House Energy and Commerce

November 15, 2019

World’s first floating nuclear plant faces unfair criticism

Back in July, Energy Fairness wrote about Russia’s floating nuclear plant, the Akademik Lomonosov. The Akademik Lomonosov recently completed its 5,000-kilometer journey to Pevek, a port town on the remote Chukotka Peninsula in the Russian Artic. The plant will be fully online by the end of the year and will provide power to around […]
November 5, 2019

Lawmakers Put End to Ratepayer-Funded Sea Lion Buffet

For nearly 20 years, several species of Sea Lions have abandoned their natural saltwater habitat to swim more than 100 miles from the mouth of the mighty Columbia River on the Oregon and Washington border to Bonneville Dam just east of Portland, Oregon. Why such a long journey? Because of […]
October 29, 2019

Solar meltdown in Paradise

On Sunday, July 20th, residents and vacationers in the beautiful paradise of Kauai suffered through a two-hour blackout as a convergence of events produced a “perfect energy storm” on the island.   What happened on Kauai illustrates – on a small scale – what happens when renewable energy is forced […]
October 24, 2019

Coal FIRST Initiative is Picking Up Steam

Earlier this year, The U.S. Department of Energy announced its Coal FIRST (Flexible, Innovative, Resilient, Small, and Transformative) initiative which aimed to develop coal plants of the future that will provide stable, reliable power with near-zero emissions. As Energy Fairness has written before, coal still plays an important role in […]
October 18, 2019

Electric Deregulation in Florida: Costly, Complicated, and Cataclysmic 

For almost two years we’ve been routinely writing to warn policymakers and consumers about the consequences of imposing electric utility deregulation or, as it’s otherwise known, “retail choice.” Last year, as Nevada voters were about to go the polls, we warned about the negative cost effect that deregulation could have in the […]
October 8, 2019

New Nuclear Is Catching On

For years, Energy Fairness has argued that the U.S. needs new nuclear power construction if it hopes to meet energy demands and tackle carbon dioxide emission goals. We’ve supported, for example, nuclear construction at Plant Vogtle in Georgia, a project that will provide much needed power generation for a growing […]
October 2, 2019

Electric Deregulation rears its ugly head in the Copper State…Again

Energy Fairness is pleased to have Dave Lock, CEO of the Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association, convey his thoughts on the status of retail electric competition in Arizona.  Dave has over 30 years of experience in the electric utility industry at the electric cooperative and municipal utility levels. Although […]
September 26, 2019

Deputy Energy Secretary Highlights Northeast Pipeline Capacity issues at Southern States Energy Board

The 59th annual meeting of the Southern States Energy Board took place this week in Louisville, Kentucky under the leadership of the commonwealth’s Governor, Matt Bevin.   The annual meeting included presentations from such luminaries as the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Neil Chatterjee, and the Deputy Secretary […]
September 25, 2019

Shale Revolution Still Benefitting Consumers

We’re more than a decade into the U.S. shale revolution and abundant gas supplies are still paying dividends for American consumers and the economy. Since 2008, U.S. shale gas production, made possible by advancements in hydraulic fracturing (commonly known as fracking) technology, has skyrocketed by more than 60%. The U.S. […]
September 20, 2019

Pelican State PSC Swoops in with Sensible Net Metering Reforms

The Louisiana Public Service Commission (PSC) this past Wednesday adopted common-sense reforms to the state’s policy on net metering. This policy refers to situations where rooftop solar consumers are paid for excess electricity they sell back into the grid. Under the reforms, current net metered rooftop solar owners – and […]
September 18, 2019

Preserving the Hydroelectric Gems of the Lower Snake

The reliable, renewable, and affordable power that federal hydropower provides is under attack. That’s because dam breaching advocates continue their quest to remove the Lower Snake River Dams, an integral part of the Columbia River System. In pushing for their breaching – at a projected cost of $2 billion – their […]
September 13, 2019

Georgia Families and Households Need a 21st Century Grid

Energy Fairness is pleased to present the following op-ed from the Consumer Energy Alliance on the benefits yielded from investing in Georgia’s 21st Century Grid. The original piece can be viewed here. Georgians Need Smarter, More Capable Electric Infrastructure to Ensure Reliability and Keep Prices Low Making Investments Today, to […]
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 […]
September 6, 2017

PURPA: What Lies Ahead for Consumers?

Yesterday’s House Energy Subcommittee hearing on the Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act of 1978 (PURPA) provided enough sparks to warrant further coverage in our second blog this week. Will those sparks start a fire of activity at FERC, in Congress, or in state legislatures preparing for 2018 sessions? Decades ago, […]
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 […]
November 23, 2017

PACE is Thankful for Progress in 2017

Borrowing from David Letterman, PACE has assembled a Top 10 list of energy policy developments, people and institutions that energy consumers can give thanks for this year. In no particular order: Renewed efforts to (safely and in an environmentally friendly manner) explore, map and perhaps one day develop our country’s […]
March 1, 2018

Time to Build Energy Infrastructure

Several key congressional committees chose to focus on Infrastructure this week. This makes sense, as practical chances for moving a comprehensive infrastructure package are likely to run out of fuel around July 31, as lawmakers kick over into re-election gear. President Trump set forth a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan a […]
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 […]