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.

  • Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission hearing covers marking of wind-speed towers

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Jan 1, 2015

    New regulations for the marking and registration of towers that measure wind speeds were discussed Wednesday at a public hearing by the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. The proposed rules are meant to help crop dusters and other low-flying aircraft identify the towers, which have been involved in several aviation accidents.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission chairman will add administrative responsibility

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    Chairman Bob Anthony will also be interim administrator of the agency as it searches for a successor to its outgoing director.

  • Amid falling oil prices, Harold Hamm finds fault with divorce judgment

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    Billionaire oilman Harold Hamm, founder and CEO of Continental Resources Inc., has filed his response to an appeal by his ex-wife in their divorce case.

  • Oil plunge, evolving Oklahoma City skyline top business stories in 2014

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    Earthquakes, dropping energy prices, rattle Oklahomans in 2014 while downtown Oklahoma City grows.

  • The Oklahoman staffers share some holiday memories from their native countries

    By Clytie Bunyan, Staff Writers | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Clytie Bunyan, a native of Trinidad & Tobago, in the Caribbean, and Paul Monies, a native of Scotland at the northern part of the United Kingdom in Europe, share memories of the holidays in their homelands.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission hears arguments on $133 million PSO plan to install smart meters

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    AARP Oklahoma objected to a proposed settlement at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission that would allow Public Service Co. of Oklahoma to charge customers $3 per month for the installation of smart meters.

  • Oklahoma City residents express concerns about oil drilling plan for Lake Hefner

    BY PAUL MONIES, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Hundreds of residents turned out to presentations Thursday night by city officials and representatives of Pedestal Oil Co. Inc., which wants to drill on the south shore of Lake Hefner.

  • Oklahoma City residents worried about Lake Hefner oil drilling proposal bring concerns to water trust

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Several residents worried about an oil company’s proposal to drill on the southern shore of Oklahoma City’s Lake Hefner turned out Tuesday to a regular meeting of the city’s water trust.

  • Choctaw Electric Co-op members deliver petition to replace board

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    After the firing of the former CEO and general manager of Choctaw Electric Cooperative, a group of concerned members have delivered enough petitions to recall the Oklahoma co-op’s board, whom they accuse of poor oversight.

  • Oil company proposes drilling at Oklahoma City's Lake Hefner

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    Pedestal Oil Co. Inc. has proposed to drill on the southern edge of Lake Hefner, according to a draft proposal received by city water trust officials. A public meeting on the company’s plans is set for Thursday evening in Oklahoma City.

  • Federal officials release draft report on Plains and Eastern Clean Line transmission project

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    The federal Energy Department issued its draft environmental impact statement Friday on the Plains and Eastern Clean Line, a high-voltage, direct current transmission line that will take electricity from the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles and ship it to Tennessee and utilities in the southeast.

  • GRDA approves $297 million contract for new natural gas unit, raise for CEO

    Paul Monies | Updated: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    The Grand River Dam Authority has approved a $297 million contract for a new natural gas unit at its generating plant near Chouteau, part of a $450 million upgrade to deal with environmental regulations. The authority’s board approved the contract, which includes $50 million for a 495-megawatt Mitsubishi J-series gas turbine, at its meeting Wednesday, […]

  • Sliding oil prices continue to ding Oklahoma energy stocks

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Oil’s continued slide affected Oklahoma energy stocks again Wednesday, as several companies stock prices reached lows for the year.

  • GE sets annual shareholder meeting for Oklahoma City

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    General Electric Co. said Tuesday its 2015 shareholder meeting will be held in Oklahoma City, site of the company’s new oil and gas research center.

  • Low oil prices could hurt Oklahoma’s economy

    BY PAUL MONIES, ADAM WILMOTH and JAY F. MARKS | Updated: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    NewsOK energy reporters chatted with readers Tuesday morning about low oil prices in Oklahoma. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat. NewsOK 9:28 a.m. Good morning! We'll get started with our energy chat at 10 a.m., but you can start submitting your questions now. Paul Monies 9:29 a.m. Keep the questions coming! Paul Monies 9:47 a.m. We're about 15 minutes away. Get your questions in. We can talk oil prices, natural gas, EPA, whatever's on your mind. Paul Monies 10:01 a.m. OK, folks we're about to get started here. I'm your moderator, Paul Monies.

  • How the Top Workplaces in Oklahoma were determined

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    The Oklahoman partnered with Philadelphia-based WorkplaceDynamics, the employee survey firm, to determine the state’s Top Workplaces. Beginning in June, The Oklahoman ran articles and advertisements encouraging employees in the region to nominate their companies as Top Workplaces. WorkplaceDynamics then invited those companies, as well as other organizations in the state, to participate in the program. Anyone could nominate a company. The only requirement was that the organization employs at least 35 people in Oklahoma. The company could be public, private, nonprofit or governmental. To pick the Top Workplaces, WorkplaceDynamics went straight to the experts — the employees. In total, the firm invited 959

  • Top Workplaces: Chicken fingers and cowbells get high marks for Raising Cane's

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    For employees at restaurant chain Raising Cane’s, it’s all about “One Love.” And more cowbell.

  • Oklahoma wind speed tower rules out for public comment

    Paul Monies | Published: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Wind developers and others using small towers to measure wind speed will come under new regulations being finalized by the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. In May, Gov. Mary Fallin signed House Bill 3348. The bill is intended to help small plane pilots locate meteorological evaluation towers, or METs, across the state. (Fallin vetoed an earlier version […]

  • Wind: Federal production tax credit debate continues

    Paul Monies | Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    I’m almost hesitant to post any updates on the possibility of a renewal or extension of the federal production tax credit for wind energy. It’s turned into such a political football in Washington that I’m sure those on both sides of the debate get tired chasing it at times. In any case, the House of […]

  • Oklahoma regulators, officials not happy with EPA carbon dioxide plan

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    A federal proposal to cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from power plants gets a chilly reception from Oklahoma regulators and officials, based on comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Paul Thu, Feb. 26 2015 10:33:42 PM CST RT @Mecoy: OG&E faces big year before state regulators, whose actions could boost electric bills significantly LINK
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Paul Thu, Feb. 26 2015 07:11:59 AM CST Oil industry's short-term future remains unclear, executives say at #OKC energy conference LINK (by @awilmoth) #DUGMidcon
Paul Thu, Feb. 26 2015 07:04:48 AM CST Oklahoma seismologists scramble to process data from monitoring stations, energy industry. LINK #okquake #earthquakes
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Paul Wed, Feb. 25 2015 10:37:22 PM CST RT @ClaudiaHD45: Rep. Mike Christian amended my bill in committee and completely warped the original intent of the legislation.
Paul Wed, Feb. 25 2015 10:37:17 PM CST RT @ClaudiaHD45: HB 1361 will not be heard in its current form on the House Floor. The bill in its current form is not my bill that I origi…
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Paul Wed, Feb. 25 2015 02:28:25 PM CST Consumer groups urge OK regulators to drop @OGandE Mustang plant modernization out of $1.1B environmental case. LINK
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