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States Must Unleash the Potential of the U.S. EPA’s “Solar for All” Awards

Posted by Adam Winer on Apr 22, 2024

The Solar For All program is giving out $7 billion in funding from the Inflation Reduction Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 60 grants, worth up to $7 billion, for states, territories, Tribal governments, municipalities, and nonprofits for its Solar for All program. The program is expected to benefit over 900,000 households in low-income communities and generate roughly $350 million in annual energy savings by increasing access to affordable, resilient, and clean solar and storage technology.

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Topics: Federal Policy, Press Releases, Harrison Godfrey

Chicago Tribune: Wind and Solar in Limbo - Long Waitlists to Get on the Grid are a ‘Leading Barrier’

Posted by Nara Schoenberg on Apr 21, 2024

The Chicago Tribune reports on PJM Interconnection's low grade in the recently released Advanced Energy United Generator Interconnection Scorecard and the direct impacts of the entity's slow grid connection process.

Ninety miles west of Chicago, the corn and soybean fields stretch to the sky, and dreams of the clean energy future dangle — just out of reach. To the east of Route 52, there’s the first phase of the 9,500-acre Steward Creek solar farm, in the works since 2019. To the west, there’s South Dixon Solar, which once hoped to begin construction on 3,800 acres in 2022.

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Topics: Wholesale Markets, United In The News

New York Budget Includes Steps Forward on Transmission, Missed Opportunities on Energy Affordability 

Posted by Savannah Gribbins on Apr 20, 2024

Transmission policies key for achieving NY’s broader clean energy goals 

ALBANY, NY— Today, the New York legislature passed a state budget which included transmission policies that should help the state meet its clean energy goals. National business association Advanced Energy United highlighted how the Renewable Action Through Project Interconnection and Deployment (RAPID) Act could help streamline and improve transmission project siting, via shifting oversight of those projects to the Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES), and shifting ORES to the Department of Public Service. 

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Topics: Press Releases, New York, Transmission, Kristina Persaud

Utility Dive: NYISO Launches First-In-Nation DER Integration Program in Move toward FERC Order 2222 Compliance

Posted by Robert Walton on Apr 19, 2024

Utility Dive reports on the New York Independent System Operator's newly launched program to integrate aggregations of distributed energy resources (DERs) into wholesale markets. The article quotes Advanced Energy United on its critique of the program's 10 kW limit that restricts access for many clean energy resources.

“FERC’s acceptance of our landmark model is a huge win for grid reliability and energy consumers in New York,” NYISO President and CEO Rich Dewey said in a Wednesday statement.

In its application to revise its market rules to allow DER aggregation, NYISO said the 10 kW threshold “balances the need for efficient administration” of wholesale markets alongside the “value that small facilities can reliably provide the bulk power system.”

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Topics: Wholesale Markets, United In The News, FERC

E&E News: EPA to Unleash $7B for Low-Income Solar Projects

Posted by Jean Chemnick on Apr 18, 2024

E&E News reports on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Solar for All program, meant to reduce energy costs and lower pollution in poor areas across the U.S., quoting United's Harry Godfrey on the program's potential to promote distributed generation and community solar deployment.

EPA is expected to announce the recipients of a $7 billion climate program on Monday that aims to lower energy costs and reduce pollution in poor communities across the country by installing solar power systems on homes.

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Topics: United In The News, Harrison Godfrey

E&E News: DOE Calls for Overhaul of Grid Technology

Posted by Peter Behr on Apr 17, 2024

E&E News reports on the U.S. Department of Energy's recent report spelling out the advantages of advanced technologies in expanding grid capacity, quoting United's Amisha Rai on how advanced technologies could solve much of the country’s electricity challenges.

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Topics: United In The News, Amisha Rai

E&E News: Western Power Market Plan Would Reshape Grid Oversight

Posted by Jason Plautz on Apr 12, 2024

E&E News reports on the key takeaways from the highly anticipated West-Wide Governance Pathways Initiative proposed framework that could help create a new electricity market. The article quotes United's Brian Turner on the progress Nevada and Colorado are making in joining an RTO. 

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Topics: United In The News, Western RTO, Brian Turner

New Report Touts Benefits of VPPs in California

Posted by Caroline Grace on Apr 11, 2024

Virtual power plants can provide opportunities for Californians to deliver power back into the grid

SACRAMENTO, CA— A new study from Brattle Group evaluates the potential of five different consumer technologies that could improve California’s electricity grid.

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Topics: Press Releases, California, Edson Perez

E&E News: ‘Virtual power plants’ poised to grab California market share — study

Posted by Brian Dabbs on Apr 11, 2024

E&E News reports on a new study from the Brattle Group that finds that Virtual Power Plants can serve more than 15 percent of peak electricity demand in California. The article quotes United's Edson Perez uplifting the benefits VPPs have to offer. 

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Topics: United In The News, California, Edson Perez

RTO Insider: Western RTO Group Floats Independence Plan for EDAM, WEIM

Posted by Robert Mullin on Apr 11, 2024

RTO Insider reports on the West-Wide Governance Pathways Initiative’s highly anticipated straw proposal. The article quotes United's Leah Rubin Shen applauding the decision and building on CAISO's Energy Imbalance Market and Extended Day-Ahead Market

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Topics: United In The News, Leah Rubin Shen, Western RTO

Clean Energy Business Representatives Applaud Proposal from West-Wide Governance Pathways Initiative

Posted by Caroline Grace on Apr 10, 2024

Western Regional Electricity Market Progress Continues to be Made 

Today, the West-Wide Governance Pathways Initiative Launch Committee released a straw proposal that outlines a plan to establish an independent entity to oversee Western markets, building on the California Independent System Operator’s (CAISO) Western Energy Imbalance Market (WEIM) and extended day-ahead market (EDAM). Clean energy industry representatives from Advanced Energy United, Pattern Energy, and Enel North America applauded the proposal, which will help advance efforts to build a regional transmission organization (RTO) in the West. 

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Topics: Wholesale Markets, Press Releases, Leah Rubin Shen, Western RTO, California

Grid-Enhancing Technologies Bill Passed in Virginia

Posted by Savannah Gribbins on Apr 6, 2024

H.B. 862, a bill to advance grid-enhancing technologies, was signed into law last night by Gov. Glenn Youngkin

RICHMOND, VA – Last night, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed a grid-enhancing technologies bill into law after it passed the General Assembly with bipartisan support. H.B. 862, proposed by Del. Phil Hernandez and endorsed by national business association Advanced Energy United, will improve grid reliability and increase the capacity of the existing grid to keep up with the Commonwealth’s growing energy needs. 

The bill requires that electric utilities in the state consider grid-enhancing technologies (GETs), a suite of technological upgrades that could add 30-40% more capacity to the current grid and save the Commonwealth money on grid congestion costs, in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) process.  

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Topics: Advanced Transportation, Press Releases, Kim Jemaine, Transmission

Utility Dive: Bonneville staff backs joining SPP’s Markets+ day-ahead market over CAISO alternative

Posted by Ethan Howland on Apr 5, 2024

Utility Dive reports on the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)'s recommendation to join Southwest Power Pool’s Markets+ initiative instead of the California Independent System Operator’s planned day-ahead market. The article quotes United's Leah Rubin Shen, who classifies BPA's decision as premature due to the ever-changing landscape.

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Topics: United In The News, Leah Rubin Shen, Western RTO

Power Grid International: Maryland Passes Bi-directional EV Charging Law

Posted by Sean Wolfe on Apr 4, 2024

Power Grid International reports on Maryland's new law requiring electric utility companies to allow vehicle-to-grid systems to interconnect to the state’s electric distribution network, quoting United's Nick Bibby on the significance of the passing in the state's effort to prepare its grid for electric vehicles.

The Maryland General Assembly has passed a law that would create a bidirectional EV charging program aimed at allowing EVs to not only draw power from the grid, but also supply electricity back, effectively turning EVs into mobile energy storage units.

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Topics: United In The News, Electric Vehicles, Maryland, Nick Bibby

Maryland General Assembly Passes First-of-its-Kind Bidirectional EV Charging Legislation

Posted by Savannah Gribbins on Apr 3, 2024

The DRIVE Act paves the way for advancements in electric vehicle and grid integration, and bolsters Maryland’s energy resiliency 

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Distributed Renewable Integration and Vehicle Electrification (DRIVE) Act (H.B. 1256) was passed by the Maryland General Assembly last night and is now poised to modernize the state’s energy management and grid preparedness. Advanced Energy United, a national business association representing over 100 businesses including transmission developers, electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers, and charging infrastructure providers, gave written testimony in support of the legislation to the House Economic Matters Committee earlier this legislative session.  

“The DRIVE Act shows that Maryland is serious about getting its electric grid ready for an electrified future,” said Nick Bibby, Maryland State Lead for Advanced Energy United. “This legislation will help residents and businesses tap into the unique capabilities of clean energy resources and electric vehicles to lower energy costs and support the resiliency of the electric grid.” 

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Topics: Advanced Transportation, Press Releases, Electric Vehicles, Maryland, Nick Bibby