House Energy and Commerce

July 8, 2020

U.S. Takes Steps to Reclaim International Nuclear Energy Mantle

Recently we wrote about the steps taken by the U.S. to regain global leadership in nuclear energy innovation. These actions laid out a strategy for restoring America’s competitive advantage while boosting national security. To that end, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) has recently proposed reversing a prohibition implemented by […]
July 1, 2020

Glen Canyon Dam: A Renewable Jewel in the Desert Southwest

On September 22, 1966, and with much fanfare, the First Lady of the United States, Lady Bird Johnson, dedicated Glen Canyon Dam just over the Utah border in Page, Arizona.  Producing 80% of all the system’s hydropower Glen Canyon is the power generating linchpin of the Colorado River Storage Project […]
June 29, 2020

Lack of Access to Electricity is Still a Global Problem

Most of the U.S. and the industrialized world has access to reliable, and for the most part, affordable power. With that access, it’s easy to forget that much of the world isn’t so fortunate. While the average American experiences less than six hours without power a year, nearly 12% of […]
June 21, 2020

Gattie Discusses Global Significance of Resolute Nuclear Energy Complex

In an in-depth interview with the Global American Business Institute — Dr. David Gattie — Energy Fairness contributor and Associate Professor of Engineering at the University of Georgia — discusses the U.S. Foreign Policy implications of having a resolute nuclear energy complex.  
June 16, 2020

Supreme Court Removes One More Hurdle for Critical East Coast Natural Gas Pipeline

Yesterday, in a 7-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court all but removed the last hurdle for the construction of the much-needed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP).  The $8 billion 600-mile pipeline would bolster the supply of affordable and reliable natural gas by transporting it from West Virginia to sites in Virginia […]
June 9, 2020

U.S. Once Again Poised to Lead World on Nuclear Tech

Energy Fairness has long advocated expanding nuclear power as a source of clean, reliable energy. Unfortunately, the U.S. has fallen behind in the development of nuclear energy technologies. In doing so, emerging economies that look to the U.S. for affordable and reliable energy solutions now look to rivals like Russia […]
June 3, 2020

Outdated NEPA needs modernizing. Just ask Warren Buffett

ICYMI: Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin authored an article on the importance of NEPA reform that was featured in Utility Dive. The original piece can be viewed here.  In May 2007, the junior senator from Illinois was Barack Obama — a rising political star who had just announced his candidacy for president. Twitter was less […]
May 28, 2020

Op-Ed: Project Tundra Hopes to Take Next Step with Carbon Capture Technology

Energy Fairness is pleased to present the following op-ed from Mac McLennan, — CEO, Minnkota Electric Cooperative — regarding the promise of the coop’s Project Tundra Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage initiative. Many of the mission statements across the electric utility industry look fairly similar. Delivering safe, reliable, affordable, and […]
May 27, 2020

U.S. Renewables Expansion Strong, Despite Coronavirus

There can be little doubt that the U.S. economy has taken a strong hit from the outbreak of novel coronavirus. Unemployment is still at levels not seen since the Great Depression and retail sales plunged a record 16.4% in April according to a report from the U.S. Department of Commerce. One sector […]
May 18, 2020

Coal-Fired Power: A Sure Thing in Uncertain Times

The recent news out of Texas that the mothballed 470-megawatt Gibbons Creek coal-fired power plant will be back online is a victory for electric reliability and for power customers. After all, Texas is forecasting record demand over the next two years. The fact that the power grid in the Lone Star State […]
May 11, 2020

Executive Order Aims to Protect the Power Grid

The U.S. power grid is a crucial part of our daily lives. Any successful attack on it could not only plunge parts of the country into darkness, but it would also compromise America’s ability to defend itself. A strike like this would damage our economy and pose risks to human […]
April 29, 2020

Fossil Fuels An Indispensable Tool in the Covid-19 Fight

Energy Fairness has written before about the dangers of abandoning fossil fuels and the folly of governments and institutions “divesting” from fossil fuels. Now, as communities worldwide continue to deal with COVID-19, the value of fossil fuels has become even more clear. While it’s clear that fossil fuels such as natural gas […]
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 […]