All posts by Daniel Tait

Daniel Tait is a Research and Communication Manager for the Energy and Policy Institute.

Law firm with Matrix connections conducted Southern Company’s internal investigation

A law firm that conducted Southern Company’s internal investigation into reports that a political consulting firm used by a Southern subsidiary directed private surveillance of Southern’s CEO – possibly with...

/ July 12, 2023

Georgia Power’s “Smart Usage” Rate Leads to Higher Bills for 61% of Customers, Analysis Shows

90% of low-use customers on Smart Usage rate experienced higher bills

/ December 8, 2022

Duke Energy “Carbon Plan” proceeding in North Carolina highlights the utility’s preference for monopolization over customer savings

North Carolina ratepayer advocate pushes regulators to delay compliance with the law, despite benefits of clean energy and legislative priorities

/ November 4, 2022
Southern Company Matrix Scandal

Tom Fanning Southern Company Matrix Scandal: What don’t we know?

A long-time consultant for Alabama Power hired a private investigator to surveil Tom Fanning, the CEO of its parent company, Southern Company, according to documents reported by AL.com yesterday.  Matrix,...

/ August 4, 2022
Chip Beeker Alabama Public Service Commission

Alabama Commissioner Chip Beeker’s Catfish Farm Loans $100k to Campaign After Receiving PPP Forgiveness

An Alabama utility regulator is funding his re-election campaign with a loan from his private farm, which has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal subsidies, despite the regulator’s...

/ May 18, 2022
LION PAC Alabama Power Jeremy Oden

Alabama Power-funded PAC builds almost $4 million election warchest

Alabama Commissioner Jeremy Oden may have used his office for campaign purposes

/ May 12, 2022

Alabama Power contributed more than $176k to leaders of Alabama’s anti-LGTBQ+ bills

Alabama Power and its political action committee have contributed more than $176,000 since January 2021 to Alabama politicians who drove that state’s passage of anti-LGTBQ+ bills, including Alabama Governor Kay...

/ April 20, 2022

Duke Energy given preferential treatment to shape study of HB 951 by North Carolina Utilities Commission Public Staff, records show

Duke Energy received preferential treatment and exclusive access from the North Carolina Utilities Commission Public Staff when that agency analyzed the impacts on customers’ bills of a sweeping energy bill...

/ July 14, 2021