Rick Perry

April 3, 2020

75 years ago – TVA and BPA Power Helped Win a Very Different War

During his whistle-stop campaign tour in 1948, President Harry Truman spoke to a rally in Pocatello, Idaho noting  “Without Grand Coulee and Bonneville dams it would have been almost impossible to win this war [World War II].”  And in his final days, Senator George Norris (R–Nebraska) the father of the Rural Electrification Act […]
March 31, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Domestic Shortage of Rare Earth Minerals for EVs

Last Friday, President Trump invoked a rarely used section of the Defense Production Act to compel General Motors to start making badly needed ventilators. However, this was the second time in less than a year that the President utilized this little-known law in the national security interests of the United States. Last […]
March 26, 2020

Energy Fairness Hails Inclusion of Critical LIHEAP Funding in Coronavirus Stimulus Bill

Washington, D.C. —  Last night the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 748 — the Corona Virus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security(CARES)  Act — an unprecedented $2 trillion economic stimulus bill to combat the economic devastation wrought by the Corona Virus.  The 96-0 vote paves the way for the U.S. House of […]
March 24, 2020

Utilities Rise to the Occasion in Current Crisis

As negotiations continue in Congress over the economic fallout brought on by the spread of COVID 19, electric utilities across the nation are doing their part to ensure that every American maintains access to reliable power.   Late last week, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) – the trade association representing […]
March 19, 2020

Energy Alabama, GASP Campaign About Radical Agenda, Not Customers

Last week, we watched in dismay as Energy Alabama and GASP argued to state regulators that the state’s largest electricity provider, Alabama Power, shouldn’t be able to add new solar and natural gas power generation to meet customer demand over the winter. But over more than a decade of advocacy, […]
March 17, 2020

New Nuclear Licenses Will Ensure Greatest Source of Carbon-Free Energy for Years to Come

None other than Bill Gates has discussed the necessity of carbon-free nuclear energy to meet global emissions targets by 2050 or sooner. This is an argument with which we’ve wholeheartedly agreed since our inception over a decade ago. Over a series of many postings, Energy Fairness has blogged repeatedly about the […]
March 11, 2020

A Different Kind of Battleground State – The future of hydroelectricity will be determined in the Pacific Northwest

Energy Fairness is pleased to present the following op-ed concerning the attacks on the Northwest Hydropower System from Kurt Miller, Executive Director of Northwest River Partners. Northwest River Partners’ mission is to lead the charge for the Northwest to realize its clean energy potential using hydroelectricity as the cornerstone. In […]
March 6, 2020

Regulators Have Important Chance to Bolster Alabama’s Power Grid

There is little more important for power customers than ensuring that electricity is available through all conditions, including extreme winter weather. Events such as the 2014 Polar Vortex remind us of the need to adequately prepare for all circumstances that stress our power production capabilities. That is why a hearing […]
March 5, 2020

Camel’s Nose Under the Tent; the Local Attempts to Ban Natural Gas

Across the U.S. there are moves afoot to ban natural gas from being used as a heating source in households and businesses.This unprecedented move to ban natural gas at the distribution (residential/commercial) level can only mean that a full-frontal assault on natural gas as not only a heating source, but […]
February 27, 2020

Energy Fairness Celebrates a Decade of Advocacy

For more than a decade, Energy Fairness has advocated for a fair and common-sense based approach to energy policy. We’ve prided ourselves on having an honest conversation with policymakers and consumers concerning what it takes to maintain an affordable and reliable supply of energy. Under the Energy Fairness moniker, and […]
February 20, 2020

The Net Metering Debate Rolls on in Arkansas, New Hampshire, and Utah

Over the years, Energy Fairness has written extensively about the net metering debates being held by regulators and lawmakers across the U.S.  Those debates have continued in recent weeks with a veto of net metering legislation in New Hampshire and two more filings before the Utah and Arkansas public service […]
February 18, 2020

New CCUS Technologies Are On the Horizon

Last year, Energy Fairness published a guest post from the Executive Director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority (WIA)—Jason Begger. Mr. Begger detailed efforts underway in Northeast Wyoming to turn carbon emissions from a liability into an asset. Recently, he highlighted these efforts underway at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center before […]
January 2, 2017

New Year Offers Restart for American Energy

There can be little doubt that 2017 will witness one of the most dramatic ground shifts in American policy in recent history. The election of Donald Trump, victories by Republicans in both the U.S. House and Senate, and geopolitical pressures that continue to mount are all conspiring to create a […]
August 28, 2017

Back to School with DOE’s New Electricity Markets Report

The Texas coastal community, including Houston, continues to suffer the devastating effect of Hurricane Harvey. To help the relief effort, consider donating $10 to the Red Cross by texting 90999 or giving to the Salvation Army of Houston.  All over Northern Virginia, it’s time to head back to school. Adults, […]
October 3, 2017

Lessons on America’s Power Supply Formula

The utility industry, the federal government and numerous NGOs are on the ground helping our 3.4 million fellow citizens in Puerto Rico. The Salvation Army is on the front lines and collecting much-needed donations. Our concern also extends to the victims and families impacted by the terrible events in Las Vegas.  In […]
October 17, 2017

October 2017: “Reliability Month”

Although October hasn’t been officially named “Reliability Month,” it might as well have been, owing to all the recent news bearing on how our country will generate power in the future. In Texas, a merchant power company announced the closure of two large coal-fired plants, totaling over 2300 MW of […]
November 21, 2017

This Thanksgiving, Resilience & Reliability Still Matter

Opinions about DOE Rick Perry’s bold moves to kick-start the regulatory policy discussion regarding resiliency and reliability of the electric grid are swirling around and piling up like the abundant autumn leaves here in D.C. And as energy lobbyists and lawyers gather around Thanksgiving dinner, many of them can give […]
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 […]