Advanced Energy Perspectives

Through Long and Winding Process, Corporate Procurement of Renewable Energy in Michigan Gets Better

Posted by Caitlin Marquis and Laura Sherman

Dec 11, 2018 2:00:00 PM

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Photo by Drew Buikema, used under a Creative Commons license

Back in December 2016, an omnibus energy bill signed into law in Michigan contained a small section requiring utilities to develop “voluntary green pricing” programs. Today, nearly two years later, the ensuing regulatory process is producing results that will open new renewable energy options for residential as well as commercial and industrial (C&I) customers. The Michigan Public Service Commission recently issued orders requiring improvements to Consumers Energy’s “Large Customer Renewable Energy Program” (LC-REP) and Solar Gardens program, and to DTE’s MIGreenPower program, while also requiring DTE to introduce a new program focused on C&I customers. The regulatory process is far from complete, but before long corporate customers in Michigan will have more and better ways to procure the renewable energy they want to power their operations.

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Topics: Advanced Energy Buyers Group, Regulation, Highlights

Another Groundbreaking Legislative Session in California for Advanced Energy, but Unfinished Business Awaits the Next Governor

Posted by Emilie Olson

Sep 5, 2018 11:00:00 AM

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As California legislators raced to beat the proverbial “pumpkin” at midnight last Friday, the advanced energy community closed out a remarkable legislative session with a host of significant wins – but left one notable issue to be addressed in the next session. With bills spanning advanced transportation, energy efficiency, energy storage, resource adequacy, wildfire mitigation, direct access to renewable energy, and microgrids, the session seemed to have something for everyone. AEE was at the heart of action in Sacramento, with an active position on over 15 bills this year – and an impressive record of success.

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Topics: California Engagement, State Policy Update, Highlights

In Pennsylvania, Legislature and Public Utility Commission Pave the Way to Innovative Ratemaking

Posted by Eric Miller

Jul 11, 2018 12:41:31 PM

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This is a guest post from Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance, AEE’s state partner in Pennsylvania. For more information on AEE’s State Coalition, click here.

In recent years, many states have grappled with the challenge of balancing the interests of regulated energy utilities to earn revenue by selling power with the public policy goal of reducing energy consumption.  To meet this challenge, more than 30 states in the U.S. have successfully used innovative utility rates, termed “alternative ratemaking,” to better align utility financial incentives with the public policy goal of increasing energy efficiency and distributed energy resources. Research by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy shows that states with alternative ratemaking policies achieve 50% higher savings from their energy efficiency programs.  Following two recent actions, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is now poised to take advantage of these tools as well.

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Topics: Guest Post, 21st Century Electricity System, State Policy Update, Highlights

Decision on Smart Meter Texas Will Help Customers and Advanced Energy Providers Put Data to Work

Posted by Suzanne Bertin

May 15, 2018 3:45:58 PM

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This is a guest post by Suzanne L. Bertin, Executive Director, Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance, an AEE state partner. To learn more about TAEBA, click here. To learn more about AEE’s nationwide coalition of state and regional partners, click here.

Last week, the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) approved a settlement agreement regarding improvements to the Smart Meter Texas (SMT) portal, with a diverse group of stakeholders, including Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance (TAEBA) signing on to the agreement. These changes will make it easier for customers in much of Texas to have advanced energy companies provide services such as energy efficiency, demand response, distributed generation, and other energy-related software products and services – and fulfill the promise of smart meters, and the granular data they generate.

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Topics: State Policy Update, Guest Post, Regulation, Highlights

AEE-Sponsored EV Charging Infrastructure Bill in California is On Its Way

Posted by Amisha Rai

Apr 19, 2018 11:57:00 AM

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In his State of the State address in January, Gov. Jerry Brown set a new goal of 5 million zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road in California by 2030. Just a day later, the Governor formalized this goal through an Executive Order, which identified an expansion of charging infrastructure – specifically, 250,000 installed chargers by 2025 – along with an expansion of vehicle rebates as the most critical needs in order for the state to hit the target. A new bill sponsored by AEE would address the charging infrastructure challenge and set the state on course toward having the charging capacity needed to support a mass market for EVs.

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Topics: Advanced Transportation, California Engagement, State Policy Update, Highlights

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