Utility Industry Contributions to Section 527 Political Organizations

An Energy and Policy Institute analysis of the Republican Governors Association, Republican Attorneys General Association, Republican State Leadership Committee, Democratic Governors Association, Democratic Attorneys General Association, and Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee found over 70 utility holding companies and subsidiaries contributing...

/ February 26, 2018

NextEra CEO Jim Robo envisions a renewable future, but his subsidiary FPL remains addicted to gas

Jim Robo, the CEO of NextEra Energy, made news last month during his company’s annual earnings call when he said, “By early in the next decade, as further cost declines are realized and module efficiencies continue to improve, we expect...

/ February 26, 2018

DTE Energy CEO Says Proposed Renewable Energy Standard Is Not Good For Renewables

A few days after it was announced that a petition process has started with the goal of having voters decide if Michigan utilities must have 30% of their power come from renewable energy sources by 2030, DTE Energy CEO Gerry...

/ February 20, 2018

Five Ohio Supreme Court justices received FirstEnergy campaign cash before they axed a $43 million refund to the utility’s customers

Five of the six Ohio Supreme Court justices who ruled that FirstEnergy does not have to refund $43.4 million to customers have received campaign contributions from FirstEnergy. The Ohio Supreme Court’s January 24, 2018 decision came more than four years...

/ February 14, 2018

Michigan’s utilities have a history of trying to block renewable energy increases like the one that could be on the ballot in November

A ballot campaign to increase Michigan’s state renewable energy standard (RES) is in the works. The proposal, led by a group called Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan, asks voters to double the state’s current standard, which requires 15% of the state’s...

/ February 12, 2018
Casino operators favor Sisolak, Laxalt

NV Energy, casino operators who have fought renewable energy prefer Sisolak, Laxalt in governor’s race

Nevada’s primary electric utility company, NV Energy, has given to all of Nevada’s major 2018 gubernatorial candidates since 2014, but Democratic Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak is the only gubernatorial candidate to receive money from the utility ($10,000) during...

/ February 8, 2018

Records request reveal Exelon behind public officials’ statements in response to watchdog investigation

“could you cut and paste this text into an email to the Joliet Herald and send it this afternoon? The email is opinions@theherald-news.com.”

/ January 17, 2018

In the race to replace Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Illinois utilities pull out their checkbooks and hedge their bets

Illinois’ major electrical and gas utility companies have donated thousands of dollars to candidates running to replace Lisa Madigan as the state’s attorney general. The utility companies – Exelon and its subsidiary Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), and Peoples Gas – have had...

/ January 16, 2018

Will the U.S. Chamber continue to fight the EPA’s endangerment finding in 2018?

Update January 10, 2018: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce confirmed today it is no longer trying to overturn the EPA’s endangerment finding for greenhouse gas emissions, but top U.S. Chamber officials still continued to mislead on climate science and align with...

/ January 4, 2018