Utilities

May 20, 2019

Senate Committee Blasts Proposal to Sell Federal Hydro and Increase Rates

Members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources recently blasted the Trump Administration’s proposal to charge market-based rates and sell the transmission assets of the four federal power marketing administrations (Bonneville Power Administration, Southwestern Power Administration, Southeastern Power Administration and Western Area Power Administration) and the Tennessee Valley […]
May 15, 2019

Introduction of Heinrich-Gardner Battery Storage A Smart Move for Energy Future

With the recent introduction of the Heinrich-Gardner Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act of 2019 (S. 1142), the U.S. could have a solid footing for advancing technologies that allow broader storage of power. The legislation works by expanding the investment tax credits (ITCs) currently available for energy technology investments. […]
May 8, 2019

Nuclear Energy is Finding New Support

Energy Fairness has been vocal in our support for nuclear energy over the years, especially in regards to our nation’s only nuclear construction project, Plant Vogtle. Recently, it appears that lawmakers are finally taking note of the benefits of nuclear energy.  Back in March, a bipartisan group of 15 U.S. […]
May 1, 2019

The heat is on in Texas. But what about the lights?

Texas might be the home to a multitude of oil and gas development and other energy development, but heading into this summer, it could also be known for rolling blackouts and skyrocketing electricity rates.   The Electric Reliability of Texas (ERCOT), the grid operator for most of Texas, recently sounded […]
April 22, 2019

Increased Funding for Carbon Capture Research May Be Something Congress Can Agree On

Last week a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation to increase funding for carbon capture research. The bill, called the Enhancing Fossil Fuel Energy Carbon Technology or EFFECT Act, was introduced by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee ranking member Joe Manchin, with Senators Lisa Murkowski, Shelly Moore Capito, Kevin […]
April 18, 2019

Energy Fairness Joins Suit Against Flawed Electricity Deregulation Amendment

For immediate release – April 18, 2019 Contact – Paul Griffin, 202-577-5454, paul@energyfairness.org TALLAHASSEE, FL –Today, Energy Fairness filed an amicus brief with the Florida Supreme Court in support of Attorney General Ashley Moody’s challenge to the proposed electricity deregulation constitutional amendment. Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin released the following statement: “Energy […]
April 15, 2019

Building New Natural Gas Pipelines May Soon Be a Much Quicker Process 

Last week, President Trump signed two executive orders aimed at speeding up the the construction of pipelines and other natural gas infrastructure. The first order directs the EPA to review and tighten rules that make it possible for states to block pipeline construction. The other executive order would transfer authority […]
April 11, 2019

Energy Fairness Statement on FY 2020 Federal Budget

(Arlington, VA) While the Trump Administration’s FY2020 budget request to Congress proposes many positive measures for Americans, it also includes a proposal that could hurt the affordability and reliability of electricity. The Trump Administration’s proposal calls for selling the transmission line assets of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and three […]
April 2, 2019

Paul Griffin: State leaders should support, not block, energy transmission projects

ICYMI: Energy Fairness Director Paul Griffin authored an article on important role of energy transmission infrastructure featured in the Westchester County Business Journal. See the original article here. As advocates for an American energy future that provides customers with access to reliable and affordable power, we have often pointed out […]
April 1, 2019

Natural Gas Broke New Records in 2018

Over the past few years as the fracking revolution has taken hold, natural gas has delivered more and more of our nation’s power and 2018 marks natural gas’ greatest year yet.  Much of the growth in natural gas fired power last year can be attributed to several periods of extremely […]
March 29, 2019

Energy Fairness Executive Director speaks at the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority’s Spring Energy Conference

ICYMI:   Energy Fairness Executive Director, Paul Griffin, spoke at the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority’s Spring Energy Conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on Wednesday.   Griffin discussed the perils of deregulating the electricity marketplace and the benefits of hardening the electric grid to mitigate the effects of severe weather events and […]
March 22, 2019

New Milestone at Georgia’s Nuclear Plant Vogtle

In past years, Energy Fairness has consistently reinforced the need for new nuclear construction in the U.S. as a way of meeting future energy demand and satisfying carbon emissions targets. Our advocacy has included supporting the completion of Plant Vogtle in Georgia, which was the topic of testimony delivered by Energy […]
May 1, 2018

Looking at EVs through Tortoise-Shell Glasses

Aesop’s sayings are still with us today because they contain solid grains of truth. From where PACE sits, consumers will win in the race to electrify transportation if we take it slow and steady, like the tortoise. A recent report from the Smart Electric Power Alliance, (SEPA) bolstered my impression that’s the […]
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 7, 2018

Walking a Few Feet in Poverty

Since the Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy joined the National Energy & Utility Affordability Coalition earlier this year, I’ve searched for ways to get smarter about home energy assistance and to deepen the Energy Fairness commitment to consumers. In late May, I attended a “poverty simulation.” Regular readers of the […]
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 […]
June 14, 2018

Hedging Happens Every Day

Everyone needs to manage risk. We do it in our daily lives both personally and professionally. Utilities are no different. PACE has spent the last few weeks highlighting natural gas hedging after the Missouri legislature passed a resolution supporting the continued use of this essential, though often misunderstood practice. Today’s […]