Byrne applauds largest oil and gas lease sale in US history

October 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, announced that he supports a decision by  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke that the department is proposing the largest oil and gas lease sale ever held in the United States.

The lease sale is an incredible 76,967,935 acres in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. The proposed region-wide lease sale, offering an area about the size of New Mexico, is scheduled for March 2018 and includes all available unleased areas on the Gulf’s Outer Continental Shelf, surpassing last year’s region-wide lease sale by about one million acres.

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Best energy policy forged by states; Trump is right to push for forward-looking approach

May 17, 2017

By Jim Sullivan

The United States is, indeed, the world’s leader in delivery of electricity and natural gas to residential, commercial and industrial users. Our electric providers provide the highest level of national electrification at the overall lowest cost and the highest reliability of any country. For over a century our utility companies have grown and evolved into the premier example of a free economy working within the defined perimeters of fair and reasonable regulatory policy.
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Strange praises sale of Gulf Energy parcels

March 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, the Department of the Interior’s sale of oil and gas parcels in the Gulf of Mexico was praised by US Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama). The sale of 900,000 acres along the Outer Continental Shelf garnered over $274 million, and will allow private sector competition in tapping those offshore energy reserves.

Sen. Strange said, “Today’s sale marks another exciting chapter in America’s future of energy independence. It is high time we unleash the potential of our offshore assets which will strengthen our national security, spur our economy, and make energy costs more affordable for every Alabama family. Our state is home to hardworking innovators, and I look forward to Alabama’s energy producers leading the way.”
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Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition joins Nationwide call for clean fuels, vehicles

February 10, 2017

Staff

BIRMINGHAM– Representatives from the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition will join clean transportation leaders from across the nation next week in Washington, D.C., to educate federal policymakers about the need to expand America’s uses of alternative fuels, including biofuels, electricity, natural gas, and propane autogas.

Energy Independence Summit 2017, the nation’s premier clean transportation policy event, will take place Feb. 12-14. Representing the ACFC at the summit will be Executive Director Mark Bentley and President and Board Chairman Phillip Wiedmeyer.
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Institute Will Promote Job Creation, Clean Reliable Energy

April 25, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The newly formed Energy Institute of Alabama (EIA) promises to promote reliable, affordable, and clean energy to help grow Alabama’s economy, create high-paying jobs, and build public support for Alabama’s energy industry.

“Our group intends to be a clearinghouse for strong research that will separate political fancy from reasonable policies that benefit the consumer and the industry,” said Alabama Speaker of the House Emeritus Seth Hammett, who has been elected to serve as the organization first chairperson.
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Dunn vs. Cavanaugh is Rematch of Old PSC Foes

December 22, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

From 2010 until 2014 fellow Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC) commissioners Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (R) and Terry Dunn (R) served on the PSC together and the pair of Republicans were frequently at loggerheads on how the PSC should conduct its business.

Commissioner Dunn wanted to hold formal hearings on utility rates.  PSC President Cavanaugh preferred the less litigious process of informal hearings.  Fellow Commissioner Jeremy Oden (R) sided with Cavanaugh on the three member PSC; but the argument was both heated and very public.  In 2014, the feud concluded with former Green County Commissioner Chris “Chip” Beaker unseating Dunn in the 2014 Republican Primary.  Cavanaugh’s supporters charged that Dunn had a cozy relationship with radical environmentalists and Dunn charged that the other commissioners were too influenced by the companies they regulate.
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Roby Says American Energy Revolution, Not Government Mandates, Is Responsible for Dropping Emissions

December 1, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, November 30, President Obama met in Europe with multinational leaders not to discuss the global fight against ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Boko Haram, but rather to discuss climate change.  US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) warned that the President is likely going to demand even greater restrictions on American industry as a result of any agreement reached this week in Europe.

martha-robyCongresswoman Roby wrote, “President Obama is in Paris this week for a multinational discussion of energy policies and climate change. In addition to a lot of pomp and circumstance, we can probably expect the President to call for heavy restrictions and more government mandates to reduce carbon emissions, while painting a bleak picture of our energy outlook.”
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Roby Criticizes Obama’s Power Plan

August 11, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, August 10, US Representative Martha Roby, warned that President Obama’s new energy plan will cost American families higher utility bills while costing jobs.

Congresswoman Roby said in an email to constituents, “Last week, President Obama announced his ‘Clean Power Plan’ and with it a costly national energy tax that will negatively impact American families and jobs. Despite the significant increase this will cause in energy bills for hardworking taxpayers, this plan actually does little to nothing to alter the impact of future climate change.”
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Twinkle and Oden Rejects Dunn’s Call for a Formal Review of Electricity and Natural Gas Rates

January 11, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, the Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC) President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (R) and new PSC appointee Jeremy Oden (R) voted to block PSC Commissioner Terry Dunn’s call for a formal review of the rates which the PSC was allowing utilities in Alabama to charge customers.

According to original reporting by the Associated Press’s Phillip Rawls PSC Commissioner Terry Dunn had requested a formal review to determine if consumers are paying too much for services by Alabama Power, Alabama Gas and Mobile Gas.
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Alabama’s natural gas royalties are falling

July 2, 2012

Staff Report

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Royalties paid to the state by companies pumping natural gas offshore fell from a high of $373.1 million in the 2006 fiscal year to $119.9 million in fiscal 2011, according to the State Oil and Gas Board.

The board expects that decline to continue in fiscal 2012, which ends Sept. 30, with royalties for the year totaling $72.3 million.

”I think it’s bad news. It’s another obstacle that we’ll face in trying to garner sufficient resources to fund state government,” said Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, who chairs the state Senate committee that oversees Alabama’s operating budget for Medicaid, prisons and other noneducation areas of government.
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