Laura Schepis

January 16, 2020

Germany’s Energiewende; No Nuclear…No Energiewende

Over the last several years we’ve written numerous articles on Energiewende.    Simply put, the Energiewende – or Energy Transition — is an ambitious plan by Germany to transition to a carbon-free economy by 2038. Unfortunately, there’s one major snag; the plan doesn’t include nuclear power – the most abundant […]
January 13, 2020

And the Beat Goes On: Electric Retail Choice Debate Rolls into Virginia

In a bipartisan fashion, two members of the Virginia House of Delegates introduced legislation that would essentially end the regulated electric utility industry in the Commonwealth. The introduction continues a developing trend of pushing deregulation policies with a clear history of failure, including the dark days of Enron.   Over […]
January 9, 2020

Energy Fairness Applauds Florida Supreme Court Ruling to Toss Electricity Deregulation

Washington, DC – Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin today released the following statement regarding the Florida Supreme Court’s ruling on the proposed electricity deregulation ballot amendment: “Today’s unanimous Supreme Court ruling is a big victory for consumers in the Sunshine State. Electricity deregulation means higher prices, fraud, and unreliable […]
December 20, 2019

Nuclear Fusion Technology is On Its Way to Reality

What if we could harness the power of the stars to create virtually unlimited clean energy and no waste? It sounds like a dream, but this is the promise of nuclear fusion technology. And, it’s looking more and more likely that it can be a major source of carbon-free energy in the future. Nuclear […]
December 11, 2019

Fossil Fuel Divestment Is a Bad Move for Retirees

Fossil fuel divestment has been become a popular rallying cry for climate change change activists over the years, but as we’ve written before, divestment can be a dangerous move.   A few months back, around 40,000 activists descended on Manhattan, marching with a goal of convincing New York State Comptroller […]
December 10, 2019

Energy Fairness Contributor David Gattie Testifies at House Hearing on Role of Nuclear in Reducing Carbon

Energy Fairness contributor Dr. David Gattie – an Associate Professor of Engineering at the University of Georgia — testified before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change last Thursday and highlighted the critical role that nuclear energy will play in fulfilling future global carbon […]
December 4, 2019

Guest Post: Nuclear expansion fueling TVA’s overall carbon reduction

Energy Fairness is pleased to present the following op-ed from Tennessee Valley Authority’s Chief Nuclear Officer Tim Rausch.  It’s no coincidence that the Tennessee Valley Authority has become a national leader in both adding nuclear energy generation and cutting our carbon emissions. While many have talked about the value of nuclear […]
December 2, 2019

Energy Fairness Supports Reforms to Disco-Era Renewables Law

Energy Fairness Executive Director submitted the following comments to the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) in support of FERC’s proposed reforms to the Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA). The proposed reforms would update and improve a “Disco-Era” law making renewable energy more affordable and reliable. December 3, 2019 RE: Federal […]
November 22, 2019

Giving Thanks for Reliable Power

As Americans, most of us have a laundry list of things of things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Whether its a warm bed, food on the table, or steady work to pay the bills, the modern standard of living we enjoy is something worthy of appreciation. But there are […]
November 22, 2019

Opinion: Sierra Club Wrong on Georgia Power Rate Proposal

The following opinion piece from a conservative activist Julianne Thompson appeared in the November 20th edition of the Marietta Daily Journal. For nearly a decade, Energy Fairness has highlighted the ways in which Sierra Club has advocated for energy policies that make little sense for consumers. A recent column by […]
November 21, 2019

Energy Fairness Statement on Alabama Solar Standby Charge

November 21, 2019 Washington, DC The following statement may be attributed to Paul Griffin, Executive Director of Energy Fairness, regarding today’s hearing by the Alabama Public Service Commission on standby charges for residential solar customers. “Across the nation, utility regulators have grappled with the best and most equitable way to […]
November 18, 2019

Michigan’s future runs through Line 5

ICYMI: Energy Fairness director Paul Griffin was recently published in The Detroit News writing in support of upgrades to the Line 5 energy pipeline that flows through Michigan. The original piece can be viewed here. When it comes to providing energy resources to Michigan, there is perhaps no asset more […]
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 […]