House Energy and Commerce

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 […]
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 […]