Documents reveal a lobbying blitz by FirstEnergy as Trump mulled bailouts for coal and nuclear power plants that could cost consumers billions

A new filing in the bankruptcy case for FirstEnergy Solutions details how lobbyists at Akin Gump, Washington, DC’s top-earning lobbying firm, spent hundreds of hours in April working on a renewed campaign to secure bailouts for the utility’s coal and nuclear power...

/ June 1, 2018
Thomas A. Fanning CEO, Southern Company

Southern Company’s Big Bets Lead to Loss of Gulf Power

On May 21st, Southern Company decided to part ways with its almost 100- year-old subsidiary, Gulf Power, due in large part to failed bets the company made on its scuttled Kemper coal plant and budget-busting Vogtle nuclear plant. The loss...

/ May 31, 2018
Consumers Energy wind turbine

Commissioners Lovejoy, Jones accept Affordable Solar money, approve solar bid that raises customer rates

Did close ties to a lobbyist and campaign contributions lead commissioners to approve a more expensive solar contract between Public Service of New Mexico and Affordable Solar?

/ May 24, 2018

Democratic women’s group hosts event sponsored by APS

Arizona Public Service’s efforts to extend its influence over the state’s politicians is reaching into even progressive circles of the state’s politics, despite the fact that the monopoly utility is working against values like clean energy growth and climate action....

/ May 22, 2018
Entergy New Orleans Charity Check

Entergy Paid Actor Scandal Widens, Nonprofits Used to Support Gas Plant

Entergy came under fire this week when a New Orleans news site revealed that many of the people who testified on behalf of the company’s proposed gas-fired power plant were paid actors. The company has since acknowledged that one of...

/ May 11, 2018
Entergy revealed that the Hawthorn Group, a PR company it had hired, was behind the actors paid to support Entergy's New Orleans gas plant proposal.

Hawthorn Group, PR firm behind paid actors scandal in New Orleans, has long record of being paid by utilities to lie to the public

Entergy hired the Hawthorn Group to create "grassroots support" for its proposed natural gas power plant

/ May 10, 2018

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, and why he later sponsored a bill to bail out...

/ 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, Not Utilities” was created by the nonprofit organization Solar United Neighbors,...

/ May 7, 2018

Follow the money: Pinnacle West-funded groups undermining renewable energy efforts in Arizona

According to Arizona campaign finance quarterly reports that were filed last month, Arizona Public Service’s parent company, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, contributed $1.18 million to Arizonans for Affordable Electricity, a political action committee (PAC). The PAC opposes Clean Energy for a Healthy...

/ May 2, 2018