Reliability

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 […]
June 2, 2021

In an About-Face, Biden Announces U.S. To Look Elsewhere for Lithium Supplies

In March, we were relieved to hear that the Biden Administration was taking action to secure a domestic supply of lithium and other essential minerals for EV production. That relief was short-lived. Facing pushback from environmental activists and lawmakers alike, the Administration now intends to rely on imports to supply […]
May 26, 2021

ICYMI: Energy Fairness Participates in Podcast on Texas Blackouts

ICYMI: Energy Fairness Executive Director, Paul Griffin participated in a CoBank podcast concerning the role that the Texas deregulated electricity market played during the state’s historical blackouts in February.   The transcript of the podcast follows.   Transcript Terry Viswanath (Cobank): Welcome to Power Plays a CoBank knowledge exchange podcast series […]
May 20, 2021

Quick Action is Needed to Save Illinois’ Nuclear Plants

Energy Fairness has consistently argued in favor of keeping existing nuclear plants online to fight climate change while keeping costs in check. After all, nuclear power is highly reliable and carbon-free. Despite our arguments, several U.S. nuclear plants will be closed over the next few years. Exelon is on track […]
May 10, 2021

FERC Conference highlights Grid challenges of EV transition

At Energy Fairness, we’ve doubled down on our support for EVs over the past few years. Our question, however, remains the same as it was over a year ago: How will our power grid handle the influx of EVs? That was precisely the concern highlighted at a recent FERC conference […]
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 […]
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 […]
December 12, 2017

Vogtle 3 and 4 Still Common Sense for Georgia

The Georgia Public Service Commission is once again holding hearings and taking public testimony on the merits of proceeding with construction of Units 3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle. This week’s Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) hearings have, as usual, included spirited debate, sometimes set to ukulele music. (As Florida’s sage Dave Barry […]
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 13, 2018

Show-Me State Legislators Show Value of Hedging

Later this week, PACE will offer testimony to the Missouri House of Representatives Utilities Committee highlighting why natural gas hedging helps assure consumer electricity prices are stable and predictable. In February, PACE testified to a key committee of the Missouri Senate. Our goal was and is supporting a pair of […]
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 3, 2018

Georgia: Doing its Part for Nuclear, Solar, National Security & Keeping Rates Low

This week, PACE is pleased to feature a guest blog by Dr. David Gattie, a faculty member at the University of Georgia with deep expertise in energy policy, and co-author of our 2017 paper on net metering.  The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released new data for 2017, so I […]