Paul Monies
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.


  • Federal regulators file complaint against Oklahoma City company

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    The Federal Trade Commission said Your Yellow Book sent false invoices for unwanted ads in an online business directory to numerous customers across the country.

  • OG&E presents plan for future generation, environmental compliance

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. presented an update to its planning document Wednesday that expects residential customer bills to rise 15 percent by 2019. The increases would pay for environmental upgrades to coal units at one plant and switching to natural gas at another plant.

  • Rural telephone companies seek funding from Oklahoma's phone fee fund

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    A reduction in support from federal programs is leading rural phone companies to tap the Oklahoma Universal Service Fund to help pay for basic phone services. Several wireless companies oppose the reimbursements made under the state’s “make-whole” law.

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court referee hears arguments to reopen 1989 telephone case

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Consumers who contend a 1989 case involving Southwestern Bell was tainted by bribery want the Oklahoma Supreme Court to reopen the case after they filed a class-action lawsuit.

  • Old Southwestern Bell rate case is back before Oklahoma Supreme Court

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Two customers of the former Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. have filed a class-action lawsuit to reopen an Oklahoma Corporation Commission case decided in 1989.

  • Aubrey McClendon selected to manage second energy investment firm

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    Oklahoma City’s Aubrey McClendon is teaming up with another group of real estate investors to buy oil and gas assets. Energy 11 LP of Fort Worth, Texas, filed paperwork Thursday to raise up to $2 billion.

  • Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. tops J.D. Power customer satisfaction rankings in region for second year

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    J.D. Power ranked Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. No. 1 in the south region among large electric utilities in its latest report on customer satisfaction. Public Service Co. Oklahoma came in at No. 23 among medium-size electric utilities.

  • Oklahoma labor commissioner raises concerns about PSO haze settlement

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello said he thinks state environmental officials didn’t properly follow the rules when they put a settlement on regional haze into effect.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission gets ready for public input on wind, solar issues

    BY PAUL MONIES, Business Writer | Updated: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Staff at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission are finalizing details on a proposed notice of inquiry to gather public comments on industrial wind farm developments. The meetings also will include suggestions on how to establish a new customer class for electric utilities for users of rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines.

  • Oklahoma may reverse course on oil train shipment disclosures

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    After previously determining information should be withheld about trains carrying oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shale formation, Oklahoma officials want to revise confidentiality agreements they signed with the railroads.

  • Oklahoma residents get ready to circulate petition to overturn solar and wind bill

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Oklahoma residents unhappy with a recently passed state law that would allow electric utilities to set up a new customer class for solar and small wind turbine users want to gather signatures to repeal the law.

  • Flaring rule not likely to impact Continental in North Dakota

    BY PAUL MONIES, ADAM WILMOTH and JAY F. MARKS | Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Our NewsOK Energy team chatted with readers Tuesday about Oklahoma energy and oil and gas companies. You can join our energy Q&A’s on the second Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. and submit your questions about energy developments across the state. Below is an unedited transcript of Tuesday's chat. NewsOK 9:30 a.m. Good morning. Our energy team will be logging on at 10 a.m., but you can start submitting your questions now. Paul Monies 9:56 a.m. We'll be getting started in about five minutes. Paul Monies 10:04 a.m. OK. Let's get started. I'm your moderator, Paul Monies.

  • Oklahoma officials agree to railroad demands to keep oil train shipments secret

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    The federal government has ordered railroads to share information with state and local first responders about shipments of oil from the fast-growing Bakken formation in North Dakota. Some states, including Oklahoma, have agreed to railroad demands to keep the information confidential, but others are providing it to the public.

  • Oklahoma energy stocks lead the way in first half of 2014

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    After a scare in the first quarter, stocks have rebounded and continued their impressive run. Among Oklahoma’s publicly traded companies, most posted gains in the first half of the year.

  • Telephone regulators worried about Oklahoma fund paid to rural carriers

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    Oklahoma telephone companies serving high-cost and rural areas with affordable service are seeing federal subsidies cut, but they can make up the difference under a state law an Oklahoma Corporation commissioner said is outdated. The money for the Oklahoma Universal Service Fund comes from fees on telephone customer bills.

  • Oklahoma customers share health, privacy, cost concerns over PSO smart-meter plan

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Public Service Co. of Oklahoma wants to install 520,000 smart meters across its customer base by the end of 2016. Some residents came to a public hearing at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to share their concerns over health and privacy.

  • Oklahoma elections: Todd Hiett beats Cliff Branan in GOP Oklahoma Corporation Commission primary

    BY PAUL MONIES, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Former House Speaker Todd Hiett, of Kellyville, beat term-limited state Sen. Cliff Branan on Tuesday evening in the GOP primary for Oklahoma Corporation Commission. No Democrats or independents filed for the post, so Hiett will take office in January.

  • Public Service Co. of Oklahoma rate settlement for smart meters would total $24 million

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    Electric customers of Public Service Co. of Oklahoma would see their monthly bills rise by about $3 under a proposed rate case settlement. Much of the money would be used to complete the rollout of smart meters to PSO customers.

  • GOP primary for Oklahoma Corporation Commission post turns negative

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    Candidates for a post on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission have released dueling commercials over service on a bank board and legislative ratings from the Oklahoma Sierra Club.

  • Republican voters to decide Oklahoma Corporation Commission race

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    No Democrats filed for the post, so Republican voters will get to choose between former House Speaker Todd Hiett and Sen. Cliff Branan in the June 24 primary.




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