Utility Corruption

As Householder trial begins, EPI releases guide for policymakers to protect ratepayers from utility scandals

State and federal policymakers can adopt a series of policy changes that would ban utilities from charging customers for their political operations and make it harder for them to conduct...

/ January 26, 2023

North Dakota has spent millions on a coal industry campaign targeting 100% clean energy legislation in Minnesota

A North Dakota coal industry front group, the Lignite Energy Council, has jumped state lines to wage a campaign to weaken a bill in Minnesota that would require the state’s...

/ January 18, 2023

Feds reveal more secret pass-throughs for FirstEnergy money in Larry Householder racketeering case

New information made public by federal prosecutors in the racketeering case against ex-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder revealed that $400,000 secretly paid by FirstEnergy passed through two dark money groups,...

/ January 10, 2023

Utility CEOs received $2.7 billion in executive compensation from 2017 – 2021

Investor-owned electric and gas utilities paid their CEOs $2.7 billion between 2017 and 2021, according to corporate data reviewed by the Energy and Policy Institute. CEOs for the 58 companies...

/ January 8, 2023

FirstEnergy secretly ‘engaged’ Corey Lewandowski to lobby Trump for a public bailout, subpoenaed records confirm after years of denials

FirstEnergy secretly ‘engaged’ Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to lobby President Trump to deliver a public bailout for the utility company’s coal and nuclear power plants in 2017-2018,...

/ December 22, 2022

FirstEnergy charged Pennsylvania customers $2.4 million for ‘inappropriate costs’ related to Ohio investigation

Key Points: FirstEnergy charged customers in Pennsylvania at least $2.4 million for payments to firms associated with Samuel Randazzo and Tony George, two individuals described in the deferred federal criminal...

/ December 15, 2022

Georgia Power’s “Smart Usage” Rate Leads to Higher Bills for 61% of Customers, Analysis Shows

90% of low-use customers on Smart Usage rate experienced higher bills

/ December 8, 2022

Entergy leads the charge to re-elect Lambert Boissiere III, Louisiana utility commissioner in runoff election with major climate and energy consequences

A runoff election for the Louisiana Public Service Commission is pitting an incumbent financially backed by the utility that he regulates against a challenger who has called on limiting utilities’...

/ November 23, 2022

Xcel Energy is recruiting Minnesota cities to thwart governor’s clean energy agenda

The Carbon-Free Future MN Coalition is part of Xcel’s lobbying campaign against carbon-free electricity by 2040

/ November 17, 2022

Southwest Gas increases its political contributions in Nevada ahead of the 2022 election

Southwest Gas ramped up its political giving in Nevada this election cycle, surpassing contribution levels for prior cycles in recent years. According to the most recent campaign finance reports, the...

/ November 4, 2022