House Energy and Commerce

May 6, 2021

Indian Point Closure Wipes Out 80% of NYC Metro Region Carbon-Free Power

Last Friday, April 30th, at 11:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time, marked the last day that the Indian Point Nuclear Plant produced the carbon-free reliable baseload electricity that has served New York so well for more than 58 years. Over the previous 13 months, the state of New York has lost […]
April 30, 2021

Canada Pushes Back Against Line 5 Closure

Two years ago, the Detroit News published our op-ed supporting upgrades to the Line 5 energy pipeline that flows from western Canada to Michigan (via pipeline under Lake Michigan) to eastern Canada. While the Line 5 project has largely flown under the radar compared to other pipeline projects, like Keystone […]
April 29, 2021

Goldendale: Clean Energy Storage for the Future

A renewable energy project eight miles southeast of the small town of Goldendale, Washington, has the potential to help solve the need for large-scale energy storage in the Pacific Northwest as the region transitions towards carbon-free electric generation.  Called the Goldendale Energy Storage Project, this proposed closed loop pumped hydro […]
April 23, 2021

No “Red Tape” Relief in Biden $100 Billion Plan for the Grid

At a $2 trillion price tag, there’s a lot to talk about in President Biden’s unprecedented infrastructure proposal to Congress.  The President’s ambitious plan allocates $621 billion for transportation infrastructure and resilience, $213 billion for affordable housing, $111 billion for clean water, $100 billion for broadband, and $100 billion to […]
April 21, 2021

Government Watchdog Highlights Cybersecurity Threats to the Power Grid

A disturbing new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that U.S. utility distribution systems are “increasingly at risk” from intrusion and disruption. The alarming report contends that a coordinated attack has the potential to cause blackouts in multiple parts of the country or even shut down our […]
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 […]
September 4, 2017

D.C. Update: Energy Playbook and Rosters

The Texas and Louisiana coasts continue to suffer post-Harvey. Donations to the Salvation Army to support relief efforts can be made: ·       Online at helpsalvationarmy.org. ·       By calling 1-800- SAL-ARMY. ·       By texting STORM to 51555. Congress returns today, facing a bevy of high-profile issues, now potentially even more complicated by […]
September 6, 2017

PURPA: What Lies Ahead for Consumers?

Yesterday’s House Energy Subcommittee hearing on the Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act of 1978 (PURPA) provided enough sparks to warrant further coverage in our second blog this week. Will those sparks start a fire of activity at FERC, in Congress, or in state legislatures preparing for 2018 sessions? Decades ago, […]
October 10, 2017

D.C. Energy News, Inside and Out

During Columbus Day week, the U.S. House of Representatives will be in session, although the Senate is on recess. With very few legislative days left in this first session of the current Congress, the most significant activity on energy will take the form of nominations and hearings looking ahead at […]
November 23, 2017

PACE is Thankful for Progress in 2017

Borrowing from David Letterman, PACE has assembled a Top 10 list of energy policy developments, people and institutions that energy consumers can give thanks for this year. In no particular order: Renewed efforts to (safely and in an environmentally friendly manner) explore, map and perhaps one day develop our country’s […]
March 1, 2018

Time to Build Energy Infrastructure

Several key congressional committees chose to focus on Infrastructure this week. This makes sense, as practical chances for moving a comprehensive infrastructure package are likely to run out of fuel around July 31, as lawmakers kick over into re-election gear. President Trump set forth a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan a […]
April 20, 2018

Springtime in D.C. – Cold, Sunny, Chance of Hearings and Orders

PACE got a taste of warm weather, sunshine and BBQ last week, visiting with Cobb EMC, a progressive urban/suburban electric cooperative just outside Atlanta that serves over 200,000 meters. Cobb’s board and leadership team are responding adeptly to consumer demand for renewable energy by making significant investments in utility-scale solar. PACE […]