All posts by Joe Smyth

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

Craig Generating Station

Utilities that operate coal plants in the Western U.S. face growing water supply risks

Electric utilities that operate coal plants in the American West face growing water supply risks, as climate change fuels hotter and drier conditions.

/ July 15, 2020

Major banks announce new policies to help push utilities away from coal

Key Points: Major financial institutions have announced new policies that limit how they do business with companies that remain reliant on coal. Leading financial institutions’ coal exclusion policies assess electric...

/ May 25, 2020
Utility Corruption

Utility CEOs received over $1 billion in executive compensation from 2017 – 2019

Investor-owned utilities' CEO compensation was up 26% in 2019 over 2018.

/ April 27, 2020
An effort to keep Colorado's largest coal plant running, supposedly by the "Independence Institute," was secretly funded and coordinated by a front group for coal mining companies and the state of Wyoming.

Coal mining companies and state of Wyoming secretly funded “Independence Institute” campaign to keep Colorado coal plant running

Coal mining companies and the state of Wyoming secretly coordinated and funded a campaign against Xcel Energy’s proposal to close two units at the largest coal plant in Colorado. While...

/ March 24, 2020
Tri-State Escalante coal plant

Tri-State will replace coal plants with a gigawatt of new wind and solar

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association announced last month that it will close its coal plants in Colorado and New Mexico and build a gigawatt of new wind and solar projects,...

/ February 9, 2020

Southwest Gas was top contributor to Arizona legislators sponsoring gas utility bill

Southwest Gas gave thousands of dollars to the campaigns of Arizona Senate President Karen Fann and Speaker of the House Rusty Bowers last month, ahead of those legislators’ introduction this...

/ January 23, 2020
Cholla coal plant

Arizona Public Service announces 100% clean energy goal, saying it will “eliminate all fossil fuels”

Arizona’s largest investor-owned utility announced today that it will close its coal plants and increase its use of renewable energy over the next decade, ultimately aiming for 100% clean energy...

/ January 22, 2020

Growing number of elected Democrats in Arizona won’t take money from APS

A growing number of elected Democrats in Arizona say they won’t accept campaign funding from Arizona Public Service, the utility that has come under fire for its massive spending on...

/ January 13, 2020

Financial analysts expect decarbonization will benefit utility ratepayers and shareholders

Replacing coal with renewable energy could save customers $8 billion each year

/ January 9, 2020
Electric Cooperative Governance Task Force

An “Electric Cooperative Governance Task Force Report” urging co-op transparency was kept secret until now

The national trade association for electric cooperatives commissioned a report urging its members to embrace transparency reforms, but the association has kept its findings a secret for the past two...

/ December 11, 2019