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Climate Lobbying Overview: Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) is actively lobbying on U.S. climate change policies with significantly positive positions. The trade association has engaged on federal and state policies, with a focus on transitioning the energy mix and developing ambitious regulations toward the expansion of renewable energy.
Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: AEE appears to have positive top-line messaging on climate policy. On its corporate website, AEE supports federal stimulus investments to achieve a zero-emissions economy by 2050. The trade association has strongly supported the climate provisions in the federal Build Back Better Act since 2021, including in a February 2022 joint letter to Congressional leadership. In 2020, AEE directly advocated to New Jersey policymakers and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in support of carbon pricing mechanisms to reduce emissions from the power sector. In a January 2021 Utility Dive article, AEE appeared to support the US re-entry into the Paris Agreement.
Engagement with Climate-Related Policy: AEE engages on a wide array of climate-related policies at all levels of government. At the federal level, the group has consistently supported the clean energy tax credits in the Build Back Better Act, including in a June 2022 letter which advocated to federal policymakers to pass the tax credits. AEE has supported President Biden’s January 2021 executive order on doubling offshore wind production by 2030. The trade association has also supported a Clean Energy Standard and renewable energy subsidies as proposed in the Biden administration infrastructure package. At the state level, AEE supported the expansion of renewable energy in 2021 legislation in Massachusetts, Illinois, Indiana, and Virginia. AEE has similarly positive engagement with GHG emissions policy. In 2021, the trade association voiced support for the Maryland Climate Crisis and Education Act to achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2045 and Virginia House Bill 1965 on enacting stronger vehicle emissions standards. Regarding federal regulations, AEE advocated for stricter federal auto emissions standards in an August 2021 press release. In April 2020, AEE submitted a joint petition in opposition to the repeal of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
AEE has consistently opposed the Minimum Offer Price Rule and its obstruction of renewable energy development, supporting a 2021 alternative proposal. Similarly, it has advocated in favor of changes to market rules to remove barriers to entry for renewable energy technologies, submitting comments in 2021 to FERC dockets on electric transmission incentives policy and electric system reliability.
In early 2021, AEE supported an update of federal energy efficiency standards for appliances and directly advocated to Illinois policymakers in favor of energy efficiency legislation. In 2020, AEE also advocated for the Virginia Clean Economy Act and New York’s Utility Energy Efficiency Order on prioritizing energy efficiency investments. AEE is also supportive of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) emissions trading program, supporting supporting both Virginia’s entry and New Jersey’s re-entry into RGGI in 2020.
Positioning on Energy Transition: AEE has a positive position on the energy transition and supports specific regulatory measures toward decarbonization. In January 2021, the trade association presented a list of investment priorities on its corporate website for the incoming Biden administration, focusing on transportation electrification and a carbon-free power sector. In response to President Biden’s August 2021 executive order for all new vehicles sold in 2030 to be zero-emission, AEE called for a more ambitious target. Regarding the proposed federal infrastructure bill, AEE submitted a joint letter to the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means in September 2021 to support the inclusion of clean energy tax incentives in the budget reconciliation package. As reported by Utility Dive in November 2021, AEE had strongly supported the proposed Clean Electricity Performance Program in the federal reconciliation bill. CEO Nat Kreamer also engages positively on the transition of the energy mix. In 2020, he supported Biden’s proposed target of a decarbonized power sector by 2035 as well as California Governor Newsom’s executive order on expanding clean transportation. He further supported the Biden administration infrastructure proposal toward decarbonization in a March 2021 press release.
AEE has strong engagement with state policies on transitioning the energy mix. In Colorado’s 2021 legislative session, AEE testified in support of Senate Bill 260 on electric transportation and Senate Bill 72 on expanding transmission facilities to meet the state’s energy goals. Similarly in Nevada, AEE appeared in 2021 to support the Nevada Climate Strategy as well as Senate Bill 448 on achieving the state’s clean energy goals. AEE also submitted a letter to the Nevada Assembly Committee on Growth and Infrastructure in April 2021 to advocate for amendments to Assembly Bill 380, for the purpose of creating a pathway to phase-out fossil gas. AEE additionally supported transportation electrification policies in Massachusetts, Florida, and Indiana in 2021. In Arizona, the trade association supported the state’s Corporation Commission May 2021 vote to restart the rulemaking process in order to establish clean energy targets. AEE has consistently supported the Illinois Clean Energy Jobs Act and its target for achieving a decarbonized power sector by 2045, celebrating the bill’s passage into law in September 2021.