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May 17, 2018

DOE’s Hard Work and Always-On, Clean, Affordable Power

While media attention focuses on events at one end of Pennsylvania Avenue, federal agencies and dedicated employees all over the country are quietly making progress on energy issues. This week, PACE takes a look at just one week’s output of good news from the Department of Energy. Sec. Rick Perry believes in […]
May 15, 2018

Wolverines Set Shining Solar Example

Last summer, PACE released a report reviewing state solar net metering policies and discussing ideologies that influence some states to over-compensate private solar generators at the expense of every other consumer on the grid. We’ve enjoyed presenting on this topic and appreciate the many positive comments about our report’s readability and usefulness. […]
May 8, 2018

TVA Generation Mix: Celebrating Wins for Consumers

This past weekend, the Chattanooga Times Free-Press published an article updating readers on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s multi-year program to transition its generation mix. Nearly a decade ago, in 2011, a lawsuit by environmental groups led to a settlement agreement. TVA has lived up to the agreement by taking sweeping actions to […]
May 3, 2018

Georgia: Doing its Part for Nuclear, Solar, National Security & Keeping Rates Low

This week, PACE is pleased to feature a guest blog by Dr. David Gattie, a faculty member at the University of Georgia with deep expertise in energy policy, and co-author of our 2017 paper on net metering.  The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released new data for 2017, so I […]
May 1, 2018

Looking at EVs through Tortoise-Shell Glasses

Aesop’s sayings are still with us today because they contain solid grains of truth. From where PACE sits, consumers will win in the race to electrify transportation if we take it slow and steady, like the tortoise. A recent report from the Smart Electric Power Alliance, (SEPA) bolstered my impression that’s the […]
April 25, 2018

Community Solar for All

PACE supports “all of the above” energy policies, even though the phrase itself has fallen out of fashion in some circles. All of the above, in case we haven’t always been clear, includes renewable energy. One of the most important renewable sources is community solar. The price is right, compared […]
April 24, 2018

A Rising Tide of Questions About Deregulation

As a long-time and loyal UGA fan, I don’t usually make tide references. But the image occurred to me after reading up on some state developments concerning deregulated electricity markets. State leaders and citizens are increasingly asking questions about whether or not deregulation is all it’s cracked up to be, […]
April 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 […]
April 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 […]
April 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 […]
April 4, 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 […]
March 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 […]
July 29, 2011

PACE in National Journal: Time to Hit the Brakes on EPA Rules

The National Journal recently posed the following question to its panel of energy experts: ‘What energy and environment policies are at stake in the spending and debt debates now dominating Washington?’ The following is a response from PACE Executive Director Lance Brown that appeared on Friday, July 29th. During this time […]
August 8, 2011

PACE in National Journal: New EPA Regulations will Cripple Economy

This week’s energy question from the National Journal was provided by former Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln, current National Chair of Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations, who asks “How can President Obama and Congress balance new regulations coming out of the Environmental Protection Agency with a still-weak economy?” Read below to […]
August 11, 2011

TVA Responds to Erroneous Report on Bellefonte Nuclear Plant

As reported by The Clarion on August 10th, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has issued a response to the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy concerning the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant site near Scottsboro, Alabama. In a report issued the previous day and through a web conference with media, the organization lodged a number […]
August 31, 2011

Time to Demand Answers on Reliability Issues

Through tornadoes in the Southeast, a rare earthquake on the East Coast, and the effects of Hurricane Irene from which millions are still reeling, Americans have recently come face to face with electrical grid reliability. As with all temporary disasters, it is just a matter of time before power returns. […]
September 12, 2011

PACE in National Journal: Tip of the Iceberg

In its September 9th edition, the National Journal posed the question: “Was President Obama right or wrong to withdraw the Environmental Protection Agency’s smog standard?” PACE submitted the following response, which argues that while delaying ozone standards is a step in the right direction, we still have a long way to go to […]
October 26, 2011

PACE in Wall Street Journal: Cost Versus Benefits and the EPA

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal published a Letter to the Editor from PACE Executive Director Lance Brown, written in response to the newspaper’s recent analysis of EPA regulation and current pushback from FERC and state attorneys general. The text of the letter appears below. Your editorial “Government vs. EPA” (Oct. 12) sheds light on a fundamental […]