Transportation

Posted by Amisha Rai and Matt Stanberry

Feb 1, 2018 1:32:00 PM

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Last Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown set another ambitious and significant marker for California: 5 million zero emission vehicles on the road by 2030. As previewed in the governor’s final State of the State speech the day before, his Executive Order calls for substantial investments in electric and fuel cell vehicles, along with the necessary infrastructure to fuel and charge them. Transportation is the next frontier in building California’s advanced energy economy, and with this action, Gov. Brown has taken a big step forward.

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Topics: California Engagement, Advanced Transportation

Is a Distributed Grid More Vulnerable to Cyberattack? It Doesn't Have to Be.

Posted by Bob Keough

Jan 23, 2018 12:30:00 PM

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Cybersecurity is a growing issue for the U.S. economy, especially for the critical infrastructure that keeps the nation’s energy system operating — the interconnected and interdependent systems of natural gas, water, communications, and fuel distribution, and especially the highly dynamic electric power sector, which is seeing the widespread introduction of advanced and intelligent energy technologies. But that doesn’t mean the intelligent and distributed grid of the future need be more vulnerable to cyberattack than the closed and centralized electric power system it is in the process of replacing.

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Topics: utility, regulation

A Victory for Competitive Markets – and Advanced Energy – as FERC Rejects DOE Coal, Nuke Bailout and Begins a Serious Look at Grid Resilience

Posted by Maria Robinson

Jan 10, 2018 3:00:00 PM

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On Monday, FERC issued its long-awaited final order on the grid resilience docket. In a clear repudiation of Secretary Perry, who issued the original Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FERC closed the docket on the DOE NOPR, opting to not take any action. The Secretary, along with major coal companies, stated the belief that there was an urgent need to take out-of-market action in order to preserve baseload generation resources such as coal and nuclear plants capable of maintaining 90 days of fuel onsite. However, FERC determined there was no emergency, and terminated consideration of the cost-of-service proposal in a unanimous vote. Three of the five commissioners (LaFleur, Glick, and Chatterjee) wrote individual but concurring opinions supporting this action, although Commissioner Chatterjee continued to express “concerns regarding bulk power system resilience in the interim period.” FERC also initiated a new proceeding to examine (and indeed, for the first time, define) resilience from the ground up, calling for information from the regional grid operators. But even in launching that examination, FERC commissioners made no promises about taking action to change market operations, pledging only to “evaluate whether additional Commission action regarding resilience is appropriate at this time.”

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Topics: Federal Policy Update, Wholesale Markets

Snow, Cold Temperatures Offer No Proof of Need for Coal, Nuclear Subsidies

Posted by Maria Robinson

Jan 8, 2018 4:00:00 PM

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With snow seen up and down the East Coast (even in balmy Tallahassee for the first time in 30 years), not to mention the new phenomenon nicknamed “bomb cyclone,” which was both preceded and followed by record cold temperatures, there’s been ample opportunity for energy nerds to see how the grid is reacting to extreme winter weather – and policy wonks to consider the implications for the impending FERC decision on DOE’s proposal for subsidies to existing coal and nuclear power plants on the grounds of “resiliency” in the face of extreme weather events. But for those looking for proof of the need to prop up generating resources that are failing in the marketplace, the winter weather of the past week offered cold comfort.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update

Make or Break Opportunities for Advanced Energy in the New Year

Posted by Malcolm Woolf

Jan 3, 2018 5:11:09 PM

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What does 2018 hold for advanced energy? Plenty, when it comes to federal and state policy issues that could make or break business prospects for advanced energy companies. I hope all you advanced energy advocates are well rested, as the new year is going to be a busy one! Here is what we at AEE see on the policy horizon, with some opportunities – and battles – coming sooner than you’d think.

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Topics: State Policy Update, Federal Policy Update, California Engagement

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