All posts by David Pomerantz

David Pomerantz is the Executive Director of the Energy and Policy Institute.

John Oliver discusses utility scandals with title card reading "Utilities" and images of electric infrastructure

John Oliver explains utility scandals

Last Week Tonight explains how utilities harm customers and the climate, with little accountability due to influence over regulators.

/ May 16, 2022

Political operative Julia Johnson to leave FirstEnergy board as fallout from bribery scandal continues

A long-time political operative for utilities and telecom companies, Julia L. Johnson, is one of six members of FirstEnergy’s board of directors who will not seek re-election this year under...

/ March 24, 2022
Utility Corruption

FERC issues Notice of Inquiry to understand how it can protect customers from subsidizing trade association political activities

Federal energy regulators issued questions to the public last week as part of a process they may use to make it more difficult for the nation’s electric and gas utilities...

/ December 20, 2021
Alabama Power Headquarters building

Alabama Power to buy Calhoun plant despite rising gas prices

Purchase risks bill increases for customers, comes in spite of parent company's climate goal

/ November 22, 2021

Four major Ohio utilities shut off customers’ electricity 200,000 times during COVID-19 pandemic

AEP, FirstEnergy, Duke Energy, and DP&L disconnected Ohio customers who couldn't pay their bills during the Covid-19 pandemic.

/ July 9, 2021

Major investors find electric utilities are not on track to meet decarbonization goals

Electric utilities are failing to align their businesses with the Paris climate agreement goals and investors’ expectations, according to a new scorecard of major emitting companies. The Climate Action 100+...

/ March 23, 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
Arizona Corporation Commissioner Justin Olson

Utilities sent $6.8 million to members of Congress who sought to overturn election results in recent election cycles

Three utilities and a trade association have said they are "pausing" all contributions in wake of violence

/ January 12, 2021
Kyger Creek Power Plant

Many U.S. electric utilities plan slow decarbonization over next decade, out of sync with Biden plan

“Net-zero” goals proliferate, but speed, integrity of commitments varies greatly

/ December 1, 2020