State Regulators

April 16, 2020

The Future for U.S. LNG Exports is Still Bright!

We’ve written in the past about the bright future for U.S. liquified natural gas (LNG) exports.  Though still shining, the industry has hit a few roadblocks, contending with the ramifications of Covid-19 and other unforeseen new challenges.  Thankfully, good news is on the horizon.  U.S. LNG exports have been steadily […]
April 15, 2020

New York’s Closure of Indian Point Should Leave Consumers Scratching Their Heads

Over the next 13 months, the state of New York will lose 2,060 MW of emission-free, reliable power.  By the end of this month, Unit 2 at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County will close, removing 1,080 MW of clean power from the state’s energy mix, followed […]
April 10, 2020

Thank a Lineman Takes on New Meaning During Covid-19

April is National Thank a Lineman month culminating in National Lineman Appreciation Day on April 18th. Without a doubt, linemen aren’t just critical to ensuring the integrity of the grid. They’re vital! The job of a lineman is one wrought with danger every day, whether it’s restoring a downed power […]
April 8, 2020

TVA, Alabama Power, Others Forge Ahead with Solar Battery Storage Projects

As families and businesses nationwide continue to cope with the impact of COVID-19, Energy Fairness will continue to communicate about important energy issues. As we do so, we are grateful for the efforts of the men and women of the electric industry who are maintaining reliable power supplies during this […]
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 […]
November 7, 2017

PACE Supports Vogtle 3 and 4

Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy Statement in Support of Plant Vogtle Continued Construction Docket 29849: Georgia Power Company’s Seventeenth (17th) Vogtle Plant Construction Monitoring (VCM) Report Georgia Public Service Commission Monday, November 6, 2017 The Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy (PACE) strongly supports continued construction at Vogtle Units 3 and […]
November 14, 2017

State Regulators Advance Critical Energy Conversations

The nation’s regulatory utility commissioners are gathered in Baltimore, Maryland for their 129th annual meeting. I’m pleased to represent PACE and raise awareness about our partnerships all across the country and our mission of driving policies that deliver reliable, affordable energy to consumers. It’s not just the brisk, wintry temperatures […]
November 16, 2017

Driving to the Future in Electric Vehicles

The NARUC community has come to count on the Edison Foundation’s Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI) for creative and informative events alongside the official meetings. A breakfast panel on Tuesday brought together large utilities (Southern Company, BGE), environmentalists (the Energy Foundation) and EV consumer advocates (Plug in America). Led by […]
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 […]
December 12, 2017

Vogtle 3 and 4 Still Common Sense for Georgia

The Georgia Public Service Commission is once again holding hearings and taking public testimony on the merits of proceeding with construction of Units 3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle. This week’s Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) hearings have, as usual, included spirited debate, sometimes set to ukulele music. (As Florida’s sage Dave Barry […]
January 11, 2018

PACE Continues Florida Engagement on Deregulation

On Friday, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission will once again examine deregulation of the wholesale and retail electricity markets. PACE will testify, as we did in December, to share our views and research on why deregulation doesn’t work for consumers.  Dear Chair Thurlow-Lippisch: Thank you for reconvening the General Provisions […]