Laura Schepis

May 6, 2021

Indian Point Closure Wipes Out 80% of NYC Metro Region Carbon-Free Power

Last Friday, April 30th, at 11:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time, marked the last day that the Indian Point Nuclear Plant produced the carbon-free reliable baseload electricity that has served New York so well for more than 58 years. Over the previous 13 months, the state of New York has lost […]
April 30, 2021

Canada Pushes Back Against Line 5 Closure

Two years ago, the Detroit News published our op-ed supporting upgrades to the Line 5 energy pipeline that flows from western Canada to Michigan (via pipeline under Lake Michigan) to eastern Canada. While the Line 5 project has largely flown under the radar compared to other pipeline projects, like Keystone […]
April 29, 2021

Goldendale: Clean Energy Storage for the Future

A renewable energy project eight miles southeast of the small town of Goldendale, Washington, has the potential to help solve the need for large-scale energy storage in the Pacific Northwest as the region transitions towards carbon-free electric generation.  Called the Goldendale Energy Storage Project, this proposed closed loop pumped hydro […]
April 23, 2021

No “Red Tape” Relief in Biden $100 Billion Plan for the Grid

At a $2 trillion price tag, there’s a lot to talk about in President Biden’s unprecedented infrastructure proposal to Congress.  The President’s ambitious plan allocates $621 billion for transportation infrastructure and resilience, $213 billion for affordable housing, $111 billion for clean water, $100 billion for broadband, and $100 billion to […]
April 21, 2021

Government Watchdog Highlights Cybersecurity Threats to the Power Grid

A disturbing new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that U.S. utility distribution systems are “increasingly at risk” from intrusion and disruption. The alarming report contends that a coordinated attack has the potential to cause blackouts in multiple parts of the country or even shut down our […]
April 16, 2021

Shovel Ready, Carbon-Free Energy Storage in the California Desert.

Sixty miles east of Palm Springs, just off I-10, lies Eagle Mountain.  This once-thriving Iron ore mine and company town employed as many as 1,000 employees and housed a community of 3,000 during its operating years just after the end of World War II until its sudden closure in 1983. […]
April 15, 2021

Energy Security and Jobs at Heart of Energy Fairness Comments to Biden Administration about Federal lands Oil and Gas Ban

Today Energy Fairness submitted the following comments to the Department of the Interior regarding the potential ban on future oil and natural gas leases over Federal land. 15 April 2021 To whom it may concern:   Energy Fairness respectfully submits the following comments pursuant to President Biden’s Executive Order “Tackling […]
April 9, 2021

Congress Acts to Modernize CCUS Tax Credits

We’ve always been an enthusiastic supporter of carbon capture, storage, and utilization (CCUS) technologies, maintaining that this undervalued technology is crucial for reducing CO2 emissions. Fortunately, lawmakers seem to be getting on board as well. In March, Representatives David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-W.Va), and Terri Sewell (D-AL) reintroduced the Carbon […]
April 6, 2021

Germany Faces Electricity Shortfall

We’ve written many times about the problems facing Germany’s Energiewende program, often arguing it will unfairly raise costs for consumers and ultimately affect power supplies. Now, a federal audit seems to underscore our position. The as-yet-unpublished audit found that reforms are needed to fix the system that has left Germany […]
March 30, 2021

Future Diablo Canyon Closure Creates More Questions than Answers for California’s Fragile Grid

The Diablo Canyon Nuclear facility is California’s last operating nuclear power plant, but it’s living on borrowed time. The plant’s two reactors will close when their licenses expire in 2024 and 2025. What does that mean for California’s power generation? Unfortunately, there are more questions than answers, leaving energy experts […]
March 24, 2021

The Goldendale Project Would Provide Much-Needed Energy Storage for the 21st Century Grid

ICYMI: Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin was featured in The Morning Consult discussing the importance of the Goldendale Energy Storage Project. The original piece can be viewed here.  Last summer’s California blackouts and the recent ones in Texas left millions of Americans from all walks of life without power. […]
March 18, 2021

U.S. Lithium Production Turns the Corner

There’s no doubt that the U.S has been behind the eight ball when it comes to the domestic production of lithium. That’s something we’ve frequently pointed out. Fortunately, our calls for action have not gone unheeded – and it’s not a moment too soon!  As we slowly emerge from the […]
September 13, 2018

Gambling on the Mirage of Customer Choice

With summer diversions in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look ahead to the mid-term elections. Down the ballot from attention-grabbing federal and statewide races sit some key ballot initiatives. Nevada’s Question 3, if approved, would amend the state’s constitution to enshrine deregulation – also known as restructuring, competition, or […]
September 6, 2018

Vogtle Progress Helps US All

This week, we welcome a guest blog post by Dr. David Gattie, an associate professor of engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia, and a resident fellow in the University of Georgia’s Center for International Trade and Security. He has provided testimony to the Georgia Public Service Commission […]
August 30, 2018

Teaching Future Consumers Energy ABCs

This week’s guest blog is by Mark Justice, Director of Education and Community Relations at Cobb EMC. Mark provides leadership for member education, public relations, and public and media information. Cobb EMC, a not-for-profit electric cooperative, serves a large, diverse population in suburban Atlanta, Georgia. Their efforts to educate students and schools […]
August 23, 2018

Summer Heat = Increased Need for Southeast Energy Assistance

  During hot summer months when many households rely on air conditioning to stay cool, energy suppliers across the Southeast are prepared to help low-income customers in need of assistance coping with energy bills. This summer, it’s been really hot across America. As part of the National Energy and Utility […]
August 16, 2018

100 Percent Renewable? Not Yet Doable

Last night, Energy Fairness joined a community event in Georgetown, Texas, asking whether the city is really powered by 100 percent renewable electricity? Over 100 citizens turned out for a 90-minute panel discussion and robust Q & A session, convened by the Texas Public Policy Foundation and also featuring: Honorable Charles McConnell, Executive Director […]
August 2, 2018

The Long Shadow of Negative Pricing

  Top Takeaways: Renewable energy plays a valuable role in the nation’s generation mix. But when renewable energy flows into the wholesale market at prices below zero, the generation mix is distorted over the long haul. There really is no such thing as “free electricity.” Like many people, I love […]