Collaborating to Build a Roadmap for a Stronger Advanced Energy Industry

Renewable energy is now the most cost-effective form of power, electric vehicles are competitive with gas combustion vehicles, and grid-edge business innovations and demand-side management technologies are revolutionizing the way consumers use and control their energy. Following the federal energy legislation boom in 2022, the advanced energy industry stands at the edge of an opportunity to grasp the clean energy goals that are being set throughout the country.

But we won’t achieve these goals without significant changes to the way businesses engage with decision-makers and consumers. To get there, the industry needs a united, sustained approach from the businesses leading the transition.

To that end, last week, we hosted a Leadership Forum in beautiful Ponte Vedra, Florida exclusively for business and policy leaders from across our membership and our country. The retreat-style forum served as an opportunity to step away from our day-to-day work to think creatively and collaboratively about common strategies to drive the energy transition in the face of big challenges, such as moving the needle on siting and permitting or forging the path to a clean distribution grid.

While our panelists and speakers varied in background and discipline, including experts from within our organization and member companies, state legislative leaders, industry partners and allies, and those outside of our industry who have led successful social movements, a few key takeaways echoed across our conversations:

  • We Need to Embrace “Losing Forward” — Achieving our clean energy goals, including passing legislation and implementing it effectively, requires long-term thinking and planning. Year-to-year and legislative session-to-session, we’ll win some fights and lose others, as all movements do, but we can “lose forward,” learning from the losses in addition to building on our wins, even the incremental ones.Read Full Article Here…
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