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May 27, 2020

U.S. Renewables Expansion Strong, Despite Coronavirus

There can be little doubt that the U.S. economy has taken a strong hit from the outbreak of novel coronavirus. Unemployment is still at levels not seen since the Great Depression and retail sales plunged a record 16.4% in April according to a report from the U.S. Department of Commerce. One sector […]
May 18, 2020

Coal-Fired Power: A Sure Thing in Uncertain Times

The recent news out of Texas that the mothballed 470-megawatt Gibbons Creek coal-fired power plant will be back online is a victory for electric reliability and for power customers. After all, Texas is forecasting record demand over the next two years. The fact that the power grid in the Lone Star State […]
May 11, 2020

Executive Order Aims to Protect the Power Grid

The U.S. power grid is a crucial part of our daily lives. Any successful attack on it could not only plunge parts of the country into darkness, but it would also compromise America’s ability to defend itself. A strike like this would damage our economy and pose risks to human […]
April 29, 2020

Fossil Fuels An Indispensable Tool in the Covid-19 Fight

Energy Fairness has written before about the dangers of abandoning fossil fuels and the folly of governments and institutions “divesting” from fossil fuels. Now, as communities worldwide continue to deal with COVID-19, the value of fossil fuels has become even more clear. While it’s clear that fossil fuels such as natural gas […]
April 23, 2020

Nuclear Fusion is Getting Its Moment in the Sun

For nearly a century, scientists have been on a quest to harness the power of the sun to create limitless supplies of energy. And while solar energy technologies have made great strides, another advancement holds perhaps even greater potential: nuclear fusion. If harnessed on a commercial level, fusion has the […]
April 16, 2020

The Future for U.S. LNG Exports is Still Bright!

We’ve written in the past about the bright future for U.S. liquified natural gas (LNG) exports.  Though still shining, the industry has hit a few roadblocks, contending with the ramifications of Covid-19 and other unforeseen new challenges.  Thankfully, good news is on the horizon.  U.S. LNG exports have been steadily […]
April 15, 2020

New York’s Closure of Indian Point Should Leave Consumers Scratching Their Heads

Over the next 13 months, the state of New York will lose 2,060 MW of emission-free, reliable power.  By the end of this month, Unit 2 at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County will close, removing 1,080 MW of clean power from the state’s energy mix, followed […]
April 10, 2020

Thank a Lineman Takes on New Meaning During Covid-19

April is National Thank a Lineman month culminating in National Lineman Appreciation Day on April 18th. Without a doubt, linemen aren’t just critical to ensuring the integrity of the grid. They’re vital! The job of a lineman is one wrought with danger every day, whether it’s restoring a downed power […]
April 8, 2020

TVA, Alabama Power, Others Forge Ahead with Solar Battery Storage Projects

As families and businesses nationwide continue to cope with the impact of COVID-19, Energy Fairness will continue to communicate about important energy issues. As we do so, we are grateful for the efforts of the men and women of the electric industry who are maintaining reliable power supplies during this […]
April 3, 2020

75 years ago – TVA and BPA Power Helped Win a Very Different War

During his whistle-stop campaign tour in 1948, President Harry Truman spoke to a rally in Pocatello, Idaho noting  “Without Grand Coulee and Bonneville dams it would have been almost impossible to win this war [World War II].”  And in his final days, Senator George Norris (R–Nebraska) the father of the Rural Electrification Act […]
March 31, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Domestic Shortage of Rare Earth Minerals for EVs

Last Friday, President Trump invoked a rarely used section of the Defense Production Act to compel General Motors to start making badly needed ventilators. However, this was the second time in less than a year that the President utilized this little-known law in the national security interests of the United States. Last […]
March 26, 2020

Energy Fairness Hails Inclusion of Critical LIHEAP Funding in Coronavirus Stimulus Bill

Washington, D.C. —  Last night the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 748 — the Corona Virus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security(CARES)  Act — an unprecedented $2 trillion economic stimulus bill to combat the economic devastation wrought by the Corona Virus.  The 96-0 vote paves the way for the U.S. House of […]
January 29, 2020

Pumped Hydro Storage: A Path Forward for Harnessing Renewables

Last summer, we wrote about the bright future ahead for energy storage, shining a light on pumped hydro technology. Lithium-ion batteries tend to get more screen time, but pumped-hydro is undergoing a renaissance in its appeal. There are currently 24 permitted and operational pumped storage facilities here in the U.S. with […]
January 22, 2020

How Will Our Power Grid Handle an Influx of EVs?

Electric vehicles (EVs) have been gaining ground in the U.S. over the past few years, accounting for 208,000 new vehicle registrations in 2018 alone. Energy Fairness has been very supportive of efforts to encourage EV use over the years, but we maintain that it’s crucial to make sure our electric grid […]
December 20, 2019

Nuclear Fusion Technology is On Its Way to Reality

What if we could harness the power of the stars to create virtually unlimited clean energy and no waste? It sounds like a dream, but this is the promise of nuclear fusion technology. And, it’s looking more and more likely that it can be a major source of carbon-free energy in the future. Nuclear […]
December 11, 2019

Fossil Fuel Divestment Is a Bad Move for Retirees

Fossil fuel divestment has been become a popular rallying cry for climate change change activists over the years, but as we’ve written before, divestment can be a dangerous move.   A few months back, around 40,000 activists descended on Manhattan, marching with a goal of convincing New York State Comptroller […]
November 15, 2019

World’s first floating nuclear plant faces unfair criticism

Back in July, Energy Fairness wrote about Russia’s floating nuclear plant, the Akademik Lomonosov. The Akademik Lomonosov recently completed its 5,000-kilometer journey to Pevek, a port town on the remote Chukotka Peninsula in the Russian Artic. The plant will be fully online by the end of the year and will provide power to around […]
October 24, 2019

Coal FIRST Initiative is Picking Up Steam

Earlier this year, The U.S. Department of Energy announced its Coal FIRST (Flexible, Innovative, Resilient, Small, and Transformative) initiative which aimed to develop coal plants of the future that will provide stable, reliable power with near-zero emissions. As Energy Fairness has written before, coal still plays an important role in […]