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It’s critical that California maintain clean energy funding in budget amidst fiscal challenges, says Advanced Energy United

Posted by Angelyn Tabalba on Jun 30, 2023

SACRAMENTO, CA — This week the California legislature and Governor Gavin Newsom reached a state budget agreement that reflects California’s challenging fiscal landscape and results in difficult reductions. Advanced Energy United, the national clean energy business association, recognizes the importance of an approach that considers both economic realities and the imperative to accelerate advanced energy across the state. The budget prompts continued conversation on strengthening clean energy infrastructure and protecting crucial programs that advance California’s clean transportation goals.  

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Topics: Press Releases, Leah Rubin Shen, California

Miami Herald: ‘A baffling decision’: DeSantis vetoes bipartisan bill to buy Florida more electric cars

Posted by Alex Harris on Jun 30, 2023

Miami Herald sheds light on Florida's Republican Governor Ron DeSantis' decision to veto a bill that would have saved the Sunshine State's taxpayers millions of dollars, quoting Michael Weiss about the negative impacts of this unanticipated ruling.

A bill modernizing how Florida buys state vehicles, a change that would have saved a ton of money and likely led to more electric cars and trucks, came with rare bipartisan backing from the Florida Legislature.

It was sponsored by a Republican and passed with a nearly unanimous vote in the majority Republican legislature. It was endorsed by two groups often at odds, the Sierra Club and the Florida Natural Gas Association. Estimates suggest it could have saved hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars and cut down on the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

But late Wednesday night, Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed it in a surprise decision that also seemed to go against his past history of support for electric cars.

“This veto is a baffling decision that will cost Florida taxpayers millions of dollars,” Michael Weiss, Florida state lead at Advanced Energy United, a trade group promoting clean transportation that supported the bill, said in a statement. “The Florida Legislature saw the clear economic and taxpayer benefits of a modern and efficient state fleet, but Gov. DeSantis somehow didn’t get the memo.”

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Topics: United In The News, Michael Weiss, Florida

Michigan’s Latest Budget Makes Progress on Clean Energy and Transportation

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 29, 2023

Advanced Energy United commends Michigan legislators for passing a strong budget that will advance transportation electrification, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and resiliency. Work remains—the legislature must take bold action on clean energy after summer recess.

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Topics: Press Releases, Michigan, Samarth Medakkar

Gov. DeSantis Vetoes Commonsense State Fleets Bill Which Could Have Saved Florida Taxpayers $277 Million

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 29, 2023

Similar bills that help the state save money on fleet procurement costs have been signed by Republican governors in Nevada and Virginia

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Yesterday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis vetoed SB 284, a widely popular bipartisan bill that passed the Legislature nearly unanimously and would have saved Florida taxpayers up to $277 million on state-owned vehicles. The legislation would have allowed the state to consider fuel and maintenance costs in purchasing decisions for state fleets, making it easier for the state to transition to more cost-effective electric vehicles.

“This veto is a baffling decision that will cost Florida taxpayers millions of dollars,” said Michael Weiss, Florida state lead at Advanced Energy United, the national association of businesses working to achieve 100% clean energy and electrified transportation in America. “The Florida legislature saw the clear economic and taxpayer benefits of a modern and efficient state fleet, but Gov. DeSantis somehow didn’t get the memo.”

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Topics: Advanced Transportation, Press Releases, Michael Weiss, Florida

Utility Dive: Grassroots buy-in will be vital to transmission buildout, say clean energy experts

Posted by Diana DiGangi on Jun 22, 2023

Utility Dive examines the role grassroots can play in leading the nation through its transmission obstacles, quoting Verna Mandez on the need for states to take more initiative.

As clean energy production ramps up, transmission reform is becoming a major priority for the renewables industry. Tens of thousands of megawatts of wind and solar capacity are in the interconnection queue, waiting to be able to connect to the grid.

The debt ceiling agreement reached by Congress and the White House earlier this month contained reforms to permitting, but not transmission. It instead requires the North American Electric Reliability Corp., or NERC, to study interregional transmission capacity needs between regions over 18 months.

“That will take time, it will take at least two years for that study to be completed,” Kasotia said in an interview. “So, personally, I do believe it’s going to delay meaningful action on transmission reform. I felt it was not a genuine request to address the transmission understanding or transmission knowledge that congressional members don’t have.”

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Topics: United In The News, Transmission, Verna Mandez

Utility Dive: Nevada revamps IRP process, opens path for NV Energy to own more renewables and storage

Posted by Robert Walton on Jun 21, 2023

Utility Dive reports on the passing of a bill that may undermine Nevada's transition to more affordable and accessible clean energies, quoting Sarah Steinberg on how the legislation could jeopardize the state’s regional clean energy leadership.

Clean energy advocates and conservation groups say AB 524 makes significant improvements to the state’s IRP process — and if NV Energy can build new resources at the lowest cost, then so be it.

“If that makes sense for Nevadans, sure. But it needs to go through the IRP process,” said Christi Cabrera-Georgeson, deputy director of the Nevada Conservation League.

NV Energy last year proposed a 400 MW gas peaker plant through an IRP amendment. It was approved in March, but opponents say the process did not allow for sufficient public input or review. 

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Topics: United In The News, Sarah Steinberg, Nevada

Clean energy industry urges Nevada to improve competition in energy resource planning

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 20, 2023

Advanced Energy United and Interwest Energy Alliance call on Nevada to establish regular, predictable competitive solicitations for energy resources to catch up with other western peers and ensure least-cost, most reliable energy for ratepayers

CARSON CITY, NV, JUNE 21, 2023 – Late last week, Governor Joe Lombardo signed Assembly Bill 524, a bill making changes to the state’s integrated resource planning (“IRP”) process for electricity. The IRP is a chance for NV Energy, the state’s only investor-owned electric utility, to determine what generation and other resources it needs over the long-term to serve Nevadans with reliable and affordable electricity.

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Topics: Press Releases, Sarah Steinberg, Nevada

Nevada Gov. Lombardo signs unanimously passed Senate Bill 281, which creates a new planning process for natural gas utilities

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 16, 2023

Advanced Energy United applauds Senator Rochelle Nguyen, the Nevada legislature, and Governor Lombardo for coming together to modernize the state’s gas utility regulations to prepare for a rapidly changing energy system.

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Topics: Press Releases, Sarah Steinberg, Nevada

Report: In 2022, Advanced Energy Market Topped $2 Trillion Worldwide; U.S. Market Exceeds $374 Billion

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 15, 2023

Advanced energy technologies and services proved resilient in tough economic times, and landmark federal legislation will provide a historic opportunity for growth

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 15, 2023 — Today, Advanced Energy United, the national association of businesses working to achieve 100% clean energy and electrified transportation in America, announced that the total revenue for advanced energy worldwide reached $2.1 trillion in 2022, and reached $374 billion in the U.S. alone, with both markets growing by about 14% over 2021. 

These findings, along with details by market segment, are found in the Advanced Energy Now 2023 Market Reportproduced by Guidehouse Insights for Advanced Energy United (formerly Advanced Energy Economy / AEE). The 2023 edition covers global and U.S. revenue for 2021 and 2022 – two years impacted in large part by the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing recovery. 

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Topics: Advanced Energy Now Market Report, Press Releases, Heather O'Neill

New York Legislature Passes Bill to Identify Electric Grid Improvements Needed for Transition to Electric Vehicles

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 12, 2023

State takes important next step in identifying critical EV charging infrastructure to fast-track 

ALBANY, NY, June 12, 2023 -- Today, Advanced Energy United thanked the New York Legislature for passing S4830/A5052, a bill that directs state agencies to assess where in the state the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) is likely to require strengthening or expanding the state’s electricity grid. Such analyses—and subsequent grid improvements—will ensure the grid is ready for the uptick in electricity demand that EVs will bring, and save money in the long run compared to the status quo of reactive and piecemeal grid upgrades. 

“New York’s transition to EVs is a critical undertaking, but that transition will be slower and more expensive without proactive strengthening of the electricity grid,” said Karlito Almeda, New York state lead for Advanced Energy United, the national association of businesses working to achieve a 100% clean energy and electrified transportation future. “Charging infrastructure projects can take nine months to two years to complete. That’s why studying and recommending grid improvements is an important first step, but we stand ready to work with state agencies, along with the legislature next year to put the resulting study into action as soon as possible.” 

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Topics: Press Releases, New York, Karlito Almeda

Advanced Energy United Applauds Governor Lombardo Signing the Nevada Clean Trucks and Buses Incentive Program

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 12, 2023

Program will offer incentives for the purchase of zero-emission medium-and-heavy-duty vehicles 

CARSON CITY, NV, June 12, 2023 – Today, Advanced Energy United, the national association of businesses working to achieve 100% clean energy and electrified transportation, commended Governor Lombardo for signing into law AB 184, which established a Nevada Clean Trucks and Buses Incentive Program. 

“This legislation will drive Nevadan businesses and fleets forward into a modern, high-performing, lower-cost, clean transportation future,” said Gabriela Olmedo, policy associate at Advanced Energy United. “We thank Assemblyman Watts for championing this important bill, and Governor Lombardo for recognizing the economic opportunity that the growing electric vehicle market offers the state.”

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Topics: Press Releases, Nevada, Gabriela Olmedo

Indianapolis Business Journal: Trish Demeter and Ed Burgess: A fateful choice looms for Indiana’s electricity grid

Posted by Ed Burgess on Jun 9, 2023

Indianapolis Business Journal publishes an article on the future of Indiana's electricity grid written by United's Trish Demeter and Ed Burgess from Strategen.

Much has changed since Indiana’s electric utilities last issued their plans to power Hoosier homes and businesses—fossil fuel prices, supply chains, federal policies, geopolitics and technologies, to name just a few.

These changes have opened new opportunities to offer customers lower energy prices and cleaner air. But if Indiana utilities move ahead with their current proposals that ignore these rapidly evolving market conditions, they will waste their customers’ money on 20th century strategies and technologies. Don’t Hoosiers deserve better options for an affordable, reliable and modern grid?

Four of the state’s largest electric utilities—CenterPoint, Duke Energy Indiana, Indiana Michigan Power and Northern Indiana Public Service Co.—have proposed replacing coal-fi red powerplants with natural-gas-fueled plants. It’s like upgrading from a1995 Toyota Corolla to a 2005 Toyota Corolla when, for the same price or less, you could have a Ford Mustang Mach-e. It would be irresponsible for these utilities to not reconsider their plans before breaking ground on new projects when changing market conditions make potentially cost-saving and innovative solutions available.

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Topics: United In The News, Indiana, Trish Demeter

Advanced Energy United calls on Virginia’s regulatory body to reconsider RGGI withdrawal

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 7, 2023

RICHMOND, VA, June 7, 2023 – Today, Advanced Energy United, the national association of businesses working to achieve 100% clean energy and electrified transportation, expressed its disappointment in the Air Pollution Control Board’s decision to approve a regulatory repeal of Virginia’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (“RGGI”).

“This Initiative is working to reduce energy costs for Virginians, and withdrawing from it undermines the Commonwealth’s economy," said Kim Jemaine, Director at Advanced Energy United. “In the first two years of participation, RGGI generated $252 million for weatherization and energy efficiency projects, chiefly for low-income Virginians. RGGI has been particularly impactful for the over 200,000 low-income residents who pay a disproportionate amount of their income toward the cost of energy.”

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Topics: Virginia, Press Releases, Kim Jemaine

Nationally renowned energy expert Suedeen Kelly named Chair of Advanced Energy Institute Board of Directors

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 6, 2023

Suedeen Kelly, Partner at Jenner & Block and former FERC commissioner, joined Institute’s Board in 2020

WASHINGTON, DC, June 6, 2023 – Today, national nonprofit organization Advanced Energy Institute announced that Suedeen Kelly, Partner at Jenner & Block, is the new Chair of the Institute’s board, where she has served as a board member since 2020. In this role, Ms. Kelly will elevate the Institute’s role and impact promoting understanding of the benefits of the transition to 100% clean energy and electrified transportation in America.

“At this critical juncture for our nation’s energy system, we are honored to have Suedeen’s expertise and leadership guiding our efforts to shine a light on the benefits of advanced energy for America,” said Heather O’Neill, President and CEO of Advanced Energy United, the sister business association of the Institute. “Suedeen is a proven public leader and a sought-out expert across the industry, giving her unique insights into the needs and opportunities to educate policymakers across the country.”

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Topics: Press Releases