State Regulators

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 […]
November 21, 2019

Energy Fairness Statement on Alabama Solar Standby Charge

November 21, 2019 Washington, DC The following statement may be attributed to Paul Griffin, Executive Director of Energy Fairness, regarding today’s hearing by the Alabama Public Service Commission on standby charges for residential solar customers. “Across the nation, utility regulators have grappled with the best and most equitable way to […]
November 18, 2019

Michigan’s future runs through Line 5

ICYMI: Energy Fairness director Paul Griffin was recently published in The Detroit News writing in support of upgrades to the Line 5 energy pipeline that flows through Michigan. The original piece can be viewed here. When it comes to providing energy resources to Michigan, there is perhaps no asset more […]
November 15, 2019

World’s first floating nuclear plant faces unfair criticism

Back in July, Energy Fairness wrote about Russia’s floating nuclear plant, the Akademik Lomonosov. The Akademik Lomonosov recently completed its 5,000-kilometer journey to Pevek, a port town on the remote Chukotka Peninsula in the Russian Artic. The plant will be fully online by the end of the year and will provide power to around […]
November 5, 2019

Lawmakers Put End to Ratepayer-Funded Sea Lion Buffet

For nearly 20 years, several species of Sea Lions have abandoned their natural saltwater habitat to swim more than 100 miles from the mouth of the mighty Columbia River on the Oregon and Washington border to Bonneville Dam just east of Portland, Oregon. Why such a long journey? Because of […]
October 29, 2019

Solar meltdown in Paradise

On Sunday, July 20th, residents and vacationers in the beautiful paradise of Kauai suffered through a two-hour blackout as a convergence of events produced a “perfect energy storm” on the island.   What happened on Kauai illustrates – on a small scale – what happens when renewable energy is forced […]
October 24, 2019

Coal FIRST Initiative is Picking Up Steam

Earlier this year, The U.S. Department of Energy announced its Coal FIRST (Flexible, Innovative, Resilient, Small, and Transformative) initiative which aimed to develop coal plants of the future that will provide stable, reliable power with near-zero emissions. As Energy Fairness has written before, coal still plays an important role in […]
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. […]
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 […]
July 31, 2017

Choice, Consequences, and Consumers

PACE was on the road in July, covering national meetings of state legislators such as the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Southern States Energy Board, and the Council of State Governments’ Southern Legislative Conference. It was a privilege to hear hours of thoughtful discussions and be reminded how hard our […]
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 […]
August 31, 2017

Vogtle Moving Forward Is Positive Step

Earlier today, Southern Company announced it will continue to build nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in Georgia, reinforcing its support of nuclear power. PACE has consistently supported new reactors at Plant Vogtle, as part of a larger effort to advance the U.S. nuclear fleet. Southern Company;s decision is an important one, […]
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 […]
November 2, 2017

Use Nuclear Energy to Address Climate Change

Dr. David K. Gattie is an Associate Professor of Engineering at the University of Georgia. Earlier this year, he co-authored PACE’s paper on net metering. We thank him for providing a guest blog drawing our attention to a smarter way forward on climate change policy.  I recently posted a commentary […]