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Phoenix Business Journal (Opinion): New State Leaders Should Maximize the Value of Arizona’s Sunshine

Posted by Shelby Stults on Dec 9, 2022

Phoenix Business Journal published Shelby Stults’ opinion piece on Governor-elect Katie Hobbs’ unprecedented opportunity to accelerate advanced energy growth in the state. Read snippets below and the full article here.

Katie Hobbs will take office as Governor with an enormous opportunity to lower energy costs and improve the landscape for clean energy businesses in Arizona. Arizona is projected to receive $11 billion for clean energy investments thanks to the federal Inflation Reduction Act and last year’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act — and these dollars have the potential to transform Arizona’s economy. The investments will create more than a million new jobs in Arizona and spark a whopping $162 billion in economic impact for the state, a 15-fold return on investment...

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Topics: State Policy, Federal Policy, AEE In The News, Manufacturing, Shelby Stults

Colorado Sun (Opinion): The pieces are in place to turn Colorado’s clean energy transition into an economic boom

Posted by Emilie Olson on Dec 3, 2022

The Colorado Sun ran Emilie Olson's column on how the General Assembly can work together to lower costs and drive more jobs to Colorado using new federal funds. Read snippets below and the full article here

Colorado lawmakers will return to the Statehouse in January with an enormous opportunity to lower energy costs and improve electricity reliability for Coloradans. Yes, inflation will likely still be high, but so are the opportunities for Republicans and Democrats to work together on the energy issues facing our state.

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Topics: Federal Policy, AEE In The News, Colorado

AEE statement on Commerce’s initial solar tariff decision

Posted by Cayli Baker on Dec 2, 2022

The Department found imports of certain solar panel components circumvented existing U.S. tariffs on China.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2022 – Today, national business association Advanced Energy Economy reacted to the Department of Commerce’s preliminary determination that Chinese solar companies were circumventing U.S. trade restrictions. The investigation found that a number of Chinese solar companies were dodging existing tariffs by routing products through Southeast Asian nations. President Biden previously extended a 24-month pause on new solar tariffs, which is expected to forestall the immediate impacts of this determination on the solar industry. 

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

HuffPost: GOP Crushes State Regulator Races And Strengthens Grip Over Nation’s Energy Future

Posted by Alexander C. Kaufman on Nov 17, 2022

HuffPost detailed how utility commissioner races will impact America's energy transition, quoting Leah Rubin Shen on how states can use the IRA to avoid rate hikes. Read snippets below and the full article here.
 

With Arizona’s votes finally tallied this week, Republicans won all but one of the 15 utility commissioner contests in this month’s midterm elections, securing the GOP’s control over critical energy decisions in nine states.

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Topics: State Policy, Federal Policy, Regulatory, AEE In The News, Leah Rubin Shen

The Detroit News (Opinion): Whitmer should make Michigan a clean energy leader

Posted by Michael Weiss and Laura Sherman on Nov 13, 2022

Detroit News published Michael Weiss and Laura Sherman's opinion piece on how Gov. Whitmer has a once-in-a-generation chance to revolutionize the state’s energy and automobile sector. Read snippets below and the full article here.

With the reelection of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan has a once-in-a-generation chance to revolutionize the state’s energy and automobile sector. Whitmer should use her second term to maximize federal funding and incentives from the Inflation Reduction Acts and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to reduce energy costs for Michigan residents and fulfill the goals of the MI Healthy Climate Plan.

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Topics: Federal Policy, AEE In The News, Manufacturing, Michael Weiss

Bloomberg: Midterms Move Climate Battle Beyond Washington

Posted by Liam Denning on Nov 3, 2022

Bloomberg detailed how the midterm election results could push climate issues to the states, quoting J.R. Tolbert on the role utilities and state regulators play in the energy transition. Read snippets below and the full article here.

In former President Donald Trump and current President Joe Biden, the US had a climate-change denier followed immediately by the greenest White House yet. Many states responded to the Washington whiplash with moves of their own. Under Trump, more than a dozen adopted ambitious decarbonization targets, while, under Biden, others have put anti-green laws on the books.

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Topics: State Policy, Federal Policy, AEE In The News, JR Tolbert

AEE celebrates first projects funded by Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to expand domestic battery manufacturing

Posted by Adam Winer on Oct 19, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC, October 19, 2022 – Today, the Department of Energy announced it is awarding $2.8 billion to 20 companies using investments made in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The projects will go towards building and expanding commercial-scale facilities in 12 states to extract and process lithium, graphite, and other battery materials, manufacture components, and demonstrate manufacturing components from recycled materials. 

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Topics: Federal Policy, Press Releases, Manufacturing

New report identifies clean energy jobs for workers of all backgrounds that will grow dramatically with the Inflation Reduction Act

Posted by Adam Winer on Oct 13, 2022

Advanced energy industry jobs growing nearly twice as fast as the national average so far this year 

WASHINGTON, DC, October 13, 2022 – National business association Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) published an analysis of job opportunities in the advanced energy industry – which includes renewables, electrified transportation, and energy-saving technology solutions – and found that advertised positions grew nearly twice as fast as the national average (up 46% versus 27%) during the first eight months of 2022.

The study, produced in partnership with The Burning Glass Institute, a nonprofit labor market analytics center, also identified a wide range of high-growth occupations in the advanced energy industry for people with varying educational and training backgrounds, including a large percentage not requiring a bachelor’s degree. 

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Topics: Federal Policy, Advanced Energy Employment, Press Releases

Concord Monitor: Towns, schools can get get a ‘tax break’ for solar panels even though they don’t pay taxes

Posted by David Brooks on Sep 21, 2022

Concord Monitor detailed how towns and schools can make the most of benefits in the Inflation Reduction Act, quoting AEE's Tom Lewis on clean energy tax credits that can help. Read snippets below and the full article here

Towns, schools and non-profits should find it even easier to cut their power bill by putting up solar panels or installing batteries, thanks to a dry-sounding provision deep within the complexity of the huge Inflation Reduction Act.

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Topics: Federal Policy, AEE In The News, Manufacturing and Infrastructure

Clean energy jobs bounce back from pandemic dip, poised to soar with new federal investments

Posted by Cayli Baker on Sep 6, 2022

The advanced energy industry employed 3.4 million workers at the end of 2021, and workforce growth outpaced overall U.S. job growth

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 6, 2022 – Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy released its annual U.S. advanced energy employment fact sheet highlighting job trends across the industry. Outpacing overall U.S. job growth, the advanced energy workforce took a strong upturn in 2021, employing 3.4 million workers at the end of 2021 and bouncing back from COVID-19 disruptions. 

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Topics: Federal Policy, Press Releases, Nat Kreamer