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The Energy Industry’s Secret Campaign to Get Us to Build More Power Plants, 5/14/19

TVA defends its role in trade group, 5/7/19

Columbus Dispatch: Consumers’ office says FirstEnergy amendment will lead to ‘price gouging,’ 5/7/2019

Louisville Public Media: Did Louisville Ratepayers Help Fund Anti-Solar Lobbying?, 5/1/2019

Daily Kos: Republican Ohio Rep: Starve The Poor So We Can Fund Nuclear Industry, 4/30/2019

Cincinnati Enquirer: Nuclear power companies have spent millions lobbying for subsidies. Should Ohio, other states bail them out?, 4/29/2019

Michigan NPR: Report warns Enbridge, DTE, part of pipeline “bubble” that could burst, 4/29/2019

ClimateWire: Free-market think tank fuels war against EVs, 4/29/2019

Arizona Daily Star: Tucson Electric Power draws scrutiny over ties to pro-coal advocacy group, 4/26/2019

DeSmog: Wined and Dined by Energy Industry Consultant, State Utility Regulators Met With Its Client, 4/24/2019

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Congressional probe looks at lobbying group funded by Ameren, other utilities, 4/22/2019

Crain’s Cleveland Business: Why are Ohioans footing the bill for FirstEnergy? 4/21/2019

Politico Pro: Democrats look at utility dues to UARG, 4/17/2019

The Plain Dealer: FirstEnergy and its allies, seeking nuclear plant bailout, have spent millions on influence campaign, 4/16/2019

Columbus Dispatch: FirstEnergy Solutions bailout debate kicks off at Statehouse, 4/16/2019

Think Progress: Republicans push anti-wind bills in several states as renewables grow increasingly popular, 4/15/2019

Clean Cooperative: Tri-State executive involved with anti-Clean Air Act group since 2005, 4/13/2019

Beaver County (PA) Times: Report: FirstEnergy Solutions has paid millions to lobbying, public relations firms, 4/12/2019

Florida could soon bury more power lines. Customers might pick up the cost, 4/11/2019

Aberdeen News: Trump wrong about wind energy, 4/9/2019

Phoenix New Times: APS Documents Revealing Millions in Spending Leave Many Questions Unanswered, 4/4/2019

Arizona Republic: APS acknowledges spending millions to elect Corporation Commission members, after years of questions, 3/29/2019

Washington Post: Trump’s $100 trillion price tag for the Green New Deal may have come from a tweet, 3/21/2019

Mountain Journal: What’s up with the Green New Deal and what does it mean for the west?, 3/13/2019

DeSmog: Trump Budget for Renewables Slashed 70% Under Former Koch Insider’s Leadership, 3/13/2019

Arizona Republic: Price for public officials who break the law to do APS’s bidding? $225, 3/6/2019

AZ Capitol Times: Local elected officials face fines for opposition of Prop. 127, 3/5/2019

Arizona attorney general says 28 officials broke law by opposing clean-energy measure, 3/4/2019

PV Magazine: Fossils go hard after solar in Spotsylvania, 3/4/2019

Farmington (NM) Daily Times: Proposal to study CCS technology at San Juan Generating Station rejected by Senate panel, 3/4/2019

Santa Fe New Mexican: Lawmakers question carbon tech proposed in plan to keep San Juan plant running, 3/2/2019

Farmington (NM) Daily Times: Utility wins, for now, in bid to delay filing for San Juan Generating Station abandonment, 3/1/2019

Sandusky Register: Wind turbine syndrome full of hot air? 2/28/2019

PV Magazine: Milwaukee pushes back against We Energies’ monopoly, 2/18/2019

Energy News Network: Ohio clean energy groups will seek recusals from PUCO nominee, 2/13/2019 

Utility Dive: Ohio governor taps wind critic Randazzo as utility commission chair, 2/6/2019 

Columbus Business First: DeWine picks Columbus lawyer as new PUCO chairman, drawing praise and criticism, 2/6/2019

The Inquirer: Budweiser’s Super Bowl commercial featuring clydesdales and wind power draws big numbers online, 2/4/2019 

The Plain Dealer: Governor DeWine faces first major energy-related issue with PUCO commissioner appointment, 1/31/2019 

Michigan NPR: Consumers Energy agrees to stop dark money donations for two years, 1/29/2019

Energy News Network: Michigan regulators clamp down on utility’s political spending, 1/28/2019

Mother Jones/Huffington Post: Here’s How an FDR Works Project Could Become the Centerpiece of a Green New Deal, 1/24/2019

Climate Liability News: Utilities Knew: Report shows power industry studied climate change, stuck with coal, 1/16/2019 

E&E News: A Texas group that rejects warming is favored by Trump, 1/7/2019

TiffinOhio.net: New watchdog report exposes Seneca Anti-Wind Union’s ties to Big Coal, 12/13/2018

Entergy’s sponsorship of Cyndi Nguyen’s holiday parade raises questions, 12/11/2018

MotherJones: What qualifies you to become a top Trump energy regulator? Telling your son to deny climate change, 12/6/2018

RTO Insider: McNamee advances to Senate floor, 11/27/2018

PowerMarketsToday: Anti-renewables video muddies McNamee’s prospects, 11/26/2018

UtilityDive: Senate Dems seek to postpone McNamee FERC vote over video, 11/26/2018

UtilityDive: FERC nominee McNamee slams green groups, renewables in Feb. video, 11/21/2018 

UtilityDive: Vogtle in sight as money pours into Georgia regulator race,  11/2/2018

WABE: In The Races For Ga. Public Service Commission, More Attention — And Money, 10/23/2018

UtilityDive: Utility spending on major Republican groups outpaces Democrats over 2:1, EPI finds, 10/18/2018

Inside EPA: Wehrum met at former firm with former clients despite ethics pledge, 9/21/2018

The Guam Daily Post: Solar provider seeks answers ahead of net metering changes, 9/16/2018

RTO Insider: Democrats Call Out ‘Partisan’ Remarks by FERC Chief, 8/23/2018

Washington Examiner: Trump readies ‘military plan’ to save coal, 8/22/2018

Media Matters for America: Fox’s Tucker Carlson pushes misinformation about wind power, 8/20/2018

Think Progress: Trump reveals how little he knows about his coal and nuclear bailout plan, 8/20/2018

Think Progress: Murray Energy backs opposition to offshore Ohio wind farm, 8/6/2018 

Energy News Network: Complaint: utility-backed group in Michigan violates tax, campaign laws, 8/3/2018

UtilityDive: APS spends $11 million to keep 50% renewables measure off ballot, 7/18/2018

Greentech Media: Another study argues electric cars are bad for the environment. It’s demonstrably false, 7/18/2018

AL.com: Small electric systems challenge Alabama Power’s profits, request refunds, 6/28/18

Arkansas Business: Following the fueling opposition to Wind Catcher, 6/18/18 

PV Magazine: Arizona’s dirty energy politics, 6/14/18

Michigan Radio: Watchdog- Consumers Energy spends millions in dark money to defeat legislators, limit competition, 6/12/18

Think Progress: Kochs invest in company set to benefit from coal and nuclear bailout, 6/12/2018

Beaver County (PA) Times: Report: Energy lobbyist paid $1 million in bailout campaign, 6/6/2018

Greentech Media: The lobbying bills attached to FirstEnergy’s coal and nuclear emergency action, 6/5/2018

RTO Insider: More questions than answers for FERC, RTOs, 6/5/2018

Midwest Energy News: Michigan law gives activists new venue for holding utilities to pledges, 5/30/2018

DeSmog Blog: Koch-Backed and Anti-Renewable Energy Groups Wooing Interior Department Official, 5/23/2018

Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times: Political spending by utilities has jumped, boosted by opposition to rooftop solar, 5/17/2017

Miami New Times: Florida’s Energy Companies Are Spending More Money Than Ever on Lobbying, 5/17/2018

KAUF: Wind Catcher opposition may have fossil fuel ties, 5/17/2018

NOLA Times-Picayune: Entergy opponents: ‘New Orleans residents were deprived of their rights’, 5/15/2018

Think Progress: New Orleans electric utility confirms people were paid to support its power plant, 5/11/2018

Utility Dive: Entergy says it had no knowledge of paid support for New Orleans gas plant, 5/11/2018

Michigan Campaign Finance Network: ‘It will send a message’: some of the first state senate ads of 2018 are funded by secret donors, 5/10/2018

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Georgia PSC election war chests helped by Georgia Power, affiliates, 5/9/2018

PV Magazine: New Orleans: Actors paid to oppose solar and wind, push for power plant, 5/7/2018

Chattanooga Times Free Press: TVA audit: Jet purchase not ‘cost effective’, 3/30/2018

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Watchdog group questions legality of Ga. PSC commissioner’s deleted texts, 3/29/2018

Utility Dive: Indiana governor taps Republican lawmaker for Utility Regulatory Commission, 3/27/2018

Midwest Energy News: Ohio lawmaker circulates study on theoretical turbine accidents, 3/23/2018

PV Magazine: Murray Energy’s war on clean energy in Ohio, 3/10/2018

Associated Press: Company Spends $2M Lobbying for Atlantic Pipeline, 3/8/2018

WABE Atlanta: Watchdog Group: Ga. Public Service Commissioner Too ‘Cozy’ With Ga. Power, 3/6/2018

Utility Dive: New Arizona renewable ballot initiative could spark utility opposition, 2/15/2018

The State: Dominion hires former SC Gov. Hodges as lobbyist as SCANA buyout heats up, 1/5/2018

The Post & Courier: Golf, Beaches and Power: How utilities wine and dine the public officials that set your rates, 12/31/2017

Utility Dive: Demand charges or ‘efficiency rates’? EEI wants a word change, 12/20/2017

Esquire: The Power Companies Are Ripping You Off, 12/15/2017

The Post & Courier: Power Failure: How utilities across the U.S. changed the rules to make big bets with your money, 12/10/2017

Vox: A moment of truth arrives for Rick Perry’s widely hated coal bailout, 12/11/2017

Bloomberg: Koch-Backed Business Group Splinters in Climate-Change Dispute, 12/8/2017

ThinkProgress: Koch-funded network targets New Hampshire’s renewable energy policies, 12/4/2017

Midwest Energy News: Secrecy surrounds pro-coal group eyeing Ohio wind cases, 12/4/2017

Hartford Courant: Critics Fault Eversource for proposing business fees be charged to ratepayers, 11/30//2017

Bloomberg: Koch-Funded Group Prods Trump’s EPA to Say Climate Change Not a Risk, 11/15/2017

ThinkProgress: Environmentalists just gained a new enemy in the fight against natural gas pipelines, 11/6/2017

Charleston Post & Courier: Two identical nuclear projects, one in Georgia and one in South Carolina. Only one survived, 10/29/2017

Vox: Rick Perry’s plan to subsidize coal and nuclear plants is bonkers, 10/4/2017

Miami New Times: Why Didn’t FPL Do More to Prepare for Irma?, 9/14/2017

Inside Climate News: Perry’s Grid Study Calls for Easing Pollution Rules on Power Plants, 8/24/2017

Miami New Times: Power Companies Pumped $166,400 to Florida Lawmakers Who Control Their Watchdog Group, 8/18/2017

ThinkProgress: Top utilities are spending a lot of money to elect Republican governors, 8/10/2017

The Guardian: Utilities companies won’t let you sell your own solar power. Why not?, 8/1/2017

High Plains Public Radio: For Decades, Texas Utilities Denied Knowing Effects Of Fossil Fuels On Environment, 7/26/2017

Scientific American: Watchdog Group: U.S. Electric Industry Knew of Climate Threat Decades Ago

InsideClimate News: Like Exxon, Utilities Knew about Climate Change Risks Decades Ago

New York Times: Rooftop Solar Dims Under Pressure From Utility Lobbyists

Midwest Energy News: Analysis: Ratepayers foot the bill for utilities’ push against rooftop solar

ThinkProgress: This is how the Kochs’ anti-renewable agenda becomes White House policy

New York Times: The Deep Industry Ties of Trump’s Deregulation Teams

UtilityDive: Report: Power customers’ ‘forced’ to fund EEI political activities

Texas Monthly: What Will Rick Perry’s Delayed Energy Grid Study Say?

Miami Herald: FPL drafted portions of bill that puts tough requirements on rooftop solar companies

Midwest Energy News: Advocates say industrial lobbyists play outsized role in blocking clean energy in Ohio

Washington Post: The Trump administration has a new energy buzzword

New York Times: Trump got nearly $1 million in energy-efficiency subsidies

ClimateWire: Staff wary but ready to work with Pruitt amid new email dump

Huffington Post: Scott Pruitt goes after critics, EPA in his first speech to the agency

Climate Crocks: Chamber of Commerce – “Hell to pay” if U.S. backtracks on climate

Santa Fe New Mexican: Reader View: A deceptive attack on rooftop solar

ClimateWire: Clean energy left out of new White House energy plan

PV-Magazine: Solar disappears down the memory hole on White House website

ClimateWire: Exxon lobbied against a $10 carbon tax in Mass.

TechCrunch: Trump’s manufacturing council includes Elon Musk, Michael Dell and Mark Fields

Gizmodo: A Brief Chat With Elon Musk About Climate Change, Rex Tillerson, and Donald Trump

Buzzfeed: Trump’s SEC Nominee Told Firms To Admit Climate Change Risks

International Business Times: Donald Trump and climate change: SEC nominee Jay Clayton works at firm that encourages companies to disclose their climate risks

MarketWatch: Trump’s SEC pick pushed clients to say more about climate-change risks

Climate Crocks: Trump appointee warned of climate impacts

Inside Climate News: Rex Tillerson’s record on climate change – Reality vs rhetoric

Vox: Ohio clean energy standards are toast unless Gov. John Kasich steps in to save them

Columbus Business First: PUCO’s Howard Petricoff faced confirmation obstacles from the start, emails show

Grist: 5 lessons activists can learn from Florida’s successful ballot fight to defend solar

UtilityDive: Florida’s Amendment 1 defeat shows why solar won’t be stopped, Trump or no Trump

Tampa Bay Times: Power surge: Utilities dump another $3.5 million into Amedment 1

Tampa Bay Times: After leaked recording, solar amendment campaign scrubs its web pages

Miami Herald: Insider reveals deceptive strategy behind Florida’s solar amendment

Fox 4 Fort Myers, FL: Experts say solar amendment is misleading, not pro-solar

ABC 7 Sarasota, FL: Solar Amendment Summary

Grist: Why is this liberal congresswoman spreading anti-solar arguments?

Washington Post: Vote delayed on Hogan nominee accused of feeding information to governor’s staff

The Baltimore Sun: Gov. Hogan’s nominee to utility regulator faces Senate grilling over emails

NUVO: The fight over Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act 

The Guardian: Nevada’s solar workers and customers reel as new rules ‘shut down’ industry

Florida Center for Investigative Reporting: Big Energy Pours $1.9 Million Into Anti-Solar Group


Press Releases

FOIA documents reveal that industry demands were directly reflected in bogus DOE coal bailout plans

Florida PSC Nominating Council Set to Interview and Vote on Finalists

UtilitySecrets.org, a new site from EPI and Center for Media and Democracy

Florida Utilities Pour $3.5 Million More Into Anti-Solar Amendment 1

Utility-funded PAC caught attempting more “political jiu-jitsu”

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

Clean Power Plan Published – Here Is The Utility Industry’s Strategy To Overturn It

Ohio Energy Study Committee Relied Upon Flawed Testimony

Fossil Fuel-Funded ALEC Behind Attack Colorado Renewable Energy Standard

Beacon Hill Institute EPA Attack Funded Through Richard Berman Front Group

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