Michigan at a Crossroad: Charting a Future for Affordable Heating

Posted by Meron Lemmi on Feb 26, 2024 10:00:00 AM

New Study Shows Gas Bills Set to Surge

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Michigan, Building Decarbonization

Maryland Legislation Aims to Support Grid Readiness, Electric Vehicles, and Building Decarbonization

Posted by Nick Bibby on Feb 13, 2024 2:00:00 PM

Marylands Bold Grid Readiness Bill Electrifying The Future 3

In recent years, Maryland has emerged as a frontrunner in clean energy leadership nationally, fueled by ambitious goals for clean energy and clean transportation. Policies like the Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022, the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) Rule, the Advanced Clean Cars II (ACCII) Rule, and the Maryland Building Energy Transition Plan prioritize electric vehicles (EVs), clean energy, and building electrification. However, while these policies are vital and the goals in them need to be met, their full implementation is going to require an electric system that we don’t yet have—and now there is groundbreaking legislation being considered in Annapolis that would address this aspect of the clean energy transition as well. 

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Topics: State Policy, Advanced Transportation, Maryland, Building Decarbonization

Creating a Better Process for Arizona’s Integrated Resource Plans

Posted by Michael Barrio and Brian Turner on Feb 8, 2024 1:00:00 PM

Ensuring AZ Utilities Adopt Best Practices to Meet Growing Energy Demand 3

Every three years, Arizona Public Service (APS) and Tucson Electric Power (TEP) conduct a comprehensive study predicting the amount of energy their customers will need in order to determine the energy resources required to meet those needs. This study, known as an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), is a common exercise that utilities undertake in many states. While different parts of the country have different electricity needs and varying resources available, we at Advanced Energy United (United) believe all IRPs should include a comprehensive assessment of the advanced energy resources available, a competitive procurement process, and full incorporation of any additional policies that will change resource needs or costs.

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Topics: State Policy, Arizona, Western RTO

Introducing ‘Transmission Possible’: A New Campaign to Break the Gridlock and Advance New Transmission Policies

Posted by Verna Mandez on Jan 31, 2024 3:04:25 PM

Reliable grid, clean energy. Transmission makes it possible

Our transmission grid is overdue for an upgrade. More than 70% of America’s transmission lines are nearing the end of their 50-80-year lifespan, and the older our antiquated grid gets, the more vulnerable it becomes to failure. According to a U.S. Government Accountability Office analysis, power outages have become longer and more frequent in recent years, affecting nearly three in four Americans and jeopardizing the health and safety of vulnerable people. America needs more transmission to keep up with its growing electricity needs.

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Topics: Transmission

A Call for Parity Between Gas and Electric Utility Planning Processes

Posted by Sarah Steinberg on Jan 22, 2024 10:00:00 AM

New Report Calls for Modernization of Gas Utility Planning Processes

Electric utility resource and infrastructure planning has been a staple of electricity policy in most U.S. states for decades. Conducted in the public eye, with regulatory oversight and stakeholder participation, integrated resource plans, distribution plans, transmission plans, transportation electrification plans, energy efficiency and demand side management plans, grid modernization plans, and rate cases have all served to guide prudent electric system investments through an increasingly distributed and complex energy and policy landscape.  

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Topics: Building Decarbonization

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