The Advanced Class

An association fosters advanced energy’s progress over the last decade

Alongside new companies designed solely to bring the energy grid in to the digital age, there are associations shouldering a greater portion of the energy efficiency load.

Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), for example, is a national association of business leaders whose aim is making the global energy system more secure, clean, and affordable. Advanced energy—the operative term for the association and its industries—encompasses a broad range of products and services that constitute “the best available technologies for meeting energy needs today and tomorrow,” as AEE defines it. Among these are energy efficiency, demand response, energy storage, natural gas electric generation, solar, wind, hydro, nuclear, electric vehicles, biofuels and smart grid.

AEE was founded in 2011 by Tom Steyer, an American asset manager and philanthropist, and Hemant Taneja, an Indian-born American venture capitalist. George P. Shultz, an American economist, statesman, and businessman, was also instrumental in AEE’s creation. In 2011, Graham Richard, an American politician and entrepreneur, was named CEO of the group.

In January 2016, several new members joined AEE’s board of directors, including executives from Johns Manville, Johnson Controls, Microsoft, Recurrent Energy, Veolia North America, Vestas Americas, and Schneider Electric.

While AEE engages in policy advocacy at the federal, state, and regulatory levels; CEO-to-CEO convening to identify and address cross-industry issues; and targeted outreach to key stakeholder groups and policymakers, the association’s overarching goal is to simplify regulatory and legislative issues in the energy world by keeping them in one place.

One of the ways it achieves this is with a growing coalition of state and regional partner organizations across states and industries to help the advanced energy industry succeed nationwide. AEE is currently active in 27 states.

AEE’s vision is of a prosperous world that runs on secure, clean, affordable energy. Its stated mission is “transforming public policy to enable rapid growth of advanced energy companies.”

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