Category: Regulatory Capture

University of Wisconsin Public Utility Institute

The Public Utility Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (WPUI) is another member-supported organization that is partially funded by “Sustaining Members,” which include the largest investor-owned utility companies operating in Wisconsin: Alliant Energy Madison Gas & Electric We Energies Wisconsin...

/ January 21, 2016

Harvard University Electricity Policy Group

The Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HEPG) is run by Ashley Brown, a former commissioner on the Ohio Public Utilities Commission, who has publicly criticized distributed renewable energy repeatedly for months while also providing expert testimony on behalf of utility companies...

/ January 21, 2016

Utilities Exert Influence Through Universities to Sway Regulatory and Political Debate

Through the funding of university institutes and faculty, utility interests and their trade association, Edison Electric Institute (EEI), wield significant influence over the education of regulatory staff and production of advocacy materials to support lobbying efforts around the country.

/ January 21, 2016

Electric Utility Industry Created Their Own Air Pollution Permits, Held Private Meetings With Texas Regulators

Utility employees held private meetings with state regulators to discuss revisions to the permits and provided language that was incorporated verbatim by the regulators into the final text of the revised permits.

/ May 27, 2015

Utility Interests Threaten Future of Renewable Energy in Colorado via Public Utility Commission (PUC) Appointment of Glenn Vaad

In Colorado, alarm and concern is quickly spreading with revelations that Glenn Vaad, appointed by Governor Hickenlooper as one of three Public Utilities Commissioners, is also a former high ranking member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

/ January 2, 2014