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

APS pushed county administrators to pass legally questionable resolutions against clean energy initiative

UPDATE (11/16/2018): A recently completed public records request in Mohave county reveals that representatives from Unisource Energy Services, the sister of Tucson Electric Power (TEP), lobbied Mohave County officials in August...

/ October 9, 2018
APS Four Corners Coal

Replacing coal with more coal: how Arizona Public Service’s Four Corners coal plant hurt customers, but earned investors profits

“APS has had the home field advantage with the ACC, and their ratepayers are the visiting team.” - David Schlissel, IEEFA

/ October 1, 2018
A key aide to Attorney General Mark Brnovich inserted edits to the language describing Prop 127 for voters which aligned with utility APS' position on the initiative.

Backers of Prop 127 call for independent investigation of Brnovich over edits to renewable energy ballot language

Backers of Prop 127, the ballot initiative that would increase Arizona’s use of renewable energy, are calling for an independent investigation of the conduct of Attorney General Mark Brnovich and...

/ September 26, 2018
Arizonans for Affordable Electricity's ad against clean energy Prop 127. APS also funds anti-#InvestInEd organizations.

APS uses teachers in ads against Prop 127, but has history of funding anti-public education organizations

The Arizona utility has funded and worked closely with three organizations that have been opponents of the #InvestInEd movement to increase teacher pay.

/ September 17, 2018