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May 26, 2021

ICYMI: Energy Fairness Participates in Podcast on Texas Blackouts

ICYMI: Energy Fairness Executive Director, Paul Griffin participated in a CoBank podcast concerning the role that the Texas deregulated electricity market played during the state’s historical blackouts in February.   The transcript of the podcast follows.   Transcript Terry Viswanath (Cobank): Welcome to Power Plays a CoBank knowledge exchange podcast series […]
May 20, 2021

Quick Action is Needed to Save Illinois’ Nuclear Plants

Energy Fairness has consistently argued in favor of keeping existing nuclear plants online to fight climate change while keeping costs in check. After all, nuclear power is highly reliable and carbon-free. Despite our arguments, several U.S. nuclear plants will be closed over the next few years. Exelon is on track […]
May 10, 2021

FERC Conference highlights Grid challenges of EV transition

At Energy Fairness, we’ve doubled down on our support for EVs over the past few years. Our question, however, remains the same as it was over a year ago: How will our power grid handle the influx of EVs? That was precisely the concern highlighted at a recent FERC conference […]
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 […]
January 21, 2011

EPA and FERC to model impact of regulations on energy reliability

Today, Energy Washington Week reported that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be working with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to model “the potential for coal-fired power plant closures prompted by pending EPA climate, water, and other rules.” According to the FERC chairman, the modeling “could provide vital new data […]
March 7, 2011

TVA Planning Process Gives Bird’s Eye View of Electricity Challenges

On March 2nd, TVA released its new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), a strategic planning document that will help the nation’s largest public utility meet the demands of the Tennessee Valley’s energy future. The construction of the document began nearly two years ago and includes input from a stakeholder group, including […]
April 11, 2011

PACE in National Journal: Congress Should Pre-Empt EPA Regulations

Last week, the National Journal posed the question “Should President Obama defend, delay, or preempt his administration’s climate-change rules?” PACE provided this response, published in Friday’s edition. This week, the U.S. House passed legislation to preempt the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gases, while the U.S. Senate failed […]
May 3, 2011

Rare Earths Pose Threat to American Energy Independence

According to this article yesterday by Keith Bradsher of the New York Times, “rare earth prices are reaching rarified heights.” These rare earths are metallic elements, largely unknown to all but those in specialized manufacturing, that are used to make some of the world’s most high-tech gadgets and technology. In […]
June 13, 2011

WSJ: “EPA’s War on Jobs”

Rarely does the mainstream media adroitly describe the current condition of American energy policy, but that’s exactly what the Wall Street Journal did today. In an editorial aptly titled “EPA’s War on Jobs,” the WSJ takes the agency to task for over-zealous regulation of mercury and other air pollutants. The […]
July 24, 2011

PACE in National Journal: EPA is Coal’s Biggest Challenge

Recently, the National Journal posed the question: “Whither Coal-Fired Power? What are the future prospects for coal-fired electricity?” Among the ten responses from national voices was this response from PACE Executive Director Lance Brown: America’s coal industry is facing significant challenges that threaten our country’s energy security and economic prosperity. Even worse, energy consumers […]