Energy Markets

January 27, 2020

Yo, Arizona! Don’t deregulate your electricity market like Texas unless you want games galore

ICYMI:The Watchdog investigative columnist, Dave Lieber, published an op-ed in The Dallas-Morning News warning Arizona not to copy the Texas model for selling retail electricity. The original piece can be viewed here.  Attention residents of Arizona: DON’T DO IT! Don’t let your state regulators deregulate electricity as we did in […]
January 22, 2020

How Will Our Power Grid Handle an Influx of EVs?

Electric vehicles (EVs) have been gaining ground in the U.S. over the past few years, accounting for 208,000 new vehicle registrations in 2018 alone. Energy Fairness has been very supportive of efforts to encourage EV use over the years, but we maintain that it’s crucial to make sure our electric grid […]
January 16, 2020

Germany’s Energiewende; No Nuclear…No Energiewende

Over the last several years we’ve written numerous articles on Energiewende.    Simply put, the Energiewende – or Energy Transition — is an ambitious plan by Germany to transition to a carbon-free economy by 2038. Unfortunately, there’s one major snag; the plan doesn’t include nuclear power – the most abundant […]
January 13, 2020

And the Beat Goes On: Electric Retail Choice Debate Rolls into Virginia

In a bipartisan fashion, two members of the Virginia House of Delegates introduced legislation that would essentially end the regulated electric utility industry in the Commonwealth. The introduction continues a developing trend of pushing deregulation policies with a clear history of failure, including the dark days of Enron.   Over […]
January 9, 2020

Energy Fairness Applauds Florida Supreme Court Ruling to Toss Electricity Deregulation

Washington, DC – Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin today released the following statement regarding the Florida Supreme Court’s ruling on the proposed electricity deregulation ballot amendment: “Today’s unanimous Supreme Court ruling is a big victory for consumers in the Sunshine State. Electricity deregulation means higher prices, fraud, and unreliable […]
December 20, 2019

Nuclear Fusion Technology is On Its Way to Reality

What if we could harness the power of the stars to create virtually unlimited clean energy and no waste? It sounds like a dream, but this is the promise of nuclear fusion technology. And, it’s looking more and more likely that it can be a major source of carbon-free energy in the future. Nuclear […]
December 11, 2019

Fossil Fuel Divestment Is a Bad Move for Retirees

Fossil fuel divestment has been become a popular rallying cry for climate change change activists over the years, but as we’ve written before, divestment can be a dangerous move.   A few months back, around 40,000 activists descended on Manhattan, marching with a goal of convincing New York State Comptroller […]
December 10, 2019

Energy Fairness Contributor David Gattie Testifies at House Hearing on Role of Nuclear in Reducing Carbon

Energy Fairness contributor Dr. David Gattie – an Associate Professor of Engineering at the University of Georgia — testified before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change last Thursday and highlighted the critical role that nuclear energy will play in fulfilling future global carbon […]
December 4, 2019

Guest Post: Nuclear expansion fueling TVA’s overall carbon reduction

Energy Fairness is pleased to present the following op-ed from Tennessee Valley Authority’s Chief Nuclear Officer Tim Rausch.  It’s no coincidence that the Tennessee Valley Authority has become a national leader in both adding nuclear energy generation and cutting our carbon emissions. While many have talked about the value of nuclear […]
December 2, 2019

Energy Fairness Supports Reforms to Disco-Era Renewables Law

Energy Fairness Executive Director submitted the following comments to the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) in support of FERC’s proposed reforms to the Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA). The proposed reforms would update and improve a “Disco-Era” law making renewable energy more affordable and reliable. December 3, 2019 RE: Federal […]
November 22, 2019

Giving Thanks for Reliable Power

As Americans, most of us have a laundry list of things of things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Whether its a warm bed, food on the table, or steady work to pay the bills, the modern standard of living we enjoy is something worthy of appreciation. But there are […]
November 22, 2019

Opinion: Sierra Club Wrong on Georgia Power Rate Proposal

The following opinion piece from a conservative activist Julianne Thompson appeared in the November 20th edition of the Marietta Daily Journal. For nearly a decade, Energy Fairness has highlighted the ways in which Sierra Club has advocated for energy policies that make little sense for consumers. A recent column by […]
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 […]