Net metering

January 21, 2022

EU Clean Energy Move Divides Member Countries

The European Union (EU) has proposed classifying some nuclear power and natural gas plants as green investments to help the continent meet its aggressive carbon reduction targets. Several member countries have applauded the move, while others are fiercely criticizing it.   “The Commission considers there is a role for natural gas […]
January 13, 2022

Alabama Power Continues Its Commitment to Solar Energy

In December, Alabama Power Company announced it had teamed with Mercedes Benz U.S. International to build a new solar energy facility in Lowndes County, AL. The 80 MW facility will be the fourth addition to the utility’s Renewable Generation Certificate program aimed at increasing renewable energy in the state.  The […]
January 6, 2022

Utilities Leading the Way On EV Growth

Energy Fairness has consistently supported electric vehicle (EV) growth while maintaining that power grid reliability must remain a priority. While EVs will account for 20 million cars sold annually by 2030, only 10,000 public fast-charging stations exist in the U.S. That number will need to increase ten-fold to account for […]
December 16, 2021

Golden State PUC Proposes Sensible Net Metering Reforms

On Monday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) proposed common-sense reforms to the state’s policy on net metering.   This policy refers to situations where rooftop solar consumers are paid for excess electricity they produce and sell into the grid.  In Monday’s released proposal,  the CPUC couldn’t have been more […]
December 15, 2021

Energy Fairness Remembers Board Member Harry Alford, Founder of the National Black Chamber of Commerce

On December 6th, we learned of the unfortunate passing of Harry Alford, a member of our board of directors and President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. Harry was a massively influential leader in empowering African American businesses, earning a spot at the table at the White House and […]
December 10, 2021

Texas Still Not Ready for Winter

Last February, we covered the failure of the Texas energy grid during Winter Storm Uri, which plunged millions of Texans into darkness. The state’s grid was caught off-guard by inadequate access to frozen natural gas facilities, record peak demand, and, frankly, a grid that just wasn’t prepared. The result?  Not […]
December 3, 2021

Proposed natural gas tax would hurt Colorado ratepayers

ICYMI: Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin authored an article in The Sentinel Colorado on the proposed natural gas tax in the Build Back Better Act recently passed by the House of Representatives. The original piece can be viewed here. The House of the Representatives just passed on Nov. 19 a […]
November 23, 2021

Giving Thanks more than ever.

As Americans, most of us have a laundry list of things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, particularly as we emerge from almost two years of a pandemic. Whether it’s a warm bed, food on the table, or the return of steady work to pay the bills, the modern standard […]
November 18, 2021

MIT Study Underscores Importance of Diablo Canyon

We’ve written many times about California’s Diablo Canyon, the state’s last nuclear facility, whose closure might have disastrous effects on the state’s fragile power grid. Now, an MIT study underscores Energy Fairness’ position that closing the plants is a mistake for both California’s clean energy goals and energy consumers. But […]
November 16, 2021

President Signs Infrastructure Bill – Includes Billions for Grid and EV buildout.

Yesterday, President Biden signed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law. This $1.2 trillion generational investment in critical infrastructure includes $65 billion for building out the grid and a national EV charging station network and $50 billion for enhancing resiliency to cyber-attacks and catastrophic weather events. But, unfortunately, […]
November 10, 2021

High Prices Threaten Solar Growth

Although some might not have noticed in the midst of Covid-19, 2020 saw some of the lowest solar panel prices ever witnessed. Utilities responded, resulting in record-breaking installations this past year. However, like most other in-demand products, the cost of solar panels has skyrocketed during the pandemic. How will the […]
November 4, 2021

Winter Energy Supply Crunch Highlights Coal’s Importance

Natural gas shortages have wreaked havoc on global energy prices in recent weeks. While the U.S. has mostly been shielded from the kinds of skyrocketing prices that Europe and Asia have faced, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects energy costs to rise significantly this winter. Power grid operators are responding […]
October 14, 2013

Net Metering Missteps Provide Important Warning

The following blog piece is provided by John Grimes, Associate Director of PACE. Mr. Grimes joined PACE in August, 2013. For the past several years, PACE has been concerned about net metering programs and their impact on middle class consumers. These programs were created to give consumers a financial incentive […]
September 1, 2014

Net Metering Debate Continues Across U.S.

As the number of solar rooftops across the U.S. increases, it becomes increasingly important for policy makers to make smart decisions about how to compensate solar customers for the power they produce. If done wisely, net metering can help solar power grow responsibly. If not, it could result in non-solar […]
August 16, 2017

Net Metering: Will Utah Choose a Smarter Way Forward?

Last month, PACE released our new report, “Net Metering: Costs, Customers, and a Smarter Way Forward.” The report provides policymakers and other stakeholders with current snapshots of net metering approaches in several states, including Arizona, California, Mississippi, and Nevada. Net metering and related solar discourse is live in dozens of […]
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, […]
March 23, 2018

Kentucky Net Metering Horserace Helps Consumers

Most states have considered net metering and established some policies that compensate private solar owners for electrons generated from owned or leased panels on rooftops or ground-mounted systems. PACE took a close look at the state of the states’ approaches last year in our report, “Net Metering: Costs, Customers and […]
May 15, 2018

Wolverines Set Shining Solar Example

Last summer, PACE released a report reviewing state solar net metering policies and discussing ideologies that influence some states to over-compensate private solar generators at the expense of every other consumer on the grid. We’ve enjoyed presenting on this topic and appreciate the many positive comments about our report’s readability and usefulness. […]