Paul Griffin

February 11, 2020

Misguided Federal Hydropower Proposals Included in President’s Budget

(Washington, DC) — Energy Fairness Executive Director,  Paul Griffin, made the following statement regarding Monday’s release of President Trump’s FY 2021 Budget request to Congress:   “While the Trump Administration’s FY2021 budget request to Congress proposes many positive measures, it also includes changes to the Federal Hydropower program that could […]
February 7, 2020

U.S. LNG Exports Are Benefiting the World

We have written quite a bit in the past about the bright future ahead for exports of U.S. liquified natural gas (LNG). There’s no doubt about it…the LNG export business is booming and it’s constantly breaking new records. In 2019, the U.S. accounted for over half of all the new global liquefaction capacity added worldwide. […]
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 […]
March 6, 2020

Regulators Have Important Chance to Bolster Alabama’s Power Grid

There is little more important for power customers than ensuring that electricity is available through all conditions, including extreme winter weather. Events such as the 2014 Polar Vortex remind us of the need to adequately prepare for all circumstances that stress our power production capabilities. That is why a hearing […]
March 5, 2020

Camel’s Nose Under the Tent; the Local Attempts to Ban Natural Gas

Across the U.S. there are moves afoot to ban natural gas from being used as a heating source in households and businesses.This unprecedented move to ban natural gas at the distribution (residential/commercial) level can only mean that a full-frontal assault on natural gas as not only a heating source, but […]
February 20, 2020

The Net Metering Debate Rolls on in Arkansas, New Hampshire, and Utah

Over the years, Energy Fairness has written extensively about the net metering debates being held by regulators and lawmakers across the U.S.  Those debates have continued in recent weeks with a veto of net metering legislation in New Hampshire and two more filings before the Utah and Arkansas public service […]
February 11, 2020

Misguided Federal Hydropower Proposals Included in President’s Budget

(Washington, DC) — Energy Fairness Executive Director,  Paul Griffin, made the following statement regarding Monday’s release of President Trump’s FY 2021 Budget request to Congress:   “While the Trump Administration’s FY2021 budget request to Congress proposes many positive measures, it also includes changes to the Federal Hydropower program that could […]
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 […]