Laura Schepis

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 […]
May 28, 2019

Germany’s Coal Exit May Cause Blackouts

Energy Fairness has written at length over the years about the woes of Germany’s Energiewende, the program that aims to transition the country off nuclear and fossil fuel electricity. The Energiewende has faced problems for years and now experts are concerned that Germany will face power outages if the trend […]
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 […]