State Policy Preview: Investing Federal Funds, Reaching State Clean Energy Goals

Posted by JR Tolbert on Feb 16, 2022 11:30:00 AM

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When it comes to energy policy, all eyes have been on Washington, D.C., over the past year. Meanwhile, with far less attention, the states continue to lead the way in our energy transition. Between figuring out how to put to work funds from last year’s federal infrastructure bill, carrying out their own mandates for clean energy, and prepping for an electric transportation future, states will remain the primary venue for building an advanced energy economy in 2022. Here are some of the trends AEE will be watching – and engaging in – this year.

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Topics: State Policy, Federal Policy, Advanced Transportation

In PJM, Renewable Energy Projects Are Getting Stuck

Posted by Jeff Dennis and Kat Burnham on Feb 10, 2022 11:00:00 AM

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Like anyone in construction, renewable energy developers are all too familiar with process hurdles and delays. But patience wears thin. In the vast PJM Interconnection region stretching from DC to Illinois, a huge pool of solar, wind, and battery storage projects are stuck in the grid operator’s Interconnection queue, often waiting years for technical and cost studies and final approvals needed to connect to the grid. This usually behind-the-scenes issue moved to center stage this month when PJM proposed a dramatic step: a two-year pause on formally accepting new interconnection applications so that the grid operator can focus on speeding up delayed projects and clearing some of the backlog. That pause will come with much needed improvements to PJM’s processes to speed up future interconnection requests. Those improvements won’t solve all the problems with PJM’s interconnection process, but they are a good start, and they can’t come soon enough.

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Topics: Federal Policy, Wholesale Markets

States Need to Get Ready for EV Infrastructure Dollars

Posted by Ryan Gallentine on Feb 3, 2022 10:30:00 AM

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An historic investment of $7.5 billion in federal funds for EV charging is on its way, headed for the states. This federal funding, from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) passed by Congress and signed into law in November, will make it easier for state and local policymakers across America to accelerate the electric transportation transition and meet emissions reductions goals they have set for themselves. It will also pave the way for further growth of the more than 15,000 EV-related businesses in the U.S., with tens of thousands of Americans relying on the electric transportation industry for their livelihood. The time is now for states to set themselves up to make the most of this opportunity.

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Topics: State Policy, Federal Policy, Advanced Transportation, Manufacturing and Infrastructure

AEE's Staff Favorites of 2021

Posted by Advanced Energy Economy on Dec 28, 2021 9:00:00 AM

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Whether its electric vehicles, battery storage, or better transmission, AEE is all about advocating for — and writing about — the full suite of advanced energy technologies. With our offices closed to celebrate the holidays and refresh for the New Year, we're looking back on some of our staff favorite blogs from 2021:
 
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Topics: State Policy, Federal Policy, Regulatory, Advanced Transportation

Infrastructure Act Funding for School Bus Electrification Will Have Economic Impact

Posted by Ryan Gallentine on Dec 8, 2021 9:00:00 AM

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What electric school buses do for air quality is well known. Swapping diesel buses for electric buses eliminates these vehicles as sources of local air pollution, which affects the schoolchildren who ride them every day as well as the communities they travel through. But investing in electric school buses also contributes to the economy. With the funding for school bus electrification provided in the recently passed infrastructure billthat economic boost is on the way. 

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Topics: Federal Policy, Advanced Transportation, Economic Impact