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November 20, 2020

How Might CCUS Fare Under a Biden Presidency?

We’ve written many times about the benefits of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technology. Unfortunately, this technology has run into one regulatory brick wall after another. That’s too bad, since many energy experts agree that carbon capture will be an essential tool for cutting carbon emissions and fighting climate […]
November 13, 2020

California, Germany Show Renewable Energy Targets May Do More Harm Than Good

A 16-hour flight and more than 5,500 miles separate Sacramento, California from Berlin, Germany. Yet, the size of their economies and the progressive energy policies they have adopted have created a common bond between them. On the world stage, California’s $2.9 trillion economy would make it the world’s 5th largest […]
November 6, 2020

Permitting Reform Key to Energy Infrastructure Development

“It’s the economy, stupid,” famously quipped colorful Democratic strategist James Carville when asked why then-Governor Bill Clinton would win the 1992 U.S. Presidential race.  But when it comes to why much-needed natural gas, oil, and electric infrastructure projects aren’t being built in the U.S. today, a similar answer comes to […]
October 30, 2020

CCUS Could Help California Meet Its Green Goals

Over the years, Energy Fairness has supported Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technologies. We’ve maintained that CCUS is absolutely critical for meeting carbon reduction goals while keeping electricity affordable and reliable. Fortunately, acclaimed academics are now echoing what we’ve been saying all along.  According to a new report from […]
October 28, 2020

Renewable hydrogen: A game-changer for long-term storage?

We’ve all heard about the promise of lithium-ion batteries and the proven reliability of pumped storage.  Yet, not much has been said about renewable hydrogen’s promise as a widely deployable energy storage solution. We’ve written many times about the need to develop more energy storage solutions.  Why?  Because the ever-increasing […]
October 22, 2020

Supreme Court Inches Closer to Hearing Coal Export Case

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court inched closer to taking a highly contentious environmental lawsuit.  The lawsuit? A suit brought directly to the court by Wyoming and Montana against Washington State. And, without a doubt, it is the culmination of an almost decade-long fight to permit and develop a coal export […]
October 19, 2020

U.S Takes Steps to Secure Supplies of Rare Earth Minerals Critical for Energy Independence

“The United States now imports 80% of its rare earth minerals directly from China.”  That was the startling fact included in President Trump’s Executive Order published last month directing the Secretary of the Interior to “…investigate our Nation’s undue reliance on critical minerals…from foreign adversaries.”  Since 2010 we’ve discussed the […]
October 8, 2020

How Will the Golden State Meet Its EV Dreams?

On September 23rd, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order ending the sale of new gas-burning cars in the state by 2035. Environmentalists and carmakers praised the move, but many experts say the celebration is premature.  The adoption of electric vehicles (EV) is a good thing and Energy Fairness […]
October 6, 2020

Russian Hackers Target Grid

In May, we wrote about President Trump’s “Securing the United States Bulk-Power System” executive order. The order directed the Department of Energy to take steps to defend the U.S. bulk-power system against attacks – cyber and otherwise. The action didn’t come a moment too soon. Why? Because Russia’s GRU military […]
September 29, 2020

In Extreme Heat and Catastrophic Wildfires, Natural Gas Keeps California’s Lights On

“Solar power plunges as smoke shrouds Calif.” “Wildfire Smoke Decreases California Solar Energy Output.” “When Smoke Blotted Out the Sun, Rooftop Solar Dithered.” These were just some of the headlines detailing how California dealt with rolling blackouts during an unprecedented period of extreme heat and catastrophic wildfires. Last month, we wrote about California’s blackouts. Without a […]
September 24, 2020

Op-ed: Bringing the Miracle of Electricity to Bolivia

Energy Fairness board member,  Shawn Taylor, recounts his trip with NRECA International (an affiliate of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association) to electrify a rural Bolivian village.  As author Ted Case notes in his book Power Plays, President Kennedy put such stock in bringing electricity to the developing world that […]
September 23, 2020

Oil and gas production ban would hurt New Mexico

ICYMI: Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin authored an article in the  Las Cruces Sun News discussing the damaging effects an oil and gas ban would have on New Mexico’s economy. The original piece can be viewed here.  With election season in full swing, some politicians, notably presidential hopeful Joe Biden, think […]
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 […]