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November 18, 2019

Michigan’s future runs through Line 5

ICYMI: Energy Fairness director Paul Griffin was recently published in The Detroit News writing in support of upgrades to the Line 5 energy pipeline that flows through Michigan. The original piece can be viewed here. When it comes to providing energy resources to Michigan, there is perhaps no asset more […]
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 […]
November 5, 2019

Lawmakers Put End to Ratepayer-Funded Sea Lion Buffet

For nearly 20 years, several species of Sea Lions have abandoned their natural saltwater habitat to swim more than 100 miles from the mouth of the mighty Columbia River on the Oregon and Washington border to Bonneville Dam just east of Portland, Oregon. Why such a long journey? Because of […]
October 29, 2019

Solar meltdown in Paradise

On Sunday, July 20th, residents and vacationers in the beautiful paradise of Kauai suffered through a two-hour blackout as a convergence of events produced a “perfect energy storm” on the island.   What happened on Kauai illustrates – on a small scale – what happens when renewable energy is forced […]
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 […]
October 18, 2019

Electric Deregulation in Florida: Costly, Complicated, and Cataclysmic 

For almost two years we’ve been routinely writing to warn policymakers and consumers about the consequences of imposing electric utility deregulation or, as it’s otherwise known, “retail choice.” Last year, as Nevada voters were about to go the polls, we warned about the negative cost effect that deregulation could have in the […]
October 8, 2019

New Nuclear Is Catching On

For years, Energy Fairness has argued that the U.S. needs new nuclear power construction if it hopes to meet energy demands and tackle carbon dioxide emission goals. We’ve supported, for example, nuclear construction at Plant Vogtle in Georgia, a project that will provide much needed power generation for a growing […]
October 2, 2019

Electric Deregulation rears its ugly head in the Copper State…Again

Energy Fairness is pleased to have Dave Lock, CEO of the Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association, convey his thoughts on the status of retail electric competition in Arizona.  Dave has over 30 years of experience in the electric utility industry at the electric cooperative and municipal utility levels. Although […]
September 26, 2019

Deputy Energy Secretary Highlights Northeast Pipeline Capacity issues at Southern States Energy Board

The 59th annual meeting of the Southern States Energy Board took place this week in Louisville, Kentucky under the leadership of the commonwealth’s Governor, Matt Bevin.   The annual meeting included presentations from such luminaries as the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Neil Chatterjee, and the Deputy Secretary […]
September 25, 2019

Shale Revolution Still Benefitting Consumers

We’re more than a decade into the U.S. shale revolution and abundant gas supplies are still paying dividends for American consumers and the economy. Since 2008, U.S. shale gas production, made possible by advancements in hydraulic fracturing (commonly known as fracking) technology, has skyrocketed by more than 60%. The U.S. […]
September 20, 2019

Pelican State PSC Swoops in with Sensible Net Metering Reforms

The Louisiana Public Service Commission (PSC) this past Wednesday adopted common-sense reforms to the state’s policy on net metering. This policy refers to situations where rooftop solar consumers are paid for excess electricity they sell back into the grid. Under the reforms, current net metered rooftop solar owners – and […]
September 18, 2019

Preserving the Hydroelectric Gems of the Lower Snake

The reliable, renewable, and affordable power that federal hydropower provides is under attack. That’s because dam breaching advocates continue their quest to remove the Lower Snake River Dams, an integral part of the Columbia River System. In pushing for their breaching – at a projected cost of $2 billion – their […]
August 22, 2019

Carbon Pricing Wrong Approach to Combating Climate Change

As far back as 2012, when a legislative coalition in out nation’s capital was not-so-secretly discussing a tax on carbon dioxide, Energy Fairness has argued against carbon pricing as an approach to climate change. “Any way you slice it, the continued talk about a carbon tax is surprising and, frankly, […]
August 12, 2019

Ensuring Electricity Reliability for New Englanders Will Come at a High Cost

Recently, Energy Fairness wrote about energy problems in New England caused by a lack of infrastructure. Sadly, lawmakers in the region have repeatedly blocked new natural gas pipelines at a time when natural gas is playing an increasingly larger role in power production. To that point, grid operator ISO New England INC. […]
August 7, 2019

Guest Post: Retail Net Metering, An Outdated Practice: Bad For Consumers, Bad For Markets, Bad For Climate, and BAD FOR SOLAR!

Today’s guest blog comes from Ashley Brown, Executive Director of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HEPG), a program of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. All opinions expressed here are solely those of the author.  Retail net metering is hopelessly […]
August 5, 2019

Nuclear Energy is Getting a Second Look

Here at Energy Fairness, we have consistently advocated for nuclear power for its many benefits and it seems that lawmakers everywhere are starting to take note. Just last week, Ohio lawmakers took decisive action to protect the state’s nuclear plants. The move comes on top of several such moves taking […]
July 25, 2019

Griffin Hails Fairness of Florida Storm Hardening Bill at National Black Chamber of Commerce.

Florida’s landmark storm hardening law that funds critical investments in grid resiliency is one of the most important energy policies at the state-level this year. This week, Energy Fairness had the opportunity to tout the new law at the National Black Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. As Harry C. Alford […]
July 22, 2019

Texas Power Struggles Underscore Failure of Deregulation

Back in April, Energy Fairness brought to your attention the increasingly dire reliability situation facing much of Texas as the Lone Star state headed into the hottest months of the year.  None other than the chairwoman of the state’s PUC, DeAnn Walker, called the situation “very scary.”  Unfortunately, the reserve […]