Deregulation

May 18, 2020

Coal-Fired Power: A Sure Thing in Uncertain Times

The recent news out of Texas that the mothballed 470-megawatt Gibbons Creek coal-fired power plant will be back online is a victory for electric reliability and for power customers. After all, Texas is forecasting record demand over the next two years. The fact that the power grid in the Lone Star State […]
May 11, 2020

Executive Order Aims to Protect the Power Grid

The U.S. power grid is a crucial part of our daily lives. Any successful attack on it could not only plunge parts of the country into darkness, but it would also compromise America’s ability to defend itself. A strike like this would damage our economy and pose risks to human […]
April 29, 2020

Fossil Fuels An Indispensable Tool in the Covid-19 Fight

Energy Fairness has written before about the dangers of abandoning fossil fuels and the folly of governments and institutions “divesting” from fossil fuels. Now, as communities worldwide continue to deal with COVID-19, the value of fossil fuels has become even more clear. While it’s clear that fossil fuels such as natural gas […]
April 23, 2020

Nuclear Fusion is Getting Its Moment in the Sun

For nearly a century, scientists have been on a quest to harness the power of the sun to create limitless supplies of energy. And while solar energy technologies have made great strides, another advancement holds perhaps even greater potential: nuclear fusion. If harnessed on a commercial level, fusion has the […]
April 16, 2020

The Future for U.S. LNG Exports is Still Bright!

We’ve written in the past about the bright future for U.S. liquified natural gas (LNG) exports.  Though still shining, the industry has hit a few roadblocks, contending with the ramifications of Covid-19 and other unforeseen new challenges.  Thankfully, good news is on the horizon.  U.S. LNG exports have been steadily […]
April 15, 2020

New York’s Closure of Indian Point Should Leave Consumers Scratching Their Heads

Over the next 13 months, the state of New York will lose 2,060 MW of emission-free, reliable power.  By the end of this month, Unit 2 at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County will close, removing 1,080 MW of clean power from the state’s energy mix, followed […]
April 10, 2020

Thank a Lineman Takes on New Meaning During Covid-19

April is National Thank a Lineman month culminating in National Lineman Appreciation Day on April 18th. Without a doubt, linemen aren’t just critical to ensuring the integrity of the grid. They’re vital! The job of a lineman is one wrought with danger every day, whether it’s restoring a downed power […]
April 8, 2020

TVA, Alabama Power, Others Forge Ahead with Solar Battery Storage Projects

As families and businesses nationwide continue to cope with the impact of COVID-19, Energy Fairness will continue to communicate about important energy issues. As we do so, we are grateful for the efforts of the men and women of the electric industry who are maintaining reliable power supplies during this […]
April 3, 2020

75 years ago – TVA and BPA Power Helped Win a Very Different War

During his whistle-stop campaign tour in 1948, President Harry Truman spoke to a rally in Pocatello, Idaho noting  “Without Grand Coulee and Bonneville dams it would have been almost impossible to win this war [World War II].”  And in his final days, Senator George Norris (R–Nebraska) the father of the Rural Electrification Act […]
March 31, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Domestic Shortage of Rare Earth Minerals for EVs

Last Friday, President Trump invoked a rarely used section of the Defense Production Act to compel General Motors to start making badly needed ventilators. However, this was the second time in less than a year that the President utilized this little-known law in the national security interests of the United States. Last […]
March 26, 2020

Energy Fairness Hails Inclusion of Critical LIHEAP Funding in Coronavirus Stimulus Bill

Washington, D.C. —  Last night the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 748 — the Corona Virus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security(CARES)  Act — an unprecedented $2 trillion economic stimulus bill to combat the economic devastation wrought by the Corona Virus.  The 96-0 vote paves the way for the U.S. House of […]
March 24, 2020

Utilities Rise to the Occasion in Current Crisis

As negotiations continue in Congress over the economic fallout brought on by the spread of COVID 19, electric utilities across the nation are doing their part to ensure that every American maintains access to reliable power.   Late last week, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) – the trade association representing […]
July 31, 2017

Choice, Consequences, and Consumers

PACE was on the road in July, covering national meetings of state legislators such as the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Southern States Energy Board, and the Council of State Governments’ Southern Legislative Conference. It was a privilege to hear hours of thoughtful discussions and be reminded how hard our […]
August 23, 2017

Energy Headlines Abroad – U.K. and Mexico

Energy Issues Facing Neighbors and Friends  Upon returning from a great road trip around the Southeast, it seemed appropriate to look abroad at global energy news. As we all pack up the beach gear and prepare to resume work or school, I hope you can find some use in what […]
November 28, 2017

The Disaster of Deregulation

Earlier this year, PACE shared some thoughts about deregulation of the electric power retail markets and why it doesn’t make sense for consumers. With state legislatures across the country gearing up for 2018 sessions, it seems timely to touch on the topic again. When it comes to deregulating (or restructuring) […]
December 7, 2017

Energy Retail Deregulation Wrong Fit for Florida

This week, PACE was on the road in Tallahassee, visiting with several members of the Florida legislature and learning about energy issues likely to arise in the 2018 session. As always, it was enjoyable to be outside the D.C. beltway, with warmer temperatures and fresh Gulf seafood all around. Snow […]
January 11, 2018

PACE Continues Florida Engagement on Deregulation

On Friday, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission will once again examine deregulation of the wholesale and retail electricity markets. PACE will testify, as we did in December, to share our views and research on why deregulation doesn’t work for consumers.  Dear Chair Thurlow-Lippisch: Thank you for reconvening the General Provisions […]
January 31, 2018

Florida Energy Consumers Win

Common sense prevailed earlier this month at a brief, but important meeting of Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission (CRC). Under extraordinary pressure, five members of the General Provisions Committee did the right thing and rejected a measure that sought to force drastic changes to the state’s electricity landscape on a rigid […]