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July 18, 2019

Biomass Is An Important, Yet Overlooked Renewable Resource

Biomass is a form of renewable energy that doesn’t get as much attention as wind and solar, but it’s an important tool in our arsenal. A form of electricity that relies on burning wood and other waste for energy, biomass is a fully renewable, baseload power source that can run […]
July 15, 2019

Electric Deregulation is Bad for Florida

Amy Zubaly, Executive Director of the Florida Municipal Electric Association, published an Executive Insights column in the latest issue of FMEA’s Relay magazine denoting the problems associated with electricity deregulation. The original piece can be viewed here. A political action committee called Citizens for Energy Choice is actively seeking signatures […]
July 12, 2019

75 Years of Renewable, Reliable and Affordable Hydropower in the Missouri River Basin

Almost 75 years ago many brave servicemen were fighting and dying at the pivotal World War II battle — the Battle of the Bulge. During the carnage that ensued as Hitler’s Armies made one last attempt in Belgium to dominate Western Europe, President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law the Flood […]
July 9, 2019

Russia’s Floating Nuclear Plant is Now Online

As talks continue about what the future of energy should look like, nuclear energy is getting a second look as a form of clean reliable electricity not only here in the U.S. Overseas, the Russian State Nuclear Energy Corporation, or Rosatom, has built a floating nuclear plant called the Akademik […]
July 2, 2019

Florida Adopts Smart, Proactive Grid Resiliency Law

ICYMI: Transmission & Distribution World published an op-ed by Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin on Florida’s storm hardening bill yesterday afternoon. The original piece can be viewed here. Floridians will be better prepared for weather hurricanes and other extreme storms thanks to new legislation signed by Governor Ron DeSantis. Senate Bill 796 (SB […]
June 26, 2019

House Introduces Companion to Nuclear Energy Leadership Act

Back in May, we wrote in support of the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA) which had been reintroduced in the Senate with bipartisan support. NELA aimed to offer incentives and set new federal goals for advancing nuclear technology research. This legislation is picking up momentum and an identical companion bill was introduced in the U.S. House last week. […]
June 24, 2019

Renewables and Storage: A Winning Combination

In what seems like a pivotal moment for the renewable energy and battery storage industries – Kathy Weiss – a senior vice president for First Solar – recently pronounced in EnergyWire that “We really have to get over the ITC and PTC [for renewable energy]…Let them phase down, and let’s […]
June 17, 2019

Coal is Still An Important Part of Our Energy Mix

The rush to reduce carbon dioxide emissions resulted in the closure of 20 U.S. coal plants last year, but the power source is far from obsolete. Coal is still supplying around 30% of our power and is expected to remain a significant energy source well into the future. Fortunately, new […]
June 12, 2019

The Endangered Species Act: A Hidden Cost

Making electricity comes with a lot of costs, but one cost that often goes unnoticed is the cost associated with compliance with the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  But make no mistake, the costs of ESA are very real and are borne by power customers. Many of those customers get their […]
June 10, 2019

Energy Storage: A Bright Horizon Ahead

“Wind and solar powered generation is expanding, but one challenge we face is how to store that energy when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing.”  Those words were recently uttered by Microsoft’s co-founder, Bill Gates, during a Twitter discussion of his investment in three energy companies via […]
June 5, 2019

Offshore Drilling Could Be a Big Deal for the U.S. Economy

Back in 2017, a few months after taking office, President Trump signed an executive order to expand offshore drilling in the U.S., allowing our nation to take full advantage of its energy riches. However this plan is now under attack as it was struck down back in March by Sharon […]
June 3, 2019

CCUS: A Key Clean Energy Technology

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee recently held a hearing on the merits and future of Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS).  Specifically, the hearing vetted the potential of the Enhancing Fossil Fuel Energy Carbon Technology (EFFECT) Act, S. 1201 introduced by the committee’s Ranking Member or senior Democratic […]
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 31, 2019

New York’s Pipeline Moratorium is Creating Big Problems in New England

Back in April, Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin wrote about the important role of energy infrastructure in delivering energy supplies to consumers and the problems created by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s polices against new pipelines. Now, thanks to a lack of infrastructure, New York’s energy woes are expanding beyond its borders. The […]
July 29, 2019

Paul Griffin to Virginia regulators: Electricity deregulation raises electric rates, threatens reliability

ICYMI: Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin was quoted in Virginia Business magazine as Virginia regulators hear calls to once again deregulate the state’s energy markets. “The record is clear,” he says. “Electricity deregulation not only raises electric rates and threatens power supply reliability, but also exposes consumers to deceptive, […]
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 […]