Feb
27
2017

Are Dutch Trains Really Running Completely on Renewable Power?

In an “anything goes” era of news and social media, it’s not often that a post jumps off the page. But a recent piece of news about electricity caught my attention. The headline: “Netherlands Trains Now Running on 100% Wind Power”.

Of course, we’ve seen headlines of this type before. For example, in 2015, Burlington, Vermont, became the first city to announce it was running totally on renewable power. That’s true, of course. Burlington’s biggest source of electricity is hydropower imported from across the region. The city also gets about a third of its power from a large biomass

Feb
21
2017

Navajo Generating Station Is Worth Protecting

Late last week, Amy Harder, a reporter from the Wall Street Journal, announced on Twitter that the president of Navajo Nation had met with White House staff at least eight times in an effort to protect an important coal-fired power plant on Navajo land. The Navajo Generating Station has been a target of EPA rules and the subject of some degree of controversy. In fact, PACE has referenced the plant often when speaking to groups about the impacts of EPA rule making on jobs.

A comment on Harder’s tweet caught my attention. Erica Fick, editor of the Environmental Defense

Feb
14
2017

Guest Blog: How States Are Taking the Lead to Save Nuclear Energy

The following is a guest post from Christine Csizmadia, director of state government affairs and advocacy at NEI. Follow Christine on Twitter at @CCsizmadia.

A big part of my job is working with members of state legislatures and their staffs. One the most important working relationships I have is with the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). State legislators from all over the country look to NCSL for policy analysis, leadership opportunities, state benchmarks and, most importantly, facts and information to help them shape policies on the issues that they face.

NCSL’s new report, “State Options for

Feb
09
2017

AAA: Fracking Saved the Average Family $1,000 Last Year

PACE has written often about the importance of fracking and inexpensive natural gas to America’s energy future. Now, a new report from the American Automobile Association shows that low gasoline prices saved Americans more than $115 billion dollars last year, compared to 2014 prices.

According to AAA, that $115 billion works out to $550 in savings per licensed driver in the U.S., or about $1,000 per household. That is a staggering benefit for American families dealing with stagnant wages. The report found that families used the extra money toward better education, healthcare, or housing, raising their overall standard of

Feb
07
2017

Energy Institute of Alabama Names Hardwich Executive Director

Blake Hardwich has been named Executive Director of the Energy Institute of Alabama, Board Chairman Seth Hammett announced yesterday.

“Blake will take the lead in working with elected officials and industry leaders as the Institute advocates for solid, information-based energy policy,” Hammett said. “She has a perfect blend of competence, experience and enthusiasm to do the job. We are lucky to have such a capable and energetic person guiding the day-to-day functions of the Energy Institute of Alabama.”

Hardwich brings extensive experience in business and public policy to the job. Hardwich, who also serves as Special Counsel in the

Feb
01
2017

Bellefonte Nuclear Plant Purchase Welcome News

In past years, PACE has continued to follow developments at Bellefonte Nuclear Plant, a facility originally owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The plant’s construction was never completed, leaving a number of options for the utility’s board to consider.

In November, TVA announced that a Washington, D.C.-based company firm, Nuclear Development, had purchased the incomplete facility in northeast Alabama for $111 million. This was welcome news for northeast Alabama, as the purchase will breathe new life into the plant.

According to TVA, Nuclear Development plans to invest an additional $13 billion to bring the plant’s two partially completed reactors

Jan
26
2017

President Outlines ‘America First’ Energy Policy

Shortly after taking office this past Friday, President Trump updated the White House website to outline his “America First” energy policy. If implemented, the plan would roll back overreaching climate regulations and promote energy development, ultimately leading to lower energy prices and reduced dependence on foreign oil.

As part of his campaign and later during his transition, Trump promised to remove restrictions on domestic energy development such as President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule. His administration now predicts that rolling back these regulations could raise the wages of U.S. workers by as much

Jan
23
2017

Karr: Coal Still Important in Alabama

The following opinion piece comes from Charles L. Karr, Dean of the College of Engineering at The University of Alabama and a Senior Policy Advisor to the Energy Institute of Alabama (EIA). Click here to see an economic impact study commissioned by the EIA.

I cut my teeth in the mining industry early in my career as a research engineer with the United States Bureau of Mines, and I have seen the strength and determination of the people who labor to bring us the raw materials that make so much of our life possible.

Alabama was modernized because of

Jan
16
2017

Indian Point Closure Threatens New York City

Last week, New York Governor Cuomo announced the completion of one of his long awaited goals: closing down the Indian Point nuclear plant. The plant will shut down completely in just four years, leaving many questions about what will fill the gap to keep the power on in New York City. Today, the city receives an incredible one third of its electricity from the plant.

Perhaps most troubling is that there are no current plans to build a new nuclear plant, a coal-fired plant, or pipelines to transport more natural gas from Pennsylvania. (Note that New York State has

Jan
11
2017

Repealing Coal and Methane Rules Priority for Congress

With a new administration taking office later this month, House Republicans have pledged to make repealing the Obama administration’s regulations on coal mining and methane emissions a top priority.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) says the Republicans will first plan to work on changing the way the executive branch writes rules and then focus on undoing specific rules. EPA rules that address the coal industry and methane will be at the top of the list.

“While we haven’t yet determined what needs to be repealed first, I expect to start with swift action on at least on the