Nov
21
2017

This Thanksgiving, Resilience & Reliability Still Matter

Opinions about DOE Rick Perry’s bold moves to kick-start the regulatory policy discussion regarding resiliency and reliability of the electric grid are swirling around and piling up like the abundant autumn leaves here in D.C.

And as energy lobbyists and lawyers gather around Thanksgiving dinner, many of them can give thanks for the plethora of panel discussions, op-eds and client billing opportunities the Section 403 process has yielded just since the end of September. If the process continues to generate an open discussion of what resources are needed to ensure all Americans have affordable, reliable energy across a range

Nov
14
2017

State Regulators Advance Critical Energy Conversations

The nation’s regulatory utility commissioners are gathered in Baltimore, Maryland for their 129th annual meeting. I’m pleased to represent PACE and raise awareness about our partnerships all across the country and our mission of driving policies that deliver reliable, affordable energy to consumers.

It’s not just the brisk, wintry temperatures here in Baltimore keeping attendees focused on where consumers will get their energy and what it will cost. Several sessions across the 4 days of meetings delve into these important questions.

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) convened an early morning breakfast yesterday to discuss the pending Federal Trade Commission

Nov
09
2017

Responsible Natural Resources Policy Makes U.S. More SECURE

While many eyes are on tax reform, the DOE-FERC Section 403 conversation, and Tuesday’s off-year election results, a House committee is quietly and persistently advancing legislation that can help assure diverse and reliable energy supplies and shore up the U.S. economy.

Natural Resources Committee’s SECURE American Energy Act

On November 7, the House Natural Resources Committee marked up several key pieces of legislation, including the SECURE American Energy Act (H.R. 4239), aimed at “Strengthening the Economy with Critical Untapped Resources to Expand American Energy.”

Without comprehensive energy legislation on the horizon, and with many key federal agency teams still forming,

Nov
07
2017

PACE Supports Vogtle 3 and 4

Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy

Statement in Support of Plant Vogtle Continued Construction

Docket 29849:

Georgia Power Company’s Seventeenth (17th) Vogtle Plant Construction Monitoring (VCM) Report

Georgia Public Service Commission

Monday, November 6, 2017

The Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy (PACE) strongly supports continued construction at Vogtle Units 3 and 4. Nuclear energy is already a critical resource in Georgia, boosting the economy and providing emission-free, base load power for 60-80 years. As a lifelong Georgian, I am proud of the efforts the co-owners have made and will

Nov
02
2017

Use Nuclear Energy to Address Climate Change

Dr. David K. Gattie is an Associate Professor of Engineering at the University of Georgia. Earlier this year, he co-authored PACE’s paper on net metering. We thank him for providing a guest blog drawing our attention to a smarter way forward on climate change policy.

I recently posted a commentary in The Hill explaining why the U.S. could do better than the Clean Power Plan (CPP). As always, I try to implore others to look at the bigger picture and see global climate change as the global issue it actually is and not just a U.S. issue only.

Oct
31
2017

Put Infrastructure Back on the Front Burner

Today PACE welcomes a guest blog from our Board Chairman, Cline Jones. Cline is the Executive Director of the Tennessee River Valley Authority and its associated organization, the Tennessee-Cumberland Waterways Council.

As the calendar pages turn, and the end of 2017 draws near, it’s timely to assess progress on one of our country’s most important goals – maintenance and improvement of infrastructure.

The Tennessee River Valley Association (TRVA) and the Tennessee-Cumberland Waterways Council (TCWC) bring together business and industry, transportation, financial services, education, chambers of commerce, all levels of government and many other stakeholders. Our

Oct
26
2017

PACE Natural Gas Hedging Panel on Facebook Live Today

At the start of October, PACE debuted a short video drawing attention to the importance of natural gas hedging as a tool for keeping power prices stable and affordable. We also highlighted how natural gas increasingly plays a pivotal role in national security.

Our two experts, Andy Whitesitt of ACES, and Dr. Leo Goff, will appear with me in Washington, D.C. this evening for a short, informative panel session to expand on these topics.

You can watch our discussion on Facebook Live beginning today, Thursday October 26th at 5:30 p.m. EST. Just go to https://www.facebook.com/EnergyFairness/

Oct
23
2017

Sunshine on Recent Solar Policy News

Throughout the fall, two states have quietly made adjustments to laws and regulations affecting solar net metering customers and facilities. Meanwhile, both sides in the “Suniva solar trade war” have retained competing loud voices. How will these developments support consumers’ need for a smarter way forward when it comes to solar policy?

PACE reported this summer on North Carolina’s H.B. 589, although we primarily focused on its unwarranted 18-month moratorium on wind generation. The new law also updated the state’s solar legal framework, including allowing residential solar customers to lease panels rather than assume the often expensive, lengthy

Oct
18
2017

Oktoberfest and the Energiewende

Continuing the October theme established in our blog earlier this week and taking a small vacation from covering the U.S. energy policy landscape, today PACE brings you an update on Germany’s Energiewende, or energy transition. PACE has covered this before, noting how artificial timelines, weather, and economics can prove troublesome for even the best-laid plans, and noting the costs to consumers.

Energiewende has been winding its way through German politics and energy policy for the past two decades. The plan currently aims to cut carbon emissions 40 percent by 2020 and 95 percent by 2050.

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Oct
17
2017

October 2017: “Reliability Month”

Although October hasn’t been officially named “Reliability Month,” it might as well have been, owing to all the recent news bearing on how our country will generate power in the future.

In Texas, a merchant power company announced the closure of two large coal-fired plants, totaling over 2300 MW of capacity across 4 units, along with a mine that supports one of the plants. The company said that the plants fell victim to “an oversupplied renewable generation market, and low natural gas prices.”

Beltway coverage focused on Texas’ lost capacity and laudatory comments from the