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Advanced Energy United response to the State of the Union Address

Posted by Adam Winer on Mar 8, 2024

National business association Advanced Energy United calls on Congress and the States to build on momentum towards a 100 percent clean energy future 

WASHINGTON, DC – Advanced Energy United released the following statement from its President and CEO Heather O’Neill after President Biden delivered the annual State of the Union address:

“We must harness the incredible power of advanced energy technologies to reduce harmful emissions while also lowering energy costs, creating economic opportunity for Americans in all states, and building an energy system we can rely on. As witnessed in recent events across the country, our aging, fossil-fueled electricity system is leaving households and businesses vulnerable to outages. We can fix this by updating our energy infrastructure and doubling down on clean energy and storage investments. The longer we wait, the harder and more expensive this work becomes, jeopardizing more lives and the economic well-being of local businesses and economies.

Under Biden’s leadership, Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (IIJA), and the CHIPS and Science Act, which combined are leading to $650 billion in private-sector investments in advanced manufacturing and clean energy, and the creation of tens of thousands of jobs in those industries. But the work isn’t done. Congress needs to pass sensible and responsible permitting reform legislation that makes it easier for us to build a stronger interstate transmission grid, bolster the supply chain for domestic advanced energy manufacturing, and continue the growth of a circular clean energy economy.

States must also build on this momentum. We have the technology to meet our 100 percent clean energy goals while ensuring we have an affordable and reliable grid. This opportunity and urgency must be met with state policies that meet the moment, harnessing unprecedented resources unleashed by the IRA and IIJA. States must remove barriers to building large-scale clean energy projects, make it easier and more affordable for households and businesses to go electric, and ensure utilities are serving customer needs by leveraging all the kinds of advanced energy technologies and services available to get to 100 percent clean electricity as quickly as possible.”

Click here to learn more about Advanced Energy United’s work advocating for federal investment and advanced manufacturing that accelerate the deployment of advanced energy and electrified transportation solutions.

Topics: Federal Policy, Press Releases, Manufacturing, Manufacturing and Infrastructure