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

Fossil fuel and utility interests target Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine with campaign cash in Ohio governor’s race

Republican Mike DeWine continues to raise the most money from fossil fuel and utility interests in Ohio’s race for governor, but Democrat Richard Cordray has also received campaign contributions from the coal industry and lobbyists for FirstEnergy. The Energy and...

/ July 6, 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 and Federal Aviation Administration by the Energy and Policy Institute....

/ June 8, 2018

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

FOIA documents reveal that industry demands were directly reflected in bogus DOE coal bailout plans June 6, 2018 – Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request documents obtained by the watchdog group Energy Policy Institute with the assistance from Earthjustice reveal that...

A growing trend: West Virginia candidates sign pledge to refuse utility contributions

Seven candidates running for the West Virginia House of Delegates this year have recently signed a pledge to not take campaign donations from monopoly utilities. The pledge, titled “Represent Us, Not Utilities” was created by the nonprofit organization Solar United Neighbors,...

/ May 7, 2018

Emails shed light on discussions lobbyists for grid operator PJM Interconnection had with federal and state policymakers

The grid operator that coordinates the wholesale electricity markets in the U.S. Midwest has been lobbying for and against varying efforts to prop up uneconomic coal and nuclear plants in the region, according to emails obtained by the Energy and...

/ April 16, 2018

Five Ohio Supreme Court justices received FirstEnergy campaign cash before they axed a $43 million refund to the utility’s customers

Five of the six Ohio Supreme Court justices who ruled that FirstEnergy does not have to refund $43.4 million to customers have received campaign contributions from FirstEnergy. The Ohio Supreme Court’s January 24, 2018 decision came more than four years...

/ February 14, 2018

FERC Commissioners received free travel to secretive beach conference, organized by FirstEnergy board member

"Private invite-only events that bring together powerful industry executives to mingle off the record with regulators and decision-makers only invites a conflict of interest." - Tyson Slocum, Public Citizen

/ December 8, 2017

FirstEnergy floods FERC with ghostwritten comments seeking bailouts for its coal and nuclear power plants

FirstEnergy is behind hundreds of pages of largely ghostwritten comments seeking bailouts for the utility’s failing coal and nuclear power plants that were submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FERC received a flood of comments in response to...

/ October 26, 2017

Coal and utility interests ask for, receive, bailouts to help failing power plants

"You can’t see the gas lines. You can’t see wind. You can’t see solar. So maybe we need to talk about having a requirement for power plants in order to ensure reliability." - West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Raney

/ October 2, 2017