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City & State: NY's EV wave is coming. Are we ready?

Posted by Kristina Persaud on May 20, 2024

In an opinion piece in City & State New York, United’s Kristina Persaud supports the passage of New York’s Build to Need legislation (S.9113), which aims to expedite and improve the planning and implementation of grid infrastructure upgrades in New York to support the growing demand for electric vehicle charging.

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Topics: State Policy, Advanced Transportation, United In The News, New York

New York Budget Includes Steps Forward on Transmission, Missed Opportunities on Energy Affordability 

Posted by Savannah Gribbins on Apr 20, 2024

Transmission policies key for achieving NY’s broader clean energy goals 

ALBANY, NY— Today, the New York legislature passed a state budget which included transmission policies that should help the state meet its clean energy goals. National business association Advanced Energy United highlighted how the Renewable Action Through Project Interconnection and Deployment (RAPID) Act could help streamline and improve transmission project siting, via shifting oversight of those projects to the Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES), and shifting ORES to the Department of Public Service. 

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Topics: Press Releases, New York, Transmission, Kristina Persaud

The New York Times: A New Surge in Power Use Is Threatening U.S. Climate Goals

Posted by Brad Plumer and Nadja Popovich on Mar 14, 2024

The New York Times reports on a recent boom in electricity demand in the U.S. that is putting pressure on conventional gas power plants, quoting United's CEO and President Heather O'Neill on the variety of options available for utilities to meet rising demand.

Critics say that regulated utilities often default to building gas plants because it’s a familiar technology and because, in many states, they earn a guaranteed profit from capital projects. They don’t always have the same incentive to adopt energy-efficiency programs that reduce sales or to plan transmission lines that can import cheaper wind power from elsewhere.

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Topics: United In The News, Energy Efficiency, New York, Heather O'Neill

NJ Spotlight News: Op-Ed: The steps needed to get offshore wind back on track in 2024

Posted by Heather O'Neill on Mar 13, 2024

In an opinion piece featured in NJ Spotlight News, United's President and CEO Heather O'Neill writes about the storm of challenges the offshore wind industry faced in the last few post-pandemic year and highlights four key steps to getting the industry back to full power.

After a turbulent 2023, the new year brought some welcome news for the offshore wind industry. Power started to flow from New York’s South Fork Wind and Massachusetts’ Vineyard Wind soon followed suit, meaning that America’s first large-scale projects are now sending clean electricity to its shores for the first time. Meanwhile in New Jersey, the state granted two offshore wind solicitation awards in January, totaling 3,742 megawatts of capacity, enough to power 1.8 million homes when fully operational. 

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Topics: United In The News, New York, Heather O'Neill, Offshore Wind, Massachusetts, New Jersey

Clean Energy Initiatives Outlined in NY State of the State are Key to Reaching the State’s Energy Goals

Posted by Adam Winer on Jan 9, 2024

Transmission development and ensuring an affordable transition away from natural gasare among the priorities outlined in newplan

ALBANY, NY – Advanced Energy United today highlighted several key proposals within New York Governor Kathy Hochul's State of the State plan—including the end of ratepayer subsidies to expand the state's natural gas system (the “100-foot rule”) and plans to improve the state’s transmission systems—as being key steps to accelerating the transition away from fossil fuels and promoting the swift deployment of renewable energy and heating solutions.

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Topics: Press Releases, New York, Transmission, Nathan Willcox

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 York Legislature Passes Bill to Identify Electric Grid Improvements Needed for Transition to Electric Vehicles

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 12, 2023

State takes important next step in identifying critical EV charging infrastructure to fast-track 

ALBANY, NY, June 12, 2023 -- Today, Advanced Energy United thanked the New York Legislature for passing S4830/A5052, a bill that directs state agencies to assess where in the state the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) is likely to require strengthening or expanding the state’s electricity grid. Such analyses—and subsequent grid improvements—will ensure the grid is ready for the uptick in electricity demand that EVs will bring, and save money in the long run compared to the status quo of reactive and piecemeal grid upgrades. 

“New York’s transition to EVs is a critical undertaking, but that transition will be slower and more expensive without proactive strengthening of the electricity grid,” said Karlito Almeda, New York state lead for Advanced Energy United, the national association of businesses working to achieve a 100% clean energy and electrified transportation future. “Charging infrastructure projects can take nine months to two years to complete. That’s why studying and recommending grid improvements is an important first step, but we stand ready to work with state agencies, along with the legislature next year to put the resulting study into action as soon as possible.” 

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Topics: Press Releases, New York, Karlito Almeda

AEE Applauds Release of New York Climate Action Council’s Final Scoping Plan

Posted by Adam Winer on Dec 19, 2022

Plan establishes a roadmap for the achievement of New York’s aggressive statewide decarbonization goals

ALBANY, NY, December 19, 2022 – Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) congratulated New York State’s Climate Action Council on the release of its final scoping plan to implement the clean energy and decarbonization goals of New York’s 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act).

“New York now has a plan for removing most carbon emissions from the state’s economy, an ambitious and laudable goal that will increase clean energy use, put more New Yorkers to work, and support local economies,” said Angela Kent, Policy Principal at AEE. “With a decarbonization plan in hand, Governor Hochul and state leaders should act swiftly to implement the plan’s recommendations, especially in order to make it easier for clean energy projects to connect to the grid, and create new financial incentives for communities to switch to clean energy.”

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Topics: Press Releases, New York, Angela Kent

RTO Insider: New York Climate Scoping Plan OK'd

Posted by Rich Heidorn Jr. and John Norris on Dec 19, 2022

RTO Insider detailed New York's decarbonization plan, quoting Angela Kent on how it will support local economies. Read snippets below and the full article here.

New York’s Climate Action Council approved its Scoping Plan for meeting the state’s decarbonization goals Monday, saying the plan will save the state more than $100 billion and create hundreds of thousands of jobs.

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Topics: State Policy, United In The News, New York, Angela Kent

New York Legislature Passes Building and Appliance Efficiency Bill

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 6, 2022

Industry group says building code and appliance updates will help customers save money and help the state meet emission reduction goals 

ALBANY, June 6, 2022 – National business organization Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) applauded the New York Legislature for approving a bill last week that has the potential to further the deployment of energy-saving technologies and that can deliver significant utility bill savings for consumers.  

The "Advanced Building Codes, Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards Act of 2022" updates the state’s energy building codes to include considerations of climate impact and mitigation strategies, and expands the list of appliances and products that need to meet energy efficiency standards. The Act is expected to deliver $15 billion in utility bill savings for New Yorkers, with $6 billion of those savings going to low- and moderate-income households. The legislation also sets up New York for success in achieving the emissions reduction targets set by the state’s landmark climate law.

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Topics: Press Releases, Energy Efficiency, Leah Meredith, New York