All posts by Dave Anderson

Dave Anderson is the policy and communications manager for the Energy and Policy Institute. Dave has been working at the nexus of clean energy and public policy since 2008. Prior to joining the Energy and Policy Institute, he was an outreach coordinator for the climate and energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He is also an alumnus of the Sierra Club and the Alliance for Climate Protection (now the Climate Reality Project). Dave’s research has helped to spur public scrutiny of political attacks on clean energy and climate science by powerful special interests, such as ExxonMobil and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). His work has been cited by major media outlets, such as CBS News and the Wall Street Journal, and he has served as a speaker on panels at national solar industry conferences. Dave holds a MA in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire, where he also received a BA in Humanities.

Gifts to Governor Dewine and PUCO finalist Anne Vogel linked to AEP’s dark money spending

Updated on January 19, 2021 with information from financial disclosure statements filed by Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Daniel McCarthy, Governor Mike DeWine’s director of legislative affairs. Governor Mike DeWine...

/ December 22, 2020

More Generation Now dark money traced to AEP in Ohio corruption scandal

A Columbus group funded solely by AEP paid just over a half-million dollars last year to Generation Now, the group indicted this summer on federal racketeering charges alongside former Ohio...

/ December 2, 2020

AEP gave campaign cash to HB 6 repeal committee members

American Electric Power (AEP) made campaign contributions to seven Ohio state representatives after they joined a new select committee tasked with repealing and replacing House Bill 6, the energy law...

/ November 2, 2020

Lawsuit: FirstEnergy’s new CEO signed checks to indicted dark money group

Updated on November 2, 2020 based on comments made today during FirstEnergy’s earnings call. A lawsuit alleges that FirstEnergy’s new acting CEO Steven Strah signed checks to Generation Now, the...

/ October 30, 2020

Bill Seitz’s FirstEnergy bailout bill is one target of a subpoena

Records show Rep. Bill Seitz, the third-ranking Republican in the Ohio House, worked with FirstEnergy to draft a nuclear power plant bailout bill that’s now the subject of a federal...

/ September 9, 2020

Ohio corruption scandal hits Energy Harbor bankruptcy case

Updated on August 18, 2020: The judge in Energy Harbor’s bankruptcy case will take another three months to consider final approval of fees and expenses for the utility’s outside firms,...

/ August 13, 2020
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AEP contributed to dark money group that gave money to Generation Now

Update: AEP has acknowledged funding Empowering Ohio's Economy, a dark money organization that contributed to Generation Now

/ July 24, 2020

ExxonMobil attacks wind power, carbon tax in Texas

ExxonMobil, Kinder Morgan and Occidental Petroleum are part of a coalition of companies that opposed a utility’s plan to provide 309 megawatts of new wind energy to customers in Texas....

/ July 6, 2020
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Murray Energy paid over $1 million to law firm that’s fought renewable energy

Latest update – September 17, 2020: Murray Energy has now disclosed payments totaling over $1 million to a law firm that’s fought new wind and solar farms in Ohio. Filings...

/ May 19, 2020

American Electric Power’s goal: 100% renewable energy?

Executives at American Electric Power say the major electric utility has “aspirational” goals of achieving 100% renewable energy and zero carbon emissions, but its current plans for the future include...

/ April 17, 2020