Net metering

February 27, 2020

Energy Fairness Celebrates a Decade of Advocacy

For more than a decade, Energy Fairness has advocated for a fair and common-sense based approach to energy policy. We’ve prided ourselves on having an honest conversation with policymakers and consumers concerning what it takes to maintain an affordable and reliable supply of energy. Under the Energy Fairness moniker, and […]
February 20, 2020

The Net Metering Debate Rolls on in Arkansas, New Hampshire, and Utah

Over the years, Energy Fairness has written extensively about the net metering debates being held by regulators and lawmakers across the U.S.  Those debates have continued in recent weeks with a veto of net metering legislation in New Hampshire and two more filings before the Utah and Arkansas public service […]
February 18, 2020

New CCUS Technologies Are On the Horizon

Last year, Energy Fairness published a guest post from the Executive Director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority (WIA)—Jason Begger. Mr. Begger detailed efforts underway in Northeast Wyoming to turn carbon emissions from a liability into an asset. Recently, he highlighted these efforts underway at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center before […]
February 11, 2020

Misguided Federal Hydropower Proposals Included in President’s Budget

(Washington, DC) — Energy Fairness Executive Director,  Paul Griffin, made the following statement regarding Monday’s release of President Trump’s FY 2021 Budget request to Congress:   “While the Trump Administration’s FY2021 budget request to Congress proposes many positive measures, it also includes changes to the Federal Hydropower program that could […]
February 7, 2020

U.S. LNG Exports Are Benefiting the World

We have written quite a bit in the past about the bright future ahead for exports of U.S. liquified natural gas (LNG). There’s no doubt about it…the LNG export business is booming and it’s constantly breaking new records. In 2019, the U.S. accounted for over half of all the new global liquefaction capacity added worldwide. […]
February 4, 2020

Lawmakers in Missouri, Virginia Hit the Brakes on Retail Choice

On the heels of the recent Florida Supreme Court decision in Florida striking the proposed retail choice constitutional amendment from this year’s ballot – Lawmakers in Virginia and Missouri have also put the brakes on electric retail (deregulation) choice.    In Virginia – and after proponents heralded the introduction of […]
January 31, 2020

Electric deregulation bill fails in Missouri committee

ICYMI: Yesterday, A Missouri Senate Committee rejected legislation to allow a vote on deregulating the state’s electricity market which would have raised rates for consumers if passed. The original piece, written by Jaclyn Brandt, can be viewed here. A Missouri Senate Committee on Thursday rejected legislation that would have let voters decide whether […]
January 29, 2020

Pumped Hydro Storage: A Path Forward for Harnessing Renewables

Last summer, we wrote about the bright future ahead for energy storage, shining a light on pumped hydro technology. Lithium-ion batteries tend to get more screen time, but pumped-hydro is undergoing a renaissance in its appeal. There are currently 24 permitted and operational pumped storage facilities here in the U.S. with […]
January 27, 2020

Yo, Arizona! Don’t deregulate your electricity market like Texas unless you want games galore

ICYMI:The Watchdog investigative columnist, Dave Lieber, published an op-ed in The Dallas-Morning News warning Arizona not to copy the Texas model for selling retail electricity. The original piece can be viewed here.  Attention residents of Arizona: DON’T DO IT! Don’t let your state regulators deregulate electricity as we did in […]
January 22, 2020

How Will Our Power Grid Handle an Influx of EVs?

Electric vehicles (EVs) have been gaining ground in the U.S. over the past few years, accounting for 208,000 new vehicle registrations in 2018 alone. Energy Fairness has been very supportive of efforts to encourage EV use over the years, but we maintain that it’s crucial to make sure our electric grid […]
January 16, 2020

Germany’s Energiewende; No Nuclear…No Energiewende

Over the last several years we’ve written numerous articles on Energiewende.    Simply put, the Energiewende – or Energy Transition — is an ambitious plan by Germany to transition to a carbon-free economy by 2038. Unfortunately, there’s one major snag; the plan doesn’t include nuclear power – the most abundant […]
January 13, 2020

And the Beat Goes On: Electric Retail Choice Debate Rolls into Virginia

In a bipartisan fashion, two members of the Virginia House of Delegates introduced legislation that would essentially end the regulated electric utility industry in the Commonwealth. The introduction continues a developing trend of pushing deregulation policies with a clear history of failure, including the dark days of Enron.   Over […]
October 14, 2013

Net Metering Missteps Provide Important Warning

The following blog piece is provided by John Grimes, Associate Director of PACE. Mr. Grimes joined PACE in August, 2013. For the past several years, PACE has been concerned about net metering programs and their impact on middle class consumers. These programs were created to give consumers a financial incentive […]
September 1, 2014

Net Metering Debate Continues Across U.S.

As the number of solar rooftops across the U.S. increases, it becomes increasingly important for policy makers to make smart decisions about how to compensate solar customers for the power they produce. If done wisely, net metering can help solar power grow responsibly. If not, it could result in non-solar […]
August 16, 2017

Net Metering: Will Utah Choose a Smarter Way Forward?

Last month, PACE released our new report, “Net Metering: Costs, Customers, and a Smarter Way Forward.” The report provides policymakers and other stakeholders with current snapshots of net metering approaches in several states, including Arizona, California, Mississippi, and Nevada. Net metering and related solar discourse is live in dozens of […]
September 6, 2017

PURPA: What Lies Ahead for Consumers?

Yesterday’s House Energy Subcommittee hearing on the Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act of 1978 (PURPA) provided enough sparks to warrant further coverage in our second blog this week. Will those sparks start a fire of activity at FERC, in Congress, or in state legislatures preparing for 2018 sessions? Decades ago, […]
March 23, 2018

Kentucky Net Metering Horserace Helps Consumers

Most states have considered net metering and established some policies that compensate private solar owners for electrons generated from owned or leased panels on rooftops or ground-mounted systems. PACE took a close look at the state of the states’ approaches last year in our report, “Net Metering: Costs, Customers and […]
May 15, 2018

Wolverines Set Shining Solar Example

Last summer, PACE released a report reviewing state solar net metering policies and discussing ideologies that influence some states to over-compensate private solar generators at the expense of every other consumer on the grid. We’ve enjoyed presenting on this topic and appreciate the many positive comments about our report’s readability and usefulness. […]