All posts by Daniel Tait

Daniel Tait is a Research and Communication Manager for the Energy and Policy Institute.

Southern Company Matrix Scandal

Tom Fanning Southern Company Matrix Scandal: What don’t we know?

A long-time consultant for Alabama Power hired a private investigator to surveil Tom Fanning, the CEO of its parent company, Southern Company, according to documents reported by AL.com yesterday.  Matrix,...

/ August 4, 2022
Chip Beeker Alabama Public Service Commission

Alabama Commissioner Chip Beeker’s Catfish Farm Loans $100k to Campaign After Receiving PPP Forgiveness

An Alabama utility regulator is funding his re-election campaign with a loan from his private farm, which has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal subsidies, despite the regulator’s...

/ May 18, 2022
LION PAC Alabama Power Jeremy Oden

Alabama Power-funded PAC builds almost $4 million election warchest

Alabama Commissioner Jeremy Oden may have used his office for campaign purposes

/ May 12, 2022

Alabama Power contributed more than $176k to leaders of Alabama’s anti-LGTBQ+ bills

Alabama Power and its political action committee have contributed more than $176,000 since January 2021 to Alabama politicians who drove that state’s passage of anti-LGTBQ+ bills, including Alabama Governor Kay...

/ April 20, 2022

Duke Energy given preferential treatment to shape study of HB 951 by North Carolina Utilities Commission Public Staff, records show

Duke Energy received preferential treatment and exclusive access from the North Carolina Utilities Commission Public Staff when that agency analyzed the impacts on customers’ bills of a sweeping energy bill...

/ July 14, 2021

North Carolina HB 951 could mean windfall for Duke, large rate increases for customers

Duke Energy is attempting to win major concessions from North Carolina lawmakers on an energy bill that would fundamentally change the state’s regulatory landscape, setting up a potential veto showdown...

/ June 17, 2021

TVA net zero emissions target undercut by new gas

Goal falls short of Biden’s call to decarbonize electricity by 2035

/ May 20, 2021

Records reveal Entergy’s role in stalling MISO transmission planning

Texas freeze of 2021 highlights need for robust transmission system to protect consumers, increase renewable energy

/ April 5, 2021

Duke, Southern disclose misleading descriptions of climate policy advocacy to ESG investors

Facing pressure from investors, the top two carbon polluting utilities in the country are making gestures to disclose more information about their advocacy with regard to climate policy, but the...

/ March 15, 2021