Natural Gas

August 18, 2020

This Sure Ain’t California Dreamin’ – Rolling Blackouts in the Golden State

As the temperature this past weekend soared to over 100 degrees, millions of Californians found themselves without electricity in the scorching heat. These targeted blackouts marked the first time in nearly 20 years the state’s power providers resorted to rolling blackouts to keep the grid from overloading. For more than […]
August 17, 2020

Legal wrangling tying up fossil fuel projects could be used to target clean energy, too

ICYMI: Energy Fairness Director Paul Griffin authored an article in the Des Moines Register pointing out that the misguided legal arguments used to stall pipeline projects could be used to hinder renewable energy projects as well. The original piece can be viewed here. In a recent opinion in the New York Times, the director of […]
August 13, 2020

Energy Fairness Applauds Common-Sense Action on EPA Methane Gas Rule.

Boulder County, CO – Energy Fairness Executive Director, Paul Griffin,  made the following statement today regarding the EPA’s release of the Methane Gas Rule. “From NEPA to today’s release of the final Methane Gas regulation, there has been a concerted effort over the last several years to streamline regulatory efforts […]
August 4, 2020

State, Private Entities Build Out Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

We’ve written many times in the past about the bright future ahead for electric vehicles (EVs). While the Covid-19 pandemic has taken its toll on auto sales, the EV industry is expected to rebound and continue to grow. In fact, one study found that electric vehicles will comprise a third […]
July 29, 2020

Kiwis Look to Pumped Storage to Meet Climate Goals

Lost in the accolades that New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden, received for the proactive measures that her government implemented to squash the Covid-19 epidemic in her remote Pacific Rim nation was a report from the country’s Interim Climate Change Committee calling for the use of more pumped hydropower storage […]
July 20, 2020

OP-Ed: Robbing Peter to Pay Paul, Even More –Arkansas Public Service Commission rules that all ratepayers must subsidize solar owners

Energy Fairness is pleased to present the following op-ed from Sandra Hochstetter Byrd regarding the Arkansas Public Service Commission’s June 1, 2020 order on net metering.  Sandy is the Vice President of Public Affairs & Member Services for the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation. She is also a former Chairman of […]
July 17, 2020

U.S. Acts to Secure Domestic Sources of Rare Earth Minerals 

We’ve written previously about our dangerous dependence on China for its supply of so-called rare earth elements.  This dependency has become a significant problem as the coronavirus epidemic has disrupted global supply chains of these critical minerals from China. Fortunately, the Trump Administration has taken steps to safeguard supply chains […]
July 8, 2020

U.S. Takes Steps to Reclaim International Nuclear Energy Mantle

Recently we wrote about the steps taken by the U.S. to regain global leadership in nuclear energy innovation. These actions laid out a strategy for restoring America’s competitive advantage while boosting national security. To that end, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) has recently proposed reversing a prohibition implemented by […]
July 1, 2020

Glen Canyon Dam: A Renewable Jewel in the Desert Southwest

On September 22, 1966, and with much fanfare, the First Lady of the United States, Lady Bird Johnson, dedicated Glen Canyon Dam just over the Utah border in Page, Arizona.  Producing 80% of all the system’s hydropower Glen Canyon is the power generating linchpin of the Colorado River Storage Project […]
June 29, 2020

Lack of Access to Electricity is Still a Global Problem

Most of the U.S. and the industrialized world has access to reliable, and for the most part, affordable power. With that access, it’s easy to forget that much of the world isn’t so fortunate. While the average American experiences less than six hours without power a year, nearly 12% of […]
June 21, 2020

Gattie Discusses Global Significance of Resolute Nuclear Energy Complex

In an in-depth interview with the Global American Business Institute — Dr. David Gattie — Energy Fairness contributor and Associate Professor of Engineering at the University of Georgia — discusses the U.S. Foreign Policy implications of having a resolute nuclear energy complex.  
June 16, 2020

Supreme Court Removes One More Hurdle for Critical East Coast Natural Gas Pipeline

Yesterday, in a 7-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court all but removed the last hurdle for the construction of the much-needed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP).  The $8 billion 600-mile pipeline would bolster the supply of affordable and reliable natural gas by transporting it from West Virginia to sites in Virginia […]
April 10, 2018

Views from a Visit with APGA

Last week, I was honored to be invited to address the American Public Gas Association’s annual marketing conference. Millions of consumers across the country receive natural gas service from community-owned distribution utilities. Over 150 attendees spent three days examining trends affecting how customers view and use natural gas in their […]
April 20, 2018

Springtime in D.C. – Cold, Sunny, Chance of Hearings and Orders

PACE got a taste of warm weather, sunshine and BBQ last week, visiting with Cobb EMC, a progressive urban/suburban electric cooperative just outside Atlanta that serves over 200,000 meters. Cobb’s board and leadership team are responding adeptly to consumer demand for renewable energy by making significant investments in utility-scale solar. PACE […]
May 30, 2018

Natural Gas Hedging – Smart Tool for Diverse Energy Portfolio

PACE thanks Morning Consult for publishing this op-ed as original content. https://morningconsult.com/opinions/hedging-smart-tool-diverse-energy-portfolio/. As the U.S. energy portfolio continues to diversify, the tools and tactics electric utilities use to protect consumers and stabilize costs must keep up with the times to accommodate the growth of natural gas, renewable resources, storage and […]
June 12, 2018

A Sea of Change in Charleston

It’s 90 degrees in the shade here in Charleston, South Carolina, where the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (SEARUC) has gathered for its annual meeting. Eleven states’ public utility regulators, from Texas and Arkansas to Florida and the Carolinas, are represented. This year’s theme is “Effective Utility Regulation – All in […]
July 11, 2018

Hedging 101, Part 2

This week, we continue our conversation with hedging expert Andy Whitesitt. Over two decades, and as a senior executive with ACES, he’s helped dozens of utilities smooth cost curves and mitigate risk. Hedging helps consumers across the country every day.  What’s the difference between financial hedging and physical hedging? Financial […]
July 17, 2018

Pipeline Security – We’re All in this Together

Today’s PACE Blog is an abridged version of a PACE column published yesterday by Morning Consult. When it comes to ensuring a resilient energy grid capable of serving American customers no matter what comes our way, there are few things more vital than safeguarding the security of our energy and electricity […]