All posts by Joe Smyth

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

Salt River Project board narrowly approves nearly $1 billion gas plant expansion

This post was updated on September 13 to reflect the results of the Salt River Project board vote The board of directors of the Salt River Project, the third largest...

/ September 9, 2021
Hedge fund Acme Equities ("Enchant Energy") is attempting to install CCS on the San Juan Generating Station.

Enchant Energy spent more on lobbying than planning its coal carbon capture project

– The Department of Energy increased its share of the costs to study a carbon capture proposal at the San Juan Generating Station in the final week of the Trump...

/ August 18, 2021

NRECA runs misleading pro-coal ads to sway Illinois lawmakers

As negotiations continue over a climate and energy bill in Illinois, misleading online advertisements from a group called “Voices for Cooperative Power” have appeared. The ads running in Illinois political...

/ July 15, 2021
Comanche coal plant

Colorado regulators reject coal front group’s attempt to intervene in Xcel Energy resource plan

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission has rejected a coal industry front group’s efforts to intervene in Xcel Energy’s resource plan, after the Colorado Office of Consumer Counsel and Colorado Energy...

/ June 10, 2021
Great River Energy presentation to Lignite Energy Council

Lignite Energy Council shouldn’t be funded by utility ratepayers, Minnesota Attorney General argues

Minnesota’s Attorney General thinks utility ratepayers should not be forced to fund the Lignite Energy Council, a coal industry group that has opposed clean energy policies in Minnesota and supported...

/ May 19, 2021
Generation and transmission association

Major co-op supports Biden coal debt relief proposal that NRECA has sought to undermine

The Biden administration, rural advocacy and environmental groups, and one of the largest cooperative power suppliers in the country are discussing proposals that could help electric cooperatives transition from coal...

/ May 3, 2021
Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Warren Buffett doesn’t want to disclose his companies’ climate risks

Berkshire Hathaway’s board of directors is opposing a proposal from major shareholder groups that the company publish an annual report disclosing the climate risks it faces, even as the company’s...

/ April 22, 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
Basin Electric is the largest generation and transmission association

Basin Electric faces growing pressure on coal from co-ops, insurers, and banks

Coal-heavy power supplier won’t let its member cooperatives leave, which one co-op calls a “financial suicide pact”

/ November 23, 2020
Clean coal awards page was deleted from Peabody Energy's website

Peabody pushes coal carbon capture through front groups, industry associations, PR and lobbying efforts

A coal industry front group funded by Peabody Energy and the state of Wyoming successfully urged the Department of Energy to fund a study proposing a carbon capture project at...

/ August 17, 2020