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 environmental regulator acted appropriately in regional haze settlement, official says

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Oklahoma Secretary of State Chris Benge was asked to review the implementation of a settlement reached by Public Service Co. of Oklahoma that would phase out the utility’s coal units in the state. Labor Commissioner Mark Costello had questioned whether the Department of Environmental Quality properly followed the rules when it put the settlement in place.

  • Demand likely to keep oil prices from getting too low

    BY PAUL MONIES, ADAM WILMOTH and JAY F. MARKS | Updated: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Our NewsOK Energy team chatted with readers Tuesday about oil prices. 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 9:41 a.m. Good morning! We'll get started with our energy chat at 10 a.m., but you can start submitting questions now. Paul Monies 9:50 a.m. We're about 10 minutes out, but eager for your questions... Jay F. Marks 9:51 a.m. Don't be shy. Any energy-related topic (within reason) is fair game.

  • Confusion on signature deadlines scuttles Oklahoma referendum petition on solar law

    BY PAUL MONIES, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    Backers of a referendum petition to give voters a say in a new state law for distributed generation users said they received bad advice on a deadline to get signatures to the Oklahoma secretary of state. Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co., which backed Senate Bill 1456, asked for clarification on the conflicts between deadlines in state law and the Oklahoma constitution.

  • EPA proposal for carbon dioxide rules dominates planning for Oklahoma's electric cooperatives

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    Proposed rules to limit carbon dioxide emissions from electric power plants will have a big effect on rural electric cooperatives, industry representatives told members of Oklahoma’s Western Farmers Electric Cooperative on Tuesday.

  • Technology review: iPhone 6 rekindles excitement for early iPhone user

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    iPhone users upgrading from older models will find lots to like with the newest version, iPhone 6. Apple started selling two new models last week.

  • Oklahoma Natural Gas receives high marks in J.D. Power survey

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

    For the third year, Oklahoma Natural Gas took the top spot in its regional category for customer satisfaction from J.D. Power.

  • It's head versus heart for voters in Scotland's independence referendum, Oklahoma resident says

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

    Scot who lives in Oklahoma City awaits Scotland’s decision on whether to dissolve the country’s 307-year union with England and the rest of the United Kingdom.

  • Oklahoma City, Tulsa metro economic growth paces jump ahead of national average

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

    Oklahoma’s two largest metropolitan areas recorded annual growth at double the rate of most other metro areas in the nation last year, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said Tuesday.

  • Fairness needed for new Oklahoma utility rates for rooftop solar, small wind users, panel hears

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    Under Senate Bill 1456, regulated electric utilities can apply to create a new customer class for users of rooftop solar panels and small wind turbines. Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy held the first of several meetings Thursday to discuss implementation of the law.

  • As Oklahoma wind industry matures, some call for greater regulation

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Ideas for possible regulation on wind farm siting and notification were discussed Thursday at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission meetings to study wind, solar issues

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    A pair of meetings will be held Thursday at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in Oklahoma City to discuss siting and setback issues with industrial wind farms.

  • Oklahoma still attractive to drillers

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

    Our NewsOK Energy team chatted with readers Tuesday about drilling. 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 9:34 a.m. Good morning. We'll get started with our energy chat at 10 a.m., but you can start submitting your questions now. NewsOK Sports 9:59 a.m. Hello. Let's get started in a few. Paul Monies 9:59 a.m. OK. Correct name now. Paul Monies 10:02 a.m. OK, folks.

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court declines to reopen telephone case tainted by corruption

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Former customers of Southwestern Bell wanted the Oklahoma Supreme Court to set aside an earlier decision that forbid review of a Corporation Commission case that involved the vote of a bribed commissioner. Justices voted Monday not to reopen the case from 1989.

  • Online home-improvement network Porch among businesses highlighted at Oklahoma's Confluence conference

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    Joanna Lord, vice president of marketing for Seattle-based startup Porch, will be the keynote speaker at the Confluence conference Saturday in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District. The conference, in its second year, includes panels with filmmakers, marketers, journalists and other professionals using social media to build their audiences and businesses.

  • Consumer choice, flexibility key to dealing with rising electric bills

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    New federal environmental rules, transmission upgrades and reliability guidelines likely will increase electricity bills in the next few years, but consumers can benefit from technology and energy efficiency, panelists said at the Governor’s Energy Conference in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma regulators respond to labor commissioner on PSO environmental plan

    BY PAUL MONIES, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality officials said the agency properly implemented a settlement for Public Service Co. of Oklahoma to deal with federal visibility rules. The process was questioned by Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, who said DEQ didn’t get the approval of the Legislature and the governor.

  • Grand River Dam Authority signs contract for more wind generation in Oklahoma

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    The Grand River Dam Authority in Oklahoma has signed a 20-year contract to take 100 megawatts of wind capacity from Apex Clean Energy Inc.’s Kay County wind farm.

  • Federal government plans to close Indiahoma Job Corps center in southwestern Oklahoma

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The Labor Department said a performance review of Job Corps centers across the country found the Treasure Lake center in Indiahoma, in southwestern Oklahoma, had the lowest scores and would be closed.

  • Landowners file lawsuit against planned Oklahoma wind farm

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Landowners in central Oklahoma concerned about a wind farm planned by Apex Clean Energy Inc. want a federal judge to stop the development, claiming the turbines will affect their health and property values. A regional trade group for wind developers called the lawsuit frivolous and said similar cases have failed in other courts.

  • Attorneys general say federal regulators post incomplete data on proposed carbon dioxide rules

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is among 13 attorneys general who wrote a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency. The group took issue with how EPA came up with its proposed rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions from electric power plants.




Paul Today at 3:03 PM Oh dear. Pretty sure they meant decades. From the newspaper in my East Texas hometown. LINK
Paul Fri, Dec. 19 2014 10:39:27 PM CST @sportstoons Wow. That would be great. Thank you so much!
Paul Fri, Dec. 19 2014 08:25:10 PM CST RT @NewsOKEnergy: Oklahoma regulators hear arguments on @PSOklahoma's $133M smart meter plan. (by @pmonies) LINK on @News…
Paul Fri, Dec. 19 2014 11:44:31 AM CST Some #latertweets from @awilmoth at last night's #HefnerDrilling meetings. LINK Story: LINK #NewsOK
Paul Fri, Dec. 19 2014 09:24:17 AM CST @sportstoons @russwest44 @KDTrey5 Love this. Do you make prints for sale?
Paul Fri, Dec. 19 2014 08:06:35 AM CST @McNeill_Tweets Meanwhile, this: LINK
Paul Fri, Dec. 19 2014 07:35:29 AM CST RT @Mecoy: Oklahoma Corporation Commission hears arguments on $133 million PSO plan to install smart meters LINK
Paul Fri, Dec. 19 2014 07:27:46 AM CST @jacobofark Also, most folks don't make distinction between drilling and fracking and disposal wells. They use "fracking" as catch-all term.
Paul Fri, Dec. 19 2014 07:25:16 AM CST @jacobofark That was among many concerns. Even normally pro-drilling folks at meeting seemed upset at why that lake location is an option.
Paul Fri, Dec. 19 2014 07:23:23 AM CST That @tulsaworld editorial is so mad, it doesn't even mention @TheLostOgle by name. LINK
Paul Fri, Dec. 19 2014 07:17:35 AM CST Oklahoma Supreme Court's executive privilege ruling tears a giant hole in state’s important #transparency law. LINK #FOI
Paul Fri, Dec. 19 2014 06:56:28 AM CST Part 3 in @EricLiptonNYT series on attorneys general focuses on Dem AGs and trial attorneys. LINK LINK
Paul Fri, Dec. 19 2014 06:32:50 AM CST @jacobofark Yep. It was a rowdy public meeting. Overflow crowds and city officials seemed caught off guard by level of interest.
Paul Fri, Dec. 19 2014 06:29:19 AM CST RT @jkuhnhenn: US tapped contractors to do its sneaky work in Cuba. (from @AP's @jackgillum and @desmondbutler LINK
Paul Fri, Dec. 19 2014 06:13:47 AM CST Hundreds turn out to hear #oil company's proposal to drill at Oklahoma City's Lake Hefner. LINK #HefnerDrilling #OKC
Paul Fri, Dec. 19 2014 01:03:21 AM CST RT @RobertFaturechi: Not just Republicans. @EricLiptonNYT's stunning series turns to coziness between Dem AGs and plaintiff's attorneys htt…
Paul Fri, Dec. 19 2014 12:51:50 AM CST RT @nycjim: Today’s best story: Texas plumber baffled after his truck ends up in hands of Syrian rebels. LINK LINK
Paul Fri, Dec. 19 2014 12:27:08 AM CST @OKenergybeat @jmonies @WeeMonies Thanks! I wondered who did that. Looks very interesting.
Paul Thu, Dec. 18 2014 11:46:42 PM CST RT @julianakeeping: Oklahoma seeks to snuff out Colorado marijuana sales LINK
Paul Thu, Dec. 18 2014 11:44:29 PM CST Picked up some new tunes in the CD grab at work. #YesIStillListenToCompactDisks LINK