All posts by Joe Smyth

Joe Smyth is a Research and Communications Manager for the Energy and Policy Institute.

Utilities don’t want Peabody Energy’s “clean coal” awards anymore

In the latest sign of the U.S. coal industry’s declining ability to compete in the power sector, Peabody Energy is now struggling to find electric utility companies who are willing...

/ November 25, 2019
United Power Mavericks Solar Farm

United Power and La Plata Electric ask Colorado Public Utilities Commission to determine Tri-State exit fee

The electric cooperatives’ filings emphasize a critical flaw in Tri-State’s governance system

/ November 7, 2019

Colorado Rural Electric Association spent electric cooperatives’ money supporting Republican politicians

The statewide association for electric cooperatives in Colorado describes its political spending as bipartisan and funded by voluntary donations, but a review of filings with the Colorado Secretary of State...

/ October 23, 2019

Coal lobby group drafted state utility commissioners’ letters to FERC

Emails show that the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity provided utility commissioners with a template letter to FERC - which some commissioners copied word-for-word

/ October 14, 2019
Jeffrey Lyash TVA CEO, Discusses Potential MLGW defection

TVA attempts to chain local power companies to longer contracts in effort to prevent defection risk

New TVA contract could prevent municipal utilities, co-ops from pursuing local renewable energy, storage

/ September 22, 2019

Pinnacle West misleads investors that APS has “surpassed the Paris Agreement”

Arizona Public Service Company has not set a goal to decarbonize – or even to reduce total carbon emissions.

/ September 17, 2019
APS spending on lobbying, marketing, grants, and political campaigns

APS political spending soared under Don Brandt. Will that change with a new CEO?

APS reported spending over $182 million between 2013 and 2018 on lobbying, marketing, grants, and political campaigns - $152 per customer.

/ August 30, 2019
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Craig coal plant

Colorado Public Utilities Commissioner questions “whether or not Tri-State has been candid us”

A Colorado utility’s attempts to avoid oversight by state regulators appears to be backfiring. At a Colorado Public Utilities Commission hearing this week, Commissioner Frances Koncilja said she has “some...

/ July 19, 2019