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.


  • Kingfisher wind project pauses some construction as Texas oil company questions locations

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Averting a temporary restraining order, attorneys for Apex Clean Energy and Newfield Exploration agreed to a pause in some construction at the Kingfisher Wind project in northern Canadian County and southern Kingfisher County. Newfield has a major oil and gas development in the STACK play, some of which lies below land leased for the wind farm.

  • In wake of earthquake swarms, Oklahoma regulators expand areas for oil and gas disposal well scrutiny

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has updated its system to evaluate the risks of induced seismicity from disposal wells in oil and gas activity.

  • Oklahoma Attorney General wants OG&E to drop Mustang plant from $1.1 billion case

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said his office wants the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to consider dropping a $413 million modernization plan for Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.’s Mustang plant from a $1.1 billion request before regulators. Pruitt said the case should instead be focused on environmental compliance, which is expected to cost $700 million.

  • Town hall explores rise in earthquakes in Oklahoma

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Oklahomans turned out to a forum on Thursday night exploring the state’s rise in earthquakes and the possible links to wastewater injection wells from oil and gas activities. The forum, at Oklahoma City University, was hosted by local television station KOKH Fox 25.

  • Interior Department issues new rules for fracking on federal lands

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    The federal Interior Department said new rules will go into effect in June for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. The long-awaited rules are expected to have little impact in Oklahoma, which has fewer than 2 percent of federal-owned land.

  • Earthquake town hall in Oklahoma City features regulators, industry and plenty of questions

    Paul Monies | Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    What to do about the rise in earthquakes in Oklahoma and the possible links to wastewater injection wells from oil and gas activity drew questions Thursday night at a town hall forum in Oklahoma City. Asked to signal their preference by applause, the attendees at Oklahoma City University appeared split over whether they thought earthquakes […]

  • New earthquake hazard maps in development for Oklahoma

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    New research from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Oklahoma Geological Survey looked at the recent increase in earthquakes in Oklahoma and the possibility they could trigger larger future quakes. USGS is using the research to update current earthquake hazard maps that would include risks from man-made triggers such as wastewater injection wells from oil and gas activity.

  • Oil company files suit against Kingfisher wind farm

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Newfield Exploration said it didn’t receive adequate notice for the start of construction of the 298-megawatt Kingfisher Wind development northwest of Oklahoma City. The $450 million project is being built by Apex Clean Energy and is owned by private equity firm First Reserve.

  • Oil traders wary as storage tanks fill

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    The price of oil remained volatile Tuesday after several months of steady increases. Higher oil storage volumes and geopolitical events pushed oil lower, but Oklahoma drivers are seeing declines again at the gasoline pump.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commissioners scrutinize the customer impact of Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s $1.1 billion environmental compliance and generation replacement plan

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. said it will try to ease customers into a 15 percent bill increase to pay for environmental compliance and replacement generation. But several parties in the utility’s $1.1 billion case before Oklahoma regulators said the plan places too much of the burden on OG&E’s customers.

  • Oklahoma energy sector's employment could fall significantly, economist says

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    Job losses following the rapid drop in the price of oil have already started for some Oklahoma energy companies. An economist with the local branch of the Federal Reserve studied six previous periods of low oil prices and said Oklahoma energy employment could fall significantly this year.

  • OG&E balks at wind as it looks to spend $1.1 billion for environmental compliance, generation replacement in Oklahoma

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Many of the parties involved in Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.’s $1.1 billion case at the Corporation Commission have criticized the utility for not including wind in its plan for environmental compliance and replacement generation. The utility said congestion charges and transmission needs in the region caused it to delay adding wind generation.

  • Public Service Co. of Oklahoma files application that could allow it to charge for smart meter opt-outs

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    As it continues with its deployment of smart meters, Public Service Co. of Oklahoma has asked state regulators to allow it to charge more to customers who want to remain on older mechanical electric meters.

  • Environmental compliance options scrutinized in $1.1 billion OG&E case

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    Representatives for Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. faced questions Wednesday on how the utility planned for environmental compliance as it fought a federal plan for regional haze.

  • Public comments offer criticism, support for OG&E's $1.1 billion case before Oklahoma regulators

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    Public comments ranged from support to criticism Tuesday for Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.’s plan to recover $1.1 billion in environmental compliance and replacement generation costs from its customers.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commissioners discuss smart meter opt-outs

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    As part of proposed changes to a rate case settlement for Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, the Corporation Commission discussed the possibility of allowing utility customers to opt-out of smart meters. PSO plans to spend more than $133 million to install smart meters across its service territory, with the effort costing customers an extra $3 per month.

  • Lower oil prices spur caution in Oklahoma energy sector

    BY PAUL MONIES and ADAM WILMOTH | Updated: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Our NewsOK Energy team chatted with readers Tuesday about oil prices and Oklahoma energy companies.

  • Confusion continues in Oklahoma over OG&E's Mustang plant replacement plan

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Several parties in OG&E’s $1.1 billion case for environmental compliance and replacement generation want the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to drop a $413 million plan by the utility to replace its aging Mustang natural gas generating plant. An administrative law judge hearing the case has yet to rule on several motions to drop the Mustang replacement from the case.

  • Future carbon dioxide regulations discussed in $1.1 billion Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. compliance plan

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    How Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. accounted for future carbon dioxide regulations was among the issues discussed Thursday as a hearing continued into the utility’s $1.1 billion plan for environmental compliance and replacement generation.

  • Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. faces more questions on $413 million Mustang plant modernization plan in Oklahoma

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. continued to face questions Wednesday over why it included a plant modernization plan in a request to Oklahoma regulators to recover costs for environmental compliance. The company’s $1.1 billion plan for environmental compliance and replacement of its Mustang plant could increase residential customer bills 15 percent by 2019.




Paul Today at 5:46 PM RT @UtilityDive: EPA releases schedule of summer energy regulations, signals that final Clean Power Plan to be delivered in August: http://…
Paul Today at 5:44 PM .@USGS seismologist @DrLucyJones watches 'San Andreas' so you don't have to. LINK (via @LAObserved) #earthquake
Paul Today at 4:53 PM @brianhardzinski Ha ha. So you got that too, fellow "Oklahoma Journalist"?!?
Paul Today at 4:48 PM "Dear Oklahoma Journalist." Really love that personal touch in unsolicited email pitches. #partylikeajournalist
Paul Today at 4:44 PM RT @suttonnick: Tomorrow's UK front pages don't look great for #FIFA https://t.co/3DnCXZOilV #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers LINK
Paul Today at 4:09 PM RT @markberman: Nebraska is the 19th state in the country abolish capital punishment and the first in two years LINK
Paul Today at 2:21 PM RT @LastWeekTonight: FIFA is in trouble again. Here's our piece from last year on their less-than-stellar track record. https://t.co/r9OBux…
Paul Today at 2:12 PM On Texas power grid, coal’s prominence is sliding. LINK (via @DMNbiz)
Paul Today at 12:25 PM RT @RobHarris: Russia slams US over FIFA case: Another "illegal extra-territorial implementation of American law." LINK @…
Paul Today at 12:22 PM Five reasons Obama’s transformative power plan won’t transform anything. LINK (via @MikeGrunwald) #CleanPowerPlan
Paul Today at 11:34 AM Aubrey McClendon: Fracking's Cowboy Rides Again LINK (by @chrishelman)
Paul Today at 10:49 AM RT @FFactoryNY: *LEAKED* EA Sports new cover for #FIFA2016. LINK
Paul Today at 10:35 AM @jcwilmeth Yeah, I don't think they claim it was invented in Mexico. Just popularized across the world after the World Cup. Because, futbol.
Paul Today at 8:35 AM @Adam_WK It's today. He's at a factory today!
Paul Today at 7:32 AM Budget cuts may jeopardize Oklahoma's earthquake response, corporation commissioner says. LINK #okquake
Paul Today at 7:26 AM Here's today's #longread as @MikeGrunwald reports from the front lines of the "war on coal" in Oklahoma, elsewhere. LINK
Paul Today at 6:59 AM RT @nytimes: FIFA officials were escorted out behind sheets at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich LINK LINK
Paul Today at 6:56 AM RT @mattapuzzo: The 2018 and 2022 World Cup selections don't appear to be part of this case. Focus instead is on decades of bribes and kick…
Paul Today at 6:56 AM RT @mattapuzzo: Law enforcement officials say FIFA charges are much broader than awarding the World Cup. It's an indictment of the system o…
Paul Today at 6:43 AM @jcwilmeth That's what it's called in Britain too. I always thought because it was popularized at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

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