Energy Markets

January 16, 2019

Guest Post: Hydropower’s Story Not Over Yet

Today’s guest blog from Scott Corwin discuss the benefits of large-scale hydropower projects. Scott has over 20 years of experience with energy policy, particularly in the Pacific Northwest. He is currently Executive Director of the Public Power Council, a not-for-profit association whose mission is to preserve and protect the benefits of […]
January 15, 2019

Wildfires: A Silent Source of Carbon Emissions

Without a doubt, 2018 will go down as one of the deadliest wildfire years in history, particularly in California. The Camp fire outside of Sacramento and the Woolsey fire in Malibu not only resulted in the loss of 14,000 structures, but led to 88 tragic deaths. The fire resulted in […]
January 9, 2019

Pioneering the Future of Energy Technology in Wyoming

In the spirit of innovation Energy Fairness welcomes the following op-ed from the Executive Director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority – Jason Begger.  In this piece, Begger discusses the competitive efforts underway in this Rocky Mountain West state to turn carbon emissions from a liability into an asset.   Last […]
January 8, 2019

Utility Scale Solar Presents a Strong Case

In the rush by solar companies and some policymakers to push the adoption of rooftop solar, it’s easy to overlook the significant efforts of electric utilities from all segments of the industry (investor owned, electric cooperative and municipal) to construct or purchase power produced from utility-scale solar projects. Electricity from […]
January 2, 2019

The Best Way Forward? It Might Mean Looking Back.

It has been two decades since I struggled through mid -level French courses, leaving me to wonder if the meager French I retained would ever come in handy. However, after reading about the dilemma that the French government is facing in replacing and/or maintaining its fleet of nuclear reactors, I […]
December 17, 2018

Transmission Key to Smart Energy Policy

When it comes to deciding which energy resources should be used to keep electricity affordable and reliable, Energy Fairness has made clear it plays no favorites. One reality that is clear? Transmission often plays an integral role in determining whether one resource is better suited to a particular time and […]
December 14, 2018

Paul Griffin Takes Reins As Executive Director

Energy Fairness, formerly known as The Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy (PACE), a not-for-profit organization that advocates for sensible energy policy, has named energy veteran Paul Griffin as the group’s new Executive Director. Griffin assumed leadership of the organization on December 1st. Griffin, who has nearly two decades of experience […]
December 13, 2018

Maryland Deregulation Comes Into Focus

News from Maryland is yet another example of why deregulation is the wrong choice for power customers. Reporting from the Baltimore Sun explains that while competition was supposed to drive down prices, many Marylanders are actually paying more for energy. Read the full story here. Nearly twenty years ago in […]
December 2, 2018

Eisenhower’s Nuclear Legacy Holds Steady At Vogtle

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 smart approaches to private solar net metering. You can check out his blog at davidgattieblog.wordpress.com. […]
November 28, 2018

Germany is Having Problems Leaving Coal Behind

PACE has written in the past about Germany’s Energiewende program which aims to cut carbon emissions 40 percent by 2020 and 95 percent by 2050 by replacing coal fired power with renewable energy. The program has faced many problems, however, as the country is finding it hard to quit coal […]
November 26, 2018

The Future Is Looking Bright for U.S. LNG

U.S. liquified natural gas (LNG) exports have been growing rapidly since the industry began in February 2016 and new reports are predicting that 2019 will be the best year yet.  U.S. exporters are on track to triple production by the end of next year and, if the trend continues, we […]
November 1, 2018

Georgia’s Monthly Electricity Costs in Context

A few months back Wallet Hub published a report ranking each state on monthly energy costs. The categories included total energy cost, monthly electricity cost, monthly natural gas cost, monthly fuel cost and monthly home heating cost. Georgia was ranked as having the third highest monthly energy cost—a point that has gotten […]
October 17, 2017

October 2017: “Reliability Month”

Although October hasn’t been officially named “Reliability Month,” it might as well have been, owing to all the recent news bearing on how our country will generate power in the future. In Texas, a merchant power company announced the closure of two large coal-fired plants, totaling over 2300 MW of […]
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 9, 2018

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

The great majority of U.S. citizens east of the Mississippi have engaged in popular January 2018 conversations – first, “it is so, so [insert profanity of choice] cold outside.” In the greater D.C. metropolitan area, that is quickly followed by “why are the [choose another profanity] schools closed AGAIN?” Involuntary […]
March 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 […]
May 22, 2018

A Tale of Two States – Deregulation in Texas

Last month, the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power (TCAP) released an update to its regular report on Texas’ deregulated power market. TCAP is a not-for-profit that helps aggregate electricity purchases for dozens of cities in Texas, and so has a vested interest in monitoring the state’s complicated and ever-changing electricity markets. TCAP’s analysis can […]