Lance Brown

January 15, 2021

One Thing We Haven’t Had to Live Without During the Pandemic

Without a doubt, 2020 taught us to live without a lot of things. Shortages of basic daily items like Clorox wipes and toilet paper have become the norm. Even time with friends and family has become a sought after luxury. One thing we haven’t had to live without? Energy.  American […]
January 14, 2021

No Surprise! California takes lead in banning new natural gas hookups.

Last year we discussed the effort by a growing number of communities across the U.S. to ban natural gas hookups for cooking and heating to new homes and businesses.  Progressive communities in California, Washington state, Maryland, and Massachusetts all implemented or had laid the groundwork for distributive natural gas bans.  […]
January 7, 2021

CCUS Jets into the New Year

Over the years, Energy Fairness has been very vocal about the need for carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies. CCUS could be a significant step forward for decarbonizing our electricity sector. We’ve pointed out that CCUS has benefits beyond the electric industry as well. For example, CCUS could be […]
December 29, 2020

Critical LIHEAP Assistance Included in COVID Relief Packages

December 28, 2020 Washington, D.C. —  On Sunday, President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 to continue the battle against the economic devastation wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic and to fund the annual discretionary activities of the Federal government.   Included in the Covid-19 relief section of the […]
December 23, 2020

Ho Ho Ho, COVID-19 Relief Christmas Tree Includes Energy Bill Ornament

December 22, 2020 Washington, DC — Arguably the most comprehensive bipartisan Energy bill in at least a decade was included in the Covid-19 relief package of laws just passed by the U.S. Senate and U.S. House. Among other items, the legislation includes priorities (nuclear renaissance, carbon capture utilization and storage, […]
December 22, 2020

Lithium: The Metal of the 21st century

There may be no mineral on Earth as vital to our 21st century way of life as lithium. Why? Because it’s not just an essential component of cell phones, laptops, and Electric Vehicles (EVs), but also a significant part of our clean energy transition.  The demand for this critical rare […]
December 16, 2020

REPORT: Want Renewables? Build More Transmission.

More than two years ago, I wrote my first article as the newly minted Executive Director of Energy Fairness.  The article? The need for adequate electric transmission to realize the continued and reliable expansion of renewable energy.  Fast-forward two years and the story remains the same.  Renewable energy development continues […]
December 9, 2020

U.S. Acts to End Banks’ Blackballing of Energy Projects

In August, we discussed the dangers of the American banking industry picking winners and losers for energy development. Banking boycotts of energy projects have worked to starve U.S. fossil fuel companies of needed capital, ultimately raising prices for consumers. Over the past year, several of the largest U.S. banks have […]
December 1, 2020

Bah Humbug; PUC report predicts $160 million net metering cost shift for Mainers.

You would have thought the Maine Public Utilities Commission could have waited until 2021 to tell Maine’s ratepayers about what was in its newly released study examining the effect and rate impact of the state’s newly reinstituted net metering policies. Why? Because what ratepayer could enjoy the yuletide cheer knowing […]
November 24, 2020

More Than Ever, We Give Thanks!

Without a doubt, 2020 has been an unforgettable year. It’s been a year filled with events that many of us will never see the likes of again in our lifetime. As we approach Thanksgiving, we give thanks to the many that fill our lives with joy and love. This year […]
November 20, 2020

How Might CCUS Fare Under a Biden Presidency?

We’ve written many times about the benefits of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technology. Unfortunately, this technology has run into one regulatory brick wall after another. That’s too bad, since many energy experts agree that carbon capture will be an essential tool for cutting carbon emissions and fighting climate […]
November 13, 2020

California, Germany Show Renewable Energy Targets May Do More Harm Than Good

A 16-hour flight and more than 5,500 miles separate Sacramento, California from Berlin, Germany. Yet, the size of their economies and the progressive energy policies they have adopted have created a common bond between them. On the world stage, California’s $2.9 trillion economy would make it the world’s 5th largest […]
October 4, 2017

Natural Gas Hedging Works for Customers

Earlier this year, PACE reported on the importance of natural gas hedging as a tool for keeping power prices stable and affordable. With debate continuing about the role of natural gas in our country’s power generation portfolio, we think it’s timely to revisit the topic. Last month, we asked two […]
August 31, 2017

Vogtle Moving Forward Is Positive Step

Earlier today, Southern Company announced it will continue to build nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in Georgia, reinforcing its support of nuclear power. PACE has consistently supported new reactors at Plant Vogtle, as part of a larger effort to advance the U.S. nuclear fleet. Southern Company;s decision is an important one, […]
August 9, 2017

American Wind Week Offers Chance for Reflection

Over the years, PACE has written often about the deployment of new energy sources, advocating for the location of those sources where they work best and the integration of those sources in a way that serves both customers and the grid. Our work, for example, led us to Oklahoma in […]
August 7, 2017

“Ree”-Examining Rare Earth Elements

Here in Boston for the National Conference of State Legislatures’ 2017 Legislative Summit, I’ve enjoyed attending several informational sessions on current topics in energy and environmental policy. It’s been an honor to meet and talk with dozens of state legislators from all over the country. Rightly so, the legislators, their […]
July 31, 2017

Choice, Consequences, and Consumers

PACE was on the road in July, covering national meetings of state legislators such as the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Southern States Energy Board, and the Council of State Governments’ Southern Legislative Conference. It was a privilege to hear hours of thoughtful discussions and be reminded how hard our […]
July 26, 2017

PACE Looks Ahead with Manufacture Alabama

Longtime PACE partner, Manufacture Alabama, recently sat down with new PACE Executive Director Laura Schepis to discuss the state of energy policy and what might lie ahead for manufacturers. The organization will publish the Q&A in its August newsletter. Q: Congratulations on your new position. Can you tell our members a […]