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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 28, 2021

The Twin Challenges of Increased Electrification

The American Coal Council published Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin’s article on the Twin Challenges of Electrification in their most recent edition of American Coal magazine. The original piece can be viewed here.  Politically speaking, California and Texas couldn’t be more different. Republicans control all levers of power at the […]
October 26, 2021

Winter is Coming. Get Out Your Wallet

The economic fallout in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic is continuing to squeeze U.S. families. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued a dire warning this past week: Expect to spend more heating your homes this winter. The EIA says the average family will spend 30-50% more on heating […]
October 18, 2021

If Texas Officials Want to Beef Up Electric Reliability, Just Look at Alabama

There is nothing more important for power customers than ensuring that electricity is available through all conditions, including extreme winter weather. Events such as Winter Storm Uri last February remind us of the need to adequately prepare for all circumstances that stress our power production capabilities. Texas regulators are now […]
October 15, 2021

Biden Administration Approves Major Offshore Wind Sites, Storage Still needed

Yesterday the Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland, announced a push for major off-shore wind expansion off nearly every coastline of the U.S. continental coast. The announcement comes on the heels of the Administration’s approval of the Vineyard Wind Project off the coasts of Nantucket and Martha Vineyard. In May, […]
October 13, 2021

Nuclear Energy Finds Growing Support

Will nuclear energy ever have a level playing field with other carbon-free resources? It finally seems to be a possibility. And recent actions by lawmakers at the federal and state level protecting this valuable carbon-free energy resource have only reinforced this sentiment. Energy Fairness has emphatically supported nuclear energy for […]
October 7, 2021

Automakers Optimistic On EVs

Over the past few months, car sales have plummeted, with supply chain disruptions a significant factor in the sharp decrease. As a result, automakers have been forced to idle plants as they scramble for supplies, which in turn has delayed deliveries of new vehicles. Yet, optimism in the auto industry […]
February 19, 2013

Hazardous Waste…from the Solar Industry

The solar energy industry is struggling with what to do with millions of tons of hazardous waste generated each year. Yes, you read that right…the solar energy industry. The one consistently held up by the media and environmental groups as “clean.” According to a report from the Associated Press, “Fueled […]
May 29, 2013

Solar Industry Plagued by Defects

Solar panels that fail just two years into their twenty-five-year life cycle. Protective coatings on solar panels that cause fires. These are the findings of a new report by the New York Times, which claims that the $77 billion solar industry is facing a quality crisis of frightening proportions. Just […]
April 25, 2018

Community Solar for All

PACE supports “all of the above” energy policies, even though the phrase itself has fallen out of fashion in some circles. All of the above, in case we haven’t always been clear, includes renewable energy. One of the most important renewable sources is community solar. The price is right, compared […]
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. […]
May 24, 2018

Smarter Ways Forward with The Ray

Frequently, PACE talks about consumers’ interest in transportation from a fuel supply angle (oil pipelines) or integrating new technologies (electric vehicles). Many big thinkers are attempting to envision how, when and at what cost energy, telecommunications and transportation will converge. Many laudable “Smart Cities” projects and pilots with broad scopes […]
June 18, 2018

Net Metering Debates Heat Up

Net metering policies evolved in several states this year, including Michigan, Connecticut, and Maine. Meanwhile, other states such as Kentucky saw heated battles sure to return. PACE supports changes in net metering laws that bring more fairness to the system – paying retail rates instead of avoided costs for net […]