Fossil fuel and utility interests target Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine with campaign cash in Ohio governor’s race

Republican Mike DeWine continues to raise the most money from fossil fuel and utility interests in Ohio’s race for governor, but Democrat Richard Cordray has also received campaign contributions from the coal industry and lobbyists for FirstEnergy. The Energy and...

/ July 6, 2018

FOIAs reveal FirstEnergy meeting with Rick Perry, 30+ corporate jet flights to D.C. since Trump’s inauguration

New details about FirstEnergy’s lobbying of the Trump administration and corporate airplane flights to Washington, D.C., can be found in documents obtained via FOIAs filed with the Department of Energy and Federal Aviation Administration by the Energy and Policy Institute....

/ June 8, 2018

FOIA documents reveal that industry demands were directly reflected in bogus DOE coal bailout plans

FOIA documents reveal that industry demands were directly reflected in bogus DOE coal bailout plans June 6, 2018 – Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request documents obtained by the watchdog group Energy Policy Institute with the assistance from Earthjustice reveal that...

Murray Energy’s war on clean energy in Ohio

Murray Energy lobbied on a bill to roll back renewable energy "mandates" in Ohio, while it fought for government intervention to bail out coal-fired power plants.

/ March 9, 2018

FirstEnergy floods FERC with ghostwritten comments seeking bailouts for its coal and nuclear power plants

FirstEnergy is behind hundreds of pages of largely ghostwritten comments seeking bailouts for the utility’s failing coal and nuclear power plants that were submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FERC received a flood of comments in response to...

/ October 26, 2017

Philip Moeller and EEI rejected “unquantifiable benefits” of solar, but loves them for coal and nuclear

The Edison Electric Institute's Phil Moeller is advocating for Rick Perry's plan to pay coal and nuclear plants for their external benefits. For rooftop solar, he's argued for the opposite.

/ October 6, 2017

Utility Earnings Calls Further Shows the Conflict of Nuclear and Coal Versus Natural Gas

"We need to make sure that our customers get electricity even in the event of a long-term disruption of the natural gas pipeline system." - Exelon's Joseph Dominguez

/ August 10, 2017

Utilities Helped Stop the “Ratepayers First” Measure Introduced by Wisconsin Lawmakers

In 2017, Wisconsin utility companies were a driving force behind an effort to stop proposed legislation designed to save customers money according to new documents obtained by UtilitySecrets.org. Four Wisconsin lawmakers (Sen. Duey Stroebel, Sen. Robert Cowles, Rep. Jim Ott...

/ June 19, 2017

Trump’s FBI nominee Christopher Wray weighed in on the ExxonMobil climate change investigations

Christopher Wray, President Trump’s nominee for FBI director, advised corporate clients on how to avoid “being in the crosshairs” of law enforcement at a 2015 legal forum where investigations by state attorneys general into whether ExxonMobil misled investors and the public about...

/ June 8, 2017

Arizona’s Andy Tobin Asks for Subsidy to Keep Coal Plant Running

Last week, Arizona Corporation Commissioner Andy Tobin proposed a Settlement Agreement to keep one of the oldest, most polluting coal plants in the Western U.S., Navajo Generating Station (NGS), running for another five years. Tobin also wrote a letter to...

/ May 4, 2017