Wind

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 […]
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. […]
August 9, 2017

American Wind Week Offers Chance for Reflection

Over the years, PACE has written often about the deployment of new energy sources, advocating for the location of those sources where they work best and the integration of those sources in a way that serves both customers and the grid. Our work, for example, led us to Oklahoma in […]
August 30, 2017

After the Storm: Lessons Learned from Harvey

The Texas and Louisiana coasts continue to suffer the devastating effect of Hurricane Harvey. Donations to the Salvation Army to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts can be made: Online at helpsalvationarmy.org. By calling 1-800- SAL-ARMY. By texting STORM to 51555. With Hurricane Harvey still dropping untold amounts of rain […]
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 […]
October 18, 2017

Oktoberfest and the Energiewende

Continuing the October theme established in our blog earlier this week and taking a small vacation from covering the U.S. energy policy landscape, today PACE brings you an update on Germany’s Energiewende, or energy transition. PACE has covered this before, noting how artificial timelines, weather, and economics can prove troublesome […]
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 […]
July 25, 2018

A Record-Setting Summer in Texas

Many eyes are on Texas this summer. Some are watching the Houston Astros to see if a repeat of the 2017 season is possible; currently they are leading the American League West by 6 games and occupy the number 2 spot in USA Today’s Power Rankings. I cannot report similar […]