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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  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission gets ready for public input on wind, solar issues

    BY PAUL MONIES, Business Writer | Updated: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Staff at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission are finalizing details on a proposed notice of inquiry to gather public comments on industrial wind farm developments. The meetings also will include suggestions on how to establish a new customer class for electric utilities for users of rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines.

  • Oklahoma may reverse course on oil train shipment disclosures

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

    After previously determining information should be withheld about trains carrying oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shale formation, Oklahoma officials want to revise confidentiality agreements they signed with the railroads.

  • Oklahoma residents get ready to circulate petition to overturn solar and wind bill

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Oklahoma residents unhappy with a recently passed state law that would allow electric utilities to set up a new customer class for solar and small wind turbine users want to gather signatures to repeal the law.

  • Flaring rule not likely to impact Continental in North Dakota

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

    Our NewsOK Energy team chatted with readers Tuesday about Oklahoma energy and oil and gas companies. 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 developments across the state. Below is an unedited transcript of Tuesday's chat. NewsOK 9:30 a.m. Good morning. Our energy team will be logging on at 10 a.m., but you can start submitting your questions now. Paul Monies 9:56 a.m. We'll be getting started in about five minutes. Paul Monies 10:04 a.m. OK. Let's get started. I'm your moderator, Paul Monies.

  • Oklahoma officials agree to railroad demands to keep oil train shipments secret

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

    The federal government has ordered railroads to share information with state and local first responders about shipments of oil from the fast-growing Bakken formation in North Dakota. Some states, including Oklahoma, have agreed to railroad demands to keep the information confidential, but others are providing it to the public.

  • Oklahoma energy stocks lead the way in first half of 2014

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

    After a scare in the first quarter, stocks have rebounded and continued their impressive run. Among Oklahoma’s publicly traded companies, most posted gains in the first half of the year.

  • Telephone regulators worried about Oklahoma fund paid to rural carriers

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    Oklahoma telephone companies serving high-cost and rural areas with affordable service are seeing federal subsidies cut, but they can make up the difference under a state law an Oklahoma Corporation commissioner said is outdated. The money for the Oklahoma Universal Service Fund comes from fees on telephone customer bills.

  • Oklahoma customers share health, privacy, cost concerns over PSO smart-meter plan

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Public Service Co. of Oklahoma wants to install 520,000 smart meters across its customer base by the end of 2016. Some residents came to a public hearing at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to share their concerns over health and privacy.

  • Oklahoma elections: Todd Hiett beats Cliff Branan in GOP Oklahoma Corporation Commission primary

    BY PAUL MONIES, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Former House Speaker Todd Hiett, of Kellyville, beat term-limited state Sen. Cliff Branan on Tuesday evening in the GOP primary for Oklahoma Corporation Commission. No Democrats or independents filed for the post, so Hiett will take office in January.

  • Public Service Co. of Oklahoma rate settlement for smart meters would total $24 million

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    Electric customers of Public Service Co. of Oklahoma would see their monthly bills rise by about $3 under a proposed rate case settlement. Much of the money would be used to complete the rollout of smart meters to PSO customers.

  • GOP primary for Oklahoma Corporation Commission post turns negative

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    Candidates for a post on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission have released dueling commercials over service on a bank board and legislative ratings from the Oklahoma Sierra Club.

  • Republican voters to decide Oklahoma Corporation Commission race

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    No Democrats filed for the post, so Republican voters will get to choose between former House Speaker Todd Hiett and Sen. Cliff Branan in the June 24 primary.

  • Customers air concerns at hearing for Oklahoma Natural Gas rate hike

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Some Oklahoma Natural Gas customers expressed concerns over a proposed increase in their monthly service charge under a settlement in a rate case. The settlement would grant ONG an increase of $13.7 million, less than the $16 million the utility requested.

  • Oklahoma City-based Kimray boosts starting pay 19 percent

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    The Oklahoma City manufacturer of valves and controls for the oil and gas industry said it increased entry-level hourly wages to $12.50, up from $10.50.

  • 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 […]




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