Opponents of the Wind Catcher project have ties to fossil fuel interests, Hawthorn Group

The Wind Catcher project, a plan to build one of the nation’s largest wind farms, is starting to move forward despite attacks from front groups with ties to fossil fuel interests.  One of the groups, Americans for Affordable Energy, has...

/ May 14, 2018
Entergy New Orleans Charity Check

Entergy Paid Actor Scandal Widens, Nonprofits Used to Support Gas Plant

Entergy came under fire this week when a New Orleans news site revealed that many of the people who testified on behalf of the company’s proposed gas-fired power plant were paid actors. The company has since acknowledged that one of...

/ May 11, 2018
Entergy revealed that the Hawthorn Group, a PR company it had hired, was behind the actors paid to support Entergy's New Orleans gas plant proposal.

Hawthorn Group, PR firm behind paid actors scandal in New Orleans, has long record of being paid by utilities to lie to the public

Entergy hired the Hawthorn Group to create "grassroots support" for its proposed natural gas power plant

/ May 10, 2018

Top candidates for Ohio House speaker back bailouts for utilities that back their campaigns

Updated on May 11, 2018: We’ve updated this post with a response from Rep. Larry Householder regarding his flight to Washington, D.C. aboard FirstEnergy’s corporate jet for President Donald Trump’s inauguration, and why he later sponsored a bill to bail out...

/ May 10, 2018

A growing trend: West Virginia candidates sign pledge to refuse utility contributions

Seven candidates running for the West Virginia House of Delegates this year have recently signed a pledge to not take campaign donations from monopoly utilities. The pledge, titled “Represent Us, Not Utilities” was created by the nonprofit organization Solar United Neighbors,...

/ May 7, 2018

Follow the money: Pinnacle West-funded groups undermining renewable energy efforts in Arizona

According to Arizona campaign finance quarterly reports that were filed last month, Arizona Public Service’s parent company, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, contributed $1.18 million to Arizonans for Affordable Electricity, a political action committee (PAC). The PAC opposes Clean Energy for a Healthy...

/ May 2, 2018
Dalton Utilities Vogtle Nuclear Plant

Big-Dollar Contributors with Ties to Georgia Power and Southern Company Bet on Pridemore, Eaton for Georgia PSC

Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) incumbents Tricia Pridemore and Chuck Eaton each received approximately two-thirds of their campaign contributions from people or companies associated with regulated entities such as Georgia Power, according to an Energy and Policy Institute analysis of...

/ May 1, 2018

Lawmakers behind legislation to help Arizona Public Service have now filed a complaint against the renewable energy ballot campaign

Two state legislators that have sponsored and introduced bills to help Arizona’s largest utility, Arizona Public Service, recently filed a complaint against the committee working to increase the state’s renewable energy standard – Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona. Republicans...

/ April 29, 2018

Fossil fuel & utility money mostly goes to DeWine in early 2018, while Kucinich takes No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge in Ohio governor’s race

The campaign contributions that fossil fuel and electric utility interests have made in Ohio’s race for governor during the first four months of 2018 have largely gone to Republican candidate Mike DeWine. Republican Mary Taylor has also received several donations...

/ April 27, 2018

Michigan Utility Executives and Employees Increasing Political Contributions

An Energy and Policy Institute analysis of Michigan Secretary of State campaign data from 2007 through the first four months of 2018 identified at least $6.5 million in contributions from individual employees and board members of Consumers Energy and DTE...

/ April 27, 2018