Budget Dominated California’s Legislative Session, With Clean Transportation a Winner

Posted by Emilie Olson on Oct 13, 2021 12:00:00 PM

10.13.2021 Blog_ Budget Dominated California’s Legislative Session, With Clean Transportation a Winner

California’s legislative session drew to a close on September 10 this year, uncharacteristically early, and with less fanfare than in years past. In many ways, the session started off like a sequel to the one prior, with economic recovery, energy reliability, and wildfire severity all top of mind. But rather than a sprint, with a crowded field rushing to the tape, the 2021 legislative session was more like a marathon, with fits, starts, and a finish line stretching an additional week, when the tally for the September 14  gubernatorial recall election was finished. The implications of this consequential recall campaign – including raised stakes for the state’s clean energy ambitions – reverberated throughout the Capitol and, in some cases, had a chilling effect on political appetites. But in the end, the advanced energy industry gained major breakthroughs on electric transportation, with some unfinished business, as wildfire concerns dominated the conversation on reliability and resilience. 

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Topics: State Policy, California Engagement, Advanced Transportation

SETRI Takes Initiative to Boost Electric Transportation in the Southeast

Posted by Ebo Entsuah on Sep 29, 2021 12:30:00 PM

SETRI blog post

As the popularity of electric transportation has risen throughout the nation, many different actors are now coming together to better coordinate on how to accelerate electric vehicle (EV) adoption. Florida has taken steps recently to be better prepared for EV adoption and charging infrastructure. We are seeing changes at the municipal, county, and state level to get ready for – and accelerate – electric transportation growth. Now we are seeing action on a region-wide basis as well – and AEE is at the center of it.

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Topics: State Policy, Advanced Transportation

Anatomy of an Advanced Energy Win – This Time, in Illinois

Posted by Daniel Bloom on Sep 16, 2021 11:00:00 AM

IL Advanced Energy Win

On Monday, the Illinois General Assembly passed a landmark clean energy bill, which Governor JB Pritzker promptly signed into law, fulfilling a cornerstone promise from his 2018 campaign: deliver strong climate action by transitioning Illinois to 100% clean energy by 2050. It also means potential market opportunity worth an estimated $37 billion for advanced energy companies as they help Illinois meet two great challenges: decarbonizing the electric grid and lifting up every corner of the state with good jobs in the new energy economy. Read on for what the bill does, how it came about, and why it’s a huge win for the advanced energy industry.

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Topics: State Policy, Legislative

Colorado is Poised to Boost DERs Through Distribution System Planning

Posted by Noah Garcia on Sep 14, 2021 12:00:00 PM

CO DSP rules-1

In most parts of the country, how utilities plan their distribution systems – the network of poles, wires and other equipment designed to support electricity delivery at the local level – is something of a “black box.” But now, with the continued proliferation of distributed energy resources (DERs) – ranging from rooftop solar to onsite battery storage and demand response – available to help manage electric supply and demand at the distribution level, that black box needs to be opened. Colorado is doing just that by joining a growing number of states that are implementing distribution system planning (DSP) rules for the first time.

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Topics: State Policy, PUCs, 21st Century Electricity System, PowerSuite

NEWS: Heat Wave-Induced Energy Crisis Spotlights Need for a Western RTO

Posted by Jane Reynolds on Aug 3, 2021 2:00:00 PM

Heat Wave & RTO

Record-breaking heat waves and drought in the western U.S. are threatening the reliability of electric power, as electricity use is up and hydropower and energy imports from neighboring states are down. In California, Flex Alerts – asking consumers to conserve energy to relieve grid stress – are becoming a regular occurrence. And these weather patterns are no longer unusual: “This is really the new normal,” AEE policy director Leah Rubin Shen recently told Fox 40 of Sacramento. “These weather events are becoming more and more common and more and more frequent.” The energy crisis that results points to the need for a regional transmission organization (RTO) in the west, connected with a more expansive transmission network, to move power – especially renewable energy – where it’s needed, when it’s needed, at lowest cost.

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Topics: State Policy, News Update, California Engagement, Wholesale Markets