Apr
20
2018

Springtime in D.C. - Cold, Sunny, Chance of Hearings and Orders

PACE got a taste of warm weather, sunshine and BBQ last week, visiting with Cobb EMC, a progressive urban/suburban electric cooperative just outside Atlanta that serves over 200,000 meters. Cobb’s board and leadership team are responding adeptly to consumer demand for renewable energy by making significant investments in utility-scale solar. PACE also visited the Southern States Energy Board (we joined SSEB earlier this year) to discuss energy and environmental issues that are top-of mind to the elected officials in SSEB’s sixteen state, two territory membership.

Returning to D.C., I found that with Easter recess in the rearview mirror, the springtime

Apr
18
2018

Fired up to Do Good with LIHEAP

PACE is always seeking new avenues and alliances that will strengthen our ongoing mission of highlighting consumers’ interests in reliable and affordable energy. We’ve made a lot of new friends this past year. However, we are particularly excited about a new relationship with the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC). PACE officially joined NEUAC last week and is looking forward to diving in on various committees and learning from the expert leaders and volunteers who created NEUAC to strengthen efforts to help energy consumers in need.

As a short introduction, NEUAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that “brings together

Apr
10
2018

Views from a Visit with APGA

Last week, I was honored to be invited to address the American Public Gas Association’s annual marketing conference. Millions of consumers across the country receive natural gas service from community-owned distribution utilities.

Over 150 attendees spent three days examining trends affecting how customers view and use natural gas in their homes, businesses and vehicles. Spending a day with APGA gave me a great opportunity to spread the word about the Partnership’s mission and to re-learn some lessons about how natural gas distribution utilities view the energy policy landscape. I say “re-learn” because I spent two happy years representing APGA at

Apr
04
2018

Hedging Protects More than Just Energy

Brian Munzlinger is a member of the Missouri State Senate, representing District 18. He recently introduced a resolution, which is advancing in the Missouri Senate, to educate consumers and fellow lawmakers about the benefits of allowing utilities to hedge fuel inputs. His April 2 op-ed in the Hannibal Courier-Post appears below as a PACE guest blog.

Brian Munzlinger: Hedging Protects More than Just Energy – Opinion – Hannibal Courier – Post – Hannibal, MO.

http://www.hannibal.net/opinion/20180401/brian-munzlinger-hedging-protects-more-than-just-energy

Just like for any good or service that depends on commodities, power prices are linked to the costs of generation fuels. For years now,

Mar
23
2018

Kentucky Net Metering Horserace Helps Consumers

Most states have considered net metering and established some policies that compensate private solar owners for electrons generated from owned or leased panels on rooftops or ground-mounted systems. PACE took a close look at the state of the states’ approaches last year in our report, “Net Metering: Costs, Customers and a Smarter Way Forward.”

Our central point in that report still rings true today – there is no policy justification for paying private solar generators more than the fair market value for electrons they send into the grid. Just as for any service or business dependent on commodity inputs, wholesale

Mar
20
2018

Driving an EV: The Promise and Hazards

PACE is honored to feature guest commentary by Commissioner Chuck Eaton, of the Georgia Public Service Commission.

I love technology and innovation and consider myself an early adopter. I could not wait to get an Apple Watch, and I purchased a Chevy Volt back in 2012 after extensive analysis. As an energy regulator in Georgia, I see both the upside and downside with electric vehicles.

Here’s what I mean.

Let’s start with the grid – one of my daily concerns. Electric cars actually help our grid in Georgia. Our Commission worked with the power company to create a

Mar
16
2018

Springing Forward on Fuel Diversity

With spring come spending bills, and this year Congress has the chance to support energy diversity across the board. In the FY18 omnibus, and a series (hope springs eternal) of appropriation bills for FY 2019. There are also talks of a fix-it tax package. In short, there are many opportunities for lawmakers to support a robust, diverse fuel mix now and in the future.

Rep. Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN) has introduced legislation, the “Electricity Reliability and Fuel Security Act” that seeks to establish a 30 percent tax credit, for only a five-year period, for the fixed operation and maintenance expenses

Mar
13
2018

Show-Me State Legislators Show Value of Hedging

Later this week, PACE will offer testimony to the Missouri House of Representatives Utilities Committee highlighting why natural gas hedging helps assure consumer electricity prices are stable and predictable.

In February, PACE testified to a key committee of the Missouri Senate. Our goal was and is supporting a pair of resolutions (Senate Concurrent Resolution 43 and House Concurrent Resolution 87) introduced earlier in the session by Sen. Brian Munzlinger and Rep. Rusty Black.

Each resolution urges the Missouri Public Service Commission to continue allowing the state’s electric utilities to prudently hedge natural gas contracts, through financial means or by taking

Mar
08
2018

Expand Domestic Offshore Energy Access

PACE submitted public comments this week to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, supporting the proposed expansion of leasing regions. Energy leadership is needed now more than ever, for consumers at home – and to shore up America’s leadership in the world.

Laura Marshall Schepis Executive DirectorPartnership for Affordable Clean Energy 8409 Lee Highway, #2547 Merrifield VA 22116

March 8, 2018

Ms. Kelly Hammerle, National OCS Oil & Gas Leasing Program Manager Dr. Jill Lewandowski, Chief, Division of Environmental Assessment Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 45600 Woodland Road Sterling VA 20166

RE: Draft Proposed 2019-2024 OCS Oil &

Mar
01
2018

Time to Build Energy Infrastructure

Several key congressional committees chose to focus on Infrastructure this week. This makes sense, as practical chances for moving a comprehensive infrastructure package are likely to run out of fuel around July 31, as lawmakers kick over into re-election gear.

President Trump set forth a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan a few weeks ago but it is having trouble getting traction, in part because it only called for $200 billion in federal spending. Stacked up against the visible needs to overhaul nearly every category of infrastructure, from roads to broadband to water systems, that seems too little.

It’s not appropriate to