Category: Utilities

FirstEnergy dark money payments included over $550,000 for ‘consumers’ group’s campaign against Cleveland Public Power

This post is part one 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
Utility Corruption

Maine becomes third state this year to pass legislation prohibiting utilities from charging ratepayers for political activities 

Maine joins Connecticut and Colorado to pass comprehensive utility accountability legislation in 2023

/ June 21, 2023
Utility Corruption

Connecticut passes bill prohibiting utilities from charging ratepayers for political activities

Connecticut could become the second state to pass utility accountability legislation in 2023.

/ May 26, 2023

DTE Energy shareholders reject transparency proposal

Efforts to force utilities to disclose political spending information continue at the Michigan Legislature and PSC

/ May 15, 2023
FPL methane gas mixed with hydrogen

Florida Legislature hands out millions in tax cuts to fossil fuel companies

From gas stoves to gas equipment tax breaks, legislators passed fossil fuel-friendly policy agenda

/ May 11, 2023
Colorado Senators Fenberg and Cutter pass the Utility Regulation Act

Colorado law prohibits utilities from spending ratepayer money on politics

A new law in Colorado prohibits investor-owned utility companies from using ratepayer money to fund trade associations, promotional advertising, certain kinds of lobbying, and other political influence activities. The Colorado...

/ May 8, 2023
American Gas Association presentation

New bill aims to stop Colorado utilities from spending ratepayer money on politics

A new bill in Colorado would stop investor-owned utility companies from using ratepayer money to fund lobbying, trade associations, promotional advertising, and other political influence efforts.  Colorado Senate President Steve...

/ April 20, 2023

Xcel pushing measure that has raised gas bills in Minnesota, scrapped in other states

Xcel Energy is fighting the scheduled sunset of a Minnesota law that enables utilities to charge customers hundreds of millions of dollars for fossil gas infrastructure upgrades without standard regulatory...

/ April 18, 2023

Bank records reveal more secret payments to Larry Householder’s dark money group from the fossil fuel industry, other sectors 

Bank records subpoenaed by the Cleveland City Council have revealed previously secret payments to convicted former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder’s dark money group Generation Now from donors in the...

/ March 29, 2023