Author: Heather O’Neill    Published: 5/11/2023    AEU

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A Note From Our CEO

Heather ONeill

Heather O’Neill, CEO & President

Advanced Energy United was honored to sponsor last week’s 46th Annual National Conference of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE): Energized for Success: It’s Time in Houston. The conference provided several of our staff members #TheAABEExperience, where we also premiered a new video (below) showcasing our mission to build a cleaner, more inclusive world. Member organizations SunrunLS PowerSunPower Corporation UtilidataKey Capture EnergyDNVMicrosoft, and Pattern Energy Group joined us in producing the video and sponsoring the

 event. As we work to re-power America with 100% clean energy and transportation, I believe we should use this transformation as an opportunity to ensure that all Americans can prosper from the transition.

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Watch the video on our LinkedIn channel here.



Webinar Investing in Policy A Conversation with Clean Energy Leaders 1

Since the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act have passed, new levels of demand have created many capital investment opportunities. In order to ensure that markets allow clean energy to flourish, industry engagement and political pressure are needed. Join Advanced Energy United on Thursday, May 18, 11am ET / 8am for a conversation with clean energy leaders – including Tom Steyer, Co-Chair of Galvanize Climate Solutions & Heather O’Neill, President & CEO of Advanced Energy United – on the opportunities, risks, and challenges presented by this pivotal moment in the energy transition. Register today.>

Webinar Interconnection Why it's Broken & How to Fix It

Interconnection is emerging as one of the biggest barriers to getting new advanced energy resources connected to the electric grid. Join United as we discuss specific interconnection process deficiencies, their impacts, and potential fixes, with a panel of industry leaders on Thursday, May 25 at 12 pm ET/ 9 am PT. Register today.>

Policy Update

Advanced Energy United Applauds New EPA Regulations For Power Plants

Advanced Energy United expressed support for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new emissions regulations regarding new and existing power plants. “The debate around this rule makes clear that advanced energy presents the most affordable path to decarbonizing our energy system,” said Advanced Energy United President & CEO Heather O’Neill. Continue reading the press release.>

Advanced Energy United Applauds New Measures to Protect Coloradans from High Gas Costs, Creates National Model for Overcoming Gas Rate Hikes 

Today, Advanced Energy United praised Governor Polis for signing Senate Bill 23-291 into law, authorizing practical reforms to utility regulation and building upon existing gas planning improvements. The bill ends a process of subsidizing gas hookups for new customers, requires an assessment of gas infrastructure stranded asset risk, and looks at new rate-setting tools to share fuel risk between customers and investors. “This bill should be seen as a model for states across the country on how to manage high gas prices and a transition to cost-saving alternatives to gas, like high-efficiency heat pumps, rooftop solar and battery storage,” said United senior policy principal Emilie Olson. Continue reading the press release here.>

On the Blog

Recent Funding for Reuse and Recycling Companies Points to Positive Outlook for Circular Advanced Energy Economy

Circular economy practices could play a critical role in the clean energy transition, and recently, there has been significant funding for recycling ventures in recent years. Recycling advanced energy technologies is essential to provide materials for new panels and reduce landfill capacity burden. National policies that support end-of-life reuse and recycling of critical minerals and other materials are essential for achieving a 100% clean energy and transportation system while reducing environmental burdens. Continue reading on the blog.>

New York’s Clean Energy Goals are Being Undermined by Utilities’ Gas Infrastructure Investments 

New Yorkers want to power their homes with clean energy, but utilities continue to spend billions of their customers’ money on the construction of new fossil fuel pipelines, locking residents into paying for outdated home heating technology. The NY HEAT Act would require gas utilities to update their infrastructure investment plans to be in line with the state’s long-term vision, and repeal a rule requiring ratepayers to subsidize new gas customers. The legislation would help ensure that New Yorkers have access to cheap, clean energy in the future. Continue Reading on the blog.>

Member News

Rhode Island Coastal Regulator to Allow Revolution Wind Power Project

The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council signed off on Revolution Wind, a large-scale offshore wind power project – a joint venture between Advanced Energy United member Ørsted, and the utility Eversource – that would bring electricity directly to Rhode Island, with certain conditions. The CRMC vote to sign off on the Revolution turbines includes a $13 million mitigation fund for local fishermen and coastal communities. The project, which would be located in federal waters about 15 miles south of Rhode Island, will have 65 wind turbines and two offshore substations, producing more than 700 megawatts of electricity. Continue reading on the Boston Globe here.>

Octopus Energy is bringing clean, distributed energy to the masses

Advanced Energy United member Octopus Energy has extended 100% clean energy to all of its electricity customers, offering novel cleantech services at a speed and scale unprecedented to utilities or other cleantech startups. Octopus is a leader in decarbonizing by distributing household devices to shift consumption to times when renewable production is cheaper. Octopus will turn electric retailers into delivery mechanisms for customer-centric clean-energy devices, enabling small-scale, localized clean energy to become a force in the power grid. Continue reading on Canary Media here.>

Industry Events

Forth Roadmap Conference, May 15-17

At the 2023 Forth Roadmap Conference in Portland, Oregon, industry leaders will gather to exchange cutting-edge ideas and advance equitable electric transportation for all. Develop partnerships with and learn from major players—vehicle manufacturers, the government, utilities, and nonprofit organizations—to shape the future. Register here.>

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