All posts by Matt Kasper

Matt Kasper is the Research Director at the Energy & Policy Institute. He focuses on defending policies that further the development of clean energy sources. He also frequently focuses on the companies and their front groups that obstruct policy solutions to global warming. Before joining the Energy & Policy Institute, Matt was a research assistant at the Center for American Progress where he worked on various state and local policy issues, including renewable energy standards. His work has appeared in The Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other outlets.

Campaign Finance Reports Reveal Utility Industry Again Spending Big This Election Cycle

The nation’s largest electric utilities are pouring money into political action committees and tax-exempt political organizations that work to elect governors, attorney generals and state legislators at an unprecedented rate for the industry this election cycle. Most of the cash...

/ July 30, 2018

APS Ramps Up Spending To $10 Million To Prevent Voters from Seeing Clean Energy Initiative on Ballot

The parent company of Arizona Public Service spent nearly $6.4 million in the past three months to prevent an initiative that would require the utility to use more renewable energy from gathering enough signatures to reach the ballot in November,...

/ July 17, 2018

APS attributes LA blackouts to renewable energy, echoing bogus claim that even the renewables critic who made it walked back

Over the weekend, temperatures topped 100 degrees in Southern California (just as they did in several locations around the world), causing problems for the electric distribution system, which resulted in power outages for tens of thousands of people. The area’s...

/ July 10, 2018

Consumers Energy contributed $43.5 million over four years to Citizens for Energizing Michigan’s Economy

But that’s not what Citizens for Energizing Michigan’s Economy reports on their IRS 990 - so where’s the money?

/ June 7, 2018
Consumers Energy wind turbine
Entergy revealed that the Hawthorn Group, a PR company it had hired, was behind the actors paid to support Entergy's New Orleans gas plant proposal.

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

A growing trend: West Virginia candidates sign pledge to refuse utility contributions

Seven candidates running for the West Virginia House of Delegates this year have recently signed a pledge to not take campaign donations from monopoly utilities. The pledge, titled “Represent Us, Not Utilities” was created by the nonprofit organization Solar United Neighbors,...

/ May 7, 2018

Michigan Utility Executives and Employees Increasing Political Contributions

An Energy and Policy Institute analysis of Michigan Secretary of State campaign data from 2007 through the first four months of 2018 identified at least $6.5 million in contributions from individual employees and board members of Consumers Energy and DTE...

/ April 27, 2018

Emails shed light on discussions lobbyists for grid operator PJM Interconnection had with federal and state policymakers

The grid operator that coordinates the wholesale electricity markets in the U.S. Midwest has been lobbying for and against varying efforts to prop up uneconomic coal and nuclear plants in the region, according to emails obtained by the Energy and...

/ April 16, 2018