Paul Monies
Business Energy Reporter

Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and database editor for The Oklahoman. He is a native of Scotland who graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and has a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

  • PSO files $172 million rate case for environmental compliance

    By Paul Monies Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Public Service Co. of Oklahoma said its rate case would increase the typical residential customer bill more than $14 per month. The utility has to comply with several federal environmental rules.

  • Commission's hearing examines OG&E SmartHours remuneration

    By Paul Monies Business | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    OG&E's calculation for how it should be reimbursed for lost net revenues in 2013 from the SmartHours program is at issue. The public utility division came up with about $4.9 million, but OG&E's calculations were $11.2 million.

  • Oklahoma utilities study options after high court's mercury ruling

    By Paul Monies Business | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. and other utilities are studying their compliance options after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against a regulation designed to cut mercury and other harmful emissions from coal plants. The court said the EPA should have taken compliance costs into account when it first decided to issue the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for electric generation.

  • Corporation Commission considers appeals on OG&E's emissions case

    By Paul Monies Business Writer | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    The fate of a $1.1 billion plan for environmental compliance and replacement generation proposed by Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. is in the hands of the Corporation Commission after a hearing Thursday.

  • Judge rules lawsuit against wind farm being constructed in Kingfisher can proceed

    By Paul Monies Business | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    A U.S. district judge in Oklahoma, dismissed a claim of anticipatory trespass, but allowed a claim of anticipatory nuisance to progress against Kingfisher Wind LLC.

  • Appeals to be heard Thursday in judge's report on OG&E case

    By Paul Monies Business | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    About half of the parties involved in Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s $1.1 billion case will be heard Thursday when their exceptions go before the three-person Corporation Commission.

  • OMPA dedicates new $90M Ponca City natural gas plant

    By Paul Monies Business | Updated: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    PONCA CITY — Officials with the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority dedicated a $90 million natural gas plant in a ceremony Friday morning. The Charles D. Lamb Energy Center is a 103-megawatt, simple-cycle plant north of Ponca City. It is designed to run mostly as a peaking unit for times when the grid needs additional power, such as hot summer days. "For OMPA, this is the largest single project we've taken on," said Dave Osburn, OMPA's general manager. "We had a $115 million budget for this project, and we came in well under that." Planning for the plant began in 2011, and the authority's board of directors approved it in December 2012, Osburn said. Construction took about 15 months, with a groundbreaking in February

  • New studies address wastewater disposal link to Oklahoma earthquakes

    By Paul Monies Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Higher volumes of wastewater injection from oil and gas activities in parts of Oklahoma are correlated with an increase in earthquakes in the past five years, according to research published Thursday. Stanford University researchers F. Rall Walsh III and Mark D. Zoback looked at saltwater disposal injection rates and volumes in six parts of Oklahoma. They found in three of the areas — Cherokee, Perry and Jones — increases in seismicity followed a five-to-10-fold increase in the rates of saltwater disposal. The research said disposal wells in the deep Arbuckle Formation, long a favored place for disposing produced water from drilling, play a role in the surge of earthquakes in the state.

  • Utilities eye tariffs for solar, wind users

    By Paul Monies Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Residential customers in Oklahoma could see demand charges on their bills for use of rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines under a new tariff the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is studying.

  • Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. embarks on 2.5-megawatt solar pilot project

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. said its $7.5 million pilot project will test the benefits of solar from two perspectives: the customer’s side of the meter and solar power directly connected to the grid through the distribution system. The utility has installed the first of two solar farms at its Mustang plant in far west Oklahoma City.

  • American Energy Appalachia changes name to Ascent Resources, raises $1.4 billion

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    American Energy Appalachia Holdings LLC said it will change its name to Ascent Resources and expects to be fully independent from its founding company, American Energy Partners, by the end of the year.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission judge says no to replacing OG&E's Mustang plant in $1.1 billion compliance case

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    The administrative law judge who presided over a month-long case to recover $1.1 billion from Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. customers has recommended against pre-approval for replacing the utility’s aging Mustang plant. The administrative law judge’s report goes to the three-person Corporation Commission, which has the final vote in the case.

  • U.S. rig count falls but holds steady in Oklahoma

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    The nation’s rig count fell again this week by seven rigs and now stands at 868, down 55 percent from its 2014 high. The rig count in Oklahoma remained at 106, oilfield services firm Baker Hughes Inc. said in its weekly report.

  • Jobless rates inch up in Oklahoma City, Tulsa areas

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    The unemployment rate rose in Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas and was unchanged in Lawton, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Wednesday.

  • Oklahoma Panhandle electric cooperative embarks on community solar project

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Hooker-based Tri-County Electric Cooperative said it will build a one-megawatt community solar project in the Oklahoma Panhandle after its members expressed an interest in adding renewable energy.

  • Lower oil prices drive questions on Oklahoma energy companies

    BY PAUL MONIES, ADAM WILMOTH | Updated: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    The NewsOK Energy team hosted their monthly chat Wednesday to discuss oil and gas updates and Oklahoma energy companies. Below is an unedited transcript from the chat.

  • OGE Energy names Sean Trauschke as CEO; Enable Midstream CEO resigns

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    Oklahoma City energy companies made several changes in their executive suites Monday, as OGE Energy Corp. named Sean Trauschke as CEO. Meanwhile, Enable Midstream Partners LP is looking for a new CEO as Lynn Bourdon stepped down. Former OGE Energy CEO Pete Delaney will be interim CEO of Enable as it looks for a replacement for Bourdon.

  • Energy companies add two drilling rigs in Oklahoma, survey finds

    BY PAUL MONIES, Business Writer | Published: Sat, May 30, 2015

    Energy companies are cautiously expanding drilling in Oklahoma as the state added two more rigs in the last week, Baker Hughes reported in its weekly rig count Friday.

  • Gov. Mary Fallin signs bill preventing Oklahoma cities from enacting drilling bans

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Sat, May 30, 2015

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday signed Senate Bill 809, which stops local governments from enacting bans on oil and gas drilling. The action comes as officials in Stillwater continue to work on an update to the city’s oil and gas drilling code.

  • SandRidge provides detail on financial transactions to enhance liquidity

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    SandRidge Energy Inc. on Friday explained some of the financial transactions it took this week to enhance its liquidity and credit profile in the wake of lower oil prices.

Paul Tue, Sep. 01 2015 05:19:31 PM CST RT @AP_Sports: 2 members of Kansas City Royals have chickenpox; AL Central leaders worried about spread #MLB http://
Paul Tue, Sep. 01 2015 04:25:34 PM CST @Leigh_Afrika @PasteMagazine @Trevornoah @TheDailyShow It's what I learned, too. :-)
Paul Tue, Sep. 01 2015 04:24:52 PM CST RT @UpstreamOnline: Opec insiders 'surprised' at article impact: PR publication cited for big jump in oil price on Monday, but exc... http:
Paul Tue, Sep. 01 2015 04:17:07 PM CST @McNeill_Tweets To be fair, that's to be expected when you bash through the wall like the Kool-Aid Man saying "Data, oh yeah."
Paul Tue, Sep. 01 2015 03:58:37 PM CST That's the correct way, right, @Leigh_Afrika?
Paul Tue, Sep. 01 2015 01:48:30 PM CST Lower natural gas prices mean bill reduction for @OGandE electricity customers. $OGE
Paul Tue, Sep. 01 2015 01:43:17 PM CST RT @EnergyFC: We're thinking about the 2016 Season and we need your input: During the summer months, should home games begin at 7pm or 8pm?
Paul Tue, Sep. 01 2015 01:42:38 PM CST @EnergyFC I'd prefer 8, but I understand the concerns of parents. Tough call.
Paul Tue, Sep. 01 2015 01:41:02 PM CST RT @DebGH: Excellent primer by @kevinmgoldberg. Can news orgs using drone images? "Yes," "no," and "maybe."
Paul Tue, Sep. 01 2015 01:33:26 PM CST RT @NewsOKPolitics: Oklahoma attorney general seeks state-level Iran sanctions
Paul Tue, Sep. 01 2015 10:19:56 AM CST RT @profkrg: Journalists, please take 10 minutes to complete my research survey on journalism and trauma. Thank you!
Paul Tue, Sep. 01 2015 07:51:19 AM CST Excited to see where this goes. Good luck, @nondocmedia.
Paul Tue, Sep. 01 2015 07:45:57 AM CST RT @stevelackmeyer: Dallas developer says he has contract for Oklahoma City's First National Center
Paul Tue, Sep. 01 2015 07:45:26 AM CST Three-day spree drives oil price up, but market may not sustain trend. (by @awilmoth)
Paul Mon, Aug. 31 2015 05:36:05 PM CST RT @osborneja: Texas Railroad Commission clears XTO on earthquakes near Azle | @DMNbiz
Paul Mon, Aug. 31 2015 03:36:25 PM CST @joewertz You had a chance to ask him at yesterday's @FOIoklahoma board meeting. Oh, wait...
Paul Mon, Aug. 31 2015 12:55:50 PM CST Faff and fallout: The next president will have to decide what to do about radioactive waste (via @TheEconomist)
Paul Mon, Aug. 31 2015 11:48:10 AM CST RT @OKMScott: Apparently, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is now answering theological questions.
Paul Mon, Aug. 31 2015 11:25:34 AM CST RT @JCChron: Markets are really excited about OPEC maybe, finally taking a break. Brent is above $52, and WTI is above $48.…
Paul Mon, Aug. 31 2015 11:23:27 AM CST ICYMI: Oklahoma Corporation Commission reviews other states' opt-outs for smart meters in @PSOklahoma case. $AEP