Feb
14
2017

Guest Blog: How States Are Taking the Lead to Save Nuclear Energy

The following is a guest post from Christine Csizmadia, director of state government affairs and advocacy at NEI. Follow Christine on Twitter at @CCsizmadia.

A big part of my job is working with members of state legislatures and their staffs. One the most important working relationships I have is with the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). State legislators from all over the country look to NCSL for policy analysis, leadership opportunities, state benchmarks and, most importantly, facts and information to help them shape policies on the issues that they face.

NCSL’s new report, “State Options for

Feb
09
2017

AAA: Fracking Saved the Average Family $1,000 Last Year

PACE has written often about the importance of fracking and inexpensive natural gas to America’s energy future. Now, a new report from the American Automobile Association shows that low gasoline prices saved Americans more than $115 billion dollars last year, compared to 2014 prices.

According to AAA, that $115 billion works out to $550 in savings per licensed driver in the U.S., or about $1,000 per household. That is a staggering benefit for American families dealing with stagnant wages. The report found that families used the extra money toward better education, healthcare, or housing, raising their overall standard of

Jan
23
2017

Karr: Coal Still Important in Alabama

The following opinion piece comes from Charles L. Karr, Dean of the College of Engineering at The University of Alabama and a Senior Policy Advisor to the Energy Institute of Alabama (EIA). Click here to see an economic impact study commissioned by the EIA.

I cut my teeth in the mining industry early in my career as a research engineer with the United States Bureau of Mines, and I have seen the strength and determination of the people who labor to bring us the raw materials that make so much of our life possible.

Alabama was modernized because of

Jan
02
2017

New Year Offers Restart for American Energy

There can be little doubt that 2017 will witness one of the most dramatic ground shifts in American policy in recent history. The election of Donald Trump, victories by Republicans in both the U.S. House and Senate, and geopolitical pressures that continue to mount are all conspiring to create a new political landscape in our nation. We know with certainty that this administration will be markedly different than the last one, but will it be like any other? Or will it be completely uncharted territory? And most important from our point of view, what will this new landscape mean for

Nov
28
2016

Study: Alabama Energy Sector Has Massive Impact on State Economy

The following guest blog comes from Seth Hammett, Chairman of the Energy Institute of Alabama and PowerSouth Energy Cooperative’s Vice President of Business Development. Hammett is a former Speaker of the House of Representatives in Alabama.

Alabama’s energy sector provides the spark that makes the state’s economic engine go. Akin to the consumer who never thinks of what goes into making the lights come on at the flick of a switch, those of us in the energy business were never certain of the exact economic impact provided by the industry.

That has changed.

An economic impact study commissioned by

Nov
22
2016

Discussions About Future of Solar Far From Over

In an opinion piece published earlier this week in Utility Dive, David Pomerantz, executive director of the Energy and Policy Institute, draws a number of conclusions about what the failure of Florida’s Amendment One means to the future of solar power. Tying the Amendment One vote to Mr. Trump’s election, Pomerantz reasons that the Amendment One vote shows that the public is fully dedicated to the robust future of residential solar power. Those are shaky conclusions, though, and Pomerantz would do well to abandon the solar industry’s talking points and face some basic realities.

If passed, Florida’s Amendment One

Nov
22
2016

Repost: One More Reason To Be Thankful

This past Thanksgiving, PACE published a blog piece that called attention to the daily work of the men and women who keep America’s electricity grid running. We republish it today as a reminder that our lights burn and our ovens work because a team of people behind the scenes does an often unrecognized job. Read the blog piece online here.

There is a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. There are things like warm beds, food on the table, and steady work that pays the bills. There are people, too. The selfless heroes in our armed forces

Nov
14
2016

Global News Reflects Changing Energy Environment

As analysts in the United States continue to speculate about what the recent results of the presidential election will mean for the future of domestic energy policy, news from around the world reflects the growing uncertainty over how best to balance the demand for energy with climate change concerns.

In Paris, for example, the French government has decided to abandon a carbon tax after labor unions complained the tax would hurt the city’s economy. The Paris carbon tax intended to shut down the use of remaining coal-fired power plants by 2023 at the latest. Although some in the French

Oct
25
2016

Harry Alford: An Epiphany – Sweet Home Alabama

The Coal Industry has been under attack since the beginning of the Obama Administration. The President has stated that “I want to kill coal”. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said, “I want to put all of the coal workers out of business”. They have caused an immense amount of damage. An enormous amount of coal mines has closed and a noticeable percentage of coal companies are in bankruptcy. The economic damage is real and its affect will hurt our nation and bring growth and profit to foreign nations like China and India who will fill in the gaps left by

Oct
24
2016

2016 PACE Energy Tour: Showing Energy Up Close

Late Friday, PACE concluded the final portion of its 2016 Energy Tour as the Megan Parker, a motor vessel operated by Parker Towing, returned to its dock in Northport, Alabama. A twenty-person contingent of regulators, elected officials, staffers, and other energy leaders had just seen firsthand how much of America’s coal resources travel along America’s waterways. Just minutes after the tour departed, that same vessel would push coal barges down the Black Warrior River toward their destination at McDuffie Coal Terminal in Mobile, the nation’s second largest coal terminal. Meanwhile, other vessels in the Parker Towing fleet undertook similar errands,