Jul
18
2017

New Report Discusses Smarter Way Forward for Solar Net Metering

The Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy (PACE) today released a new report on the state of net metering policies, entitled “Net Metering: Costs, Customers, and a Smarter Way Forward.” The report was co-authored by Dr. David Gattie, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Georgia.

Find the report online here

The report continues PACE’s ongoing efforts to support the development of all forms of energy, including residential, community, and utility-scale solar, while also protecting power consumers. The report finds that residential solar provides the most benefits to consumers and communities when net metering policies:

Treat all customers

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

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
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.

May
24
2017

EPA Stays Landfill Methane Rule

In late March of this year, just weeks after assuming office, President Donald Trump issued his Energy Independence Executive Order that orders agencies to “review existing regulations that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources and appropriately suspend, revise, or rescind those that unduly burden the development of domestic energy resources beyond the degree necessary to protect the public interest or otherwise comply with the law.”

On Tuesday, pursuant to that order, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a 90-day administrative stay for the August 2016 New Source Performance Standards and Emissions Guidelines for

May
15
2017

OPEC Asks United States to Curtail Oil Production

According to multiple reports from sources such as CNN and Andrew Follett of the Daily Caller News Foundation, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has asked the U.S. to curtail its oil production. The request came last week as part of OPEC’s monthly report.

According to OPEC, the use of hydraulic fracturing technology, known as fracking, has enhanced American oil production, leading to a sustained period of low oil prices. Current oil prices are hovering just below $50 a barrel, buoyed by talks by Russia and Saudi Arabia that those nations might extend production cuts by an additional

May
11
2017

Will U.S. Stay or Go in Paris Climate Deal?

According to a report from Reuters, the Trump administration will likely decide later this month whether the U.S. will remain party to the Paris climate deal.

“The president has been meeting with his team for quite a while on this matter, and he will not be making an announcement regarding that agreement until after he returns from the G-7,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer explained recently, referring to the Group of Seven meeting scheduled for May 26th and 27th in Italy.

Canceling the Paris agreement was initially a key part of President Donald Trump’s 100-day plan for energy