Category: American Electric Power

Utilities gave $320K to Ohio House members who voted for bailout bill

Members of the Ohio House who voted in favor of a bill to bail out uncompetitive coal and nuclear power plants received over $320,000 in campaign money from four utilities...

/ June 26, 2019
Duke Energy's Sutton Gas Plant

Utility Carbon Targets Reflect Decarbonization Slowdown In Crucial Next Decade

Many of the nation's largest utilities are planning to slow down their efforts to decarbonize, according to the companies' own goals.

/ June 25, 2019

AEP wants customers to fund “clean coal” group behind attacks on renewable energy

American Electric Power says it is working to meet strong customer demand for renewable energy, but the major utility wants to use customer money to fund a “clean coal” group...

/ June 17, 2019

Global Climate Coalition documents reveal the electric utility industry’s role in notorious climate denial campaign

Electric utilities played a prominent role in the Global Climate Coalition, an industry group that worked for over a decade to sow doubt about climate change and block efforts to...

/ May 1, 2019

Top candidates for Ohio House speaker back bailouts for utilities that back their campaigns

Updated on May 11, 2018: We’ve updated this post with a response from Rep. Larry Householder regarding his flight to Washington, D.C. aboard FirstEnergy’s corporate jet for President Donald Trump’s inauguration,...

/ 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,...

/ May 7, 2018

Indiana lawmaker with history of receiving gifts from utilities, sponsoring utility-friendly legislation, now to join commission that regulates them

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced last week that he selected State Representative Dave Ober (R-Albion), chair of the House Committee on Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications and frequent recipient of utility...

/ March 25, 2018

Five Ohio Supreme Court justices received FirstEnergy campaign cash before they axed a $43 million refund to the utility’s customers

Five of the six Ohio Supreme Court justices who ruled that FirstEnergy does not have to refund $43.4 million to customers have received campaign contributions from FirstEnergy. The Ohio Supreme...

/ February 14, 2018

Utility Companies Quick To Fund Republican Governors and Attorneys General in 2017

The nation’s investor-owned utilities have been quick to help Republican governors and attorneys general maintain and expand their control of state capitals, according to a review of mid-year campaign finance...

/ August 8, 2017

Utility Industry Set To Get Another Ally Inside The Trump Administration

Mark Menezes has spent decades working in the electric utility industry, mostly alongside corporate lobbying teams.

/ July 19, 2017