Jul
10
2017

Looking Before Leaping: The Debate over 100% Renewables

In early May 2017, California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon introduced S.B. 100, the California Clean Energy Act of 2017, which seeks to put the state on a path to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2045. In a press conference supporting the bill, Sen. de Leon cited clean energy’s job creation and economy-boosting properties. Other California Senate leaders analogized this bill to the Kennedy Administration’s drive to place a man on the moon and said that California would continue to be the model for energy policy.

Intrigued by S.B. 100, I began to wonder about the

Jul
05
2017

Congress ‘Back in the Saddle Again’ on Energy Bills

Last week, ahead of district work periods for both the House and Senate over 4^th of July, two key committees pushed forward on energy legislation, reviving chatter that we might, just might, see a significant energy bill come together this year. It has now been nearly 10 years since enactment of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, and 12 since the landmark Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005 was signed into law.

Consider all the changes (abundant domestic natural gas, electric vehicles, utility-scale solar) in the national energy conversation over the past decade. And, reflect for

Jul
04
2017

Energy and Freedom

Happy 4th of July from just outside our nation’s capital! And, welcome to my inaugural blog for the Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy. It’s a great honor to continue PACE’s tradition of open, inclusive dialogue about energy policy. Over the coming years, I hope the words and images that appear in this space will spark even more questions, comments, and ideas that PACE can share with a wide universe of energy stakeholders and policymakers.

Energy and freedom go together like the 4th of July and fireworks. It seemed like a fantastic first blog theme as I sat with my

Jun
29
2017

Energy Veteran Laura Schepis Takes Helm at PACE

The Board of Directors of the Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy (PACE) has named energy veteran Laura Schepis as the group’s new Executive Director. She will assume leadership on July 1st.

See the Official Release Here

Schepis, a government relations and strategic communications expert based in Washington, D.C., has two decades of experience in energy advocacy on the federal level. She quarterbacked federal lobbying efforts on cybersecurity, disaster recovery, and telecommunications and contributed to efforts on many other issues, including transportation appropriations, commodity trading rules, energy efficiency and renewable energy standards. She also designed and led national grassroots and

Jun
28
2017

Uganda, Russia Agree to Work Together on Nuclear Power

This past Monday, Russia and Uganda signed a first-of-its-kind agreement for the development of uranium into nuclear power. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Uganda’s state minister for minerals, Simon D’Ujanga, and Russia’s deputy director general of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, Nikolai Spasskiy, in Moscow.

“The memorandum is the first agreement in the area of peaceful uses of atomic energy to be signed between the countries. It envisages the bilateral cooperation in wide range of spheres, i.e. development of nuclear infrastructure in Uganda, programmes for raising public awareness of nuclear technologies and its application, radioisotopes and radiation

Jun
19
2017

Nuclear Shutdowns Cast Doubt for France

As discussions continue about the recent announcement by President Donald Trump that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, a piece of related news from France is worth considering. In recent years, France has shut down a number of its nuclear reactors, casting doubt on whether the nation will be able to achieve its climate goals.

Currently, nuclear power provides around 75% of France’s electricity, compared to around 20% here in the United States. However, French nuclear power production has fallen in recent years, largely because of laws in place to encourage the use of solar power. These

Jun
15
2017

A Time for Change

In January of 2009, energy discussions in the U.S. were abuzz with talk of cap and trade, federal and state renewable energy mandates, and questions about the future of oil as prices spiked historically the year before. It was an interesting time to start a new organization focused on energy. It was also the right time to do it.

I founded PACE because the conversation about energy policy needed changing. There was too much talk about energy sources and not enough talk about the people who pay for them. Discussions about possibilities were too rarely accompanied by asking what

Jun
12
2017

Tyree: American Electricity Consumers Are On A Diet

The following guest blog comes from Corey Tyree, Ph.D., Director of Energy & Environment at Southern Research and a Senior Policy Advisor for the Energy Institute of Alabama.

Whether it be food or energy or water, Americans are known for consuming more and more. There is at least one exception – electricity. In Alabama, and the U.S. as a whole, we are consuming less and less. Electricity consumption (as measured by electricity sales) has fallen nationally five of the past eight years and only increased 5 percent during the 2000s. Consumption in Alabama lags behind even that slow

Jun
08
2017

Officials React to Paris Climate Agreement Announcement

In the wake of President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. would eventually withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, a number of elected officials offered their thoughts on the news. The following is a compilation of several statements from leaders in the Southeast region. All statements are listed alphabetically by author.

U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Alabama)

“I wanted to share my thoughts on President Trump’s decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement. I was not for the United States signing it in the first place because I considered it to be a sham on the basis of two facts.

Jun
02
2017

PACE in The Hill: Fair, Pro-Growth Tax Policy Can Help Energy Consumers

The following op-ed from PACE Executive Director Lance Brown appeared in the June 2nd online edition of The Hill. Read the piece online here.

When it comes to energy policy, language matters. That’s why a recent letter from the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, written by Democrats lawmakers, deserves careful scrutiny.

In their letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and Ranking Member Richard Neal, the lawmakers call for the Committee to consider a number of measures as part of House leadership’s efforts toward much-needed comprehensive tax reform. These include levying an “economy-wide price on