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Policy and Government Affairs

Here Comes the Quadrennial Energy Review. What Will Congress Do With It?

Capitol-spring-by-Bill-Dickinson-400788-editedThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) signaled last week that the part one of the first-ever Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) of the United States’s comprehensive energy strategy would come out by the end of April. This first installment will focus on transmission, storage and distribution issues impacting the electricity grid. While not publicly announced, it appears that the second part will focus on supply and end use of energy. The goal of these reports – and the QER writ large – is to identify trends, threats, and opportunities in the energy system and inform executive and legislative actions, including investment in research and development. It is no coincidence that both the Senate and House announced plans to introduce legislation to address the “energy infrastructure” issues associated with the first QER report. Continue reading on Advanced Energy Perspectives. >

NEWS UPDATE

‘Nodes and Connections’: How Solar-Plus-Storage Could Be a Game Changer Everywhere

nodes-and-connections-by-bdewey-951057-editedAdvanced energy is an industry full of innovative technologies. This week it’s time for energy storage to shine—and we mean that literally. At the top of the news this week is energy storage systems paired with small-scale solar installations, creating mini-microgrids that can power homes, offices, even a network of communities – creating islands of energy self-sufficiency. 

The value of distributed generation and storage is becoming increasingly clear around the world: read more about solar-plus-storage in the U.S. and India.  Continue reading this week's news on Advanced Energy Perspectives. >

NEW FROM AEE and AEEI

Assessing Virginia’s Energy Future: Employment Impacts of Clean Power Plan Compliance Scenarios

va-report-aeeiThis report, prepared by Meister Consultants Group for the Advanced Energy Economy Institute and the Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Coalition, analyzes two possible scenarios for Virginia’s compliance with the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions from the electric power sector. It shows that the Commonwealth could create thousands of permanent and temporary jobs by making investments to diversify its power sources with renewable energy, energy efficiency, and natural gas generating plants – and more than double the additional jobs if the state simultaneously pursued a long-sought goal of eliminating electricity imports from out of state.

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AEE Presents: Pathway to 2050

pathway-to-2050-headerPathway to 2050 is Advanced Energy Economy’s annual Sacramento event that brings together an influential group of advanced energy business leaders and state policy-makers to discuss opportunities to accelerate California’s economy through the growth of advanced energy. Pathway to 2050 will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center on August 20, 2015 from 9:00am – 4:30pm PT.

Admission to Pathway to 2050 is complimentary for AEE Members and government officials. Register today to take advantage of early bird pricing.

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On the Blog

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Energy Storage

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Several technologies can be used to store energy on the electricity transmission and distribution grid, including pumped storage hydro (PSH), compressed air energy storage (CAES), electrochemical batteries, flywheel systems and thermal energy storage systems. Electricity is then generated during peak hours by releasing the water through a hydro turbine. CAES stores energy by using an electric motor to drive an air compressor that fills a storage facility (typically an underground cavern) with compressed air. Electricity is generated when the compressed air is released to drive an expander. Electrochemical batteries store electricity as chemical energy and are used in a wide variety of applications from vehicles to flashlights.  Continue reading about energy storage on Advanced Energy Perspectives. >

ADVANCED ENERGY NOW: LNG Terminal Building Bonanza has Begun

lng-terminal-by-tsuna72-742960-editedInternational marine construction companies are seeing a bonanza of new projects as countries around the world approve massive new terminals for liquefied natural gas (LNG) – for imports in most cases, and for exports from North America, Australia, and some Southeast Asian countries. Altogether, this frenzy of port building – at a price tag of around $10 billion apiece – could amount to hundreds of billions of dollars in investment over the next decade as seaborne trade in LNG climbs to meet rising demand, particularly in the energy-hungry countries of China, India, and other Asian nations.

Total deliveries of LNG were flat in 2013 compared to 2012, according to the BG Group, but this masks pent-up demand, as producers in the United States are ramping up export capacity and importing countries are rushing to build import terminals. BG Group forecasts that worldwide LNG demand is expected to increase at a rate of 5% annually through 2025, with much higher rates in the developing countries of Asia. Continue reading on Advanced Energy Perspectives.>

FEATURED EVENTS

Malcolm Woolf, SVP Policy and Gov. Affairs at AEE will be moderating the panel "How States Can Lead the Clean Energy Economy" at Energy Storage Association's annual conference and expo on May 29th.


Solar-summitGreentech Media’s 8th Annual Solar Summit: April 14-16, 2015 : The Wigwam Resort, Phoenix, AZ

Now in its eighth year, Solar Summit is Greentech Media’s annual flagship solar conference that attracts leaders from across the solar value chain. Join us for over two days of groundbreaking content as well as unsurpassed networking opportunities that will drive business and foster new partnerships among attendees.  

The Solar Summit focuses on what the solar industry needs to know now - making it the premier conference for defining industry needs and creating new business opportunities in 2015. Powered by the research and economic analysis of GTM Research’s team, this year’s agenda includes thought-provoking panels, engaging debates among the industry’s top thought leaders, and an interactive polling session that will give you the opportunity to see how your opinion measures up against the experts.  

AEE is a proud partner of this event. Use the discount code AEE15 to receive a 15% discount on registration. To register: http://www.cvent.com/d/hrqj3q/4W


verge-logo-gcVERGE 2015: Oct. 26-29, 2015 at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose, CA.
VERGE focuses on the technologies and systems that accelerate sustainability solutions across sectors in a climate-constrained world. It focuses on transformative but practical, scalable, solutions-oriented exchanges through six program tracks: distributed energy systems, next-gen buildings, resilient cities, food and water systems, sustainable mobility, and smarter supply chains.. Participants come from a broad range of sectors and job functions, including buildings and facilities, fleets, IT, energy, sustainability, strategy, policymakers and the public sector.

AEE is a proud partner of this event. You can save 10% on registration with our discount code V15AEE here: http://grn.bz/v15aee

Member Spotlight

Brightergy, LLC: Reimagine Energy

brightergy_logo-a83692707a4b3f280f8d6df97e2d0cbeBrightergy develops solar and gas turbine projects for commercial and industrial applications. Brightergy’s solutions include solar energy, Capstone MicroTurbines, energy efficiency, and energy management tools and services. Brightergy is headquartered in Kansas City, with offices in Boston and St. Louis, and coverage throughout all of Missouri and Kansas. Brightergy’s strategic alliance partner is Black & Veatch, an employee-owned, global leader in engineering, procurement, and construction services. Through a partnership with Capstone Turbine, Brightergy is the exclusive distributor of Capstone MicroTurbines in Missouri and Kansas.

Learn more about our member companies here.