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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  • Agency approves PSO plan for regional haze

    | Updated: Mon, Feb 10, 2014

    The Environmental Protection Agency gave final approval Monday to a settlement that will let Tulsa-based electric utility Public Service Co. of Oklahoma phase out the last of its coal units in the state by 2026. The settlement addresses emissions standards for regional haze at federal parks and wilderness areas.

  • Audit of Oklahoma broadband program for schools and hospitals finds documentation lacking

    Published: Sun, Feb 9, 2014

    A review of the Oklahoma Universal Service Fund program to provide broadband services to schools, libraries and nonprofit hospitals found supporting documentation for the $24 million program was lacking. Officials at the Corporation Commission said they agreed with the audit’s findings and had already started making changes.

  • Rules delayed for CNG fueling station inspections as agencies sort out responsibilities

    | Published: Thu, Feb 6, 2014

    A state law passed last year gave the Oklahoma Corporation Commission authority to inspect retail CNG fueling stations, but rules for those inspections have drawn concern from other state agencies already overseeing parts of the CNG infrastructure and training.

  • Oklahoma Attorney General files suit to intervene in settlement over nitrogen dioxide emissions

    | Published: Wed, Feb 5, 2014

    Saying he wants to protect the state’s interests in any possible settlements between an environmental group and the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed a motion to intervene a case involving implementation deadlines for nitrogen dioxide emissions.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission hears changes to energy efficiency rules for electric utilities

    | Published: Tue, Feb 4, 2014

    Updated rules for energy efficiency programs offered by electric utilities will be finalized later this month after the Oklahoma Corporation Commission heard from participants in a hearing Tuesday.

  • Branan to run for Oklahoma Corporation Commission

    Paul Monies | Updated: Tue, Feb 4, 2014

    State Sen. Cliff Branan, R-Oklahoma City, announced Monday that he will be a candidate for an open seat on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which regulates oil and gas activity, utilities, trucking and other industries.

  • Oklahoma’s ONE Gas begins trading on New York Stock Exchange

    By Paul Monies | Published: Tue, Feb 4, 2014

    ONE Gas, a spinoff of Tulsa’s ONEOK Inc, began trading on Monday as a stand-alone company. The company has 2 million natural gas customers in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.

  • Oklahoma's ONE Gas begins trading on New York Stock Exchange

    | Updated: Mon, Feb 3, 2014

    ONE Gas, a spinoff of Tulsa’s ONEOK Inc, began trading on Monday as a stand-alone company. The company has 2 million natural gas customers in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.

  • Ongoing propane shortage prompts actions by Oklahoma governor, attorney general

    BY PAUL MONIES pmonies@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Feb 1, 2014

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin extended a previous executive order on propane and directed other state officials to expedite applications for a low-income heating assistance program. Attorney General Scott Pruitt said his office will investigate reports of price fixing or unwarranted price increases.

  • Oklahoma, national wind farm construction boom underway with expiration of tax credit

    BY PAUL MONIES pmonies@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 31, 2014

    The expiration of the wind production tax credit led to a record amount of wind capacity under construction by the Dec. 31 deadline. But the wind industry fears another bust if the credit isn't renewed.

  • Oklahoma attorney general, OG&E ask U.S. Supreme Court to review haze ruling

    BY PAUL MONIES pmonies@opubco.com | Updated: Wed, Jan 29, 2014

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. want the U.S. Supreme Court to review lower court rulings on regional haze that went against them last year. They argue the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority in rejecting a state plan to curb emissions causing haze at federal parks and wilderness areas.

  • The Bank of Union fails

    BY PAUL MONIES Business Writer pmonies@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 24, 2014

    Bad loans forced the closure of The Bank of Union, whose assets were sold to BancFirst. The bank will resume normal operations on Saturday, and deposits are fully insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

  • PSO wind contracts should be approved, Oklahoma Corporation Commission judge advises

    BY PAUL MONIES pmonies@opubco.com | Published: Fri, Jan 24, 2014

    Public Service Co. of Oklahoma wants the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to approve three wind contracts for 600 megawatts of electricity from wind farms to be built in the Panhandle and northwestern Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma City's Express Employment Professionals sales top $2.5 billion in 2013

    BY PAUL MONIES pmonies@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Jan 23, 2014

    Oklahoma City-based Express Employment Professionals said it helped 395,000 people find work last year at its 675 offices in three countries.

  • Several Oklahomans weigh Corporation Commission race

    BY PAUL MONIES pmonies@opubco.com | Updated: Tue, Jan 21, 2014

    With Oklahoma state Corporation Commission Chairwoman Patrice Douglas running for Congress, several politicians could be in the running to replace her on the three-person commission, which regulates industries from oil and gas to utilities and tow trucks.

  • Oklahoma electric utility PSO asks for rate increase totaling $45 million

    BY PAUL MONIES Business Writer pmonies@opubco.com | Published: Fri, Jan 17, 2014

    Tulsa-based Public Service Co. of Oklahoma said if regulators approve its request, the typical residential customer would see an increase of almost $4 per month.

  • Tulsa insurance agent accused of scamming Muskogee couple

    BY PAUL MONIES pmonies@opubco.com | Updated: Thu, Jan 16, 2014

    An investigation by the Oklahoma Insurance Department's anti-fraud unit and Muskogee police led to charges against a Tulsa insurance agent.

  • EU ambassador visits Oklahoma to tout proposed free-trade agreement

    BY PAUL MONIES pmonies@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Jan 16, 2014

    The European Union's ambassador to the United States spent part of this week in Oklahoma, talking to state officials and explaining the benefits of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a proposed free-trade agreement between the United States and the EU.

  • Oil taxes to generate plenty of debate

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

    Our NewsOK Energy team chatted with readers Tuesday about oil taxes. 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 9:17 a.m. Good morning! Our energy team will be logging in at 10 a.m., but you can start submitting your questions now. Paul Monies 9:56 a.m. Hello, energy fans. We'll get started in about 5 minutes. I'm joined by Energy Editor Adam Wilmoth and Energy Reporter Jay F. Marks. Paul Monies 9:57 a.m. We've already got a couple of

  • At a glance: Call Okie

    | Updated: Thu, Jan 9, 2014

    At a glance: Call Okie




Paul Sun, Apr. 20 2014 03:44:24 PM CST RT @tulsaworld: 7 years since adding statewide fee, Oklahoma's multi-million-dollar online court records system used by one county - http:/…
Paul Sun, Apr. 20 2014 03:13:07 PM CST RT @YahooSports: Craig Sager's son interviewed Gregg Popovich during #Spurs - #Mavs & Pop had some touching words for his dad (VIDEO): http…
Paul Sun, Apr. 20 2014 02:57:47 PM CST @carriejacobs @bakingal RT @RedditCFB: I don't know why, but I feel better knowing that this exists: #WPS LINK
Paul Sun, Apr. 20 2014 02:36:42 PM CST RT @ItsGPop: SPIRS WIN!
Paul Sun, Apr. 20 2014 02:35:09 PM CST RT @OKenergybeat: Oklahoma electric utilities want higher rate for #solar, #wind producers. (by @pmonies) LINK in @TheOkl…
Paul Sun, Apr. 20 2014 08:05:56 AM CST RT @LFC: #LFC have now guaranteed Champions League football for the 2014-15 season.
Paul Sun, Apr. 20 2014 07:22:30 AM CST What a fantastic run by Sterling! #lfc #YNWA
Paul Sat, Apr. 19 2014 03:00:22 PM CST RT @LivEchoLFC: Blood Red: @JamesPearceEcho on why winning the title would be a bigger miracle than Istanbul LINK http:…
Paul Sat, Apr. 19 2014 02:56:23 PM CST RT @jmonies: Love having @DistrictHouse in the @plazadistrict. Great place to just chill. Nate and Callum agree. cc: @entity LINK
Paul Sat, Apr. 19 2014 10:33:42 AM CST RT @KarlreMarks: Fascinating map that shows what happens when you put lots of red circles next to each other on a map. LINK
Paul Sat, Apr. 19 2014 08:57:12 AM CST For my @okcthunder friends: "Westbrook’s right knee — a hinge upon which so many hopes hinge." LINK
Paul Fri, Apr. 18 2014 10:36:30 PM CST @MeghanHoyer Ha. Yes, I'm under no illusion this will last!
Paul Fri, Apr. 18 2014 09:12:13 PM CST Just hanging out in the Paseo tonight with this guy @picassocafe. #OKC @jmonies LINK
Paul Fri, Apr. 18 2014 11:08:55 AM CST RT @NewsOK: BREAKING: George Kaiser buys Thunder stake LINK
Paul Thu, Apr. 17 2014 05:05:13 PM CST @tulsaworld @johnehoover It's a @Dave_Matter pic of him leaving Columbia, Mo. RE https://t.co/sBcYj7ajHy
Paul Thu, Apr. 17 2014 04:49:35 PM CST Might need to rewrite this... MT @WSJNY: Chelsea Clinton revealed she's having a baby at a Lower Eastside Girls Club.
Paul Thu, Apr. 17 2014 04:11:37 PM CST @PacificStand Thx for spoiling. :-/
Paul Thu, Apr. 17 2014 03:49:49 PM CST @PJR23 Who knows. I stopped paying much attention to MBB after they began tanking in conference play.
Paul Thu, Apr. 17 2014 03:48:28 PM CST @jaclyncosgrove Ha. Do you have any big enough to just plug up an entire nostril? That may be my only hope.
Paul Thu, Apr. 17 2014 03:45:01 PM CST Allergies are killing me today. Just took a random pill from my desk drawer. Hoping it was a Claritin....