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.

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  • Most ONG customers to see bill increase under proposed rate settlement

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    Oklahoma Natural Gas filed for a $16 million increase in rates with Oklahoma regulators in March. A proposed settlement in the case would give the utility a rate increase of $13.7 million. For most residential customers, the increase would mean an extra $1.52 per month on the service charge portion of their bills.

  • Offshore and onshore wind farms can coexist, attorney says

    Updated: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    Jennifer Ivester Berry, a director with Crowe & Dunlevy in the firm’s energy and natural resources practice group, discusses the development of offshore wind farms.

  • New EPA rules could lead to higher electricity bills

    BY PAUL MONIES and JAY F. MARKS | Updated: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    Our NewsOK Energy team chatted with readers Tuesday about new EPA rules.

  • Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. upgrades may bring substantial rate increase

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    Faced with deadlines for several federal emissions regulations in the next several years, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. filed an update to the planning documents required by state regulators. The cost estimates for compliance aren’t yet finalized, but OG&E expects customer bills will increase by 15 to 20 percent beginning in 2019.

  • Federal government charges Oklahoma telephone company, its owner and vendor with fraud

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    Fake customer names and certification documents are at the center of a $25 million scheme by Icon Telecom Inc., its owner and a vendor to defraud the Lifeline telephone program for low-income households, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • Data: Oklahoma Power Plants Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Paul Monies | Updated: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    The Environmental Protection Agency released proposed rules Monday to cut emissions of greenhouse gases 30 percent from electric power plants by 2030. You can read more about how the proposed rules affect Oklahoma in today’s The Oklahoman. Here’s how Oklahoma’s electric power plants stack up for greenhouse gas emissions from 2010 to 2012. The data […]

  • EPA plan for carbon emissions draws cautious optimism from Oklahoma officials, utilities

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    The Environmental Protection Agency released plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030 from electric generation plants. The agency, whose plan drew criticism from some Oklahoma politicians, said it will try to offer flexible options for states to comply.

  • Injection well operator in Logan County earthquake zone agrees to additional monitoring

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, May 29, 2014

    Slawson Exploration Co. Inc. will work with regulators at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to provide additional well data for a wastewater injection well in an area with recent earthquake activity. The commission approved Slawson’s permit on Thursday.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission decides against increase in rate for Oklahoma Universal Service Fund

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, May 29, 2014

    The rate used to subsidize Internet service for schools, libraries and hospitals won’t be increased in the near term after a 2-1 vote on Thursday. The Oklahoma Universal Service Fund reimburses telephone companies for providing Internet services, although the costs are passed on to most telephone customers.

  • Renewable energy advocates, politicians get ready for upcoming carbon dioxide rules for power plants

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, May 28, 2014

    Federal rules for cutting greenhouse gas emissions at electric power plants are expected to be released next week. Wind and solar associations are making their arguments in how their industries can help reduce emissions, while states put forth their analyses on how to best implement the regulations.

  • Osage County wind projects split neighbors and families

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, May 27, 2014

    Two wind farms planned for Osage County have already drawn opposition from the Osage Nation, but now face a coalition of conservationists and landowers. But project supporters said the lease payments and tax revenue from the wind farms will benefit the county.

  • Legislative leaders ask Oklahoma Corporation Commission to study wind farm siting

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, May 21, 2014

    After a proposed moratorium on wind farm developments in the eastern part of the state stalled, lawmakers are asking regulators at the Corporation Commission to hold hearings into wind farm siting and decommissioning.

  • OGE executives tout financial results at annual meeting, answer shareholder questions on coal, solar power

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, May 16, 2014

    OGE Energy Corp., the parent company of Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co., held its 112th annual meeting in Oklahoma City on Thursday. Executives answered questions from shareholders and discussed the company’s financial results.

  • Environmental groups ask EPA to regulate emissions from oil, gas wells

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, May 14, 2014

    A coalition of environmental groups want the Environmental Protection Agency to come up with regulations that will reduce toxic emissions from wells and equipment from oil and gas drilling.

  • Tennessee lawmakers question TVA over electric transmission line from Oklahoma

    Paul Monies | Published: Wed, May 14, 2014

    Concerns over eminent domain and the ongoing fight over renewal of the wind production tax credit have pulled a Clean Line Energy Partners’ transmission project into the spotlight in Congress.

  • Drilling tax still up for debate in Oklahoma

    BY PAUL MONIES, ADAM WILMOTH and JAY F. MARKS | Updated: Tue, May 13, 2014

    Our NewsOK Energy team chatted with readers Tuesday about a drilling tax. 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 companies and developments across the state. Below is an unedited transcript of Tuesday's chat. NewsOK 9:35 a.m. Good morning. We'll get started at 10 a.m., but you can start submitting your questions now. Paul Monies 9:59 a.m. Good morning. Paul Monies 10:00 a.m. Let's get started here. I'm your moderator, Paul Monies. I cover renewable energy and

  • Oklahoma juvenile offenders learn about wind turbines, machining skills

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, May 2, 2014

    A new program among three state agencies helps youthful offenders learn some skills to build upon once they leave state custody. Several teens from the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center learned about wind turbines and manufacturing in a partnership with their local CareerTech and the Department of Rehabilitation Services.

  • Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. will present environmental compliance plans by summer

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, May 2, 2014

    Faced with new and existing federal emissions regulations, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. said it would detail its plans for environmental compliance this summer. Many of the costs, estimated at more than $1 billion, could be passed on to consumers.

  • Newly public Oklahoma City-based Enable Midstream reports higher earnings

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, May 1, 2014

    Oklahoma City’s Enable Midstream Partners LP said its profits rose 24 percent in the first quarter before its initial public offering.

  • U.S. Supreme Court ruling on emissions could affect Oklahoma coal plants

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 29, 2014

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled the Environmental Protection Agency was within its powers to set up rules on emissions from power plants that affect communities in other states. That could impact coal-powered plants in Oklahoma.




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