Laura Schepis

April 9, 2021

Congress Acts to Modernize CCUS Tax Credits

We’ve always been an enthusiastic supporter of carbon capture, storage, and utilization (CCUS) technologies, maintaining that this undervalued technology is crucial for reducing CO2 emissions. Fortunately, lawmakers seem to be getting on board as well. In March, Representatives David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-W.Va), and Terri Sewell (D-AL) reintroduced the Carbon […]
April 6, 2021

Germany Faces Electricity Shortfall

We’ve written many times about the problems facing Germany’s Energiewende program, often arguing it will unfairly raise costs for consumers and ultimately affect power supplies. Now, a federal audit seems to underscore our position. The as-yet-unpublished audit found that reforms are needed to fix the system that has left Germany […]
March 30, 2021

Future Diablo Canyon Closure Creates More Questions than Answers for California’s Fragile Grid

The Diablo Canyon Nuclear facility is California’s last operating nuclear power plant, but it’s living on borrowed time. The plant’s two reactors will close when their licenses expire in 2024 and 2025. What does that mean for California’s power generation? Unfortunately, there are more questions than answers, leaving energy experts […]
March 24, 2021

The Goldendale Project Would Provide Much-Needed Energy Storage for the 21st Century Grid

ICYMI: Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin was featured in The Morning Consult discussing the importance of the Goldendale Energy Storage Project. The original piece can be viewed here.  Last summer’s California blackouts and the recent ones in Texas left millions of Americans from all walks of life without power. […]
March 18, 2021

U.S. Lithium Production Turns the Corner

There’s no doubt that the U.S has been behind the eight ball when it comes to the domestic production of lithium. That’s something we’ve frequently pointed out. Fortunately, our calls for action have not gone unheeded – and it’s not a moment too soon!  As we slowly emerge from the […]
March 14, 2021

ICYMI: Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin participates in Regulation, Reliability…and Texas Podcast

March 11, 2021

Texas Stories Tell Clear Story: Deregulation is Dangerous for Customers

Like a perpetually leaking faucet keeping you up at night, stories about the perils of the deregulated market continue to flow out of the Lone Star State.  These stories have seriously questioned whether consumers have access to affordable and reliable power in the U.S’s largest deregulated market. Surprisingly, none other […]
March 10, 2021

In 2021 note to shareholders, Buffet pledges $18 billion to jump over transmission regulatory hurdles

In his 2021 annual note to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, Warren Buffet noted that “the best sites for the new world of wind and solar generation…are often in remote areas.”  Buffet made this assertion to convey that for the renewable energy evolution and revolution to continue the U.S. must make a […]
March 5, 2021

Energy reform needed to encourage widespread EV adoption in the Golden State

Experts worry that California’s electricity pricing approach could be a considerable barrier to consumers looking to switch to electric cars or appliances.  Last year, we wrote about the challenges facing California as the state works to phase out gas-powered vehicles.  Without a doubt, we’ve been supportive of electric vehicle (EV) […]
February 24, 2021

The real problem in Texas: Deregulation

ICYMI: Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin authored an op-ed in Utility Dive discussing how Texas’ deregulated electricity system contributed to the mass outages last week. The original piece can viewed here.  As extreme winter weather gripped much of Texas and millions of customers were left without power because of […]
February 19, 2021

ICYMI: Energy Fairness: Deregulation to blame for Texas energy meltdown

ICYMI:  The following statement from Energy Fairness regarding the energy crisis in Texas appeared in PR Newswire. WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — With millions of Texas suffering from energy blackouts due to extreme winter weather, Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin explains the state’s 20 year plus experiment with deregulated power markets is the culprit for […]
February 11, 2021

Musk Adds Starpower to Carbon Capture Technologies

A few weeks ago, billionaire tech guru Elon Musk tweeted that he would be donating a $100 million prize for the “best carbon capture technology.” Musk hasn’t released details on the award yet. Still, it’s safe to say that his star power is likely to bring new attention to carbon […]
September 13, 2018

Gambling on the Mirage of Customer Choice

With summer diversions in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look ahead to the mid-term elections. Down the ballot from attention-grabbing federal and statewide races sit some key ballot initiatives. Nevada’s Question 3, if approved, would amend the state’s constitution to enshrine deregulation – also known as restructuring, competition, or […]
September 6, 2018

Vogtle Progress Helps US All

This week, we welcome a guest blog post by Dr. David Gattie, an associate professor of engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia, and a resident fellow in the University of Georgia’s Center for International Trade and Security. He has provided testimony to the Georgia Public Service Commission […]
August 30, 2018

Teaching Future Consumers Energy ABCs

This week’s guest blog is by Mark Justice, Director of Education and Community Relations at Cobb EMC. Mark provides leadership for member education, public relations, and public and media information. Cobb EMC, a not-for-profit electric cooperative, serves a large, diverse population in suburban Atlanta, Georgia. Their efforts to educate students and schools […]
August 23, 2018

Summer Heat = Increased Need for Southeast Energy Assistance

  During hot summer months when many households rely on air conditioning to stay cool, energy suppliers across the Southeast are prepared to help low-income customers in need of assistance coping with energy bills. This summer, it’s been really hot across America. As part of the National Energy and Utility […]
August 16, 2018

100 Percent Renewable? Not Yet Doable

Last night, Energy Fairness joined a community event in Georgetown, Texas, asking whether the city is really powered by 100 percent renewable electricity? Over 100 citizens turned out for a 90-minute panel discussion and robust Q & A session, convened by the Texas Public Policy Foundation and also featuring: Honorable Charles McConnell, Executive Director […]
August 2, 2018

The Long Shadow of Negative Pricing

  Top Takeaways: Renewable energy plays a valuable role in the nation’s generation mix. But when renewable energy flows into the wholesale market at prices below zero, the generation mix is distorted over the long haul. There really is no such thing as “free electricity.” Like many people, I love […]