Paul Griffin

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 […]
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 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 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 […]