Balanced Energy

U.S. energy policy discussion with David Holt of the Consumer Energy Alliance
Demonstrators march with a replica of a pipeline during a protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline outside the White House on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The War on Energy is Underway

Consumer Energy Alliance’s mission is to promote U.S. energy production.  With our membership, CEA supports public policies that ensure consumers can access affordable energy and that the energy is developed safely and responsibly. We advocate for opening areas off U.S. shores in the Atlantic, the Arctic and in the Gulf of Mexico to energy development. […]  More »
(Steve Hockstein/Bloomberg)

Any Threat to the Electricity Grid Is a Tier One Problem

There are threats to the U.S. electricity grid which can be prevented, threats that can be mitigated, and there are threats that can be avoided altogether. Let’s walk through each scenario. We know how important it is to aggressively address vulnerabilities. The August 2003 blackout was the worst in recent U.S. history leaving an estimated […]  More »

Energy is the Key to Solving Income Inequality

When exploring solutions to income inequality policy makers pay close attention to the costs. The cost of healthcare. The cost of food. The cost of child care. The cost of housing. What about the cost of energy? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012 the average U.S. family spent over $4,600 or about […]  More »
A crewman directs a pipe on a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Texas, in 2012. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Commentary: A tale of two pipelines — It’s time for common sense to prevail

Even as Keystone XL’s southern leg launches today, delay pervades the remainder of the Keystone XL pipeline. Why more than five years after the initial filing are we still waiting for a final decision from the Obama Administration?  More »
Crewmen work a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Winnsboro. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Consumers, Environment Benefit from Efficient Infrastructure

Our nation’s infrastructure is no longer able to efficiently deliver energy to our nation’s consumers. Bottlenecks and aging systems result in efficiency losses, driving up the ultimate cost to the consumer. Identifying the root of the problem isn’t hard. We know excess oil in North Dakota or wind power in Iowa does not have sufficient […]  More »
Direct Energy's Frontera natural gas power plant in South Texas has a capacity of 494 megawatts. (Photo: Direct Energy)

Top 5 Ways Energy Production Benefited Consumers in 2013

Its been a busy year for U.S. energy production with consumer prices on the decline due to increasing domestic supplies of natural gas and oil. Here are the Top 5 energy related news stories that benefit consumers in 2013.  More »
Shell used the drillship Noble Discoverer for its 2012 drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

In the Arctic, Let American Ambition Lead the Way

Back in 2011, at a fundraiser in San Francisco, President Obama remarked that, “We have lost our ambition, our imagination, and our willingness to do the things that built the Golden Gate Bridge.” Two years later, the Keystone XL Pipeline still floats in regulatory limbo, hydraulic fracturing is under assault, and NIMBYISM has prevented wind […]  More »
A worker helps monitor water pumping pressure and temperature, at the site of a natural gas hydraulic fracturing and extraction operation run by Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., outside Rifle, in western Colorado. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Commentary: Colorado shows the need for energy engagement

e results from Tuesday’s ballot measures in Colorado should serve as a clarion call for industry and energy consumers across the country. In Colorado, four communities – Boulder, Fort Collins, Broomfield and Lafayette – asked themselves to take a position on the extraction of shale gas inside their city limits. Ban supporters won in three of four contests.  More »
Consumer Energy Alliance's Energy Day Festival runs in Houston's Herman Square on October 19th, 2013

Energy Day Festival Celebrates Our Energy Progress and Future

Make no mistake, the United States is currently experiencing an energy revolution that is transforming our national outlook.  Our newfound energy abundance is creating millions of jobs, increasing wealth in our nation’s most rural and previously impoverished communities and is increasing our national economic competitiveness and security.  While all of this is great news, the […]  More »
A worker replaces a hose after refueling a Boeing 777 plane. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip)

Partnership on Aviation Bio-Fuels a Key Step for Environment and Economy

This month U.S. consumers landed some exciting news as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) unveiled plans to create a national center for excellence on jet biofuel research.  The recently announced effort will help to revolutionize the air transportation industry by tackling one of its largest challenges – rising fuel costs. The center will be based […]  More »
A drilling rig in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Shale Can Boost Manufacturing and Middle Class in the Midwest

A recent IHS CERA study confirmed what many observers already know. Namely, that a growing U.S. oil and natural gas industry is lifting the economic prospects of millions of Americans in areas where it’s occurring. Specifically, the review found that shale development has already created 1.2 million jobs. What’s more? That number is expected to […]  More »
(AP file photo/Chris Gardner)

In Virginia, All-of-the-Above Energy Approach Bridges Vast Political Divide

Make no mistake Virginia’s upcoming gubernatorial election is perhaps the most important – and most contentious – on the ballot this November.  This was in full display as two candidates with very different ideologies convened at Consumer Energy Alliance’s (CEA) Virginia Energy & Opportunity Forum this past week in Arlington. As the Washington Post reported, […]  More »
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