Advanced Energy Perspectives

Pointing to Market Realities, AEE Challenges Rollback of Fuel-Efficiency Standards for Light- Duty Vehicles

Posted by Jeff Dennis and Hope Jones

Mar 5, 2019 2:44:22 PM

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Amid the controversy surrounding the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rollback of greenhouse gas emissions standards for light-duty vehicles, AEE filed an amicus brief in support of petitions brought by 17 states, the District of Columbia, and others in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit seeking to halt EPA’s efforts. In a first for the organization, AEE and its members chose to weigh in on this issue in court because EPA’s actions ignore overwhelming realities about the availability of cost-effective technologies to reduce automobile emissions, particularly the burgeoning electric vehicles (EV) market.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update, Advanced Transportation

How Public Utility Commissions Can Prepare for Electric Vehicles, in Seven Steps

Posted by Matt Stanberry

Nov 6, 2018 11:30:00 AM

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Our electric transportation future is on the way – that much is not in doubt. Electric vehicles may currently account for just a small share of vehicle sales, but a high – and accelerating – growth rate is putting EVs on the agendas of public utility commissions (PUCs) around the country. To address the coming electrification of the vehicle fleet – from passenger cars to delivery vehicles, buses, and trucks – state regulators should take steps to maximize the benefits and minimize the challenges associated with this transportation transformation – seven steps, to be specific.

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Topics: Regulation, Advanced Transportation

Addendum to ‘EVs 101’: What Every Regulator Needs to Know About Car Buyers

Posted by Anne Arquit Niederberger

Sep 26, 2018 9:16:54 AM

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Screenshot of ConEd Cars, the New York utility's car-choice comparison tool. 

This is a guest post from AEE member company Enervee.

As noted by AEE in its new issue brief, EVs 101, the evolution of transportation will depend to a large extent on the choices of consumers. This may seem self-evident, but the consumer perspective can easily get lost in the high-stakes discussions surrounding electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure – what’s needed where and when, who should provide it, and how to pay for it. But when it comes to cars, consumers are king – and the overwhelming majority believe that their energy provider should help them understand the benefits of EVs over conventional vehicles. That’s something regulators should capitalize on as they prepare to grow the market for EVs.

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Topics: Guest Post, Advanced Transportation

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

Posted by Zachary Antin

Aug 1, 2018 2:53:26 PM

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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

Changing Trade Rules Can Help the U.S. Economy, but Tariffs on Advanced Energy Products Would Hurt

Posted by Dylan Reed

May 11, 2018 11:38:12 AM

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Chinese container ship unloading at Charleston, S.C. Photo by Mr.TinDC used under a Creative Commons license

From his first campaign speech to the first 15 months of his Administration, President Trump has made changing the terms of U.S trade deals a central priority, and in 2018 he has proposed a variety of tariffs. In particular, tariffs on Chinese imports have been one of the major trade policies put forward by the Administration. Most analysts have focused on the tariff impacts on particular products, such as steel and aluminum, or how potential retaliatory tariffs from China could impact American interests, such as agriculture.

Unfortunately, advanced energy will be impacted too. In comments to the U.S. Trade Representative, we outline the impacts of proposed tariffs on advanced energy products such as smart thermostats, electric vehicles, and wind turbine components. AEE believes the Administration is taking important steps to combat unfair trade practices by China, but we are also concerned that imposing tariffs on certain products will hurt the advanced energy industry and consumers, without achieving the administration’s goals.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update, Advanced Transportation

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