All posts by David Pomerantz

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

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Andy Tobin

Arizona Commissioner Andy Tobin texted APS lobbyists frequently, including about open rate case

Tobin asked APS lobbyist whether they had a “public information strategy planned” to combat negative media coverage of a rate increase request while the case was still pending

/ October 29, 2018
Arizona Corporation Commissioner Justin Olson

Arizona Commissioner Justin Olson answered questions about Arizona’s energy policy by copying parts of an APS memo verbatim, emails show

Emails show that Olson forwarded a Wall Street analyst's questions to an APS lobbyist, then read from APS' answers verbatim.

/ October 18, 2018
A key aide to Attorney General Mark Brnovich inserted edits to the language describing Prop 127 for voters which aligned with utility APS' position on the initiative.

Backers of Prop 127 call for independent investigation of Brnovich over edits to renewable energy ballot language

Backers of Prop 127, the ballot initiative that would increase Arizona’s use of renewable energy, are calling for an independent investigation of the conduct of Attorney General Mark Brnovich and...

/ September 26, 2018
Arizonans for Affordable Electricity's ad against clean energy Prop 127. APS also funds anti-#InvestInEd organizations.

APS uses teachers in ads against Prop 127, but has history of funding anti-public education organizations

The Arizona utility has funded and worked closely with three organizations that have been opponents of the #InvestInEd movement to increase teacher pay.

/ September 17, 2018
The Harvard Electric Policy Group paid for utility regulators from the Arizona Corporation Commission to stay at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay in March, 2015.

Utility-funded Harvard group has given tens of thousands of dollars in airfare, luxury hotels and meals to Arizona utility commissioners

An APS lobbyist suggested that AZ Commissioner Boyd Dunn join the group, whose director has testified directly on APS' behalf in front of the Commission.

/ July 23, 2018
Bob Stump, a former ACC commissioner, now runs the Arizona Energy Policy Group, a trade association for Arizona utilities.

Revolving door swings former AZ utility commissioner Bob Stump back into the arms of APS

Stump's new trade association will represent Arizona utilities in front of his former colleagues at the ACC.

/ July 6, 2018
Arizona Corporation Commissioner Tom Forese regulates APS

Updated: Arizona Corporation Commission Executive Director resigns in latest scandal

Report: Forese actually fired Vogt because he was standing up to APS' interests; wife's work for Veridus was convenient excuse

/ July 6, 2018
A man charges his electric vehicle

Climate denier attacks electric vehicles… for not doing enough to slow down climate change

The person who is telling us that electric vehicles won’t do enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions doesn’t accept that climate change is real.

/ May 21, 2018
Entergy New Orleans Charity Check

Entergy Paid Actor Scandal Widens, Nonprofits Used to Support Gas Plant

Entergy came under fire this week when a New Orleans news site revealed that many of the people who testified on behalf of the company’s proposed gas-fired power plant were...

/ May 11, 2018
Entergy confirms actors were paid to support New Orleans power plant

Hawthorn Group, PR firm behind paid actors scandal in New Orleans, has long record of being paid by utilities to lie to the public

Entergy hired the Hawthorn Group to create "grassroots support" for its proposed natural gas power plant

/ May 10, 2018