Jul
17
2018

Pipeline Security - We're All in this Together

Today’s PACE Blog is an abridged version of a PACE column published yesterday by Morning Consult.

When it comes to ensuring a resilient energy grid capable of serving American customers no matter what comes our way, there are few things more vital than safeguarding the security of our energy and electricity delivery systems.

Despite cybersecurity being front and center across the energy and electricity value chain for years, the Department of Energy (DOE) recently asserted that pipeline operators in the U.S. are not adequately prepared for cyber-attacks and that natural gas pipelines specifically are “increasingly vulnerable to cyber- and physical

Jun
27
2018

Energy Debates Help Summer Heat Up

Energy Fairness is on the road again, enjoying 110 degree highs in Phoenix. Back in D.C., energy debates are heating up the Beltway atmosphere, but we also found some bright spots to share.

The Senate is working on appropriations bills, but partisan divides mean that many “riders” aimed at rolling back rules and programs set in motion by the Obama Administration aren’t viable this year. For example, language that would halt the unpopular and sweeping “Waters of the U.S.” rule won’t be included.

With Energy Fairness now formally a part of the National Energy & Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC)

Apr
10
2018

Views from a Visit with APGA

Last week, I was honored to be invited to address the American Public Gas Association’s annual marketing conference. Millions of consumers across the country receive natural gas service from community-owned distribution utilities.

Over 150 attendees spent three days examining trends affecting how customers view and use natural gas in their homes, businesses and vehicles. Spending a day with APGA gave me a great opportunity to spread the word about the Partnership’s mission and to re-learn some lessons about how natural gas distribution utilities view the energy policy landscape. I say “re-learn” because I spent two happy years representing APGA at

Mar
08
2018

Expand Domestic Offshore Energy Access

PACE submitted public comments this week to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, supporting the proposed expansion of leasing regions. Energy leadership is needed now more than ever, for consumers at home – and to shore up America’s leadership in the world.

Laura Marshall Schepis Executive DirectorPartnership for Affordable Clean Energy 8409 Lee Highway, #2547 Merrifield VA 22116

March 8, 2018

Ms. Kelly Hammerle, National OCS Oil & Gas Leasing Program Manager Dr. Jill Lewandowski, Chief, Division of Environmental Assessment Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 45600 Woodland Road Sterling VA 20166

RE: Draft Proposed 2019-2024 OCS Oil &

Jan
16
2018

Tough Sledding for Alaska

The Alaska Legislature resumes work today, amid much ongoing discussion of the state’s economic woes, including a $2.7 billion annual budget deficit. Important decisions lie ahead about how to stabilize the state’s finances and return to the days when Alaska’s economy hummed and people saw it as a land of opportunity.

As PACE wrote in December, raising taxes on the oil and gas industry, whether through new levies, or by removing long-standing incentives or credits, is the wrong way to address the financial quagmire. The oil and gas industry has faced over a decade of dizzying policy changes that make

Dec
05
2017

When More is Less: Higher Oil and Gas Taxes Harm Alaska

 

Alaska’s citizens and the oil and gas industry have a long and mutually beneficial relationship. The industry continues to be a leading employer, generating over 100,000 jobs. Since 1982, most Alaskans have received direct payments from the Alaska Permanent Fund, created in 1976 to ensure that citizens would benefit from petroleum revenues. Even as oil prices fluctuate and trend lower because of abundant global supply, oil and gas continues to pay a significant share of taxes that support a wide range of government services. Over $180 billion dollars has flowed to Alaska’s treasury over the state’s existence.

Like many

Nov
09
2017

Responsible Natural Resources Policy Makes U.S. More SECURE

While many eyes are on tax reform, the DOE-FERC Section 403 conversation, and Tuesday’s off-year election results, a House committee is quietly and persistently advancing legislation that can help assure diverse and reliable energy supplies and shore up the U.S. economy.

Natural Resources Committee’s SECURE American Energy Act

On November 7, the House Natural Resources Committee marked up several key pieces of legislation, including the SECURE American Energy Act (H.R. 4239), aimed at “Strengthening the Economy with Critical Untapped Resources to Expand American Energy.”

Without comprehensive energy legislation on the horizon, and with many key federal agency teams still forming,

Sep
21
2017

Natural Gas Pipelines - Mountains of Rhetoric and Facts

Traveling around this Southeast this summer, I saw quite a few yard signs registering opinions about drilling and pipelines. Last month, PACE filed comments supporting an expanded federal offshore oil and natural gas leasing program.

Onshore energy projects, such as the Atlantic Coast (ACP) and Mountain Valley (MVP) pipelines also bring value to consumers. Both have been extensively studied and are now working through exhaustive reviews and approvals. Unsurprisingly, the projects are also targets for well-funded opposition campaigns from environmental groups.

The ACP would run about 600 miles starting in West Virginia, extending into Virginia

Aug
30
2017

After the Storm: Lessons Learned from Harvey

The Texas and Louisiana coasts continue to suffer the devastating effect of Hurricane Harvey. Donations to the Salvation Army to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts can be made:

Online at helpsalvationarmy.org. By calling 1-800- SAL-ARMY. By texting STORM to 51555.

With Hurricane Harvey still dropping untold amounts of rain on Gulf Coast states, it’s timely to start looking at how energy infrastructure weathered the storm. According to the Energy Information Administration, which is tracking facility outages and energy production slowdowns on its website, “over 45 percent of total U.S. petroleum refining capacity is located along the Gulf coast, as

Aug
02
2017

A Lease on Life for U.S. Offshore Resources

Over the years, PACE has consistently spoken out in favor of increasing our nation’s supply of energy, across all sources. That’s why earlier this week, we filed a formal comment letter with the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) advocating for development of a new and expanded offshore oil and natural gas leasing program. If you or your organization would like to join the comment effort, let us know by emailing laura@energyfairness.org and we can guide you through the process.

At this point, BOEM is undertaking an initial scoping process for its five-year (2019-2024)