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May 20, 2022

Energy Fairness Releases New Briefing on Net Metering for Policymakers

As customers nationwide explore solar power options, it is critical that policymakers understand the relationship between residential users and electric utilities. A key part of this relationship is the financial arrangement between utilities and customers when a homeowner produces excess electricity and returns that power to the grid, an arrangement […]
May 18, 2022

What’s Next for the Texas Power Grid?

The Texas power grid simply can’t catch a break. The system faced blackouts during a record-breaking winter storm last year, ultimately contributing to more than 200 deaths. You’d think Texas officials would have taken decisive action to prevent this situation from ever happening again.  Sadly, they haven’t. This past Friday, […]
May 10, 2022

Hope May Be On the Horizon for Diablo Canyon

Over the years, Energy Fairness has taken a firm stance against the closure of California’s last nuclear plant, Diablo Canyon. Energy experts have long worried that the Golden State’s power grid is not ready to face the consequences of having the plants close. Nonetheless, the plants have still been scheduled […]
May 4, 2022

Biden Administration Begrudgingly Resumes Oil and Gas Leases

Last month, the Biden Administration announced it would open 144,000 acres of federally-owned lands for new oil and gas leases. Opening these lands to support America’s energy needs is a good thing, but it shouldn’t have taken the Biden Administration so long to see the wisdom of opening new lease […]
April 15, 2022

Russian Invasion of Ukraine Prompts Nuclear Renaissance in UK

Several European countries have found themselves strapped for energy supplies in recent months. The fallout from the Covid 19 pandemic and Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine has caused prices to skyrocket and sparked fears of shortages. Even the world’s most sophisticated and developed countries have not been immune to this […]
April 8, 2022

Biden Administration Takes Action To Secure Critical Rare Earth Minerals

We’ve written many times about the need for the U.S. to secure a reliable supply of rare earth minerals. Unfortunately, shortages and supply chain issues have plagued the industry and ultimately contributed to the slow growth of electric vehicle (E.V.) adoption. Fortunately, the Biden Administration is invoking a Cold War-era […]
March 25, 2022

U.S. Leads the World in LNG Exports

We’ve written many times about the bright future for U.S. liquified natural gas (LNG) exports. Two years ago, we noted how the U.S. was on track to become the world’s largest LNG exporter by 2023. However, we’ve reached that milestone a year early as Europe’s energy crisis has increased demand […]
March 18, 2022

Energy Secretary asks U.S. drillers to ramp up supply

Gas prices have been steadily rising for months now, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine caused them to skyrocket even more. This unprovoked aggression prompted the Biden Administration to ban imports of Russian oil and liquefied natural gas while acknowledging that consumers will see even more pain at the pump. President […]
March 11, 2022

Germany Keeps Making the Same Mistakes

It seems like we’ve written volumes about Germany’s short-sighted energy transition goals encapsulated in its Energiewende. The Energiewende is the ongoing transition by Germany to a low carbon, environmentally sound, reliable, and affordable energy supply. But unfortunately, this aggressive carbon reduction initiative has only raised costs for consumers and put […]
March 2, 2022

Russia Invasion of Ukraine Highlights Risk of Cyberattacks

In May of last year, a significant ransomware attack shut down the Colonial Pipeline for five days. This critical pipeline provides 45% of fuel for the East Coast. And the sudden shutdown left thousands of service stations without gas, pushing prices to the highest levels in six years. The Colonial […]
February 23, 2022

Transmission battle takes place in New York over whether hydropower is really “green”

A strange battle pitting environmental groups against clean energy advocates is taking place in New York – a state with one of the most aggressive carbon reduction initiatives in the U.S. The issue? Whether the proposed 339 transmission line and the hydropower it will carry from Quebec to New York […]
February 18, 2022

Fusion Experiment Creates Star Power

For five seconds back in December, scientists in the U.K. created a literal star on Earth. While five seconds seems like a woefully short amount of time, the experiment was groundbreaking for the field of nuclear fusion and the future of clean energy. Scientists have been on a quest to […]
October 3, 2017

Lessons on America’s Power Supply Formula

The utility industry, the federal government and numerous NGOs are on the ground helping our 3.4 million fellow citizens in Puerto Rico. The Salvation Army is on the front lines and collecting much-needed donations. Our concern also extends to the victims and families impacted by the terrible events in Las Vegas.  In […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]