Strata Policy

Strata Policy, a 501 (c)3 non-profit research organization for environmental, energy, and public land issues is located in Logan, Utah. The organization is connected to the Utah State University’s Institute of Political Economy, also located in Logan, by Dr. Randy Simmons. Simmons was the “Charles G. Koch Professor of political economy” at Utah State from 2008 through 2013 and is the President and Director of Research for Strata. In addition to serving as the Koch Professor at Utah State, Simmons also runs the “Koch Scholars” Program, which receives an annual grant from the Charles Koch Foundation.

In 2015, the Charles Koch Institute contributed $25,000 while the Charles Koch Foundation contributed $310,000.

And in 2014, Strata received a single $1.1 million contribution from the Charles Koch Foundation in addition to receiving $26,600 from the Charles Koch Institute.

Utah State University, which houses Strata research and publications, has also received funding from both Charles and David Koch – at least $1.6 million. This funding has made Utah State the fifth-biggest recipient of money from Koch-linked foundations among all colleges since 2012.

In 2015, Strata was awarded a contract by the Utah state government to help with “public relations work” around the state’s attempt to seize 31 acres of America’s public lands to the state.

Recent Posts About Strata

Ohio Energy Study Committee Relied Upon Flawed Testimony

The Ohio Energy Mandates Study Committee relied on a flawed testimony from Strata Policy, a front group with financial ties to the Koch Brothers.

Ohio Energy Mandates Study Committee Relies on Fossil Fuel Interests to Attack Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS)

Ohio legislators should be cautious of any action to freeze, eliminate, make voluntary or weaken the standard because the study committee will be forced to rely on special interest groups to come to their conclusion.

Charles Koch Distorts the Facts: Here Are The Ways His Money & Political Network Prevent Clean Energy Businesses From Succeeding

The Kochs use their political influence and funding for efforts to repeal laws designed to support the deployment of more renewable electricity.

The Secret Network of Fossil Fuel & Utility Backed Groups Working to Stop Clean Energy

Energy & Policy Institute’s new report exposes the strategies, front groups, and people used by the fossil fuel and utility corporations to attack clean energy policies.

North Carolina Renewable Energy Standard Attacked Again

After using last year’s legislative session to deal with Duke Energy’s Dan River coal ash spill, Republicans on the House Public Utilities Committee are bringing back their 2013 attempt to freeze the state’s clean energy law.