Laura Schepis

March 22, 2019

New Milestone at Georgia’s Nuclear Plant Vogtle

In past years, Energy Fairness has consistently reinforced the need for new nuclear construction in the U.S. as a way of meeting future energy demand and satisfying carbon emissions targets. Our advocacy has included supporting the completion of Plant Vogtle in Georgia, which was the topic of testimony delivered by Energy […]
March 20, 2019

Guest Post: Why Georgia Doesn’t Need the “Green New Deal”

Energy Fairness is pleased to present today’s guest post from Tim Echols, Vice-Chairman of the Georgia Public Service Commission. Much has been made about the Green New Deal and hope for a national energy plan.  I have pushed back against this proposal much the same way I resisted the “Clean Power […]
March 14, 2019

Nuclear Power: Part of the Solution.

On March 16, 1979, a new film, China Syndrome, premiered in the U.S. to great fanfare. Twelve days later, a generation of Americans would forever know the name of the nuclear plant outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, called Three Mile Island. Normally, the confluence of a movie release and an accident […]
March 6, 2019

Griffin to Florida Lawmakers: Storm Resilience Critical for Power Customers

Earlier today, Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin addressed Florida lawmakers on a piece of legislation aimed at strengthening the electric grid against hurricanes and other extreme events. The following is Mr. Griffin’s testimony.  Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I appreciate having the opportunity to speak in support of SB 796 and […]
February 25, 2019

Labor Unions Express Concern with Green New Deal

The much-hyped Green New Deal sponsored by NewYork  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey was released to great fanfare last week. The resolution aims to make the U.S. carbon neutral within a decade while also investing in new green jobs and upgrading existing buildings in the U.S. to […]
February 20, 2019

Guest post: Four opportunities for bipartisan action in Congress

Energy Fairness is pleased to present an op-ed from Jim Matheson.  Matheson is CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives. He previously served seven terms in Congress as a U.S. representative from Utah. Across […]
February 14, 2019

Deregulation Doesn’t Work for Electricity

ICYMI: Energy Fairness authored an article on the pitfalls of deregulation featured in, WREN, the monthly magazine of the Wyoming Rural Electric Association.  Additionally,  Energy Fairness Executive Director, Paul Griffin, gave testimony before Florida’s Financial Impact Estimating Conference on Monday, February 11 regarding the merits of a proposed constitutional amendment […]
February 6, 2019

Florida Shines Light on Storm Resilience, Infrastructure Hardening

With natural disasters such as storms and wildfires on the minds of the public and their elected officials these days, many are wondering how to best harden our electric system against severe conditions. That was the topic recently of the Energy & Utility Subcommittee of the Florida House of Representatives, […]
February 5, 2019

Indian Minister Receives Top Prize for His Electrification Efforts

It’s strange to think that one of the world’s major economies has functioned in most of the 21st century without adequate access to electricity, but that’s certainly been the case for much of India. Nearly seven years ago Energy Fairness wrote about India’s obstacles in reaching full electrification, most of which stemmed […]
February 1, 2019

Guest Post: Nevada and ‘Energy Choice’: What Can We Learn?

The following guest blog comes from Clay Fitch, CEO of Wells Rural Electric Company in Nevada, a member-owned, non-profit cooperative that provides electrical service across 1,400 miles of power line to more than 10,000 square miles of Northeastern Nevada and part of Tooele County in Utah. In Nevada’s 2016 General […]
January 24, 2019

Coal Exports: Another Battle in the War On Coal

The battle over using coal as an energy resource has raged on many fronts in recent years. In 2007, in Massachusetts vs EPA, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark opinion giving the EPA the authority to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions under the Clean Air Act stating “Because greenhouse […]
January 21, 2019

“Green” Energy Has Consequences Too

While much has been made about the dangers of so called “dirty energy” such as coal or gas in recent years, few realize that “green” energies such as wind and solar also carry with them environmental consequences. If policymakers are to have an honest conversation about energy pros and cons, […]
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 […]