Sep
19
2017

Anticipating Energy Issues in Tax Reform

As Carly Simon sang decades ago, “anticipation, anticipation, it’s makin’ me late, it’s keepin’ me waitin’.” “Anticipation” could be the theme song of the week here in Washington, D.C., where several thousand people are getting ready (again) for release of the Republican tax reform plan.

Rumors are circulating that “everything is on the table,” meaning every interest group is gearing up to protect current provisions that lower their constituents’ tax bills and therefore cost the Treasury money.

Even amid all the anticipation, long-time tax-watchers know disappointment could be next week’s story line. Still, something seems

Aug
28
2017

Back to School with DOE's New Electricity Markets Report

The Texas coastal community, including Houston, continues to suffer the devastating effect of Hurricane Harvey. To help the relief effort, consider donating $10 to the Red Cross by texting 90999 or giving to the Salvation Army of Houston.

All over Northern Virginia, it’s time to head back to school. Adults, too, have that sense of renewal and a bit of excitement. It’s also nearly time for Congress to return and handle some weighty issues such as the debt ceiling, annual appropriations, and healthcare. With those tests ahead, it seems likely that energy policy will be just an

Aug
23
2017

Energy Headlines Abroad - U.K. and Mexico

Energy Issues Facing Neighbors and Friends

Upon returning from a great road trip around the Southeast, it seemed appropriate to look abroad at global energy news. As we all pack up the beach gear and prepare to resume work or school, I hope you can find some use in what we’ve collected below. While neither the U.K. nor Mexican markets make an apples-to-apples comparison with the U.S. energy landscape, some facts leap out from the headlines generated by each country’s experience with deregulation or new technology.

S&P Global, under the Platts imprint, has released a

Mar
15
2017

More Cautionary Tales for U.S. Policymakers

While the media tends to paint a picture of the United States lagging behind the world in deploying green energy and controlling pollution, the reality is something far different. On the surface, the standards and mandates imposed by a number of nations to increase the use of renewable power create the appearance that they are leading the way for energy solutions. However, many of those countries are now being forced to move away from these policies.

For example, many tout Germany as the world leader in green energy, but the country’s power prices have skyrocketed in recent years and

Oct
25
2011

Jon Huntsman's Positions and Statements

Huntsman Warned The Obama Administration Was At War With Coal, Which Would Cost Jobs And Cause Blackouts This Summer.

Quote: “Today coal is under siege from government regulations and litigation. There are even efforts to halt the export of our coal, which would destroy American jobs when we now need them most. This summer, in fact, we will likely see blackouts as a result of the administration’s assault on coal, which will take 8 percent of U.S. generating capacity offline.”

(David Anderson, “Jon Huntsmans Resorts To Fear Mongering On EPA, Coal Fired Power Plants,” New Hampshire Primary 2012, 12/5/11)

Oct
25
2011

Hermain Cain's Positions and Statements

In November 2011, The Cain Campaign Produced A Television Ad Taking Aim At EPA Regulations And Specifically Pointing To Potential Dust Regulations.

“Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain is taking aim at the U.S. EPA in his newest campaign ad, which features Iowa farmers criticizing dust regulations. The video, posted to Cain’s YouTube channel on Nov. 5, features former Iowa Farm Bureau President Dean Kleckner and several unidentified individuals in various farm settings. Near the start of the nearly two-minute video, one of the unidentified men raises the specter of dust regulations as images of a dusty field are shown, stating:

Oct
25
2011

Michelle Bachmann's Positions and Statements

“I Will Shut Down The Department Of Education. I Will Shut Down The EPA. I Will Shut Down The Department Of Energy. I Will Shut Down The Department Of Interior. I Will Shut Down The Department Of Commerce.” (Republican Presidential Candidates Deliver Remarks At Iowa Faith & Freedom Dinner, Transcript, 10/22/11)

Pledged To Stop The EPA “Threats” Against The Domestic Shale Gas Industry.

Quote: “I will stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s cap-and-trade rules in their tracks, and end this “Job Killing Agency’s” threats against our rapidly growing domestic shale gas industry and the energy and manufacturing bonanza it is

Sep
30
2011

U.S. Frozen on Nuclear Policy

While recent decisions by Japan and Germany to abandon nuclear power generation have dominated policy discussion in past months, recent reports from China and India paint a picture of global economic engines doubling down on nuclear power.

As reported from a recent meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency, India appears poised to move ahead with significant nuclear power additions to satisfy the nation’s growing residential and industrial sectors. China, likewise, will restart its own nuclear projects in 2012 after suspending them in the wake of the Fukushima incident. China’s goals are to quadruple its nuclear generation by 2015 and

Sep
19
2011

Texas Matters - Friday, September 16th

Listen to the full broadcast of Texas Matters, including the interview with PACE, below.

Texas Public Radio – Full Segment

Aug
18
2011

PACE Voices Support for Bellefonte Nuclear Plant

On Thursday, August 18th, with a 9-0 vote, the TVA Board of Directors authorized the completion of one nuclear unit at the Bellefonte site in Jackson County, Alabama.

“As we build Bellefonte we will integrate safety modifications from the extensive review of the lessons learned from the Fukushima nuclear plants in Japan,” said TVA President & CEO Tom Kilgore. “Making Bellefonte a productive asset with state-of-the-art equipment will add an additional supply of clean, base-load power to TVA’s generating mix.”

When completed, the nuclear unit at Bellefonte will generate 1,260 megawatts, or enough to power about 750,000 homes in