Transmission

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 […]
July 12, 2021

Supreme Court calls into question efforts to address climate change impacts through state courts

ICYMI: Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin authored an article in The Daily Sentinel arguing that climate policy should be set by Congress, not the Supreme Court. The original piece can be viewed here. In May, the Supreme Court issued a blow to climate lawsuit advocates seeking to legislate climate change policy […]
July 8, 2021

Alabama’s Carbon Capture Center Tests Breakthrough Technology

Energy Fairness has always enthusiastically supported carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) research and development. The technology has enormous potential to take carbon dioxide emissions from the air and convert them into everyday products such as plastics or even jet fuel. Yet, there’s exciting potential in another use—concrete building blocks. […]
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 […]
February 16, 2018

Budget Distractions Won’t Help Energy Infrastructure

Earlier this week, the Office of Management and Budget released the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal. As with any massive federal government document, there’s a mixture of good and bad ideas. Stakeholders and media are still reading to find both. To be sure, there are highlights, such as forward-thinking […]
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 3, 2020

75 years ago – TVA and BPA Power Helped Win a Very Different War

During his whistle-stop campaign tour in 1948, President Harry Truman spoke to a rally in Pocatello, Idaho noting  “Without Grand Coulee and Bonneville dams it would have been almost impossible to win this war [World War II].”  And in his final days, Senator George Norris (R–Nebraska) the father of the Rural Electrification Act […]
December 16, 2020

REPORT: Want Renewables? Build More Transmission.

More than two years ago, I wrote my first article as the newly minted Executive Director of Energy Fairness.  The article? The need for adequate electric transmission to realize the continued and reliable expansion of renewable energy.  Fast-forward two years and the story remains the same.  Renewable energy development continues […]
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 […]