Category: Utilities

Powerless in the United States: the third installment in the Powerless in the Pandemic series

Powerless in the United States: the third installment in the Powerless in the Pandemic series Utility companies have disconnected U.S. households more than 5.7 million times since 2020 while shelling out billions...

/ January 30, 2023
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Getting Politics Out of Utility Bills

How policymakers can protect customers from being forced to fund utilities’ political machines

/ January 26, 2023
Utility Corruption

As Householder trial begins, EPI releases guide for policymakers to protect ratepayers from utility scandals

State and federal policymakers can adopt a series of policy changes that would ban utilities from charging customers for their political operations and make it harder for them to conduct...

/ January 26, 2023

Feds reveal more secret pass-throughs for FirstEnergy money in Larry Householder racketeering case

New information made public by federal prosecutors in the racketeering case against ex-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder revealed that $400,000 secretly paid by FirstEnergy passed through two dark money groups,...

/ January 10, 2023

Utility CEOs received $2.7 billion in executive compensation from 2017 – 2021

Investor-owned electric and gas utilities paid their CEOs $2.7 billion between 2017 and 2021, according to corporate data reviewed by the Energy and Policy Institute. CEOs for the 58 companies...

/ January 8, 2023

FirstEnergy secretly ‘engaged’ Corey Lewandowski to lobby Trump for a public bailout, subpoenaed records confirm after years of denials

FirstEnergy secretly ‘engaged’ Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to lobby President Trump to deliver a public bailout for the utility company’s coal and nuclear power plants in 2017-2018,...

/ December 22, 2022

FirstEnergy charged Pennsylvania customers $2.4 million for ‘inappropriate costs’ related to Ohio investigation

Key Points: FirstEnergy charged customers in Pennsylvania at least $2.4 million for payments to firms associated with Samuel Randazzo and Tony George, two individuals described in the deferred federal criminal...

/ December 15, 2022

Georgia Power’s “Smart Usage” Rate Leads to Higher Bills for 61% of Customers, Analysis Shows

90% of low-use customers on Smart Usage rate experienced higher bills

/ December 8, 2022

Entergy leads the charge to re-elect Lambert Boissiere III, Louisiana utility commissioner in runoff election with major climate and energy consequences

A runoff election for the Louisiana Public Service Commission is pitting an incumbent financially backed by the utility that he regulates against a challenger who has called on limiting utilities’...

/ November 23, 2022

Xcel Energy is recruiting Minnesota cities to thwart governor’s clean energy agenda

The Carbon-Free Future MN Coalition is part of Xcel’s lobbying campaign against carbon-free electricity by 2040

/ November 17, 2022