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Reuters: US Efforts To Restore Offshore Wind Pipeline Spur Factory Investments

Posted by Eduardo Garcia on Feb 15, 2024

Reuters reports on new investments in offshore wind manufacturing from company US Forged Rings, quoting United's Jeremy McDiarmid on the budding U.S. offshore wind supply chain.
 
US Forged Rings, a new company created by piping group Canadoil, announced plans last week to invest $700 million in a tower fabrication facility and a steel forging plant on the East Coast to supply components to the offshore wind industry.
 
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Topics: United In The News, Offshore Wind, Jeremy McDiarmid

RTO Insider: Biden Drops ‘Acting’ from Phillips’ Title; Clements to Leave at End of Term

Posted by James Downing on Feb 11, 2024

RTO Insider  reports on the official naming of Willie Phillips as FERC Chair The article quotes United's Caitlin Marquis, who welcomed the news and stated that Advanced Energy United hopes to see the nomination of new FERC commissioners who share interest in tackling the challenges faced by the energy sector.
 

President Joe Biden on Friday removed “acting” before FERC Chair Willie Phillips’ title, as Commissioner Allison Clements announced she would not seek a second term.

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Topics: United In The News, Caitlin Marquis, FERC

Utility Dive: Colorado Regulator’s Vision for Xcel Virtual Power Plant: Tariff-Driven, 50 MW and Online by This Fall

Posted by Robert Walton | Utility Dive on Feb 7, 2024

Utility Dive reports on the Colorado Public Utilities Commissioner’s vision for Xcel Energy to roll out a 50MW Virtual Power Plant this fall to improve grid reliability. The article quotes Brian Turner on what a viable VPP program would look like and the time it would take to implement. 

Xcel Energy would roll out a 50-MW virtual power plant, or VPP, utilizing a new “prosumer tariff” by the end of this year under a vision laid out by a Colorado Public Utilities Commission regulator. While the utility has some concerns about the timeline, it said in a Jan. 25 filing that aspects of the VPP could be included in an upcoming request for proposals in the first quarter. 

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Topics: United In The News, Colorado, Brian Turner

Canary Media: Bill Would End California Experiment with Income-Based Electric Bills

Posted by Jeff St. John on Feb 7, 2024

Canary Media reports on the California lawmakers’ efforts to overturn the California Public Utilities Commission’s plan to propose income-graduated fixed fees with Assembly Bill 1999. The article quotes Edson Perez and Brian Turner on how ratepayers will be affected by this and the consequences of this fixed charge.
 
Of all the ways California regulators are proposing to rein in fast-rising electric utility rates, few are as controversial as the plan to charge customers for electricity service based on how much money they make.
 
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Topics: United In The News, California, Brian Turner, Edson Perez

PV Magazine: Increasing Alternative Energy Standards Would Bring Billions in Investment to Pennsylvania

Posted by Anne Fischer on Feb 5, 2024

PV Magazine  reports on the recently released report, "Implementing “30% by 2030” Renewable Energy Policy Would Generate $13 Billion for PA" , by Advanced Energy United and a coalition of partners.  The article quotes United's Nick Bibby, who relays the report's findings that increasing Pennsylvania's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards would benefit the Commonwealth.
 

The governor of Pennsylvania has made a campaign pledge of 30% renewable energy by 2030. While 30% is not overly ambitious, three business groups crunched the numbers and found that, if enacted, more than $13.1 billion could be invested in Pennsylvania over the next seven years and 129,000 jobs could be created.

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Topics: United In The News, Pennsylvania, Nick Bibby

RTO Insider: Transmission Coalition to Fight for Expanded Grid

Posted by James Downing on Jan 31, 2024

RTO Insider  reports on the newly launched Transmission Possible campaign, launched by Advanced Energy United and a coalition of partners The article quotes United's Verna Mandez, who shares that the campaign seeks to address America's growing energy needs by supporting efforts to build new transmission lines and improve existing infrastructure.
 

A new coalition called Transmission Possible launched Jan. 25 to support local, state and federal efforts to expand transmission, while a recent paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) put some numbers on an issue that has often complicated those efforts.

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Topics: United In The News, Transmission, Verna Mandez

Utility Dive: 9 US Power Sector Trends to Watch in 2024


Utility Dive  highlights some of the major developments and trends expected in nine critical areas of the energy transition this year, including the expansion of virtual power plants (VPPs). The article quotes United's Ryan Katofsky, who speaks to the increasing role VPPs can play in ensuring grid reliability and addressing the general need for more flexibility on the demand side.
 

The U.S. clean energy transition is expected to accelerate this year, buoyed by recent policy and other actions, but transmission and financing are among its challenges. The following is a snapshot of some of the major developments and trends expected in nine critical areas of the energy transition this year...

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Topics: Wholesale Markets, United In The News, Ryan Katofsky

RTO Insider: Stakeholders Propose Amendments to ISO-NE Order 2023 Compliance

Posted by Jon Lamson on Jan 7, 2024

RTO Insider reports that Advanced Energy United and other clean energy companies proposed several amendments to ISO-NE’s proposed Order 2023 compliance plans. The article quotes United's Alex Lawton, who speaks to how ISO NE's suggested deviations from the approach detailed in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order could undermine the order’s goal of reducing interconnection delays.
 

Clean energy companies and trade groups proposed a series of amendments to ISO-NE’s proposed Order 2023 compliance at the NEPOOL Transmission Committee meeting Jan. 4, as the RTO and its stakeholders scramble to reach a consensus prior to the scheduled TC vote in February.

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Topics: Wholesale Markets, United In The News, New England, Alex Lawton

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

Nevada Current: NV Energy Not Looking Out for Customers, Say Energy Industry Reps

Posted by Dana Gentry on Dec 19, 2023

The Nevada Current reports on NV Energy's request for a fifth amendment to its Integrated Resource Plan, quoting United's Brian Turner on the importance of competitive procurement and commission oversight.
 

NV Energy is failing to get the best deals for its customers, resulting in higher than necessary rates, according to experts who say compared with other electric utilities in the west, the company is lagging in leveraging the lowest-cost, and most environmentally friendly options.

In September, an NV Energy executive told Clark County commissioners that fulfilling a legislative mandate to ensure half of its energy is from renewable sources by 2030 “is going to be a challenge.”  

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Topics: PUCs, United In The News, Nevada, Brian Turner