Electric utilities working with oil and gas companies on ‘advocacy’ efforts to counter environmentalists

The electric utility industry, through its trade association the Edison Electric Institute, has begun working with three other fossil fuel groups to push back against organizations that oppose increased natural gas investment in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions....

/ November 7, 2017

Candidate for Florida Governorship Pledges To Stop Accepting Utility Contributions

“It’s time the utilities stop spending money on political candidates and instead protect the residents of this state." - Senator Jack Latvala

/ October 31, 2017

Utility lobbyist praises response to Hurricane Irma power outages in the media

A lobbyist for Consumer Energy Alliance-Florida praised several utilities for their response to Hurricane Irma in a letter to the editor published by Jacksonville.com, but did not disclose that some of those same utilities are members of his group. Kevin...

/ September 15, 2017

Decades before Harvey and Irma, electric utilities knew climate change could fuel more powerful storms and still funded denial

A 1987 study sponsored by the electric utility industry warned that climate change could one day fuel more powerful storms, some thirty years before hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Despite this early knowledge, by 1989 some powerful utility interests had joined...

/ September 14, 2017

After Irma will the Southeast copy post-Sandy rebuild plans?

"This is going to be a very, very lengthy restoration ... what we think we’ll see on the west coast is a wholesale rebuild of our electric grid."

/ September 14, 2017
Dalton Utilities Vogtle Nuclear Plant

Despite Spiraling Costs and Its Own Bungling, Southern Company Wants to Complete Vogtle Plant

This guest post about the Vogtle plant was authored by Dan Zegart and cross-posted from the Climate Investigations Center. With Southern Company’s board voting today to green light the completion of the Vogtle nuclear power plant, the prospect that Georgia utility customers...

/ August 30, 2017
Tom Fanning appears on CNBC on August 16, 2017.

Unlike CEO peers, Southern’s Tom Fanning declines to denounce Trump after Charlottesville

Unlike his CEO peers, Tom Fanning of Southern Co. declined to denounce Trump's response to white supremacy in the wake of Charlottesville.

/ August 21, 2017

Florida PSC Nominating Council Set to Interview and Vote on Finalists

Florida PSC Nominating Council Set to Interview and Vote on Finalists Update: The Public Service Commission (PSC) Nominating Council voted to send the following applicants to Governor Scott to fill two vacancies on the PSC: Commissioner Ronald Brisé (11 votes),...

/ August 17, 2017

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 filings. Utilities, along with several of their executives, have contributed...

/ August 8, 2017

Utilities Knew: Documenting Electric Utilities’ Early Knowledge and Ongoing Deception on Climate Change From 1968-2017

Scientists had begun to warn electric utilities about climate change by 1968, and by 1988 the industry’s official research and development organization had acknowledged that, “There is growing consensus in the scientific community that the greenhouse effect is real.” Despite...

/ July 25, 2017