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.

  • EPA plan for power plant carbon dioxide cuts draw reliability concerns in Oklahoma

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Proposed federal rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions at electric power plants could affect reliability in the regional grid, policymakers and industry officials heard at a meeting organized by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

  • Major transmission line planned across Oklahoma, Arkansas receives federal approval for sales

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved plans to sell capacity on a $2 billion, 700-mile electricity transmission line that would take wind energy from the Oklahoma Panhandle to Tennessee. If it clears several more regulatory hurdles, the Plains and Eastern Clean Line could be in operation by 2018.

  • Oklahoma credit card users complain to federal regulators less than national average

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    An analysis of complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2013 found Oklahoma residents complained about their credit card companies at half the rate of the national average.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy sets meeting to discuss new solar, wind bill

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy is organizing a meeting in September to study how to implement Senate Bill 1456, which allows utilities to set up a new category of customers with rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission approves wind farm study

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    The Oklahoma Corporation Commission will study wind farm siting, decommissioning and landowner notification in the coming months as part of a notice of inquiry requested by the Legislature.

  • Oklahoma oil production could surpass California, Alaska

    BY PAUL MONIES, ADAM WILMOTH and JAY F. MARKS | Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    Our NewsOK Energy team chatted with readers Tuesday about fracking. 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. Our NewsOK Energy team will be logging on at 10 a.m., but you can start submitting your questions now. Jay Marks 9:56 a.m. We're still about 5 minutes from getting underway, but we've already got a few questions in the queue. Keep them coming. Jay Marks 9:59 a.m.

  • Out of options, OG&E must comply with federal environmental rules

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. fought a federal plan to reduce coal emissions that affected visibility at national parks and wilderness areas. Now the utility wants to spend $1.1 billion under a plan to comply with environmental rules and to replace an old natural gas plant. Residential customers could see increases on their monthly bills starting in 2015 if Oklahoma regulators approve OG&E’s plan.

  • OG&E faces compressed environmental compliance deadlines

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. must meet major environmental deadlines in 2016 and 2019 and plans to spend $1.1 billion to install emissions-control devices and replace its aging Mustang plant. The costs could increase residential customer bills 15 percent by 2019.

  • Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. files $1.1 billion application for environmental compliance, replacement natural gas plant

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    OG&E’s residential customers could see their monthly bills rise 15 percent by 2019 under a plan filed Wednesday with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. The utility wants to begin collecting the compliance charges in 2015.

  • Oklahoma tower company cited in West Virginia accident

    BY PAUL MONIES, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Hulbert-based S&S Communication Specialists Inc. faces fines totaling $14,000 in the February deaths of three people who died following a tower collapse in West Virginia.

  • Oklahoma attorney general, 11 others sue EPA over proposed carbon rules

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has joined attorneys general in 11 other states challenging EPA rules proposed in June to limit carbon dioxide emissions from electric power plants.

  • Oklahoma begins posting information about Bakken oil train shipments

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    After initially denying public inspection of reports about rail shipments of oil from the fast-growing Bakken shale formation, Oklahoma’s clearinghouse for emergency response information began posting weekly general information about the oil shipments Monday.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission streamlines meetings after strategic review

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    The three-member Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which regulates industries from oil and gas to utilities and trucking, has been meeting fewer times but has issued more orders, commission statistics show.

  • 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.

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