Solar

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 12, 2019

Ensuring Electricity Reliability for New Englanders Will Come at a High Cost

Recently, Energy Fairness wrote about energy problems in New England caused by a lack of infrastructure. Sadly, lawmakers in the region have repeatedly blocked new natural gas pipelines at a time when natural gas is playing an increasingly larger role in power production. To that point, grid operator ISO New England INC. […]
August 7, 2019

Guest Post: Retail Net Metering, An Outdated Practice: Bad For Consumers, Bad For Markets, Bad For Climate, and BAD FOR SOLAR!

Today’s guest blog comes from Ashley Brown, Executive Director of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HEPG), a program of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. All opinions expressed here are solely those of the author.  Retail net metering is hopelessly […]
August 5, 2019

Nuclear Energy is Getting a Second Look

Here at Energy Fairness, we have consistently advocated for nuclear power for its many benefits and it seems that lawmakers everywhere are starting to take note. Just last week, Ohio lawmakers took decisive action to protect the state’s nuclear plants. The move comes on top of several such moves taking […]
July 31, 2019

New York’s Pipeline Moratorium is Creating Big Problems in New England

Back in April, Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin wrote about the important role of energy infrastructure in delivering energy supplies to consumers and the problems created by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s polices against new pipelines. Now, thanks to a lack of infrastructure, New York’s energy woes are expanding beyond its borders. The […]
July 29, 2019

Paul Griffin to Virginia regulators: Electricity deregulation raises electric rates, threatens reliability

ICYMI: Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin was quoted in Virginia Business magazine as Virginia regulators hear calls to once again deregulate the state’s energy markets. “The record is clear,” he says. “Electricity deregulation not only raises electric rates and threatens power supply reliability, but also exposes consumers to deceptive, […]
July 25, 2019

Griffin Hails Fairness of Florida Storm Hardening Bill at National Black Chamber of Commerce.

Florida’s landmark storm hardening law that funds critical investments in grid resiliency is one of the most important energy policies at the state-level this year. This week, Energy Fairness had the opportunity to tout the new law at the National Black Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. As Harry C. Alford […]
July 22, 2019

Texas Power Struggles Underscore Failure of Deregulation

Back in April, Energy Fairness brought to your attention the increasingly dire reliability situation facing much of Texas as the Lone Star state headed into the hottest months of the year.  None other than the chairwoman of the state’s PUC, DeAnn Walker, called the situation “very scary.”  Unfortunately, the reserve […]
July 18, 2019

Biomass Is An Important, Yet Overlooked Renewable Resource

Biomass is a form of renewable energy that doesn’t get as much attention as wind and solar, but it’s an important tool in our arsenal. A form of electricity that relies on burning wood and other waste for energy, biomass is a fully renewable, baseload power source that can run […]
March 23, 2018

Kentucky Net Metering Horserace Helps Consumers

Most states have considered net metering and established some policies that compensate private solar owners for electrons generated from owned or leased panels on rooftops or ground-mounted systems. PACE took a close look at the state of the states’ approaches last year in our report, “Net Metering: Costs, Customers and […]
April 25, 2018

Community Solar for All

PACE supports “all of the above” energy policies, even though the phrase itself has fallen out of fashion in some circles. All of the above, in case we haven’t always been clear, includes renewable energy. One of the most important renewable sources is community solar. The price is right, compared […]
May 15, 2018

Wolverines Set Shining Solar Example

Last summer, PACE released a report reviewing state solar net metering policies and discussing ideologies that influence some states to over-compensate private solar generators at the expense of every other consumer on the grid. We’ve enjoyed presenting on this topic and appreciate the many positive comments about our report’s readability and usefulness. […]
May 17, 2018

DOE’s Hard Work and Always-On, Clean, Affordable Power

While media attention focuses on events at one end of Pennsylvania Avenue, federal agencies and dedicated employees all over the country are quietly making progress on energy issues. This week, PACE takes a look at just one week’s output of good news from the Department of Energy. Sec. Rick Perry believes in […]
May 22, 2018

A Tale of Two States – Deregulation in Texas

Last month, the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power (TCAP) released an update to its regular report on Texas’ deregulated power market. TCAP is a not-for-profit that helps aggregate electricity purchases for dozens of cities in Texas, and so has a vested interest in monitoring the state’s complicated and ever-changing electricity markets. TCAP’s analysis can […]
May 24, 2018

Smarter Ways Forward with The Ray

Frequently, PACE talks about consumers’ interest in transportation from a fuel supply angle (oil pipelines) or integrating new technologies (electric vehicles). Many big thinkers are attempting to envision how, when and at what cost energy, telecommunications and transportation will converge. Many laudable “Smart Cities” projects and pilots with broad scopes […]