Wrapping Up Maryland’s 2024 Legislative Session: Big Wins and Opportunities for the Advanced Energy Industry

Posted by Nick Bibby on Apr 16, 2024 3:15:00 PM

Advancing Clean Energy in the 2024 Maryland General Assembly

The 2024 Maryland legislative session wrapped up on April 8th and marked another step forward for clean energy development in the state. Advanced Energy United played a key role in developing and supporting policies that reshaped how the state is approaching issues like transportation electrification, energy efficiency, and even geothermal energy.  

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Topics: Advanced Transportation, Energy Efficiency, Maryland, Building Electrification, Virtual Power Plants

What Colorado’s First-Ever Gas Infrastructure Plan Teaches Us About Gas Planning

Posted by Sarah Steinberg on Mar 25, 2024 12:45:00 PM

Key Takeaways from Xcel’s First Gas Infrastructure Plan 1

In May 2023, Xcel Energy Colorado filed its inaugural Gas Infrastructure Plan (GIP). Not only was this a first for Colorado, but in a national regulatory landscape light on gas utility oversight, it was also among the first of its kind nationwide. With the gas industry facing unprecedented headwinds – and in light of changing policy, technology, and market conditions – states are looking for new tools to understand and evaluate gas infrastructure investments. Colorado is at the forefront of that change, with state, city, and county emissions reduction policies and programs layered on top of generous state and federal rebates and incentives for clean appliances. In addition, gas commodity and infrastructure costs are rising, and innovation and scale are happening in the cold-climate heating solutions marketplace. All of these beg the question: how do we align long-lived, ratepayer-funded utility infrastructure investments with these long-term trends while still providing for our energy needs in the near term?

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Colorado, Building Electrification, Building Decarbonization

Outdated Energy Laws are Costing New Yorkers Hundreds of Millions Each Year

Posted by Sarah Steinberg on Jan 8, 2024 9:30:00 AM

Repealing 100-Foot Rule is Key to Protecting Ratepayers’ Wallets 2

According to local legend, in New York, it’s still illegal to put an ice cream cone in one’s back pocket while in public on Sundays. As the story goes, this law was enacted to prevent thieves from subtly luring a horse away from its rightful owner before the dawn of the motor vehicle. Though silly, this example is indicative of a larger trend: old laws from the 19th and 20th centuries often remain on the books because it’s more of a hassle to repeal them than to simply stop enforcing them. This can happen as social norms change, or as new technologies eclipse old ones.  

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, New York, Building Electrification, Building Decarbonization

The 2023 State of the Building Energy Transition – A Year of Reckoning

Posted by Sarah Steinberg on Dec 18, 2023 1:30:00 PM

States Prepare for Future of Home & Business Electrification 2

2023 was the year it became obvious – and undeniably so – that the status quo no longer serves us when it comes to heating our homes and businesses. Several trends have come into irreconcilable conflict. In particular, rising gas costs, vulnerabilities in the gas supply chain, and increasing gas infrastructure spending are juxtaposed against new, highly efficient electric appliance options, made ever more accessible by the 2022 federal Inflation Reduction Act as well as continued market growth and innovation. Consumer preferences continue to shift, and, for the second year in a row, electric-powered heat pump sales have surpassed those of gas furnaces.  

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Building Electrification



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