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Novel Climate Bond Proposal Passes California Legislature

Posted by Caroline Grace on Jul 3, 2024

$10 billion for water, clean energy, and environmental protection has passed the full legislature   

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, California lawmakers passed a groundbreaking $10 billion climate bond, the largest climate investment in state history. This novel initiative aims to advance clean energy, clean drinking water, and environmental protection programs that will bolster community resiliency and response time from climate-related disasters.  

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Topics: Press Releases, California, Edson Perez

Clean Energy Bills Advance Past Committee Hurdle

Posted by Caroline Grace on Jul 1, 2024

State leaders show progress in moving forward distributed clean energy and building electrification legislation  

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today,the California Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee voted to pass Senate Bills 1221 and 1374.

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Topics: Press Releases, California, Edson Perez

Overturning Chevron Doctrine Subverts Government’s Role in America’s Energy Transition

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 28, 2024

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court, in issuing a ruling in the case of LOPER BRIGHT ENTERPRISES v. RAIMONDO, announced it has overturned the judicial Chevron Doctrine.

In response, Heather O'Neill, President and CEO of national business association Advanced Energy United, issued the following statement:

“While the march to clean energy will continue, today’s Supreme Court decision to radically overturn forty years of judicial precedent is a blow for effective and efficient government. Technology and regulation go hand and hand in making America a prosperous, safe, and clean place in which to live. Overturning the so-called Chevron Doctrine will invite chaos, inefficiency, and added cost to everyday people.

In light of this decision, Congress must act to ensure that this decision does not undo decades of progress.”

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

Rhode Island Gov. McKee Signs Energy Storage Act into Law

Posted by Savannah Gribbins on Jun 27, 2024

Bill sponsors Sen. Euer and Rep. Handy join Advanced Energy United in applauding landmark moment for Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI – Last night, Governor Daniel McKee signed the 2024 Energy Storage Systems Act into law, a landmark moment in Rhode Island's journey to a 100% clean energy future. Led by Senator Dawn Euer and Representative Arthur Handy, the Act puts Rhode Island’s energy system in a strengthened position.

“Energy storage is flexible, reliable, affordable, and will be a game changer for Rhode Island’s power grid,” said Rhode Island State Lead Kat Burnham of national business association Advanced Energy United. “Investing in energy storage technologies will drive economic development and job creation in the clean energy sector.”

“The 2024 Energy Storage Systems Act isn't just about technology—it's about people. It's about creating good, steady jobs and making sure our communities have power when they need it,” said Rhode Island State Senator Dawn Euer. “Rhode Island is committed to a clean energy future and we’re showing how it's done.”

“Especially with the growing threat of extreme weather, this legislation will ensure we have the power we need, when we need it,” added Rhode Island State Representative Art Handy. “We're talking about dependable power, more jobs, and a cleaner environment for everyone. It's a big step forward for our state.”

In Rhode Island and across New England, the electricity system is undergoing a transition to clean energy. Flexible resources such as storage will be essential to deploy more renewable energy and meet future reliability needs. Energy storage is a mature technology that can reduce strain on the electric grid and create opportunities for ratepayer savings.

Key Features of the Energy Storage Systems Act: 

  • Storage Targets: Rhode Island sets goals of 90 megawatts of energy storage by 2026, 195 megawatts by 2028, and 600 megawatts by 2033.
  • Infrastructure Programs: The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank will develop programs to facilitate energy storage adoption across all sectors.
  • Storage Procurements: Enables the RI Public Utility Commission to require distribution companies to procure cost-effective storage systems.

By signing the Energy Storage Systems Act (Senate Bill 2499 and House Bill 7811), policymakers are delivering on their commitments to grow Rhode Island’s clean economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Click here to learn more about Advanced Energy United's work advocating for clean energy solutions in Rhode Island and New England.

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Topics: State Policy, Press Releases, Kat Burnham, Rhode Island

FERC To Consider New Requirements for Transmission Providers to Use Dynamic Line Ratings

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 27, 2024

Dynamic Line Ratings use sensors to determine how much electricity a transmission line can safely transmit

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced an advanced notice of a proposed rulemaking aimed at guiding transmission providers to implement Dynamic Line Ratings (DLR), a technology that determines the true, real-time capacity of a power line.

“Transmission operators aren’t maximizing the potential of our power lines, leading to unnecessarily high energy costs for consumers,” said Caitlin Marquis, Managing Director at Advanced Energy United. “Dynamic Line Ratings are one of the most cost-effective tools we have for getting more out of our existing power grid infrastructure.”

Advanced Energy United joined with other clean energy business associations in filing formal comments to FERC calling for more guidance on DLR use, saying in part that wider use of Dynamic Line Ratings, as well as other grid-enhancing technologies (GETs), would help ensure just and reasonable transmission rates by improving the accuracy of how much electricity can move along transmission lines.

About Dynamic Line Ratings (DLR): Technology that utilizes sensors on a transmission line to consider multiple factors beyond just the air temperature when determining how much electricity a line can safely transmit. DLR sensors measure not only temperature but also wind speed, sunlight exposure and line tension. This comprehensive set of data provides a more extensive evaluation of a power lines' condition than ambient-adjusted ratings (AAR), which are what transmission operators are currently required to use. There have been many studies on DLR; a 2021 review found DLR is over 16% more effective than AARs alone.

The draft advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANOPR) seeks comment on both the need for a DLR requirement and on the proposed framework of DLR reforms. Initial comments are due to FERC 90 days after publication in the Federal Register, with reply comments due 30 days later.

Click here to learn more about Advanced Energy United's work engaging with FERC and advocating for the expansion of wholesale markets.

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

California’s Budget Deal Doesn’t Prioritize Clean Air or Grid Resiliency

Posted by Caroline Grace on Jun 27, 2024

State leaders severely cut clean energy and transportation programs

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, the California legislature passed a package of bills reflecting a final budget deal reached with Governor Newsom. This agreement makes cuts of over $1 billion to critical clean energy and clean transportation programs that make our grid more resilient, improve air quality, and support good paying in-state jobs. The budget cuts can be found in Assembly Bill 107 and in this legislative report.

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Topics: Press Releases, California, Edson Perez

Rhode Island Powers Up: New Energy Storage Legislation to Transform Grid

Posted by Savannah Gribbins on Jun 14, 2024

Rhode Island’s General Assembly passed the 2024 Energy Storage Systems Act last night

PROVIDENCE, RI – Advanced Energy United, the national clean energy business association, celebrates the passage of the 2024 Energy Storage Systems Act. This landmark legislation, passed last night, marks a pivotal step in Rhode Island’s journey toward a resilient, 100% clean electricity future. 

“With the passage of this legislation, Rhode Island has taken a critical step towards a clean energy future,” said Advanced Energy United's Rhode Island State Lead Kat Burnham. “This legislation not only positions Rhode Island as a leader in energy innovation but also paves the way for substantial economic growth. Energy storage is the backbone of a reliable clean energy grid, and this legislation ensures that Rhode Island’s grid will be robust and adaptable as we transition towards 100% clean electricity.”

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Topics: Press Releases, Kat Burnham, Rhode Island

Advanced Energy United Congratulates New FERC Nominees on Senate Confirmation

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 13, 2024

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Advanced Energy United congratulated David Rosner, Judy Chang, and Lindsay See for being confirmed by the U.S. Senate to join the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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

Opposition to FERC Transmission Rule is Misguided

Posted by Adam Winer on Jun 13, 2024

FERC Order No. 1920 “provides states with an opportunity to lead” says Advanced Energy United 

WASHINGTON, DC - A few states and entities have filed rehearing requests seeking to undo the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) decision to improve the rules for how the U.S. plans and pays for long-distance transmission lines. The filings appear to reflect a misunderstanding about how FERC Order No. 1920 will impact states. Rather than sideline the states, as the filings suggest, the FERC order provides a new, formalized process by which states have a role in transmission planning. 

“Households and businesses pay the price when we play politics with our electricity system,” said Amisha Rai, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy Advanced Energy United. “We need states to work together to make the system stronger so that residents don't fall victim to another blackout as we all witnessed during Winter Storm Uri.”

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Topics: Federal Policy, Press Releases, Amisha Rai, FERC

NV Energy’s 2024 Integrated Resource Plan Fails to Protect Consumers

Posted by Caroline Grace on Jun 11, 2024

NV Energyproposing over 400MW of new gas on top of 500MW of gas approved less than three months ago.   

CARSON CITY, NV — National business association Advanced Energy United expressed alarm that NV Energy’s 2024 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) proposes to increase the utility’s exposure to unreliable, expensive, and risky out-of-state gas, while underutilizing made-in-Nevada renewable energy and virtual power plants. 

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Topics: Press Releases, Nevada, Brian Turner