Consumers

February 24, 2021

The real problem in Texas: Deregulation

ICYMI: Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin authored an op-ed in Utility Dive discussing how Texas’ deregulated electricity system contributed to the mass outages last week. The original piece can viewed here.  As extreme winter weather gripped much of Texas and millions of customers were left without power because of […]
February 19, 2021

ICYMI: Energy Fairness: Deregulation to blame for Texas energy meltdown

ICYMI:  The following statement from Energy Fairness regarding the energy crisis in Texas appeared in PR Newswire. WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — With millions of Texas suffering from energy blackouts due to extreme winter weather, Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin explains the state’s 20 year plus experiment with deregulated power markets is the culprit for […]
February 11, 2021

Musk Adds Starpower to Carbon Capture Technologies

A few weeks ago, billionaire tech guru Elon Musk tweeted that he would be donating a $100 million prize for the “best carbon capture technology.” Musk hasn’t released details on the award yet. Still, it’s safe to say that his star power is likely to bring new attention to carbon […]
February 4, 2021

New EV charging techniques are on the move

Energy Fairness has written many times about our support for adopting electric vehicles (EVs) while maintaining that such adoption will require substantial infrastructure investment. Concerns about battery life and a lack of charging stations have held back large scale EV adoption. But, what if the road could charge your EV […]
January 30, 2021

Let ‘Er Buck, Wyoming Moves to Bring Fairness to Roof-Top Solar Compensation

Op-ed:  Wyoming Rural Electric Association Executive Director, Shawn Taylor, provides an update on the Wyoming legislature’s efforts to update and modernize net metering policies in the Cowboy state. The Wyoming Legislature is working hard to pass consumer-friendly legislation that will prevent families across the state from paying more to keep […]
January 27, 2021

Energy Fairness Statement on Biden Federal Oil and Gas Moratorium

Washington, DC.  – Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin made the following statement regarding the Biden Administration’s announcement that it would impose a ban on the issuance of oil and gas leases over Federal lands.  “A ban on future Federal oil and gas leases would be a dramatic step backward […]
January 22, 2021

Paul Griffin: Federal oil and gas ban would undermine U.S. energy independence, hurt Colorado

ICYMI: Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin authored an op-ed, featured in the Greeley Tribune, on the damaging effects of a federal oil and gas ban. The original piece can be viewed here. It’s the start of a new year, a new presidential administration and potentially a new policy emanating from […]
January 15, 2021

One Thing We Haven’t Had to Live Without During the Pandemic

Without a doubt, 2020 taught us to live without a lot of things. Shortages of basic daily items like Clorox wipes and toilet paper have become the norm. Even time with friends and family has become a sought after luxury. One thing we haven’t had to live without? Energy.  American […]
January 14, 2021

No Surprise! California takes lead in banning new natural gas hookups.

Last year we discussed the effort by a growing number of communities across the U.S. to ban natural gas hookups for cooking and heating to new homes and businesses.  Progressive communities in California, Washington state, Maryland, and Massachusetts all implemented or had laid the groundwork for distributive natural gas bans.  […]
January 7, 2021

CCUS Jets into the New Year

Over the years, Energy Fairness has been very vocal about the need for carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies. CCUS could be a significant step forward for decarbonizing our electricity sector. We’ve pointed out that CCUS has benefits beyond the electric industry as well. For example, CCUS could be […]
December 29, 2020

Critical LIHEAP Assistance Included in COVID Relief Packages

December 28, 2020 Washington, D.C. —  On Sunday, President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 to continue the battle against the economic devastation wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic and to fund the annual discretionary activities of the Federal government.   Included in the Covid-19 relief section of the […]
December 23, 2020

Ho Ho Ho, COVID-19 Relief Christmas Tree Includes Energy Bill Ornament

December 22, 2020 Washington, DC — Arguably the most comprehensive bipartisan Energy bill in at least a decade was included in the Covid-19 relief package of laws just passed by the U.S. Senate and U.S. House. Among other items, the legislation includes priorities (nuclear renaissance, carbon capture utilization and storage, […]
July 31, 2017

Choice, Consequences, and Consumers

PACE was on the road in July, covering national meetings of state legislators such as the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Southern States Energy Board, and the Council of State Governments’ Southern Legislative Conference. It was a privilege to hear hours of thoughtful discussions and be reminded how hard our […]
August 16, 2017

Net Metering: Will Utah Choose a Smarter Way Forward?

Last month, PACE released our new report, “Net Metering: Costs, Customers, and a Smarter Way Forward.” The report provides policymakers and other stakeholders with current snapshots of net metering approaches in several states, including Arizona, California, Mississippi, and Nevada. Net metering and related solar discourse is live in dozens of […]
October 12, 2017

Climate Policy Swings and Balloons

As anticipated since just after the November 2016 election, the Trump Administration, through Environmental Protection Agency Administrator (EPA) Scott Pruitt, has officially released documents that set the stage for repeal of the Clean Power Plan. PACE welcomes this move. The original CPP, especially its approach to existing plants, failed to […]
October 18, 2017

Oktoberfest and the Energiewende

Continuing the October theme established in our blog earlier this week and taking a small vacation from covering the U.S. energy policy landscape, today PACE brings you an update on Germany’s Energiewende, or energy transition. PACE has covered this before, noting how artificial timelines, weather, and economics can prove troublesome […]
October 23, 2017

Sunshine on Recent Solar Policy News

Throughout the fall, two states have quietly made adjustments to laws and regulations affecting solar net metering customers and facilities. Meanwhile, both sides in the “Suniva solar trade war” have retained competing loud voices. How will these developments support consumers’ need for a smarter way forward when it comes to […]
December 19, 2017

Do Tomorrow’s Consumers Know Enough About Energy?

By Gary Swan Vice President, Development at the National Energy Foundation What do high school seniors think about current issues such as climate change and energy independence? How much do they know about where our energy in the U.S. comes from and how we get it? Do they understand the […]