Category: Utilities

Harvard University Electricity Policy Group

The Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HEPG) is run by Ashley Brown, a former commissioner on the Ohio Public Utilities Commission, who has publicly criticized distributed renewable energy repeatedly for months...

/ January 21, 2016

Utilities Exert Influence Through Universities to Sway Regulatory and Political Debate

Through the funding of university institutes and faculty, utility interests and their trade association, Edison Electric Institute (EEI), wield significant influence over the education of regulatory staff and production of...

/ January 21, 2016

The Utility Industry’s Influence at Universities

Universities and professors, funded by fossil fuel and utility special interests, are increasingly producing academic reports, supporting advocacy efforts, and amplifying positions that either recommend policies or provide credence to...

/ January 20, 2016

FirstEnergy Ohio Bailout – Bad for Ratepayers, Bad for Ohio

186,000 ratepayers would be forced to pay an additional fee to prop up the company’s uncompetitive coal and nuclear plants, which cannot compete in the free market.

/ January 19, 2016

C. Boyden Gray: Tobacco, Tea Party, and Dirty Energy

As someone with deep ties to right-wing political circles, and strong financial ties to the tobacco industry, C. Boyden Gray fits the bill as the ideal lobbyist for the dirty energy industry....

/ January 4, 2016

Special Interests Behind Anti-Solar Ballot Initiative Consumers for Smart Solar

The utility-backed Consumers for Smart Solar would preserve the status quo, preventing homeowners or businesses from contracting with solar companies that can install solar for no upfront cost.

/ November 16, 2015

Corporations Behind The Lawsuit Against The EPA

The coalition of lawyers suing the EPA is connected to some of the largest electric utility corporations in the country, and many want to remain hidden.

/ August 19, 2015

Iowa Net Metering Attacked

Last year, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad surrendered a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that would have been used to help cut costs and ease regulations...

/ July 28, 2015

Illinois Renewable Energy Attacked

In the early weeks of Illinois’ 2015 legislative session, environmental and business groups came together to form the “Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition” to push for a new renewable energy and...

/ July 28, 2015

Nevada Net Metering Attacked

The largest utility company in Nevada, NV Energy, worked in 2015 to stop any attempt to increase the state’s net metering cap, which solar installers had predicted would be met...

/ July 28, 2015