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February 4, 2020

Lawmakers in Missouri, Virginia Hit the Brakes on Retail Choice

On the heels of the recent Florida Supreme Court decision in Florida striking the proposed retail choice constitutional amendment from this year’s ballot – Lawmakers in Virginia and Missouri have also put the brakes on electric retail (deregulation) choice.    In Virginia – and after proponents heralded the introduction of […]
January 31, 2020

Electric deregulation bill fails in Missouri committee

ICYMI: Yesterday, A Missouri Senate Committee rejected legislation to allow a vote on deregulating the state’s electricity market which would have raised rates for consumers if passed. The original piece, written by Jaclyn Brandt, can be viewed here. A Missouri Senate Committee on Thursday rejected legislation that would have let voters decide whether […]
January 29, 2020

Pumped Hydro Storage: A Path Forward for Harnessing Renewables

Last summer, we wrote about the bright future ahead for energy storage, shining a light on pumped hydro technology. Lithium-ion batteries tend to get more screen time, but pumped-hydro is undergoing a renaissance in its appeal. There are currently 24 permitted and operational pumped storage facilities here in the U.S. with […]
January 27, 2020

Yo, Arizona! Don’t deregulate your electricity market like Texas unless you want games galore

ICYMI:The Watchdog investigative columnist, Dave Lieber, published an op-ed in The Dallas-Morning News warning Arizona not to copy the Texas model for selling retail electricity. The original piece can be viewed here.  Attention residents of Arizona: DON’T DO IT! Don’t let your state regulators deregulate electricity as we did in […]
January 22, 2020

How Will Our Power Grid Handle an Influx of EVs?

Electric vehicles (EVs) have been gaining ground in the U.S. over the past few years, accounting for 208,000 new vehicle registrations in 2018 alone. Energy Fairness has been very supportive of efforts to encourage EV use over the years, but we maintain that it’s crucial to make sure our electric grid […]
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 […]
September 18, 2018

YES to Energy Dominance

Governors, state lawmakers, and state energy regulators convened this week at the Southern States Energy Board’s (SSEB) 58th Annual Meeting to discuss how the region is helping the nation move purposefully toward the Energy Dominance goalpost. SSEB brings together a diverse set of states, from Texas to Maryland, and Oklahoma […]
May 26, 2016

Final EPA Rule Could Cost Half Billion More Than Expected

Earlier this month, the EPA released its latest rules for cutting methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry, setting new standards for methane leaks at production lines for pumping and drilling at new or modified wells. The primary component of natural gas, methane is considered by EPA to have […]
April 29, 2014

Senators Concerned About Grid Reliability

PACE and others who follow energy policy have been very concerned about the impact of EPA regulations on grid reliability. Now several U.S. senators are joining this discussion and are expressing similar concerns. And they are beginning to understand that grid instability could happen sooner than we think. Earlier this […]
October 14, 2013

Net Metering Missteps Provide Important Warning

The following blog piece is provided by John Grimes, Associate Director of PACE. Mr. Grimes joined PACE in August, 2013. For the past several years, PACE has been concerned about net metering programs and their impact on middle class consumers. These programs were created to give consumers a financial incentive […]
July 17, 2012

Secret Carbon Tax Talks Continue

Despite long odds against new taxes passing Congress, a coalition of liberal and conservative groups continues to discuss a carbon tax for the United States. A report by Ben Geman of The Hill says the ad-hoc group, composed of both liberal groups focused on climate change and conservative groups such […]
July 11, 2012

Power Bills to Rise?

A recent poll of 500 utility executives yielded some interesting predictions about the future of the U.S. power industry. One answer, in particular, should surprise no one who has followed EPA regulatory activity in recent years: power rates are going up. In the survey, conducted by the well-known firm Black […]