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

Illinois utilities and executives continue to pour money into the attorney general campaign

With just a few weeks before the Illinois primary, ComEd, Exelon, and other utilities have increased their donations to several attorney general candidates, particularly Democratic candidates Kwame Raoul and Jesse Ruiz. In the month of February alone, Raoul and Ruiz raised...

/ 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

Records request reveal Exelon behind public officials’ statements in response to watchdog investigation

“could you cut and paste this text into an email to the Joliet Herald and send it this afternoon? The email is [email protected]

/ January 17, 2018

In the race to replace Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Illinois utilities pull out their checkbooks and hedge their bets

Illinois’ major electrical and gas utility companies have donated thousands of dollars to candidates running to replace Lisa Madigan as the state’s attorney general. The utility companies – Exelon and its subsidiary Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), and Peoples Gas – have had...

/ January 16, 2018

George David Banks: Trump’s climate advisor worked with anti-wind and climate skeptic groups

George David Banks, a top advisor to President Trump on climate change, once worked as the “D.C. liaison” for the Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED), a coalition of “individuals, organizations, communities, and businesses” founded by the anti-wind activist and...

/ September 28, 2017

Utility Earnings Calls Further Shows the Conflict of Nuclear and Coal Versus Natural Gas

"We need to make sure that our customers get electricity even in the event of a long-term disruption of the natural gas pipeline system." - Exelon's Joseph Dominguez

/ August 10, 2017
The Kemper "clean coal" power plant.

Southern Company’s Kemper Power Plant: Latest Utility Boondoggle at the Expense of Customers

Public frustrations of construction work in progress laws have not been limited to Mississippi. Utility companies throughout the country have been benefiting from this policy for years, and Kemper is just the latest example.

/ July 8, 2016

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 while also providing expert testimony on behalf of utility companies...

/ January 21, 2016

Harvard Electricity Policy Group

The Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HEPG) is a utility-funded university institute that comments and provides research on the electricity sector. Ashley Brown is the Executive Director and previously served as a Commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Brown...

/ July 28, 2015