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.


  • Judge says corporation commission should support OG&E's solar tariff

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Dec 14, 2015

    An administrative law judge says the Oklahoma Corporation Commission's three-member panel should approve Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s plan to levy demand charges on customers who install rooftop and other distributed generation.

  • Plan aims to clear air at Oklahoma's Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Dec 12, 2015

    The Environmental Protection Agency released a plan for Texas on Wednesday that will require seven coal plants there to upgrade emissions control systems and an eighth to curtail its operations to try to improve problems with regional haze. The EPA partially rejected a state-developed plan in 2009, and this week's plan seeks to improve air quality at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. asks Oklahoma Corporation Commission to reconsider environmental decision

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Dec 12, 2015

    OG&E on Friday asked the state Corporation Commission to consider parts of its rejection of the utility's $1.1 billion preapproval case for a plan about environmental compliance and replacement generation.

  • PSO environmental settlement questioned in hearing before Corporation Commission

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Dec 9, 2015

    How and why Public Service Co. of Oklahoma entered into a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency over compliance with major emissions rules was discussed Wednesday on the second day of a hearing in the utility's rate case.

  • First witness defends Public Service Co. of Oklahoma and its $169 million rate case plan

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Dec 9, 2015

    David Sartin, PSO's vice president of regulatory and finance, defended the utility's plan for environmental compliance during the first day of testimony in a $169 million rate case. He said the utility's decision to enter into a 2012 settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency and other parties still represented a good deal for the utility's customers.

  • Devon to spend $2.5 billion to increase oil holdings

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    Devon Energy Corp. said Monday it will spend $2.5 billion to boost acreage in key production areas in western Oklahoma and Wyoming.

  • Hearing is set to begin on $172M Public Service Co. rate case

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Dec 8, 2015

    Residential customers of Public Service Co. of Oklahoma could see an increase of more than 14 percent if regulators approve the utility's rate case.

  • Duke Energy, Google announce deals for three Oklahoma wind power projects

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Dec 4, 2015

    Duke will sell renewable energy to City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., while Google will power its data centers.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission rejects preapproval for $1.1 billion OG&E environmental compliance plan

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Dec 2, 2015

    Commissioners vote 2-1 to reject plan that could have boosted customers' bills by 15 to 19 percent.

  • Solar advocates criticize OG&E's billing plan for demand charges

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Dec 1, 2015

    Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s plan to reconfigure the bills of rooftop solar customers by including a demand charge was discussed Tuesday during a lengthy public comment period at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

  • Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. states its case for rooftop solar tariff before judge

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Dec 1, 2015

    Oklahoma Gas and Electric made its arguments for a new rooftop solar tariff as an administrative law judge Monday heard arguments to dismiss the case. Judge Jacqueline Miller said she would rule on a motion to dismiss the case in a report to the three-member Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

  • More than 635 Oklahoma disposal wells directed to reduce depths, volumes

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    As Oklahoma deals with a huge increase in earthquakes, regulators are focusing on the links scientists have made between the amount of wastewater disposal into the Arbuckle layer and man-made earthquakes.

  • Andy Rine, Giving more than thanks

    Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    Volunteer helps as much as he can — even if it means waking up early on Saturdays.

  • OGE Energy names Trauschke chairman

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    He will succeed Pete Delaney, who is retiring.

  • Chesapeake unit to pay $1.4 million fine in Pennsylvania

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Company agrees to stabilize area of 2011 landslide.

  • Federal Reserve survey shows manufacturing is flat in Oklahoma

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    The latest Federal Reserve survey on manufacturing activity in a region including Oklahoma shows business was flat in November. But looking ahead, plant representatives here and in Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming and northern New Mexico, western Missouri and Kansas say conditions are improving for the future.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission again discusses $1.1 billion Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. compliance case

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    The Oklahoma Corporation Commission adjourned without a decision Thursday after an hourlong discussion of points of agreement in a proposed order drafted by Commissioner Dana Murphy on OG&E's $1.1 billion case for environmental compliance and replacement generation.

  • No decision yet in $1.1 billion OG&E environmental case

    Paul Monies | Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    The three-person Oklahoma Corporation Commission met for about an hour Thursday morning to discuss a long-running, $1.1 billion case for environmental compliance and replacement generation filed by Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. Despite expectations that a decision would be made, the commission adjourned without issuing an order. The courtroom was filled with attorneys and interested parties in the case, which had 17 days of testimony in the spring. The commission has been deliberating in the case since the summer. Commissioners on Thursday discussed a proposed order from Commissioner Dana Murphy, but could not come to a final agreement.

  • Administrative law judge recommends Corporation Commission approve $30 million rate hike for Oklahoma Natural Gas

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    An administrative law judge, who heard arguments in support of Oklahoma Natural Gas' $30 million rate increase case, recommended the Oklahoma Corporation Commission should approve the settlement. The settlement would mean residential customer bills would increase $3 a month and large commercial customers would see a $10 monthly increase.

  • Oil companies look at options while waiting out low prices

    By Adam and Paul | Updated: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    The NewsOK Energy team hosted their monthly chat Tuesday to discuss oil and gas updates and Oklahoma energy companies. Below is an unedited transcript from the chat.




Paul Sat, Feb. 13 2016 11:09:00 PM CST RT @SCOTUSblog: There is no tradition of leaving a Supreme Court seat vacant because of an impending presidential election https://t.co/Qj5…
Paul Sat, Feb. 13 2016 11:02:06 PM CST Wow. Just finished watching @SpotlightMovie. Illuminating look at a very terrible and sad chapter in the Catholic Church's history.
Paul Sat, Feb. 13 2016 03:03:36 PM CST RT @DanielEMcNamara: 3474 felt reports so far. help us learn about ground motions in OK. be a data point for the @usgs https://t.co/0VT0IiF…
Paul Sat, Feb. 13 2016 03:01:44 PM CST RT @joewertz: OK oil regulators working on massive #okquake action involving widespread disposal cuts over 5k sq mi. Details 2/16. https://
Paul Sat, Feb. 13 2016 02:50:09 PM CST @keatonfox Thanks. Quite the discrepancy.
Paul Sat, Feb. 13 2016 02:49:09 PM CST Hmm. Was out and about with the fam this morning and missed all the #okquake action. Was it a M5.1 or M4.8?
Paul Sat, Feb. 13 2016 07:51:55 AM CST .@OGandE trying again to get $500 million coal scrubber plan approved by OK Corporation Commission. https://t.co/VrkLGBq5Kw $OGE
Paul Fri, Feb. 12 2016 10:53:28 PM CST RT @FOIoklahoma: Okla. Dems sue Gov. Fallin for records requested in June. Seeking records of how much she spent on trip to Paris. https://
Paul Fri, Feb. 12 2016 04:10:52 PM CST @gimmethewooby I definitely listened to it a bunch in 97.
Paul Fri, Feb. 12 2016 04:03:16 PM CST Here's a list to make my fellow GenXers feel old. // 20 Albums Turning 20 In 2016. https://t.co/R9EbTYXGRp (via @NME)
Paul Fri, Feb. 12 2016 03:53:53 PM CST So, it looks like @ErinBrockovich is headed to Oklahoma on Feb. 23 for #okquake. https://t.co/XWJj4HHVmZ (via @stopthequakes)
Paul Fri, Feb. 12 2016 03:14:43 PM CST NEW: @OGandE makes another attempt to get $500 million coal scrubbers approved by OK Corporation Commission. https://t.co/2lz4wppzos $OGE
Paul Fri, Feb. 12 2016 03:03:21 PM CST @andygparsons @WeeMonies Of course. That's what I was referring to. ;-)
Paul Fri, Feb. 12 2016 01:01:41 PM CST Help. I'm way too domesticated to survive out here for long. https://t.co/Brs6imBgot
Paul Fri, Feb. 12 2016 12:06:15 PM CST Via @BHInc: Weekly Rig Count: U.S. down 30 to 541; Canada down 20 to 222. Oklahoma down 4 to 76.
Paul Fri, Feb. 12 2016 11:41:03 AM CST @AMRice44 A populist house divided? Or just very, very confused?
Paul Fri, Feb. 12 2016 11:40:19 AM CST RT @dbiello: your Congressional Research Service on the Volkswagen lying and cheating diesel fiasco (pdf) https://t.co/JZpcWB3Dpk
Paul Fri, Feb. 12 2016 10:58:33 AM CST RT @SchwabKyle: Oklahoma Democratic Party sues Gov. Mary Fallin, alleging her office has failed to provide requested public records https:/
Paul Fri, Feb. 12 2016 10:57:19 AM CST RT @NewsOK: Join @stevelackmeyer for his #OKC Central Chat at 10:30 a.m. Submit your questions now https://t.co/FrCbBrWR3Y
Paul Fri, Feb. 12 2016 09:06:17 AM CST @stevelackmeyer @WeeMonies This is what we get for taking him to the Science Museum! 😂

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