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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