Advanced Energy Perspectives

5 Findings in the Leaked Draft We Will Be Looking for When DOE Releases its Final Report

Posted by Arvin Ganesan

Jul 20, 2017 7:01:00 PM

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Late last week, Bloomberg reporters unearthed a draft of the grid reliability study ordered by Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and pointed out contradictions between the DOE draft and Trump Administration statements, which called coal generation key to electric system reliability, and blaming policies favoring renewable energy for “premature” retirement of “baseload” generating resources like coal and nuclear energy. In response, a spokesperson for DOE simply said the report is “constantly evolving,” and when it comes to the passages cited by Bloomberg, “those statements as written are not in the current draft.” So we’ve done our own read of the leaked draft. We see five broad findings, with specific language from DOE’s internal experts justifying those findings, that capture the reality of today’s changing, but robust, power grid, as we see it. The question is: Will they make it into the final report?

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Topics: Federal Policy Update

Analysis Group Answers Perry’s Questions This Way: Changing Resources Aren’t Making the Grid Unreliable, but They Are Saving Consumers Money

Posted by Arvin Ganesan and Bob Keough

Jun 22, 2017 5:33:51 PM

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The news that DOE’s review of “critical issues” in the electric power system, which was expected the last week of June, would not be completed until July means that the Department – and Energy Secretary Rick Perry – would have at least one more week to consider the latest document submitted to inform the review. That would be the report produced by Analysis Group, and commissioned by AEE and AWEA, entitled Electricity Markets, Reliability, and the Evolving U.S. Power System. Its conclusion could not be more clear: “Recently, some have raised concerns that current electric market conditions may be undermining the financial viability of certain conventional power plant technologies (like existing coal and nuclear units) and thus jeopardizing electric system reliability. In addition, some point to federal and state policies supporting renewable energy as a primary cause of such impacts. The evidence does not support this view.”

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Topics: Federal Policy Update

Our Input to DOE Study: Advanced Energy is the Answer, Not the Problem

Posted by Arvin Ganesan and Bob Keough

May 18, 2017 1:22:59 PM

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As readers of Advanced Energy Perspectives are aware, the Trump Administration may be turning its promises to bring back coal jobs into an attack on advanced energy. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has ordered the Department of Energy to conduct a closed-door study of the electric power system. As designed, the purpose of this study seems to be blaming the growth of solar and wind energy for the declining market share of “baseload resources,” namely coal-fired and existing nuclear power plants, and suggesting that the decline threatens the reliability of electric power service. Though off base from the start, we can only expect that such a study, with its apparently predetermined result, will lead to policy action that will attempt to harm our industry’s continued growth.  Although the Department has not initiated the customary process of seeking public input on this study, when it comes to sharing the extensive evidence in literature and practice that the system is changing, but changing for the better, we are not waiting to be asked.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update, 21st Century Electricity System

This Memo Changes Everything: DOE ‘Study’ is Calibrated to Put Advanced Energy in the Crosshairs

Posted by Arvin Ganesan and Bob Keough

May 4, 2017 2:02:13 PM

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A funny thing happened on April 14. In a simple memo directing the Department of Energy to conduct a short-term study, the Trump Administration signaled that it was seeing advanced energy as a problem that needs to be solved. Whereas AEE has argued that homegrown advanced energy technologies like wind and solar, energy efficiency, demand response, energy storage, and advanced grid systems deserve a central role in the administration’s “America First” energy plan, the outline of DOE’s study portrays renewable energy, in particular, as a threat to electric system reliability, even “national security,” and it takes aim at federal, and even state, policies that have facilitated its growth. For the advanced energy industry, the memo was not just a study order, it was a shot across the bow.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update

Why Advanced Energy Should Be Part of President Trump’s ‘America First Energy Plan’

Posted by Dylan Reed and Frank Swigonski

Feb 23, 2017 7:13:22 PM

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Now just a month into the Trump Administration, the new President has remained consistent with the promises he made on the campaign trail. Of note to the business community, including the advanced energy industry, President Trump has made it clear that he wants to grow the economy through unleashing the American private sector. One element of this strategy is the President’s energy agenda. President Trump’s America First Energy Plan, posted on the White House website on Inauguration Day, provides a window into this agenda. The Plan calls for boosting production of the nation’s oil and gas resources but makes no mention of the advanced energy products and services that are pumping $200 billion into the economy annually and supporting over 3 million U.S. jobs. For an “America First” approach to energy, that is a glaring omission.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update

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