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Utility Dive: Upheaval in utility regulation emerging nationally as Hawaii proves a performance-based approach

Posted by Herman K. Trabish on Jul 12, 2022

Utility Dive compared reforms for utility performance, quoting AEE's Ryan Katofsky on how Hawaii's low-cost reforms are improving service. Read snippets below and the full article here.

Many states are working on regulatory reforms focused on utility performance, but some compromise approaches may be self-defeating, performance-based regulation, or PBR, consultants said.

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Topics: Utility, Regulatory, AEE In The News, Ryan Katofsky

Florida Politics (Opinion): NextEra Energy’s Real Zero is a great step forward, but more needs to be done to reduce energy costs

Posted by Michael Weiss on Jun 28, 2022

Florida Politics published an op-ed from AEE's Michael Weiss analyzing how NextEra's zero carbon goal will positively impact Florida's clean energy landscape. Read snippets below and the full article here.

NextEra Energy, the parent company of Florida Power & Light, recently announced a highly laudable goal of eliminating its carbon emissions from its operations by 2045 on June 14, 2022.

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Topics: Utility, AEE In The News, Michael Weiss

Indianapolis Business Journal (Opinion): IURC should say no to Duke’s planned gas-fired plants

Posted by Sarah Steinberg on Jun 10, 2022

Indiana Business Journal published an op-ed by AEE's Sarah Steinberg, explaining why IURC should invest in clean energy resources and reject Duke Energy Indiana's gas-fired plants. Read snippets below and the full article here.

Duke Energy is one of the nation’s largest utility companies, serving roughly 9 million people across six states. So when this Fortune 150 company announced plans to accelerate its energy transition and reach an entirely clean electricity generation portfolio by 2050, it received significant publicity, including here in Indiana. After all, with Duke Energy Indiana serving over 860,000 customers, this announcement should mean two things: good local jobs developing new energy resources and lower electricity rates from affordable wind, solar, energy storage, energy efficiency and demand management solutions.

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Topics: Utility, AEE In The News, Sarah Steinberg

Utility Dive: Arizona regulators again reject SRP’s proposed 820-MW gas plant expansion

Posted by Robert Walton on Jun 7, 2022

Utility Dive reported on the Arizona Corporation Commission's vote rejecting a proposed gas plant expansion, quoting AEE's Shelby Stults on clean energy solutions utility Salt River Project can pursue instead. Read snippets below and the full article here.

The Arizona Corporation Commission voted 3-2 on Monday to deny rehearing and reconsideration of Salt River Project’s proposed 820-MW expansion of the gas-fired Coolidge Generation Station. Community and clean energy advocates say the utility failed to present new evidence in favor of the project, which the regulators initially rejected in April.

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Topics: Utility, Regulatory, AEE In The News, Arizona, Shelby Stults

Courier & Press (op-ed): CenterPoint’s power plant proposal a bad deal for businesses and consumers

Posted by Sarah Steinberg on May 26, 2022

Courier & Press published an op-ed by AEE's Sarah Steinberg explaining the concerns with CenterPoint's new natural gas power plant proposal. Read snippets below and the full article here.

Legally speaking, your electric utility is required to provide you service at the “lowest cost reasonably possible.”

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Topics: Utility, AEE In The News, Indiana, Sarah Steinberg

Arizona Republic (op-ed): SRP doesn't need a bigger natural gas power plant to meet demand

Posted by Shelby Stults on May 22, 2022

Arizona Republic published Shelby Stults' op-ed on energy capacity solutions that Arizona utility Salt River Project should look to in place of a costly gas plant expansion. Read snippets below and the full article here.

Randolph residents breathed a sigh of relief last month after our state’s utility commissioners shot down a controversial gas-fired power plant expansion in Coolidge.

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Topics: Utility, AEE In The News, Shelby Stults

Utility Dive: Arizona regulators again reject SRP’s proposed 820-MW gas plant expansion

Posted by Robert Walton on May 17, 2022

Utility Dive reported on the Arizona Corporation Commission's vote denying Salt River Project's proposed gas plant expansion, quoting AEE's Shelby Stults on cleaner energy options to consider. Read snippets below and the full article here.

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Topics: Utility, Regulatory, AEE In The News, Shelby Stults

Arizona Republic: Extreme heat, rising demand: Arizona utilities warn of blackouts in summers ahead

Posted by Ryan Randazzo on Apr 29, 2022

Arizona Republic examined utilities' concerns over their power supply, quoting AEE's Shelby Stults on how increasing energy efficiency programs and joining a western RTO can help. Read snippets below and the full article here.

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Topics: Utility, Wholesale Markets, AEE In The News, Energy Efficiency, Arizona, Shelby Stults

New joint paper on the regulatory treatment of cloud computing services for utilities identifies paths to regulatory modernization

Posted by Adam Winer on Mar 3, 2022

AEE and EEI report identifies regulatory roadblocks and offers solutions to transitioning to cloud computing.

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 3, 2022 – Today, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) released a new paper about the regulatory reforms needed to modernize the information technology (IT) systems that utilities depend on to provide safe, reliable, and efficient operations. “Reaching for the Cloud: Solutions for Regulatory Parity for Cloud Services for Utilities” details how regulations in place for nearly a century are delaying utilities’ transition from on-premises systems to cloud computing services, which is happening across other industries. The impacts are far-reaching and affect all regulated utilities, including electric, water, and natural gas companies. “Reaching for the Cloud” explores avenues for placing all IT solutions on a more similar regulatory footing, with the goal of unlocking cost savings and greater benefits for customers while supporting utility efforts to meet higher expectations for reliability, resilience, and clean energy.

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Topics: Utility, Regulatory, Press Releases

Phoenix Independent (Opinion): Utilities may give Arizona customers reasons to sweat

Posted by Shelby Stults on Feb 21, 2022

Phoenix Independent published Shelby Stults' op-ed explaining why two Arizona bills under consideration in the state legislature are bad energy policy. Read snippets below and the full article here.

Sweltering heat waves and unreliable energy access during wildfires are giving Arizonans a lot to worry about when it comes to their power supply. But a plan being considered by the state legislature should give Arizonans even more reason to sweat when it comes to their ability to reliably and affordably keep cool. 

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Topics: State Policy, Utility, AEE In The News, Arizona, Shelby Stults