All posts by Matt Kasper

Matt Kasper is the Research Director at the Energy & Policy Institute. He focuses on defending policies that further the development of clean energy sources. He also frequently focuses on the companies and their front groups that obstruct policy solutions to global warming. His work has appeared in The Guardian, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, and other outlets.

On ABC’s “This Week” Scott Pruitt Cites the Success of the EPA and Clean Air Act to Undo Them

It is a bitter irony that Scott Pruitt cites the Clean Air Act success story to justify the Trump administration’s attacks on clean air and water safeguards

/ March 27, 2017

New DOE Chief of Staff, Brian McCormack, Played Critical Role in EEI’s Rooftop Solar Campaign

Brian McCormack, most recently of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), will become Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s chief of staff, reports confirmed yesterday. Previously, McCormack was EEI’s vice president of political and external affairs and one of the highest paid staffers at...

/ March 14, 2017

Legislation Advances to Allow Xcel Energy to Build Natural Gas Plant that Bypasses Usual Regulatory Review

On February 2, the Minnesota Senate Committee on Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy voted 7-2 in favor of giving Xcel Energy the certainty to build a 780-megawatt natural gas power plant. The new gas units will replace two coal-fired...

/ February 8, 2017

Report: Natural Gas Prices and Utility Infrastructure Spending Have High Impact on Bills; Solar Negligible

In the utility industry’s effort to slow the growth of rooftop solar across the country, electric companies and their trade association, Edison Electric Institute (EEI), have based their campaign on the notion that rooftop solar customers cause a cost-shift to...

/ February 6, 2017

Donald Trump Has Nominated Oklahoma AG Pruitt, ALEC and Fossil Fuel Industry Ally, To Lead EPA

"We have an EPA that is engaged in rulemaking, proposed rulemaking, that seeks to exert itself in a way that the statute doesn’t authorize at all."

/ December 8, 2016

Where is the National Black Chamber of Commerce getting its money to attack solar power in Florida? And is it breaking the law?

National Black Chamber of Commerce contributed money to Consumers for Smart Solar through a lobbying arm of the organization that was revoked by the IRS

/ November 4, 2016

UPDATED: Florida Professional Firefighters Reverse Endorsement of Amendment 1

Pressure from "hundreds, if not thousands" of members persuades firefighters' union to reverse support for anti-solar Amendment 1.

/ November 1, 2016