Campaign Finance Reports Reveal Utility Industry Again Spending Big This Election Cycle

The nation’s largest electric utilities are pouring money into political action committees and tax-exempt political organizations that work to elect governors, attorney generals and state legislators at an unprecedented rate for the industry this election cycle. Most of the cash...

/ July 30, 2018
The Harvard Electric Policy Group paid for utility regulators from the Arizona Corporation Commission to stay at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay in March, 2015.

Utility-funded Harvard group has given tens of thousands of dollars in airfare, luxury hotels and meals to Arizona utility commissioners

An APS lobbyist suggested that AZ Commissioner Boyd Dunn join the group, whose director has testified directly on APS' behalf in front of the Commission.

/ July 23, 2018

Indiana lawmaker with history of receiving gifts from utilities, sponsoring utility-friendly legislation, now to join commission that regulates them

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced last week that he selected State Representative Dave Ober (R-Albion), chair of the House Committee on Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications and frequent recipient of utility contributions and gifts, to fill a vacancy on the body...

/ March 25, 2018

How Will Utilities Vote On The Latest Climate Denial Model Resolution At ALEC?

Updated on Dec. 6 to include reference to a letter from the Edison Electric Institute, NRECA, Chevron, Honeywell and UPS expressing concerns about the ALEC resolution.  In a test of where fossil fuel companies and electric utilities stand on climate...

/ December 4, 2017

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

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

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

Utility CEOs try to rob shareholders of rights to express climate concerns

The Business Roundtable, a group of CEOs that lobbies for policies that support the fossil fuel industry, is attempting to restrict shareholders’ rights as utilities and fossil fuel companies face increasing scrutiny from investors over climate change.

/ June 18, 2017