Category: Arizona Public Service

Growing number of elected Democrats in Arizona won’t take money from APS

A growing number of elected Democrats in Arizona say they won’t accept campaign funding from Arizona Public Service, the utility that has come under fire for its massive spending on...

/ January 13, 2020

Strings Attached: How utilities use charitable giving to influence politics and increase investor profits

Download full report Arizona Public Service Arizona Public Service Company sells electricity to 1.2 million customers in Arizona. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pinnacle West, and provides “essentially...

/ December 10, 2019

Pinnacle West misleads investors that APS has “surpassed the Paris Agreement”

Arizona Public Service Company has not set a goal to decarbonize – or even to reduce total carbon emissions.

/ September 17, 2019
APS spending on lobbying, marketing, grants, and political campaigns

APS political spending soared under Don Brandt. Will that change with a new CEO?

APS reported spending over $182 million between 2013 and 2018 on lobbying, marketing, grants, and political campaigns - $152 per customer.

/ August 30, 2019

What The Public Learned From The Utility Industry In 2018

Deceit, money in politics, astroturfing: 12 revelations from the electric utility industry

/ December 13, 2018

Final Campaign Finance Reports Filed Before Election Shows APS Spending $30 Million To Defeat Prop 127

Millions More To Politicians While Arizona Rep. Grijalva Tells APS "No Thanks"

/ October 31, 2018
Arizona Corporation Commissioner Andy Tobin

Arizona Commissioner Andy Tobin texted APS lobbyists frequently, including about open rate case

Tobin asked APS lobbyist whether they had a “public information strategy planned” to combat negative media coverage of a rate increase request while the case was still pending

/ October 29, 2018
Arizona Corporation Commissioner Justin Olson

Arizona Commissioner Justin Olson answered questions about Arizona’s energy policy by copying parts of an APS memo verbatim, emails show

Emails show that Olson forwarded a Wall Street analyst's questions to an APS lobbyist, then read from APS' answers verbatim.

/ October 18, 2018
APS gives Arizonans for Affordable Electricity, Arizonans for Sustainable Energy Policy millions to attack Prop 127, elect candidates

APS spending against Prop 127 renewable energy initiative reaches $22 million

Mark Cardenas, Democrat who came out against Prop 127, got $8,000 in “consulting” fees from APS-backed PAC

/ October 16, 2018