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State House News Service: Technology to “Get More Out Of” Electric Grid Attracts Support

Posted by Chris Lisinski on Dec 22, 2023

The Statehouse News Service reports on proposed legislation in Massachusetts, which would require utilities to consider grid-enhancing technologies (GETs) and other technologies before moving toward new construction. The article quotes  United's Kat Burnham, who testified at a recent legislative hearing in support of the legislation and underlined the vital role GETs can play in making the state's power grid more reliable, flexible, and efficient.

Clean energy trade groups lined up Thursday in support of a new proposal from legislative Democrats that would embrace lower-cost, easy-to-install options for boosting the performance of the electric grid.

Bills filed by the House and Senate point people on energy and climate reforms, Rep. Jeffrey Roy and Sen. Michael Barrett, won praise as “commonsense” changes that could help the state move closer to its clean energy future without the same kind of major investment that other reforms will require. 

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Topics: United In The News, Kat Burnham, Massachusetts

Reuters: US states urged to co-plan grids to curb offshore wind costs

Posted by Eduardo Garcia on Sep 28, 2023

Reuters reports on the rise of grid investments across the East Coast ahead of a surge in offshore wind deployment, quoting Kat Burnham on the importance of regional cooperation in transmission planning for lowering costs.

From Maine to Virginia, state authorities and grid operators are scrambling to expand transmission grids ahead of a surge in offshore wind deployment.

Power authorities are looking to connect at least 20 offshore wind projects in the U.S. Northeast, many of which aim to start producing power by 2030. The Biden administration aims to complete environmental reviews of at least 16 projects by 2025 and install 30 GW by the end of the decade.

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Topics: United In The News, Kat Burnham, New York, Maryland, New England, New Jersey

New State Report Dispels Myth That Massachusetts Lacks Solar Development Options

Posted by Natalie Vaughan on Jul 6, 2023

The report makes it clear there are plenty of places to responsibly develop solar in Massachusetts, and the state needs policies to make it a reality.

BOSTON, MA – Today, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources published its “Technical Potential of Solar Study” report and the results are in: its geospatial analysis of potential solar land use confirms the state has up to 18 times the solar potential than what will ultimately be needed. This report lays the groundwork for the next chapter in Massachusetts’ solar policy. 

“Solar energy is key to our clean energy transition and has the potential to sustain good jobs across the Commonwealth,” said Kat Burnham, Massachusetts state lead at Advanced Energy United, the national business association working to achieve 100% clean energy in America. “This study by the Department of Energy Resources shows that there is ample potential to grow our solar industry, generate clean energy, and protect our open space. Succeeding will require a sustained commitment to build solar in all of its forms – on roofs, over parking lots, and on land. We can do this, but it won't happen by accident.”

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Topics: Press Releases, Kat Burnham, Massachusetts

Utility Dive: PJM releases road map for creating ‘grid of the future’ to handle coming renewables, storage wave

Posted by Ethan Howland on May 12, 2022

Utility Dive discussed the PJM plans for renewable energy  growth, quoting AEE's Kat Burnham on the grid operator's roadmap. Read snippets below and the full article here.

The report provides “guideposts” on the areas PJM and its stakeholders need to focus on to keep the grid reliable while meeting state clean energy goals, according to Katherine Burnham, Advanced Energy Economy policy principal.

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Topics: United In The News, Kat Burnham

E&E News: Major grid dilemma: Treat fossil fuels like renewables?

Posted by Miranda Willson on May 5, 2022

E&E News examined how PJM Interconnection handles capacity valuation, quoting AEE's Kat Burnham on capacity modeling issues used for thermal resources. Read snippets below and the full article here.

Now, clean energy advocates have their sights set on another issue they say may give coal, natural gas and nuclear generators a leg up with PJM Interconnection, a regional transmission organization that oversees the flow of power in 13 states and the District of Columbia. The issue is known as capacity value, and how PJM handles it could have implications for everything from coal plant retirements to battery deployment to the reliability of the power grid for the 65 million people living in the PJM region.

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Topics: Wholesale Markets, United In The News, Kat Burnham

E&E News: Renewables backlog plan for PJM region met with mixed reviews

Posted by Miranda Willson on Feb 14, 2022

E&E News outlined the renewable energy backlog in PJM, quoting Kat Burnham on the proposed reforms. Read snippets below and the full article here.

The largest U.S. grid operator advanced a plan last week to ease bottlenecks holding back thousands of solar and wind projects, but critics say it means future projects may face even longer delays.

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Topics: United In The News, Kat Burnham