Lance Brown

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 […]
March 24, 2020

Utilities Rise to the Occasion in Current Crisis

As negotiations continue in Congress over the economic fallout brought on by the spread of COVID 19, electric utilities across the nation are doing their part to ensure that every American maintains access to reliable power.   Late last week, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) – the trade association representing […]
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 […]