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.

Top Stories

  • Outlook 2014: Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s presence on social media grows

    BY PAUL MONIES, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 27, 2014

    In the four years since Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.’s first tweet, the electric utility’s social media presence — including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn — has grown to include not just storm and outage updates but consumer tips, safety advice and contests.

  • PSO customers to see 6 percent increase on electric bills

    Published: Sat, Apr 26, 2014

    Electric utility Public Service Co. of Oklahoma said higher costs of natural gas for its generating plants will lead to a higher fuel-cost adjustment from its customers. The typical residential customer will pay almost $6 more per month beginning in May, PSO said Friday.

  • Solar spin and the future of distributed generation in Oklahoma

    Paul Monies | Published: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

    It’s been a wild week for those who follow renewable energy in Oklahoma.

  • ONG requests nearly $2 hike to average monthly bill

    By Paul Monies, BusinessWriter | Published: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

    The utility said infrastructure investments and higher business costs are affecting the returns allowed by regulators at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. If approved, most customers will see higher service charges, although total bills could be lower than 2010 because of continued low natural gas prices.

  • Oklahoma wind farm opponents tally state incentives for wind developers

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    A group of landowners who want additional regulations on wind farm developments said Monday it estimated the wind industry receives up to $193 million in state tax incentives. Representatives from the wind industry said developers have spent more than $6 billion in Oklahoma in the last decade, helping local schools and landowners.

  • Gov. Mary Fallin signs distributed generation bill

    Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Oklahoma Fallin signed a bill that would allow regulated electric utilities to establish a new customer class for users of rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines.

  • Oklahoma electric utilities want higher rate for solar, wind energy producers

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Senate Bill 1456 allows regulated utilities to apply to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to charge a higher base rate to customers who generate solar and wind energy and send their excess power back into the grid. The bill passed the Legislature and is on Gov. Mary Fallin’s desk.

  • Owner, manager of Chandler hospice charged with Medicare fraud in Oklahoma

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

    A federal grand jury has indicted the owner, a general manager and Prairie View Hospice Inc. with 39 counts in a fraud case involving false statements used to gain Medicare reimbursements.

  • Oklahoma House passes solar surcharge bill

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    A bill that would allow regulated electric utilities to impose a surcharge on customers who install rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday.

  • Wind industry project pipeline filling back up in Oklahoma, nation

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

    After a slow start to 2013, wind development plans gained momentum and more than 100 projects were under construction across the country by the end of the year, the American Wind Energy Association said in its annual report.

  • Chesapeake CEO touts company's speed, core assets

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Doug Lawler, Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s CEO, spoke before the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City, discussing the company’s financial strategy and the changes it’s made since he took over in June.

  • Conservative, environmental groups blast solar surcharge bill in Oklahoma

    Paul Monies | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    They aren’t exactly teaming up, but an unlikely coalition of conservative groups, solar advocates and environmentalists are fighting a solar surcharge bill that could be up for a vote today in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

  • Scientists, oil industry still probing earthquake link

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

    NewsOK energy reporters chatted with readers Tuesday morning about the oil industry and earthquakes. Read the complete chat transcript below.

  • Wind power sets records on Oklahoma, Texas electric grids

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

    New transmission projects have eased some of the congestion in the grid after the rapid growth of wind farms in the central United States. Wind set a record last month in the regional transmission organization that serves Oklahoma and eight other states.

  • Wind generation sets records in regional grids for Oklahoma, Texas

    Paul Monies | Updated: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Helped by long-awaited investments in transmission infrastructure and new projects, wind power generation hit new highs last month in the regional grids that serve Oklahoma and Texas.

  • Energy service, infrastructure stocks lead Oklahoma market gains in first quarter

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Companies supporting oil and natural gas drillers had the best performance among Oklahoma stocks in the first quarter, according to The Oklahoman’s review. The broader stock markets were flat for the first three months of the year after a torrid 2013.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder, OG&E team up for renewable energy

    BY PAUL MONIES, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder and Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. expand their partnership under a new agreement to provide the NBA team with renewable energy credits.

  • Oklahoma House committee passes new utility charge for residential solar

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

    Residential and small businesses who install rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines would be assessed a new surcharge for the infrastructure costs needed to feed excess electricity back into the grid. Senate Bill 1456 now goes to the full House for consideration.

  • Solar advocates worry about Oklahoma legislation for surcharge

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    Customers who install solar panels or erect small wind turbines that generate electricity could be subject to an infrastructure surcharge from Oklahoma utilities under a bill pending at the Legislature.

  • State’s jobless rate declines

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writers | Published: Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    Oklahoma’s unemployment rate fell to 5 percent in February — the state’s lowest unemployment rate in more than five years, according to data released Friday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. Unemployment in the state fell 0.2 percentage points to 5 percent in February, making it the state’s lowest unemployment rate since December 2008, said Lynn Gray, chief economist for commission. Employment grew by more than 3,500 in February, according to household survey, while the establishment survey showed a decline of 4,100 jobs for the month. It’s typical for the two surveys to show contradictory results on a month-to-month basis, Gray said.

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