Tag: Southern Company

Coal and utility interests ask for, receive, bailouts to help failing power plants

"You can’t see the gas lines. You can’t see wind. You can’t see solar. So maybe we need to talk about having a requirement for power plants in order to ensure reliability." - West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Raney

/ October 2, 2017

Decades before Harvey and Irma, electric utilities knew climate change could fuel more powerful storms and still funded denial

A 1987 study sponsored by the electric utility industry warned that climate change could one day fuel more powerful storms, some thirty years before hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Despite this early knowledge, by 1989 some powerful utility interests had joined...

/ September 14, 2017

After Irma will the Southeast copy post-Sandy rebuild plans?

"This is going to be a very, very lengthy restoration ... what we think we’ll see on the west coast is a wholesale rebuild of our electric grid."

/ September 14, 2017
Tom Fanning appears on CNBC on August 16, 2017.

Unlike CEO peers, Southern’s Tom Fanning declines to denounce Trump after Charlottesville

Unlike his CEO peers, Tom Fanning of Southern Co. declined to denounce Trump's response to white supremacy in the wake of Charlottesville.

/ August 21, 2017

Utility Companies Quick To Fund Republican Governors and Attorneys General in 2017

The nation’s investor-owned utilities have been quick to help Republican governors and attorneys general maintain and expand their control of state capitals, according to a review of mid-year campaign finance filings. Utilities, along with several of their executives, have contributed...

/ August 8, 2017
The Kemper power plant (credit Dan Zegart)

Mississippi Regulators Veto Any More Money for Southern Company’s Kemper Plant in Stunning Vote

Mississippi regulators slammed brakes on the Kemper plant, saying customers should not pay for Kemper's non-functional "clean coal" gasification technology.

/ June 21, 2017

Utility CEOs try to rob shareholders of rights to express climate concerns

The Business Roundtable, a group of CEOs that lobbies for policies that support the fossil fuel industry, is attempting to restrict shareholders’ rights as utilities and fossil fuel companies face increasing scrutiny from investors over climate change.

/ June 18, 2017