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This month’s Washington Update provides insight into a number of energy-related developments at the federal level, including President Trump’s recently proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, the Senate’s failed efforts to turn back the Obama administration’s methane rule, and several pieces of legislation related to energy efficiency.

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Tom Burton, Member of the firm’s Corporate & Securities Section and Founder and Chair of the firm’s Energy Technology Practice, will publish bi-weekly installments providing key takeaways from the four sections of AEE’s webinar including: Industry Growth; Advanced Energy Jobs; Growth Trends; and Policy. This is the fifth and final installment of the series. Click to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

The final AEE webinar topic highlighted the important role policy plays in driving the advanced energy market. Panelist Malcolm Woolf noted that President Trump’s recent Executive Order overturning the Clean Power Plan conveys how policy can affect the market. While market forces are on the side of advanced energy, there are several policy levers that AEE believes will be significant drivers to future growth. These include:

  • opening wholesale markets to the energy industry;
  • meeting corporate demand for advanced energy;
  • continued evolution of the utility business model;
  • bipartisan opportunities at the state level.

To listen to the full webinar, click here.

Tom Burton, Member of the firm’s Corporate & Securities Section and Founder and Chair of the firm’s Energy Technology Practice, will publish bi-weekly installments providing key takeaways from the four sections of AEE’s webinar including: Industry Growth; Advanced Energy Jobs; Growth Trends; and Policy. This is the fourth installment of the series. Click to read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Throughout AEE’s webinar, panelists broke down the trends within growth of the advanced energy markets and presented the key takeaways from the AEE report. Most notably, building efficiency is the largest segment of advanced energy revenue in the U.S., reaching almost $70 billion in 2016. This represents more than a third of advanced energy in the U.S., and is up 64% since 2011. Panelist Kevin Self noted that buildings consume about 41% of U.S. energy, so energy efficiency remains the most cost effective way to control spending. Other notable growth trends include:

  • Wind has remained steady, producing roughly $14 billion in revenues in both 2015 and 2016. This a good pattern compared to earlier fluctuations due to uncertainty with production tax credits. The extension and renewal of this tax credit creates the ability for the wind industry to develop at a steadier place.
  • Solar continues to boom, reaching $25 billion in U.S. revenue last year—up 30% since 2015 and tripling since 2011. Panelist Paul Kaleta emphasized that solar energy is firmly at the forefront of energy transformation in the U.S., and is now economically competitive with fossil fuels.
  • Energy storage is up 54% in 2016, at nearly half a million dollars in revenue.
  • Electric vehicles also exhibited strong growth at 48%, with U.S. Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) revenue at $7.8 billion in 2016. Panelist Zachary Kahn also advised that we can expect to see the use of electric buses grow exponentially in the U.S. over the next 5-10 years.

Tom Burton, Member of the firm’s Corporate & Securities Section and Founder and Chair of the firm’s Energy Technology Practice, will publish bi-weekly installments providing key takeaways from the four sections of AEE’s webinar including: Industry Growth; Advanced Energy Jobs; Growth Trends; and Policy. This is the third installment of the series. Click to read Part 1 and Part 2.

The Department of Energy published its Second Annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report, capturing statistics on jobs supported by advanced energy. Panelist Phil Jordan discussed this report, which shows that advanced energy is a major U.S. employer with 3.3 million workers employed in 2016. About 2/3 of these jobs are in energy efficiency, while about 1 in 5 are in advanced energy generation. Jordan advised listeners to keep an eye on this growth, as increasing efficiency and size in advanced energy companies will lead to continued labor increases through the supply chain.

To listen to the full webinar, click here.

Tom Burton, Member of the firm’s Corporate & Securities Section and Founder and Chair of the firm’s Energy Technology Practice, will publish bi-weekly installments providing key takeaways from the four sections of AEE’s webinar including: Industry Growth; Advanced Energy Jobs; Growth Trends; and Policy. This is the second installment of the series. To read Part 1, click here.

AEE’s Webinar on the State of Advanced Energy was moderated by Robert Keough, Vice President of Communications at AEE. Keough began by presenting the major points from AEE’s report, which uses global and U.S. revenues tracked by Navigant Research, a part of Navigant Consulting’s Energy Practice. Some of the major points include:

Continue Reading State of Advanced Energy: Industry Growth (Part 2 of 5)

Last week, Mintz Levin was proud to sponsor an Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) webinar highlighting AEE’s fifth annual report of market size, by revenue, of the advanced energy industry, worldwide and in the United States. The Advanced Energy Now 2017 Market Report traces the growth of the energy industry since 2011, with this year’s edition reflecting global growth of 7% from just 2015 to 2016—nearly twice the rate of the world economy overall. Other topics included the latest numbers of advanced energy jobs from the second national survey of energy employment by the Department of Energy, as well as emerging trends in advanced energy markets.

As this webinar was full of pertinent content for our readers, we will feature a series providing key takeaways over the next few weeks. Tom Burton, Member of the firm’s Corporate & Securities Section and Founder and Chair of the firm’s Energy Technology Practice, will publish bi-weekly installments providing key takeaways from the four sections of AEE’s webinar including: Industry Growth; Advanced Energy Jobs; Growth Trends; and Policy.

Continue Reading State of Advanced Energy: Markets, Trends, Jobs (Part 1 of 5)

Tomorrow is the big day! The sold-out Seventh Annual New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE) Gala will be taking place tomorrow, April 6, 2017, at the Boston Park Plaza. Mintz Levin is a proud sponsor of the NEWIEE Awards gala, which distinguishes six exceptional women leaders who have demonstrated professional excellence in the clean energy and environmental industries, and have empowered other women to do the same. Maryrose Sylvester, President and CEO of Current, powered by GE, will be delivering the keynote address. Visit our previous post to learn more about the 2017 award recipients!

This year, we are fortunate to have four attendees representing the Mintz Levin Energy Technology Practice at NEWIEE’s prestigious ceremony:

Continue Reading REMINDER: NEWIEE’s Seventh Annual Awards Gala This Thursday, April 6

Mintz Levin is proud to sponsor an upcoming Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) webinar highlighting the fifth edition of AEE’s annual report of market size, by revenue, of the advanced energy industry, worldwide and in the United States. Additional discussion topics will include the latest numbers of advanced energy jobs from the second national survey of energy employment by the Department of Energy as well as emerging trends  in advanced energy markets as told by company executives.

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time: 1 pm Eastern, 10 am Pacific

To register for this free webinar, click here.

Mintz Levin is a Gold Affiliate Member of AEE. 

A group of Republican senior statesmen is calling for a carbon tax to fight climate change. Led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and former Secretary of Treasury Henry M. Paulson Jr., the group believes a carbon tax, which depends on increasing fossil fuel prices to reduce consumption, is a “conservative climate solution” based on free-market principles. Baker and his colleagues met with White House officials on Wednesday to discuss their proposals, which would eliminate nearly all of the Obama Administration’s climate policies with a national carbon tax. This rising tax would start at $40 per ton and be returned to every American in the form of a quarterly check from the Social Security Administration. To learn more about their proposal, read on!

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Financial advisory and asset management firm Lazard recently published its annual report on the costs of electricity generation technologies, finding that the costs for clean energy projects continue to decrease. The tenth version of Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis (LCOE 10.0) shows that the cost of large-scale solar projects continue to rapidly decline, falling by 11% in 2016 and thus 85% since 2009. This makes new solar projects competitive with natural gas power plants in some regions of the U.S., even before federal investment tax credits, and in many regions across the country, wind projects are the lowest cost option among all energy technologies, before federal tax credits. To learn more about Lazard’s report, read on!

Continue Reading Lazard Annual Report Reveals Steady Decline in Costs of Clean Energy Technologies