Energy Markets

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 The as-yet-unpublished audit found that reforms are needed to fix the system that has left Germany […]
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 […]
March 24, 2021

The Goldendale Project Would Provide Much-Needed Energy Storage for the 21st Century Grid

ICYMI: Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin was featured in The Morning Consult discussing the importance of the Goldendale Energy Storage Project. The original piece can be viewed here.  Last summer’s California blackouts and the recent ones in Texas left millions of Americans from all walks of life without power. […]
March 18, 2021

U.S. Lithium Production Turns the Corner

There’s no doubt that the U.S has been behind the eight ball when it comes to the domestic production of lithium. That’s something we’ve frequently pointed out. Fortunately, our calls for action have not gone unheeded – and it’s not a moment too soon!  As we slowly emerge from the […]
March 14, 2021

ICYMI: Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin participates in Regulation, Reliability…and Texas Podcast

March 11, 2021

Texas Stories Tell Clear Story: Deregulation is Dangerous for Customers

Like a perpetually leaking faucet keeping you up at night, stories about the perils of the deregulated market continue to flow out of the Lone Star State.  These stories have seriously questioned whether consumers have access to affordable and reliable power in the U.S’s largest deregulated market. Surprisingly, none other […]
March 10, 2021

In 2021 note to shareholders, Buffet pledges $18 billion to jump over transmission regulatory hurdles

In his 2021 annual note to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, Warren Buffet noted that “the best sites for the new world of wind and solar generation…are often in remote areas.”  Buffet made this assertion to convey that for the renewable energy evolution and revolution to continue the U.S. must make a […]
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) […]
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 […]
October 17, 2017

October 2017: “Reliability Month”

Although October hasn’t been officially named “Reliability Month,” it might as well have been, owing to all the recent news bearing on how our country will generate power in the future. In Texas, a merchant power company announced the closure of two large coal-fired plants, totaling over 2300 MW of […]
November 28, 2017

The Disaster of Deregulation

Earlier this year, PACE shared some thoughts about deregulation of the electric power retail markets and why it doesn’t make sense for consumers. With state legislatures across the country gearing up for 2018 sessions, it seems timely to touch on the topic again. When it comes to deregulating (or restructuring) […]
December 7, 2017

Energy Retail Deregulation Wrong Fit for Florida

This week, PACE was on the road in Tallahassee, visiting with several members of the Florida legislature and learning about energy issues likely to arise in the 2018 session. As always, it was enjoyable to be outside the D.C. beltway, with warmer temperatures and fresh Gulf seafood all around. Snow […]
January 9, 2018

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

The great majority of U.S. citizens east of the Mississippi have engaged in popular January 2018 conversations – first, “it is so, so [insert profanity of choice] cold outside.” In the greater D.C. metropolitan area, that is quickly followed by “why are the [choose another profanity] schools closed AGAIN?” Involuntary […]
March 16, 2018

Springing Forward on Fuel Diversity

With spring come spending bills, and this year Congress has the chance to support energy diversity across the board. In the FY18 omnibus, and a series (hope springs eternal) of appropriation bills for FY 2019. There are also talks of a fix-it tax package. In short, there are many opportunities […]
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 […]