The past six months have been a whirlwind of activity for advanced energy and for AEE Action Fund. I want to take a quick minute to give our supporters an update on our work during this time period and a few of the results we’re already seeing thanks to your support.
2017 Electoral Engagements
AEE Action Fund engaged in two states this past year: New Jersey and Virginia.
In New Jersey, we supported Phil Murphy’s candidacy with multiple contributions over the course of the year. We were able to leverage this support to have the fund’s board hold a briefing for Murphy’s staff to discuss our priorities. Murphy easily won election to the governorship and has hit the ground running on advanced energy issues signing an Executive Order to accelerate 3.5 GW of offshore wind and moving forward to fulfill a campaign promise by positioning New Jersey to rejoin RGGI.
In Virginia, AEE Action Fund supported Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam’s successful bid for governor, as well as we a number of key Republicans in the House of Delegates in their re-election bids. While most of the Republicans we supported were wiped out in the Democratic wave, Delegates Terry Kilgore and Tim Hugo did win re-election. Both Delegates Kilgore and Hugo played a critical role in authoring pro-advanced energy legislation in the Commonwealth this session joining forces with Governor Northam’s office to find common ground on House Bill 1558, which requires Dominion Virginia Power to propose $1 billion in efficiency programs and deems 5,050 MWs of renewable energy in the public interest.
In total, AEE Action Fund donated $25,000 in 2018 with $15,000 going to Democrats and $10,000 to Republicans and, we had a 50% winning percentage.
Now, we’re focused on building upon this early success to support advanced energy champions in a host of states nationwide this fall. To do that, we need more support and we’ll be fundraising across the country in the months ahead to ensure we have the funds needed to guarantee pro-advanced energy majorities in statehouses nationwide.
Over the next six months, AEE Action Fund will hold events in Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Lansing, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. For more information contact J.R. Tolbert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to take action today to build a vibrant advanced energy economy in your state make a contribution at https://www.aeeaction.com/support_aee_action_fund