Category: Utilities

Utility Corruption

Avangrid Behind Political Campaign Against CT Utility Regulator

Connecticut utility United Illuminating, a subsidiary of Avangrid, is behind a political campaign targeting a draft decision by state regulators rejecting its requested rate hike. UI has mobilized its own...

/ August 23, 2023

Eversource becomes first utility to exit from gas industry’s largest trade association, citing decarbonization efforts in unprecedented move

STATEMENT: Eversource becomes first utility to exit from gas industry’s largest trade association, citing decarbonization efforts in unprecedented move. The decision comes amid the American Gas Association’s ongoing campaign against...

/ August 8, 2023

Legislation introduced by Rep. Kathy Castor instructs FERC to ban utilities from using ratepayer dollars for political activities

The “Ethics in Energy Act” also aims to increase transparency and add penalties for noncompliance

/ August 2, 2023

Emails Reveal Eversource’s Work Behind the Scenes to Push Gas Pipeline 

In an exposé based on documents obtained by the Energy and Policy Institute through a public records request, the Boston Globe revealed how gas utility Eversource worked behind the scenes...

/ August 1, 2023

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

Dominion Energy loses some of its legislative champions in Virginia primaries

UPDATE: After publication, the official list of candidates certified for the November ballot was released by the Virginia Department of Elections, showing Scott Surovell and Adam Ebbin both have general...

/ July 10, 2023

Xcel-funded group urges Minnesota regulators to increase profits for Xcel

Minnesota Utility Investors, a shareholder advocacy group, joins Xcel in pushing for PUC to reconsider rate case decision

/ July 9, 2023

Utility CEOs received $3.2 billion in executive compensation from 2017 – 2022

Investor-owned electric and gas utilities paid their CEOs $3.2 billion between 2017 and 2022, according to corporate data reviewed by the Energy and Policy Institute. CEOs for the 57 companies...

/ July 5, 2023

Gas industry dark money group’s influence seen in Ohio budget bill 

Updated on July 4, 2023 after Governor Mike DeWine signed the budget and issued a partial veto of the All Ohio Future Fund that included funding for gas infrastructure. Parts...

/ July 3, 2023

FirstEnergy front group paid convicted lobbyist Matthew Borges’ firm to attack Cleveland Public Power 

This post is part two of a two-part blog series. Part one reveals FirstEnergy’s secret role in funding Consumers Against Deceptive Fees, based on subpoenaed bank records. Part two looks...

/ June 29, 2023