Solar

October 18, 2019

Electric Deregulation in Florida: Costly, Complicated, and Cataclysmic 

For almost two years we’ve been routinely writing to warn policymakers and consumers about the consequences of imposing electric utility deregulation or, as it’s otherwise known, “retail choice.” Last year, as Nevada voters were about to go the polls, we warned about the negative cost effect that deregulation could have in the […]
October 8, 2019

New Nuclear Is Catching On

For years, Energy Fairness has argued that the U.S. needs new nuclear power construction if it hopes to meet energy demands and tackle carbon dioxide emission goals. We’ve supported, for example, nuclear construction at Plant Vogtle in Georgia, a project that will provide much needed power generation for a growing […]
October 2, 2019

Electric Deregulation rears its ugly head in the Copper State…Again

Energy Fairness is pleased to have Dave Lock, CEO of the Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association, convey his thoughts on the status of retail electric competition in Arizona.  Dave has over 30 years of experience in the electric utility industry at the electric cooperative and municipal utility levels. Although […]
September 26, 2019

Deputy Energy Secretary Highlights Northeast Pipeline Capacity issues at Southern States Energy Board

The 59th annual meeting of the Southern States Energy Board took place this week in Louisville, Kentucky under the leadership of the commonwealth’s Governor, Matt Bevin.   The annual meeting included presentations from such luminaries as the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Neil Chatterjee, and the Deputy Secretary […]
September 25, 2019

Shale Revolution Still Benefitting Consumers

We’re more than a decade into the U.S. shale revolution and abundant gas supplies are still paying dividends for American consumers and the economy. Since 2008, U.S. shale gas production, made possible by advancements in hydraulic fracturing (commonly known as fracking) technology, has skyrocketed by more than 60%. The U.S. […]
September 20, 2019

Pelican State PSC Swoops in with Sensible Net Metering Reforms

The Louisiana Public Service Commission (PSC) this past Wednesday adopted common-sense reforms to the state’s policy on net metering. This policy refers to situations where rooftop solar consumers are paid for excess electricity they sell back into the grid. Under the reforms, current net metered rooftop solar owners – and […]
September 18, 2019

Preserving the Hydroelectric Gems of the Lower Snake

The reliable, renewable, and affordable power that federal hydropower provides is under attack. That’s because dam breaching advocates continue their quest to remove the Lower Snake River Dams, an integral part of the Columbia River System. In pushing for their breaching – at a projected cost of $2 billion – their […]
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 16, 2017

Net Metering: Will Utah Choose a Smarter Way Forward?

Last month, PACE released our new report, “Net Metering: Costs, Customers, and a Smarter Way Forward.” The report provides policymakers and other stakeholders with current snapshots of net metering approaches in several states, including Arizona, California, Mississippi, and Nevada. Net metering and related solar discourse is live in dozens of […]
September 26, 2017

Solar Trade Wars: Can Consumers Win?

Last Friday saw the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) vote unanimously (4-0) that imports of markedly less expensive Chinese solar panels have harmed domestic solar panel manufacturers. The case, always controversial, now enters a new phase, in which the ITC will assess and recommend potential remedies, including tariffs on imported […]
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 […]
October 18, 2017

Oktoberfest and the Energiewende

Continuing the October theme established in our blog earlier this week and taking a small vacation from covering the U.S. energy policy landscape, today PACE brings you an update on Germany’s Energiewende, or energy transition. PACE has covered this before, noting how artificial timelines, weather, and economics can prove troublesome […]
October 23, 2017

Sunshine on Recent Solar Policy News

Throughout the fall, two states have quietly made adjustments to laws and regulations affecting solar net metering customers and facilities. Meanwhile, both sides in the “Suniva solar trade war” have retained competing loud voices. How will these developments support consumers’ need for a smarter way forward when it comes to […]
January 2, 2018

The Best Resolutions are Made at Home

With champagne flutes and noisemakers safely stored away, many of us turn to making New Year’s resolutions. These vary widely, but usually have one thing in common – we select them and measure success or failure ourselves. Wise partners and friends know to give advice only if asked. In short, […]