We’re excited about the launch of the national business organization Advanced Energy Economy! Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) is a growing network of regional business councils and partner organizations promoting a better business climate for the advanced energy sector and helping American companies and workers succeed as the world transition’s to Advanced Energy.
A little from their site:
Energy is a fundamental resource that makes modern life possible. It is an essential element of productivity, growth and quality of life. With global energy consumption projected to rise more than 50% by 2035, future prosperity depends on new ways to meet the world’s energy needs. These energy solutions will need to be cost effective and price competitive, applicable on a wide scale, and secure in their sources – “advanced energy.”
Advanced energy includes any solution that moves us toward the goal of energy that is affordable, abundant, and secure. Rather than favoring specific technologies, advanced energy is inclusive in nature and to be judged by the benefits it provides in the field and in the marketplace. Electric and plug-in hybrid cars, lightweight composites for airplane bodies, natural-gas-fueled trucks, high-performance buildings, more efficient industrial processes, and the latest wind, solar, and nuclear technologies – these are all advanced energy to the extent that they produce energy savings, use resources more productively, reduce dependence on foreign oil, reduce health and environmental costs, or diversify our energy sources. Success of these and other forms of advanced energy will be determined by the quality of product offerings and expressions of customer choice in the marketplace.
The term advanced energy has been in use since at least 2006, when President George W. Bush announced an Advanced Energy Initiative in his State of the Union Address. In 2008, Ohio enacted an Advanced Energy Portfolio Standard.