Deregulation

October 1, 2021

Energy Secretary calls for resilient grid 

In a recent op-ed for CNN, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said it’s time for Congress to make the necessary investment to ensure the resiliency of the electric grid.  After catastrophic weather events like the recent devastation wrought by Hurricane Ida or the destruction witnessed by so many Texans after Winter […]
September 23, 2021

UK, Germany Face Energy Squeeze

Natural gas prices in Europe are soaring. Consumers across the continent are feeling the pain with no relief in sight. What happened? A perfect storm of factors has contributed to rising prices. Global energy demand is on the rise as the global economy emerges from Covid-19 related shutdowns. The thirst […]
September 17, 2021

Biden Administration Will Go Big On Solar. But Is It Realistic?

Last week, the Biden Administration announced that solar energy would supply 45% of U.S. electricity by 2050. It’s a highly ambitious goal, considering that solar currently provides only about 3% of current U.S. electricity production. So the question arises, just how will we get there? Solar energy installations will have […]
September 8, 2021

Energy Fairness Podcast: Somerset REC and its Response to Flight 93

For Energy Fairness’ first podcast, Executive Director Paul Griffin has an in-depth conversation with former Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative CEO, Rich Bauer, regarding the small rural electric coop’s response to the Flight 93 crash site.   Somerset’s employees were some of the first on the scene and had to overcome numerous […]
September 3, 2021

The wrath of Ida prompts calls for resilient energy infrastructure

Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc on Louisiana and Mississippi earlier this week. The storm’s 150 miles per hour winds knocked out the power for around 1 million people and took more than 2000 miles of critical high-voltage transmission offline. An army of brave linemen is pouring into the region, but it […]
September 2, 2021

New York Will Need More Than Renewables To Reach Climate Goals

New York has some of the most aggressive clean energy goals in the U.S. The Empire State expects 70% of its electricity to originate from renewable sources by 2030 and 100% zero-emission electricity by 2040. While the 2030 goal is in reach, power providers say the 2040 goal is unattainable […]
August 27, 2021

U.S. Departure from Afghanistan Complicates Rare Earth Minerals Market

We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the 13 U.S. Marines currently identified as having lost their lives in deadly attacks in Kabul and offer our prayers for those Americans and others still awaiting evacuation from Afghanistan. As Americans reel from the loss of at […]
August 18, 2021

Biden Administration Looks to OPEC, Not U.S. Drillers, to Ease Pain at the Pump

Gas prices are edging up ever higher. Consumers feel the pain, with prices currently hovering around a dollar a gallon more than a year ago. The Biden Administration has called on OPEC and its allies to ramp up supply and bring prices down. However, we can’t help but wonder, why […]
August 10, 2021

Nuclear is Key For Cutting Emissions

To win on climate, we’ll need access to clean energy that can run 24/7. At the moment, nuclear energy is the only power source that can do that. Unfortunately, as we’ve noted many times, nuclear facilities have been closing at a startling pace in the U.S., with the Vogtle project […]
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 […]
April 24, 2018

A Rising Tide of Questions About Deregulation

As a long-time and loyal UGA fan, I don’t usually make tide references. But the image occurred to me after reading up on some state developments concerning deregulated electricity markets. State leaders and citizens are increasingly asking questions about whether or not deregulation is all it’s cracked up to be, […]
May 22, 2018

A Tale of Two States – Deregulation in Texas

Last month, the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power (TCAP) released an update to its regular report on Texas’ deregulated power market. TCAP is a not-for-profit that helps aggregate electricity purchases for dozens of cities in Texas, and so has a vested interest in monitoring the state’s complicated and ever-changing electricity markets. TCAP’s analysis can […]
June 12, 2018

A Sea of Change in Charleston

It’s 90 degrees in the shade here in Charleston, South Carolina, where the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (SEARUC) has gathered for its annual meeting. Eleven states’ public utility regulators, from Texas and Arkansas to Florida and the Carolinas, are represented. This year’s theme is “Effective Utility Regulation – All in […]
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 […]
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 […]
October 15, 2018

A Tax by Any Other Name: Washington’s Carbon Fee Proposal

There’s no shortage of significance in this year’s mid-term elections. While many are obsessed with whether or not a “Blue Wave” will wash over Congress, state elections and some ballot initiatives may actually have a more lasting impact on policy and the economy. We’ve covered Nevada’s Question 3, which would […]