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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

Advanced Energy United Urges Senate to Ensure Full Contingent at FERC

Posted by Adam Winer on Mar 20, 2024

WASHINGTON, DC – National business association Advanced Energy United released the following statement of support prior to the commencement of Confirmation Hearings for nominees David Rosner, Judy Chang, and Lindsay See to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) before the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee.

"FERC plays an essential role ensuring that the U.S. has an affordable and reliable energy system, which is especially critical as we swiftly transition toward a 100 percent advanced energy economy,” said Caitlin Marquis, Managing Director at Advanced Energy United. "FERC is most capable of deliberating on the vital and complex issues before it when it has a full contingent of Commissioners. As such, we welcome the work of this committee and the Senate as a whole to swiftly consider these nominations from President Biden."

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

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.

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

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

Advanced Energy United Endorses Bipartisan Legislation Regarding Domestic Mineral Production

Posted by Adam Winer on Nov 15, 2023

Advanced Energy United endorses The Mining Schools Act and The Good Samaritan Remediation Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Advanced Energy United (United), as part of its work to advance permitting reform and bolster domestic supply chains for advanced energy manufacturing, endorsed two pieces of bipartisan legislation, The Mining Schools Act and Good Samaritan Act, currently under consideration in the U.S. Senate.

“United is proud to support America’s transition to a 100% clean, fully electrified energy future, utilizing advanced energy technologies made right here in the U.S. when possible,” said Harrison Godfrey, Managing Director at Advanced Energy United and head of the organization’s Federal Investment & Manufacturing Working Group.

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Topics: Federal Policy, Press Releases, Harrison Godfrey

DOE’s new grid-supporting grants will accelerate energy transition and unlock private investment

Posted by Adam Winer on Oct 18, 2023

The U.S. Department of Energy’s GRIP Program shows the importance of building new transmission, says Advanced Energy United’s Harrison Godfrey

WASHINGTON – Today, national business group Advanced Energy United (United)celebratesthe awarding of $3.5 billion for 58 grid-improving projectsas part of the Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships (GRIP) Program from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Grid Deployment Office. The funding is designed to support technologies and services that improvegrid flexibility, generate at least 30 GW of clean energy,and improve the resilience of the power system against the growing threats of extreme weather and climate change.

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Topics: Federal Policy, Press Releases, Transmission

Advanced Energy United supports Congress’ BIG WIRES Act

Posted by Adam Winer on Sep 15, 2023

Introduced today in the Senate and the House of Representatives, the bill would support the buildout of much-needed electric transmission infrastructure

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, national business association Advanced Energy United endorsed the Building Integrated Grids With Inter-Regional Energy Supply (BIG WIRES) Act, introduced today by Senator Hickenlooper and Representative Peters. The bill would address the need for more reliable transmission infrastructure to reduce power outages and upgrade power sector infrastructure.

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

NPR: A year in, landmark U.S. climate policy drives energy transition but hurdles remain

Posted by Rachel Waldholz on Aug 16, 2023

NPR reflects on the first anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act, quoting Advanced Energy United's President & CEO Heather O'Neill on how the landmark legislation and related policy reforms are driving the transition to 100% clean energy.

A year ago, Sonia Aggarwal watched from home as the votes came in on the U.S. Senate floor. Aggarwal was working as a White House aide, advising the Biden administration on climate policy. She'd been up all night, listening as senators debated legislation she and many others had spent more than a year trying to pass.

With that vote, the country's most significant climate legislation made it through the U.S. Senate, a body that had stymied previous efforts for decades. The bill went on to clear the U.S. House, and made its way to President Biden for his signature on Aug. 16, 2022.

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Topics: Federal Policy, United In The News, Heather O'Neill

On this anniversary of its signing, let’s commit to unleashing the promise of the Inflation Reduction Act

Posted by Adam Winer on Aug 16, 2023

America’s $374 billion advanced energy industry poised for accelerated growth thanks in part to the Inflation Reduction Act

WASHINGTON, DC, August 16, 2023 – A year after its signing, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is working as intended, fueling a new era of investment in domestic advanced energy manufacturing and empowering the growth of the technologies and services America needs to secure a 100% clean energy future. 

The recently published Market Reportby Advanced Energy United found that the advanced energy industry – made up of several sectors including building efficiency, advanced transportation, electricity distribution and generation, and advanced fuel production – grew by 14% in market size from 2021 to 2022, up to $374 billion. Those figures have the potential to be dwarfed by the growth stemming from the investments fueled by the IRA. Combined with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021, the IRA is expected to lead to roughly $444 billion in federal investment and $1.2 trillion in private investment, resulting in $2.8 trillion in total GDP, 23 million jobs, and $60 billion in annual consumer savings – all told, a six-fold return in investment in federal dollars in advanced energy growth. 

To celebrate the moment, Advanced Energy United President and CEO Heather O’Neill released the following statement, anticipating the next era of policies needed to reach our clean energy goals: 

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Topics: Federal Policy, Press Releases, Heather O'Neill