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.

  • Regional haze plan for Texas would aid visibility at wildlife refuge in Oklahoma, EPA says

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    The Environmental Protection Agency said Monday a Texas plan to control emissions affecting visibility at national parks wasn’t good enough and proposed a federal plan instead. The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Oklahoma are among the federal sites affected by Texas coal plants.

  • Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation looks into embezzlement allegations at Choctaw Electric Cooperative

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    The rural electric co-op in Hugo recently fired its general manager after allegations arose about misusing co-op equipment. The co-op’s board has turned the findings of an outside investigation over to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

  • Wind power saves regional electricity customers $1.2 billion each year, report says

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    A new analysis by the American Wind Energy Association looked at wind generation in the regional grid that includes Oklahoma and found consumers were saving money when wind turbines are used instead of fossil-fuel plants.

  • Oklahoma City accounting firm Cole & Reed to merge with McGladrey

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Oklahoma City accounting firm Cole & Reed will join with McGladrey, the country’s fifth-largest accounting firm, in a merger effective Dec. 1, the companies announced Tuesday.

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court rules for American Airlines in tax case

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    The state’s high court ruled Tuesday the Oklahoma Tax Commission should have granted American Airlines a sales tax exemption for electricity and natural gas service in 2006 at its Tulsa maintenance depot.

  • Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee Thomas H. McCasland Jr.

    By Paul Monies, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    Here is a look at Thomas H. McCasland Jr.

  • Reform for $37 million Oklahoma phone subsidy program remains elusive

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    Oklahoma’s High Cost Fund, which dates to 1996 and helps keep rural phone service affordable, relies on a dwindling funding source from landline customers, officials at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission said Thursday.

  • Oklahoma utilities, energy companies work together on electricity for oil patch

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Oil and gas development in Oklahoma has outpaced the ability of electric utilities to build infrastructure needed to serve new demand. Much of the slack has been picked up by distributed generation in the oil patch, according to panelists at the Strategic Energy Forum in Oklahoma City.

  • Global demand drives oil prices

    BY PAUL MONIES, ADAM WILMOTH and JAY F. MARKS | Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    NewsOK energy reporters chatted with readers Tuesday morning about oil prices. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat. Paul Monies 9:39 a.m. Good morning! We'll get started with our energy chat at 10 a.m., but you can start submitting your questions now. Jay F. Marks 10:00 a.m. Hello. We'll get started in a minute. Send us your questions. Andrew G 10:01 a.m. What are Aubrey McClendon's plans for Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio, all these new areas he's in? What's his focus? Jay F. Marks 10:03 a.m. It seems making money is his focus, just like most people in

  • Oklahoma City Startup Weekend offers forum for digital entrepreneurship

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    Developers, designers and business people can learn from each other at the Oklahoma City Startup Weekend, one of several hundred planned around the world in the next few weeks.

  • Vendor pleads guilty in Lifeline phone fraud case

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Nov 7, 2014

    A Mexican national pleaded guilty Friday in a fraud scheme involving Icon Telecom Inc. and the Lifeline telephone program for low-income households.

  • Chat recap: Oil industry offers wealth of job opportunities

    BY PAUL MONIES, ADAM WILMOTH and JAY F. MARKS | Updated: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    The NewsOK Energy team hosted a special live chat at Francis Tuttle's Portland campus in Oklahoma City Thursday night. Below is an unedited transcript from the chat.  NewsOK 5:10 p.m. Hey everyone. Our NewsOK Energy team is hosting a special energy industry chat tonight, focusing on jobs and careers. We'll get started at 6 p.m., but you can start submitting your questions now. NewsOK 5:11 p.m. Oklahoma Energy Resources Board Chairman Tim Munson will field questions from online participants and a live audience of OERB Petro Tech students who are training for jobs in the state’s growing oil and natural gas industry.

  • Live energy chat at 6 p.m. Thursday

    Published: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    Live energy chat set for Thursday at 6 p.m.

  • Oklahoma regulators to hear Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. environmental plan in March

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.’s $1.1 billion plan to comply with haze and other emissions regulations is set for a hearing before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in March, executives told analysts in an earnings call Wednesday.

  • Oklahoma Elections: Costello poised for second term in labor commissioner race

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    Incumbent Mark Costello was poised to win a second term as Oklahoma labor commissioner, defeating Democrat Mike Workman.

  • Oklahoma elections: Costello, Workman square off in labor commissioner race

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Nov 2, 2014

    Incumbent Republican Mark Costello, of Edmond, faces Democratic challenger Mike Workman, of Tulsa, in Tuesday’s general election for Oklahoma’s labor commissioner.

  • Oklahoma phone bill fee for Internet in schools, hospitals to go up

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    The Oklahoma Corporation Commission approved an fee increase Thursday for the Oklahoma Universal Service Fund, which provides Internet access for schools, hospitals and libraries. The increase came as one commissioner warned of waste and abuse in the program.

  • Oklahoma solar customers may see charges for grid costs

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    An informational meeting to discuss a new customer class for users of distributed generation was held at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Thursday. A new law for rooftop solar and small wind turbine users goes into effect on Saturday.

  • PSO implements higher interim rates for smart meter project, but lowers fuel charge

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    As it awaits regulatory approval of a $130 million project to install smart meters, Public Service Co. of Oklahoma said it will begin adding a $3 per month charge on customer bills. The higher charge will be offset by a decline in the price of fuel, PSO said.

  • Corporation Commission hears concerns, praise over Oklahoma wind farms

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    The second of two meetings to discuss wind farm development was conducted Wednesday at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Paul Today at 3:36 PM RT @nprnews: The Senate has voted to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project, setting up a fight with Obama. LINK
Paul Today at 3:35 PM RT @James_Stafford: Whoa! Helmerich & Payne to lay off 2,000 employees despite $203 million profit LINK via @tulsaworld
Paul Today at 1:35 PM @OKmattcarney You tear your rotator cuff?
Paul Today at 10:44 AM @boycotthershey It's quite ridiculous, isn't it?
Paul Today at 10:38 AM .@EPA hears from the North Texas public Thursday on a stronger #smog standard LINK (via @RandyLeeLoftis)
Paul Today at 9:49 AM RT @melissa_repko: A parent in Highland Park ISD who's challenging a nonfiction book about poverty calls it 'a socialist, Marxist book.' ht…
Paul Today at 7:01 AM .@TheDailyShow How can you take @hersheys ad money? Have you not seen this affront on #Cadbury? LINK #BoycottHershey
Paul Today at 6:48 AM RT @EconBizFin: America’s oil industry: The tough get going LINK LINK
Paul Today at 6:19 AM RT @birminghammail: Should our American cousins be deprived of yummy Cadbury chocolate? #boycotthershey LINK LINK
Paul Today at 6:18 AM RT @koconews: Fans call to #BoycottHershey after import ban LINK
Paul Today at 6:16 AM Sticky situation: Outrage as imported #Cadbury chocolate banned in US. LINK (via @CNBC) #BoycottHershey
Paul Today at 6:15 AM Oklahoma worries over swarm of #earthquakes and connection to #oil industry. LINK (via @washingtonpost)
Paul Today at 6:09 AM Oklahoma moves up to 4th place for #wind capacity, according to latest @AWEA report. LINK (via @TheOklahoman)
Paul Wed, Jan. 28 2015 11:21:33 PM CST @rbirchum Thanks, Regina.
Paul Wed, Jan. 28 2015 11:15:30 PM CST @jmonies @tzeeck Let me lull you to sleep with tales of utility regulation. #prudent #usedanduseful #returnonequity
Paul Wed, Jan. 28 2015 09:51:20 PM CST RT @TheOklahoman: Federal judge allows part of case against Kingfisher wind farm to proceed LINK
Paul Wed, Jan. 28 2015 09:50:13 PM CST RT @StateImpactOK: 8 bills in Oklahoma filed to stop local bans on #fracking & oil and gas production LINK (via @pmonies)…
Paul Wed, Jan. 28 2015 08:34:57 PM CST Rough day at work today. We lost 18 colleagues to layoffs, including 9 great friends and journalists in the Newsroom.
Paul Wed, Jan. 28 2015 07:11:56 AM CST RT @TomPorterEE: Check out this 404 ERROR gif on @business LINK
Paul Tue, Jan. 27 2015 09:41:24 PM CST RT @LostInThePondUS: An Open Letter to @hersheys: Why You Must Not Ban Our Cadbury Imports LINK #hersheys #Cadbury