House Energy and Commerce

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 10, 2019

Flight 93: Through the Eyes of an Electric Co-Op

September 11, 2001, is a day that we will always remember. As we remember the heroes and the tragedy of that day, we offer a conversation. Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin had the opportunity to speak to Rich Bauer,  President and CEO of Valley Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. On […]
September 3, 2019

Methane emissions a worry? Absolutely, and that’s why the natural gas industry is responding

ICYMI: Energy Fairness Director Paul Griffin published an op-ed for the Houston Chronicle discussing industry-led efforts to cut methane emissions. The original piece can be viewed here. The issue of methane as a driver of climate change has recently come into focus. Methane is widely known as a significant greenhouse gas, eighty-four […]
August 27, 2019

Storm Hardening: Well Worth the Investment

Just before the morning of November 8, 2018, a powerhouse worker for Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) informed the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) about a small fire underneath one of its transmission lines near Poe Dam in a remote heavily forested region of Northern California. […]
August 22, 2019

Carbon Pricing Wrong Approach to Combating Climate Change

As far back as 2012, when a legislative coalition in out nation’s capital was not-so-secretly discussing a tax on carbon dioxide, Energy Fairness has argued against carbon pricing as an approach to climate change. “Any way you slice it, the continued talk about a carbon tax is surprising and, frankly, […]
August 12, 2019

Ensuring Electricity Reliability for New Englanders Will Come at a High Cost

Recently, Energy Fairness wrote about energy problems in New England caused by a lack of infrastructure. Sadly, lawmakers in the region have repeatedly blocked new natural gas pipelines at a time when natural gas is playing an increasingly larger role in power production. To that point, grid operator ISO New England INC. […]
August 7, 2019

Guest Post: Retail Net Metering, An Outdated Practice: Bad For Consumers, Bad For Markets, Bad For Climate, and BAD FOR SOLAR!

Today’s guest blog comes from Ashley Brown, Executive Director of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HEPG), a program of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. All opinions expressed here are solely those of the author.  Retail net metering is hopelessly […]
August 5, 2019

Nuclear Energy is Getting a Second Look

Here at Energy Fairness, we have consistently advocated for nuclear power for its many benefits and it seems that lawmakers everywhere are starting to take note. Just last week, Ohio lawmakers took decisive action to protect the state’s nuclear plants. The move comes on top of several such moves taking […]
July 31, 2019

New York’s Pipeline Moratorium is Creating Big Problems in New England

Back in April, Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin wrote about the important role of energy infrastructure in delivering energy supplies to consumers and the problems created by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s polices against new pipelines. Now, thanks to a lack of infrastructure, New York’s energy woes are expanding beyond its borders. The […]
July 29, 2019

Paul Griffin to Virginia regulators: Electricity deregulation raises electric rates, threatens reliability

ICYMI: Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin was quoted in Virginia Business magazine as Virginia regulators hear calls to once again deregulate the state’s energy markets. “The record is clear,” he says. “Electricity deregulation not only raises electric rates and threatens power supply reliability, but also exposes consumers to deceptive, […]
July 25, 2019

Griffin Hails Fairness of Florida Storm Hardening Bill at National Black Chamber of Commerce.

Florida’s landmark storm hardening law that funds critical investments in grid resiliency is one of the most important energy policies at the state-level this year. This week, Energy Fairness had the opportunity to tout the new law at the National Black Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. As Harry C. Alford […]
July 22, 2019

Texas Power Struggles Underscore Failure of Deregulation

Back in April, Energy Fairness brought to your attention the increasingly dire reliability situation facing much of Texas as the Lone Star state headed into the hottest months of the year.  None other than the chairwoman of the state’s PUC, DeAnn Walker, called the situation “very scary.”  Unfortunately, the reserve […]
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 […]