Tag: Southern Company

Who is behind anti-regional transmission organization ads in the Southeast?

Google ads appear as Duke Energy, Southern Company advocate for more limited regional exchange, and following anti-RTO Facebook ads from dark money group

/ August 18, 2020
Utility Corruption

FirstEnergy scandal is latest example of utility corruption, deceit

Utilities have deceived public officials and investors to grow profits, occasionally leading to criminal investigations and prosecution.

/ July 23, 2020

Two Controversial Virginia Gas Plants Face Increasing Uncertainty, Documents Show

Two planned gas-fired power plants in Virginia are facing growing difficulties caused in part by the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, according to recent documents filed by the plants’...

/ April 29, 2020
Utility Corruption

Utility CEOs received over $1 billion in executive compensation from 2017 – 2019

Investor-owned utilities' CEO compensation was up 26% in 2019 over 2018.

/ April 27, 2020
A PG&E smart meter. Utilities are unevenly applying late fees and reconnecting customers who had been disconnected before pandemic crisis

Caught in patchwork of policies and pledges, some utility customers may still be awaiting electricity restoration or racking up fees

A mosaic of state policies and voluntary pledges has meant that the effects of missing a utility payment are playing out unevenly across the country.

/ April 14, 2020
U.S. Chamber of Commerce building.

Energy companies in U.S. Chamber silent as Chamber opposed use of Defense Production Act to produce medical supplies for COVID-19

But some energy companies in the Chamber have lobbied for using the DPA to bail out struggling coal plants instead

/ March 27, 2020
Utility decarbonization trajectories

Morgan Stanley: Duke, other utilities ignoring profit opportunity by failing to decarbonize rapidly

Morgan Stanley analysts say utilities can grow earnings by accelerating coal-to-renewables switch, but some utilities are letting the opportunity slip away.

/ March 12, 2020

Strings Attached: How utilities use charitable giving to influence politics and increase investor profits

Click to jump to the utility case studies. I. Introduction In the fall of 2017, a parade of paid actors, pretending to be concerned residents, lined up to offer public...

/ December 10, 2019

Strings Attached: How utilities use charitable giving to influence politics and increase investor profits

Download full report Southern Company Southern Company is a utility company that serves 4.68 million electric customers and 4.248 million gas customers across Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia, and Illinois....

/ December 10, 2019

Report details utilities’ use of charitable giving to influence politics

Utilities' charitable giving a massive part of their political operations, used to manipulate support from low-income communities and communities of color.

/ December 9, 2019