Deregulation

March 22, 2019

New Milestone at Georgia’s Nuclear Plant Vogtle

In past years, Energy Fairness has consistently reinforced the need for new nuclear construction in the U.S. as a way of meeting future energy demand and satisfying carbon emissions targets. Our advocacy has included supporting the completion of Plant Vogtle in Georgia, which was the topic of testimony delivered by Energy […]
March 20, 2019

Guest Post: Why Georgia Doesn’t Need the “Green New Deal”

Energy Fairness is pleased to present today’s guest post from Tim Echols, Vice-Chairman of the Georgia Public Service Commission. Much has been made about the Green New Deal and hope for a national energy plan.  I have pushed back against this proposal much the same way I resisted the “Clean Power […]
March 14, 2019

Nuclear Power: Part of the Solution.

On March 16, 1979, a new film, China Syndrome, premiered in the U.S. to great fanfare. Twelve days later, a generation of Americans would forever know the name of the nuclear plant outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, called Three Mile Island. Normally, the confluence of a movie release and an accident […]
March 6, 2019

Griffin to Florida Lawmakers: Storm Resilience Critical for Power Customers

Earlier today, Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin addressed Florida lawmakers on a piece of legislation aimed at strengthening the electric grid against hurricanes and other extreme events. The following is Mr. Griffin’s testimony.  Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I appreciate having the opportunity to speak in support of SB 796 and […]
February 25, 2019

Labor Unions Express Concern with Green New Deal

The much-hyped Green New Deal sponsored by NewYork  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey was released to great fanfare last week. The resolution aims to make the U.S. carbon neutral within a decade while also investing in new green jobs and upgrading existing buildings in the U.S. to […]
February 20, 2019

Guest post: Four opportunities for bipartisan action in Congress

Energy Fairness is pleased to present an op-ed from Jim Matheson.  Matheson is CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives. He previously served seven terms in Congress as a U.S. representative from Utah. Across […]
February 14, 2019

Deregulation Doesn’t Work for Electricity

ICYMI: Energy Fairness authored an article on the pitfalls of deregulation featured in, WREN, the monthly magazine of the Wyoming Rural Electric Association.  Additionally,  Energy Fairness Executive Director, Paul Griffin, gave testimony before Florida’s Financial Impact Estimating Conference on Monday, February 11 regarding the merits of a proposed constitutional amendment […]
February 6, 2019

Florida Shines Light on Storm Resilience, Infrastructure Hardening

With natural disasters such as storms and wildfires on the minds of the public and their elected officials these days, many are wondering how to best harden our electric system against severe conditions. That was the topic recently of the Energy & Utility Subcommittee of the Florida House of Representatives, […]
February 5, 2019

Indian Minister Receives Top Prize for His Electrification Efforts

It’s strange to think that one of the world’s major economies has functioned in most of the 21st century without adequate access to electricity, but that’s certainly been the case for much of India. Nearly seven years ago Energy Fairness wrote about India’s obstacles in reaching full electrification, most of which stemmed […]
February 1, 2019

Guest Post: Nevada and ‘Energy Choice’: What Can We Learn?

The following guest blog comes from Clay Fitch, CEO of Wells Rural Electric Company in Nevada, a member-owned, non-profit cooperative that provides electrical service across 1,400 miles of power line to more than 10,000 square miles of Northeastern Nevada and part of Tooele County in Utah. In Nevada’s 2016 General […]
January 24, 2019

Coal Exports: Another Battle in the War On Coal

The battle over using coal as an energy resource has raged on many fronts in recent years. In 2007, in Massachusetts vs EPA, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark opinion giving the EPA the authority to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions under the Clean Air Act stating “Because greenhouse […]
January 21, 2019

“Green” Energy Has Consequences Too

While much has been made about the dangers of so called “dirty energy” such as coal or gas in recent years, few realize that “green” energies such as wind and solar also carry with them environmental consequences. If policymakers are to have an honest conversation about energy pros and cons, […]
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 […]