Texas

February 14, 2019

Deregulation Doesn’t Work for Electricity

ICYMI: Energy Fairness authored an article on the pitfalls of deregulation featured in, WREN, the monthly magazine of the Wyoming Rural Electric Association.  Additionally,  Energy Fairness Executive Director, Paul Griffin, gave testimony before Florida’s Financial Impact Estimating Conference on Monday, February 11 regarding the merits of a proposed constitutional amendment […]
February 6, 2019

Florida Shines Light on Storm Resilience, Infrastructure Hardening

With natural disasters such as storms and wildfires on the minds of the public and their elected officials these days, many are wondering how to best harden our electric system against severe conditions. That was the topic recently of the Energy & Utility Subcommittee of the Florida House of Representatives, […]
February 5, 2019

Indian Minister Receives Top Prize for His Electrification Efforts

It’s strange to think that one of the world’s major economies has functioned in most of the 21st century without adequate access to electricity, but that’s certainly been the case for much of India. Nearly seven years ago Energy Fairness wrote about India’s obstacles in reaching full electrification, most of which stemmed […]
February 1, 2019

Guest Post: Nevada and ‘Energy Choice’: What Can We Learn?

The following guest blog comes from Clay Fitch, CEO of Wells Rural Electric Company in Nevada, a member-owned, non-profit cooperative that provides electrical service across 1,400 miles of power line to more than 10,000 square miles of Northeastern Nevada and part of Tooele County in Utah. In Nevada’s 2016 General […]
January 24, 2019

Coal Exports: Another Battle in the War On Coal

The battle over using coal as an energy resource has raged on many fronts in recent years. In 2007, in Massachusetts vs EPA, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark opinion giving the EPA the authority to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions under the Clean Air Act stating “Because greenhouse […]
January 21, 2019

“Green” Energy Has Consequences Too

While much has been made about the dangers of so called “dirty energy” such as coal or gas in recent years, few realize that “green” energies such as wind and solar also carry with them environmental consequences. If policymakers are to have an honest conversation about energy pros and cons, […]
January 16, 2019

Guest Post: Hydropower’s Story Not Over Yet

Today’s guest blog from Scott Corwin discuss the benefits of large-scale hydropower projects. Scott has over 20 years of experience with energy policy, particularly in the Pacific Northwest. He is currently Executive Director of the Public Power Council, a not-for-profit association whose mission is to preserve and protect the benefits of […]
January 15, 2019

Wildfires: A Silent Source of Carbon Emissions

Without a doubt, 2018 will go down as one of the deadliest wildfire years in history, particularly in California. The Camp fire outside of Sacramento and the Woolsey fire in Malibu not only resulted in the loss of 14,000 structures, but led to 88 tragic deaths. The fire resulted in […]
January 9, 2019

Pioneering the Future of Energy Technology in Wyoming

In the spirit of innovation Energy Fairness welcomes the following op-ed from the Executive Director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority – Jason Begger.  In this piece, Begger discusses the competitive efforts underway in this Rocky Mountain West state to turn carbon emissions from a liability into an asset.   Last […]
January 8, 2019

Utility Scale Solar Presents a Strong Case

In the rush by solar companies and some policymakers to push the adoption of rooftop solar, it’s easy to overlook the significant efforts of electric utilities from all segments of the industry (investor owned, electric cooperative and municipal) to construct or purchase power produced from utility-scale solar projects. Electricity from […]
January 2, 2019

The Best Way Forward? It Might Mean Looking Back.

It has been two decades since I struggled through mid -level French courses, leaving me to wonder if the meager French I retained would ever come in handy. However, after reading about the dilemma that the French government is facing in replacing and/or maintaining its fleet of nuclear reactors, I […]
December 17, 2018

Transmission Key to Smart Energy Policy

When it comes to deciding which energy resources should be used to keep electricity affordable and reliable, Energy Fairness has made clear it plays no favorites. One reality that is clear? Transmission often plays an integral role in determining whether one resource is better suited to a particular time and […]
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 […]
June 7, 2018

Walking a Few Feet in Poverty

Since the Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy joined the National Energy & Utility Affordability Coalition earlier this year, I’ve searched for ways to get smarter about home energy assistance and to deepen the Energy Fairness commitment to consumers. In late May, I attended a “poverty simulation.” Regular readers of the […]
July 25, 2018

A Record-Setting Summer in Texas

Many eyes are on Texas this summer. Some are watching the Houston Astros to see if a repeat of the 2017 season is possible; currently they are leading the American League West by 6 games and occupy the number 2 spot in USA Today’s Power Rankings. I cannot report similar […]
August 2, 2018

The Long Shadow of Negative Pricing

  Top Takeaways: Renewable energy plays a valuable role in the nation’s generation mix. But when renewable energy flows into the wholesale market at prices below zero, the generation mix is distorted over the long haul. There really is no such thing as “free electricity.” Like many people, I love […]
August 16, 2018

100 Percent Renewable? Not Yet Doable

Last night, Energy Fairness joined a community event in Georgetown, Texas, asking whether the city is really powered by 100 percent renewable electricity? Over 100 citizens turned out for a 90-minute panel discussion and robust Q & A session, convened by the Texas Public Policy Foundation and also featuring: Honorable Charles McConnell, Executive Director […]
August 23, 2018

Summer Heat = Increased Need for Southeast Energy Assistance

  During hot summer months when many households rely on air conditioning to stay cool, energy suppliers across the Southeast are prepared to help low-income customers in need of assistance coping with energy bills. This summer, it’s been really hot across America. As part of the National Energy and Utility […]