What The Public Learned From The Utility Industry In 2018

Deceit, money in politics, astroturfing: 12 revelations from the electric utility industry

/ December 13, 2018

Bill Wehrum: A top Trump official at EPA delivers for former utility industry clients

Update for September 18, 2018: As first reported today by E&E News, EPA’s Bill Wehrum has filed a recusal letter that names former clients, including the Utility Air Regulatory Group, Dominion Energy...

/ September 18, 2018

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...

/ July 30, 2018

FOIAs reveal FirstEnergy meeting with Rick Perry, 30+ corporate jet flights to D.C. since Trump’s inauguration

New details about FirstEnergy’s lobbying of the Trump administration and corporate airplane flights to Washington, D.C., can be found in documents obtained via FOIAs filed with the Department of Energy...

/ June 8, 2018
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Entergy confirms actors were paid to support New Orleans power plant

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

Duke Energy’s customers fund groups behind campaigns on coal ash, more

Duke Energy customers in North Carolina pay millions of dollars each year to fund industry groups that have spent years fighting against strong coal ash regulations, and have engaged in...

/ March 1, 2018

Utility Industry Contributing Millions to National Political Party Groups

Over $3 million in contributions to certain IRS 527 political organizations in 2017. More than $36 million over the past decade.

/ February 26, 2018

New Utility PR Playbook Seeks to Mislead Customers on Demand Charges

The nation’s investor-owned electric utilities will attempt to deceive their customers into accepting new electric rate designs that would reduce people’s ability to save money by conserving energy or installing...

/ December 18, 2017

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...

/ December 4, 2017