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Advanced Energy United Congratulates New FERC Nominees on Senate Confirmation

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 13, 2024

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Advanced Energy United congratulated David Rosner, Judy Chang, and Lindsay See for being confirmed by the U.S. Senate to join the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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Topics: Federal Policy, Press Releases, Caitlin Marquis, FERC

Opposition to FERC Transmission Rule is Misguided

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 13, 2024

FERC Order No. 1920 “provides states with an opportunity to lead” says Advanced Energy United 

WASHINGTON, DC - A few states and entities have filed rehearing requests seeking to undo the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) decision to improve the rules for how the U.S. plans and pays for long-distance transmission lines. The filings appear to reflect a misunderstanding about how FERC Order No. 1920 will impact states. Rather than sideline the states, as the filings suggest, the FERC order provides a new, formalized process by which states have a role in transmission planning. 

“Households and businesses pay the price when we play politics with our electricity system,” said Amisha Rai, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy Advanced Energy United. “We need states to work together to make the system stronger so that residents don't fall victim to another blackout as we all witnessed during Winter Storm Uri.”

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Topics: Federal Policy, Press Releases, Amisha Rai, FERC

Bipartisan GEO Act Would Accelerate Adoption of Promising Geothermal Energy

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 5, 2024

National business association Advanced Energy United endorses GEO Act 

WASHINGTON, DC – The Geothermal Energy Optimization (GEO) Act was recently proposed by a bipartisan group of Senators with the goal of accelerating the adoption of geothermal energy nationwide. Geothermal energy has the potential to be an important part of America’s growing advanced energy resource mix, alongside energy efficiency, energy storage, solar, and wind.

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Topics: Federal Policy, Press Releases, Manufacturing, Harrison Godfrey

New Initiative Will Provide States With Federal Tools to Upgrade Electric Grid

Posted by Adam Winer on May 28, 2024

White House and DOE announcement will help support deployment of GETs 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the White House and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a new Federal-State Modern Grid Deployment Initiative aimed at bolstering America’s power grid by using tools like grid-enhancing technologies (GETs) and doing advanced reconductoring. Joining the Initiative are 21 inaugural states that have agreed to partner with the federal government to speed improvements to the power system.

“At a moment when our electric grid has been neglected, and the demand for energy is on the rise, we must make immediate grid upgrades while we also plan for more long-range transmission lines,” said Verna Mandez, Director of Transmission at Advanced Energy United. “There’s a whole suite of proven, reliable, and cost-effective technological innovations able to make our electric grids do more with less. If we don’t use these proven technologies right away, consumers will be left paying more for a less reliable energy system.”

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Topics: Federal Policy, Press Releases, Transmission, Verna Mandez

Industry Should Lean Into, Instead of Litigate Against, the Energy Transition

Posted by Adam Winer on May 22, 2024

Advanced Energy United calls on industry to stop dragging its feet and embrace more cost-efficient and reliable advanced energy solutions 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, a petition was filed in federal court against the recently finalized U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions regulations for existing coal-fired power plants and new gas plants. National business association Advanced Energy United expressed support for the regulations when they were announced in April, and today urged against industry litigation and instead called for the embrace of cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable solutions for powering the electric grid.

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Topics: Federal Policy, EPA GHG Regs, Press Releases, Heather O'Neill

New FERC Order Empowers States to Expand America’s Electricity Superhighways

Posted by Adam Winer on May 13, 2024

FERC Order No. 1920 will improve transmission planning and make it easier for states to improve their transmission grid

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted to approve new rules aimed at improving long-term regional planning for high-voltage interstate electric transmission lines. 

“Families and businesses are paying the price for utilities’ and grid operators’ failure to address our critical electricity infrastructure needs,” said Heather O’Neill, President and CEO at national business association Advanced Energy United. "Building more multi-state transmission lines unclogs the traffic jams on America’s electricity superhighways and unlocks our ability to keep up with our growing energy needs. This FERC Order sends the message that transmission planning needs to change, and recognizes that states deserve a central role in ensuring a reliable electric grid built for the future.” 

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Topics: Wholesale Markets, Press Releases, Caitlin Marquis, FERC, Heather O'Neill, Transmission

U.S. DOE Announces Communities Poised to Benefit from Transmission Corridors Program

Posted by Adam Winer on May 8, 2024

A lack of electric transmission is harming or may soon harm households and businesses across the country

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a preliminary list of 10 potential National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors (NIETCs) to accelerate the development of transmission projects in areas that have an urgent need for expanded transmission. DOE is now seeking public input on the process. 

“As America’s energy needs grow, the backbone of the energy system needs to grow with it,” said Verna Mandez, Director of Advanced Energy United’s transmission program. “Transmission is how we get affordable electricity from where it’s made to where it’s needed so we can keep the lights on and lower energy bills.” 

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Topics: Federal Policy, Press Releases, Transmission, Verna Mandez

Coalition Calls for Robust Funding for Transmission in FY 2025 Budget

Posted by Adam Winer on Apr 30, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a joint letter to Congress today, a diverse coalition of more than 40 national and regional organizations and companies requested robust funding for electric transmission deployment and research in the Department of Energy (DOE)’s Fiscal Year 2025 budget.

In the letter, the groups highlight how upgrading and expanding the nation’s transmission network has taken on new immediacy.

“For the first time in two decades, demand for electricity is rising,” the groups explain. “Capacity exists to support this increasing demand and with the right investments can be brought online quickly.”

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Topics: Federal Policy, Press Releases, Transmission

New U.S. DOE Rule Will Help Electric Transmission Get Built More Quickly

Posted by Adam Winer on Apr 25, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) finalized the rules for a new Coordinated Interagency Authorizations and Permits program (CITAP). The program is designed to streamline coordination across agencies and make the U.S. DOE a main point of contact between developers and the federal government. National business association Advanced Energy United submitted comments last year about the proposal.

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Topics: Federal Policy, Press Releases, Caitlin Marquis, Transmission

In Light of New U.S. EPA Power Plant Rules, Utilities Should Pivot to Advanced Energy Solutions

Posted by Adam Winer on Apr 25, 2024

Advanced Energy United calls on utilities to switch to more affordable and reliable tools for powering the U.S. electric grid

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced newly finalized emissions regulations for existing coal-fired power plants and new gas plants. Advanced Energy United, the national association of businesses united in their mission to achieve 100% clean energy and electrified transportation in America, expressed support for the regulations and called on utilities to do right by ratepayers by embracing cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable solutions for powering the electric grid.

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Topics: Federal Policy, EPA GHG Regs, Press Releases, Heather O'Neill