Getting More from Less with Demand-Side Resources

Posted by Sarah Steinberg on Sep 21, 2022 11:30:00 AM

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Extreme weather. Spiking natural gas prices. Peak levels of electricity use that push the grid to its limit. Our energy system faces a growing set of challenges, and our utilities and their regulators have to make big infrastructure and investment decisions today to solve those challenges. But even with a growing number of advanced energy technologies and solutions available – including those on the demand-side – many electric utilities just want to build more natural gas-fired power plants. We think there is a better way. Here’s how utilities – and one utility in particular – can use rates, incentives, and technology to manage energy use and save customers money.

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Topics: State Policy, Utility, Energy Efficiency, indiana

California Wraps Up Legislative Session Focused on Energy Reliability

Posted by Emilie Olson on Sep 13, 2022 4:00:00 PM

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Less than a week after the legislature concluded its 2022 session, California was back in the news for record-breaking heat waves and emergency energy conservation efforts that staved off power outages. This combination of extreme weather and grid strain underscored the central theme driving energy legislation at the State Capitol this year: reliability. Throughout budget and bill deliberations, policymakers grappled with the core question of how to keep the lights on under increasingly challenging conditions without compromising California’s world-renowned climate leadership or spiking consumer energy bills. What came out of the session that ended August 31 was lawmakers’ current answer, but the question is not going away.

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Topics: State Policy, California Engagement, Advanced Transportation

On this Labor Day, We Celebrate Advanced Energy Jobs Today, and Those to Come

Posted by Bob Keough on Sep 6, 2022 9:00:00 AM

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Labor Day 2022 is like none other for the advanced energy industry. It arrives after two years of COVID-related retrenchment and recovery and nearly a year of policy upheaval at the federal level, with threats of solar trade restrictions and climate and clean energy legislation seemingly stalled. Then, last month, came the Inflation Reduction Act which, when combined with the smaller but, in retrospect, complementary Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act a year earlier, provides $444 billion for investment in advanced energy. That direct investment of federal dollars will, we estimate, attract $1.2 trillion in private investment, for a total boost of $2.8 trillion for the U.S. economy. And that means one more big thing: jobs.

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Topics: State Policy, Federal Policy, Advanced Energy Employment, Economic Impact

Virginia Offshore Wind Project Gets Go-Ahead, with Ratepayer Protections

Posted by Harry Godfrey on Aug 16, 2022 9:00:00 AM

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On Friday, August 5, Virginia’s State Corporation Commission (SCC) provided its stamp of approval for construction of the Costal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project – a 2.6 GW wind farm located 27 miles off Virginia Beach. For Virginia, the project is cause for excitement, for its jobs and cost savings benefits, as well as its key role in the Commonwealth’s clean energy future. But as it will also be the first offshore wind farm built and owned by a regulated utility, and carrying a big price tag, it calls for particular scrutiny. And in SCC’s review and final order, that’s what it got.

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Topics: State Policy, Regulatory, Virginia, Offshore Wind

Arizona Win Shows How Red and Blue States Can Greenlight Electric School Buses

Posted by Shelby Stults on Jul 19, 2022 3:00:00 PM

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Despite contentious political circumstances in legislatures across the country, fiscally responsible legislation to support advanced energy technologies can draw bipartisan support. An example of this came in Arizona this summer, where both sides of the aisle came together to pass smart legislation that gives schools and students access to cleaner transportation. The Arizona bill also shows another way to open up opportunities for electric school buses in states of every political stripe.

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Topics: State Policy, Advanced Transportation, Arizona