EPA

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 […]
March 19, 2020

Energy Alabama, GASP Campaign About Radical Agenda, Not Customers

Last week, we watched in dismay as Energy Alabama and GASP argued to state regulators that the state’s largest electricity provider, Alabama Power, shouldn’t be able to add new solar and natural gas power generation to meet customer demand over the winter. But over more than a decade of advocacy, […]
March 17, 2020

New Nuclear Licenses Will Ensure Greatest Source of Carbon-Free Energy for Years to Come

None other than Bill Gates has discussed the necessity of carbon-free nuclear energy to meet global emissions targets by 2050 or sooner. This is an argument with which we’ve wholeheartedly agreed since our inception over a decade ago. Over a series of many postings, Energy Fairness has blogged repeatedly about the […]
March 11, 2020

A Different Kind of Battleground State – The future of hydroelectricity will be determined in the Pacific Northwest

Energy Fairness is pleased to present the following op-ed concerning the attacks on the Northwest Hydropower System from Kurt Miller, Executive Director of Northwest River Partners. Northwest River Partners’ mission is to lead the charge for the Northwest to realize its clean energy potential using hydroelectricity as the cornerstone. In […]
March 6, 2020

Regulators Have Important Chance to Bolster Alabama’s Power Grid

There is little more important for power customers than ensuring that electricity is available through all conditions, including extreme winter weather. Events such as the 2014 Polar Vortex remind us of the need to adequately prepare for all circumstances that stress our power production capabilities. That is why a hearing […]
March 5, 2020

Camel’s Nose Under the Tent; the Local Attempts to Ban Natural Gas

Across the U.S. there are moves afoot to ban natural gas from being used as a heating source in households and businesses.This unprecedented move to ban natural gas at the distribution (residential/commercial) level can only mean that a full-frontal assault on natural gas as not only a heating source, but […]
February 27, 2020

Energy Fairness Celebrates a Decade of Advocacy

For more than a decade, Energy Fairness has advocated for a fair and common-sense based approach to energy policy. We’ve prided ourselves on having an honest conversation with policymakers and consumers concerning what it takes to maintain an affordable and reliable supply of energy. Under the Energy Fairness moniker, and […]
February 20, 2020

The Net Metering Debate Rolls on in Arkansas, New Hampshire, and Utah

Over the years, Energy Fairness has written extensively about the net metering debates being held by regulators and lawmakers across the U.S.  Those debates have continued in recent weeks with a veto of net metering legislation in New Hampshire and two more filings before the Utah and Arkansas public service […]
February 18, 2020

New CCUS Technologies Are On the Horizon

Last year, Energy Fairness published a guest post from the Executive Director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority (WIA)—Jason Begger. Mr. Begger detailed efforts underway in Northeast Wyoming to turn carbon emissions from a liability into an asset. Recently, he highlighted these efforts underway at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center before […]
January 2, 2017

New Year Offers Restart for American Energy

There can be little doubt that 2017 will witness one of the most dramatic ground shifts in American policy in recent history. The election of Donald Trump, victories by Republicans in both the U.S. House and Senate, and geopolitical pressures that continue to mount are all conspiring to create a […]
August 21, 2017

Ordering Common Sense with “One Federal Decision” 

Last week, the Trump Administration released an executive order that deserves attention and discussion. It follows a January 24 order that gave agencies authority to fast-track high priority infrastructure projects. It also revoked a January 2015 Obama Administration executive order that included standards for review of sea-level rise when assessing […]
September 4, 2017

D.C. Update: Energy Playbook and Rosters

The Texas and Louisiana coasts continue to suffer post-Harvey. Donations to the Salvation Army to support relief efforts can be made: ·       Online at helpsalvationarmy.org. ·       By calling 1-800- SAL-ARMY. ·       By texting STORM to 51555. Congress returns today, facing a bevy of high-profile issues, now potentially even more complicated by […]
October 10, 2017

D.C. Energy News, Inside and Out

During Columbus Day week, the U.S. House of Representatives will be in session, although the Senate is on recess. With very few legislative days left in this first session of the current Congress, the most significant activity on energy will take the form of nominations and hearings looking ahead at […]
October 12, 2017

Climate Policy Swings and Balloons

As anticipated since just after the November 2016 election, the Trump Administration, through Environmental Protection Agency Administrator (EPA) Scott Pruitt, has officially released documents that set the stage for repeal of the Clean Power Plan. PACE welcomes this move. The original CPP, especially its approach to existing plants, failed to […]
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 […]