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FERC Greenlights CAISO’s New Extended Day-Ahead Market

Posted by Adam Winer on Dec 22, 2023

New market approval a significant development for the West, says Advanced Energy United

WASHINGTON, DC – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the creation of a new extended day-ahead market (EDAM) by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), a significant development for the region. As CAISO notes in its news release, FERC’s action represents a major advance toward greater coordination of Western electricity markets. 

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Topics: Wholesale Markets, Press Releases, Western RTO, California, Brian Turner

State House News Service: Technology to “Get More Out Of” Electric Grid Attracts Support

Posted by Chris Lisinski on Dec 22, 2023

The Statehouse News Service reports on proposed legislation in Massachusetts, which would require utilities to consider grid-enhancing technologies (GETs) and other technologies before moving toward new construction. The article quotes  United's Kat Burnham, who testified at a recent legislative hearing in support of the legislation and underlined the vital role GETs can play in making the state's power grid more reliable, flexible, and efficient.

Clean energy trade groups lined up Thursday in support of a new proposal from legislative Democrats that would embrace lower-cost, easy-to-install options for boosting the performance of the electric grid.

Bills filed by the House and Senate point people on energy and climate reforms, Rep. Jeffrey Roy and Sen. Michael Barrett, won praise as “commonsense” changes that could help the state move closer to its clean energy future without the same kind of major investment that other reforms will require. 

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Topics: United In The News, Kat Burnham, Massachusetts

Nevada Current: NV Energy Not Looking Out for Customers, Say Energy Industry Reps

Posted by Dana Gentry on Dec 19, 2023

The Nevada Current reports on NV Energy's request for a fifth amendment to its Integrated Resource Plan, quoting United's Brian Turner on the importance of competitive procurement and commission oversight.

NV Energy is failing to get the best deals for its customers, resulting in higher than necessary rates, according to experts who say compared with other electric utilities in the west, the company is lagging in leveraging the lowest-cost, and most environmentally friendly options.

In September, an NV Energy executive told Clark County commissioners that fulfilling a legislative mandate to ensure half of its energy is from renewable sources by 2030 “is going to be a challenge.”  

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Topics: PUCs, United In The News, Nevada, Brian Turner

Inflation Reduction Act’s stackable 45X credits will help onshore clean energy manufacturing

Posted by Adam Winer on Dec 14, 2023

Advanced Energy United encouraged by Treasury guidance, inclusion of recycling and innovative technologies 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, national business association Advanced Energy United commended the U.S. Department of Treasury for clarifying its guidance on how to use the 45X tax credit established by the Inflation Reduction Act, including the inclusion of recycled content and allowing for innovative technologies to qualify. 

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Topics: Federal Policy, Press Releases, Harrison Godfrey

Heatmap: Biden’s One Tax Credit to Rule Them All

Posted by Emily Pontecorvo on Dec 14, 2023

Heatmap reports on the Inflation Reduction Act's 45X tax credit, quoting United's Harry Godfrey on how this pillar program within the law directly supports advanced energy technologies and benefits U.S. manufacturers producing components up and down their supply chains.

This year may forever be remembered as the start of the American clean energy manufacturing boom.

Since the beginning of 2023, companies have announced more than 150 separate investments in new and expanded factories to manufacture solar panels, wind turbines, batteries, and other clean energy technologies in the U.S., for a total pledged outlay of nearly $60 billion, according to tracking by the nonpartisan group E2. And these factories won’t just be assembling the final products. Entire supply chains have arrived on shore.

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Topics: Federal Policy, United In The News, Manufacturing and Infrastructure, Harrison Godfrey

Utility Dive: House Democratic Bill Aims to Spur Interregional, Offshore Transmission

Posted by Ethan Howland on Dec 14, 2023

Utility Dive reports on the Clean Electricity and Transmission Acceleration Act, a bill introduced to spur transmission development, quoting United's Mike Haugh on how the bill's passage would improve our transmission system and push the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission (FERC) to take action on its pending transmission planning and cost allocation rulemaking.

House Democrats on Tuesday introduced a bill to spur transmission development, with a focus on interregional and offshore wind lines.

The bill, introduced by Reps. Sean Casten, D-Ill., and Mike Levin, D-Cal., plus 74 co-sponsors, directs the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to issue rules to improve interregional transmission planning; provides a 30% transmission investment tax credit; incentivizes renewable energy development in priority areas on federal land; and expands consultation with disadvantaged groups and communities in the permitting process.

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Topics: United In The News, FERC, Mike Haugh

Crain's Business Chicago: Peoples Gas' Pipe Replacement Should Not Restart

Posted by Samarth Medakkar on Dec 6, 2023

In a letter to the editor of Crain's Business Chicago, United's Samarth Medakkar advocates that the Illinois Commerce Commission's decision to suspend the Peoples Gas' pipe replacement program was in the best interest of Illinois consumers, responding to an op-ed published in support of the program.

Late last month, the Illinois Commerce Commission suspended Peoples Gas' pipe replacement and ordered an investigation into this program, which is responsible for an increase in rates since work began in 2011. The call to restart the program in the op-ed "The ICC needs to restart Peoples Gas' pipeline replacement immediately" (Nov. 29) is shortsighted, and doesn't factor in the surge in market trends toward home electrification technologies, driven by consumer choice.

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Topics: United In The News, Illinois, Samarth Medakkar

Indianapolis Business Journal: Indiana Should Not Stifle Energy Innovation

Posted by Trish Demeter on Dec 1, 2023

In a letter to the editor of the Indianapolis Business Journal, United's Trish Demeter writes that the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission should consider the more reliable, cleaner, and more affordable advanced energy alternatives to coal for the best interest of Indiana consumers.

We have the technologies today to deliver reliable, clean, homegrown energy for Indiana while saving Hoosiers billions of dollars. The “solutions” proposed by Mr. Robert Turner in his Viewpoint on Nov. 24 [“As winter nears, state must protect reliable coal energy”] would be a barrier to truly reliable, affordable energy in Indiana.

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Topics: United In The News, Indiana, Trish Demeter

WBUR: Mass. Is on Track to Meet Its Near-Term Climate Goals, but the Hardest Work Lies Ahead

Posted by Miriam Wasser on Dec 1, 2023

WBUR reports on the release of Massachusetts Governor Healey's first annual Climate Report Card, aimed at informing Massachusetts residents of the progress state executive offices are collectively making to achieve climate goals and mandates. The article quotes  Jeremy McDiarmid, who speaks to the importance of the assessment in mapping out what work needs to be accomplished over the next five years for the commonwealth to reach its longer-term climate goals.

Massachusetts is legally required to zero-out planet-warming emissions by mid-century, and to get there the state must do several critical things: Replace fossil fuel-powered vehicles and home heating systems with ones that run on electricity; develop more renewable resources like wind and solar; and use nature-based solutions to sequester and store as much carbon as possible.

So how is the state doing on all of this? On Friday, the Healey administration revealed in its first annual climate report card that the state is on track for its 2025 goals.

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Topics: United In The News, Massachusetts, Jeremy McDiarmid