California

July 27, 2021

Showdown in the Land of Lincoln

About an hour and a half southeast of St. Louis in the heartland of Illinois sits the Prairie State Energy Campus – one of the most modern and environmentally controlled coal power stations in the country.  Not quite ten years old, Prairie State is among the most efficient plants in […]
July 21, 2021

Colonial Pipeline Attack Spurs Action

In May, the Eastern European crime group DarkSide shut down the Colonial Pipeline for six days. The pipeline is a critical piece of infrastructure that provides 45% of fuel for the East Coast. The shutdown left thousands of service stations without gas and pushed prices to the highest levels in […]
July 16, 2021

Energy Storage to Get Its Shot

Can researchers bring the cost of energy storage down 90% over the next decade? A new initiative from the Biden Administration hopes to accomplish just that. U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm announced the program, called the Long Duration Storage Shot, as the second target of the Department of Energy’s […]
July 12, 2021

Supreme Court calls into question efforts to address climate change impacts through state courts

ICYMI: Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin authored an article in The Daily Sentinel arguing that climate policy should be set by Congress, not the Supreme Court. The original piece can be viewed here. In May, the Supreme Court issued a blow to climate lawsuit advocates seeking to legislate climate change policy […]
July 8, 2021

Alabama’s Carbon Capture Center Tests Breakthrough Technology

Energy Fairness has always enthusiastically supported carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) research and development. The technology has enormous potential to take carbon dioxide emissions from the air and convert them into everyday products such as plastics or even jet fuel. Yet, there’s exciting potential in another use—concrete building blocks. […]
July 1, 2021

California moves to end unfair $230/year rooftop solar subsidy for rich

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted to end an unfair rooftop solar subsidy that generally favors the rich.   The CPUC action highlights that after 25 years, the rooftop solar industry is mature and no longer needs to be subsidized on the backs of the poor and middle-class Californians. […]
June 28, 2021

Judge Strikes Down Ban On Federal Oil and Gas Leases

In January, we argued strongly against the Biden Administration’s announcement suspending the issuance of oil and gas leases on federal lands. We pointed out that the ban would damage the economic security of multiple states and be a significant step backward for U.S. energy security. Last week, a federal judge […]
June 22, 2021

Pipeline Rhetoric: Where does it end?

After more than a decade of political football, Canadian developer TC Energy formally canceled the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline earlier this month. President Biden dealt a death blow to the project by revoking its cross-border permit on his first day in office, leaving TC Energy with little choice […]
June 17, 2021

Big Nuclear Project Coming to Wyoming

Will small be a big deal for the future of nuclear technology? A new project backed by billionaire friends Bill Gates and Warren Buffett aims to find out. Gates’ Terrapower and Buffett’s Pacificorp announced that a retiring Wyoming coal-fired power plant would be the site of their Natrium reactor demonstration […]
June 15, 2021

Diablo Canyon nuclear closing will dramatically increase California’s carbon emissions

We don’t like to pick on California, but sometimes it’s just too easy.  Take the upcoming closure of Diablo Canyon nuclear, for example.   California has set an aggressive target of reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 40% lower than what they were in 1990 by 2030.   Yet […]
June 10, 2021

Experts agree, permitting huge problem in meeting President’s renewables targets

Over the last several years, we’ve written consistently about the many regulatory or permitting hurdles facing the energy industry as the U.S. continues to transition to a majority renewables grid. Back in November, we quipped, “it’s permitting, stupid,” when asking ourselves why renewables weren’t being brought online at a faster […]
June 7, 2021

We need oil and gas to reach the future

ICYMI: Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin authored an article on the importance of oil and gas for electricity generation for The Daily Sentinel. The original piece can be viewed here. On May 18, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released a report urging world financiers to abandon any further investment in […]
January 23, 2018

Pension Divestment Policy Wrong Fit for San Francisco

Following up on our December report “Rhetoric without Reason: The Dangers of Divestment” PACE wrote to the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System Board to oppose the adoption of a divestment policy in a vote scheduled for January 24.    Dear SFERS Board: I would like to express my opposition to […]
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 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 […]
March 5, 2021

Energy reform needed to encourage widespread EV adoption in the Golden State

Experts worry that California’s electricity pricing approach could be a considerable barrier to consumers looking to switch to electric cars or appliances.  Last year, we wrote about the challenges facing California as the state works to phase out gas-powered vehicles.  Without a doubt, we’ve been supportive of electric vehicle (EV) […]
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 […]